Club news 12 September 2017

The replay of the Dacia Championship quarter-final against Carnew has been fixed for this Saturday 16that 3.00pm in Joule Park, Aughrim.Come and carry your flag for Greystones!

The Renault Football Championship quarter-final replay is fixed for Sunday 24thin Joule Park, Aughrim at 2.30pm.

UPCOMINGEVENTS Casey at the Club,Paddy Casey appears at the club on Saturday 23rdat 9pm.Will be preceded at 8pm by DJ Cantina Bop. Tickets 20 euro.

Clubs Golf Classic also imminent.Information from committee member Anto Byrne. 087-8188871

Lightning, in contradiction to what the seanfhocal says, has struck twice in the fortunes of our senior players.Both our senior hurlers and our senior footballers have drawn their respective championship quarter finals.The hurlers drew 1-12 to 0-15 with Carnew in their pursuit of the ODonoghue Cup while the footballers earned themselves another shot at the Miley Cup with a 2-8 to 0-14 draw against Baltinglass.

Conditions in Aughrim on Saturday week the 2ndwere good for hurling: a bright evening with a relatively light breeze which incidentally favoured Eire Og in the 1sthalf but, as it turned out, had little effect on the proceedings.An Eire Og supporter unfortunately a somewhat scarce commodity in Joule Park that evening remarked at the break that the game lacked a bit of a bite but added what matter, we have the lead 1-06 to 0-4.

On reflection, one had to agree with him.While it had held ones interest because of the closeness of the scoring, it somehow did not send the pulse racing.

Greystones would have been judged to have had the upper hand in the 1sthalf but they just could not put it into effect on the scoreboard and they were just a frustrating point, 0-4 to 0-3, ahead going into the last 10 minutes.

Then as we despaired of our lads ever building up a lead which would reflect their superiority during this period, Hughie ONeill, after a brilliant mazy solo, struck for a goal.Sadly, however, it did not instil in Na Clocha Liatha lads the inspiration that would have been hoped for and they added just 2 more points before half-time.

The tempo upped a gear after the interval as Carnew took the game to Eire Og and began slowly to cut the deficit with the result that the scores were level with something over 2 minutes on the clock.A point by Carnew into injury time, a sinking feeling among Greystones supporters, anxious looks at timepieces, a ball cleared unpromisingly by the Carnew backs to the wing 35m out from their own goal, gloom.But Wait!Pooch wins the race for the sliothar , 1sttouch excellent, lifts the sliothar into his hand and under severe pressure from 2 or 3 backs skilfully strokes it between the posts. Eire Og lives to fight another day!Interestingly, 6 of Carnews 2ndhalf points came from frees.

Once again, our use of the sideline cuts, as was the case in the preliminary stages of the competition, was not thar moladh beirte (Scarcely earns the praise of two).

FOIREANN Dan ONeill, Shaun Hughes, Billy Cuddihy, Daniel OConnor, Peter Keane, Michael Arrigan, Kristian Flynn, Shane Nolan, Leon Browne, Gavin Parslow (0-2), Anto Byrne (0-6), Danny Nolan, Hughie ONeill (1-1), Michael Walsh, James Cranley (0-3).

Subs used: Andrew Walsh and Sen Lawless.

Dan ONeill was his dependable self in goals and his powerful striking constantly turned defence into attack.Billy Cuddihy and Doc in the full-back line and Peter Keane and Buster in the half line were prominent in a very solid defensive unit.Leon Brownes excellent anticipation and caman skills served him well in the centre of the field.Leon was given great support by his hard-working partner Shane Nolan.

COMHGAIRDEACHAS to Shaun Hughes who played on the u-21 Wicklow team which was defeated in the final of the B All-Ireland Championship by Kerry.

 

PEILNAMBANWell done to our u-14 girls who put in a great performance against Carnew in the County final in An Tochar on Saturday.They fell just short being defeated 2-08 to 2-04.

The hard work put in over the year by our ladies football squad has certainly paid off.They were crowned County Junior B Football Champions after defeating Barndarrig in An Tochar on Sunday.The squad is composed of 28 players and numbers in its ranks neophytes, ring rusty returnees, experienced footballers and players who have graduated from our u-16 team.The improvement in the cailinis skill levels and match play savoir faire has been impressive and hopefully the Eire Og name will soon be found among the senior clubs.

 

The exposed heights of An Tochar are prone to blustery conditions and this was the case on Sunday.To ar gcailinis credit they overcame this disadvantage and played some good football.Greystones started off in whirlwind fashion and had 6 points on the board before Barndarrig knew what hit them.But fair play to the ladies from the south-east, who are also in a team-building stage, they fought back to parity scoring 1-03 on the trot.The Barndarrig revival proved to be of short duration however.

Our defence, marshalled by captain Ciara Patrick at full-back, closed ranks and with Erika Bellamy in great form between the posts the opponents scoring rate was reduced to a trickle.Aoife McTeague and Claudia Randles lorded it (or should it be ladied it?) in the middle third and provided a plentiful supply of good ball to an excellent forward division in which Katie Lawless, Rachel Purcell, Tracey OHalloran and Kellie Ryder excelled.

In her well-constructed acceptance speech Ciara complimented Barndarrig on their performance and wished them well in their efforts to put Peil na mBan on a sound footing in their club.

Maith sibh a chailn!Will it be a case of move over lads at the Annual Dinner Dance?!

Match report and lovely picture of the team in The Bray People.

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