Connemara Gaels 3-13 Aidan McAnespie’s 1-12
Justin Kieran played a vital role in guiding Connemara Gaels to the last four of the Boston GAA championship.
The Grange man made his Armagh debut this season against Cavan in the first round of the McKenna Cup.
Kieran also made his championship debut in 2022. He came on as a second half substitute in Armagh’s 10-point qualifier win over Donegal.
The former u-20 county captain also appeared in Armagh’s crushing defeat to Galway and kicked an important point during extra time in Croke Park.
Goals win games
Kieran has spent the summer showcasing his talents in America and was the star man for Connemara Gaels at the weekend.
He was joined by a few other Armagh teammates in Boston, with Clann Eireann’s Barry McCambridge and Conor Turbitt along with Maghery’s Ben Crealey also on the team.
Lining out at centre half forward, Kieran started the game along with McCambridge who lined out at centre half back.
The Grange attacker had hands in both first half goals for the Gaels, scoring one and setting up McCambridge for the other.
Kieran grabbed the first three-pointer, firing low to the corner before setting up McCambridge for the second.
The Armagh duo put Connemara Gaels seven up at the interval, leading 2-7 to 0-6 after 30 minutes.
A quickfire goal and point after the turnaround had Aidan McAnespie’s back to within three early on.
Gaels done enough to keep McAnespie’s at arm’s length with two James Garrity efforts, both assisted by Kieran.
Kieran slotted over one of his own before another Armagh teammates, Conor Turbitt, was introduced to the action.
Turbo had a goal chance almost immediately but saw his effort saved by the McAnespie’s net minder.
Connemara Gaels didn’t have to wait too long for their third major of the day however, with Kieran knocking home his second of the game.
The Gaels will be up against Donegal Boston next weekend to decide who makes it through to the showpiece.