Sunday, July 31, 2022

Charlestown’s Paul Towey was in unbelievable form yesterday as he kicked a whopping 1-17 in McBrides’ agonising one-point defeat to Parnell’s in the Chicago senior football championship semi-final.

Towey hit 1-7 from play with a mark and nine frees, despite being marked by Tyrone’s Michael McKernan. Kiltimagh’s TJ Byrne got McBrides other goal with Matthew Ruane and Fionn McDonagh both raised white flags.

Prior to the match, a minute’s silence was held as a mark of respect to Brian Mullin and Sharon Ryan, who died tragically in road traffic collision in Co Limerick last weekend. Brian’s brothers Oisín and Jarlath played for McBrides in several Chicago SFC games this summer.

It was a fantastic game of football that finished 2-16 apiece after normal time.

Parnell’s with the likes of Rian O’Neill and Conor Meyler, had just enough as they ran out 2-22 to 2-21 winners after extra time.

There were eight Mayo men playing for McBrides: Mayo senior players – Jack Carney (Kilmeena), Eoghan McLaughlin (Westport), Matthew Ruane (Breaffy), Paul Towey (Charlestown), Enda Hession (Garrymore) and Fionn McDonagh (Westport). Home-based players – Mike Kelly (Tourmakeady), TJ Byrne (Kiltimagh) and Paul Higgins (Kilmaine).

You can watch the full game back below:

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