Adult men’s football
EIRE OG 0-15 0-6 NEWTOWN
EIRE OG finished a disappointing season on a high note with a comfortable victory over Newtown in the Keating Trophy final played at Roundwood last Friday evening.
Daniel Woods gave an exhibition in place kicking and an impenetrable rearguard led by Stephen Kelly and Darren Hayden snuffed out Newtowns threat with relative ease.
From the throw-in Woods laid down a marker by claiming possession and racing through before clipping a score. Ten scoreless minutes followed before Ross Davis tied the scores up with an excellent score from 35 yards out.
Anto Byrne restored the Greystones lead and Sean Lawless extended it before Davis struck a magnificent free from distance on 20 minutes to leave the minimum between the sides.
However, Eire Og finished the half the stronger.
They struck four of the final five scores of the half with Woods striking two frees from way out, Lawless providing a finish to a beautiful Woods cross-field ball and corner-back Liam Maguire showing the poise of a seasoned corner-forward to finish off a superb point after Daniel Keane had laid off under intense pressure.
Newtowns only response coming from centre forward Declan Doyle who popped a delicious score after Neil Martin and Mark Fitzsimons had combined to create the opening.
It left four between the sides at the interval.
On the resumption, Davis and Eire Ogs Darren Hayden exchanged frees before an excellent Newtown team score saw Davis on the end of a flowing move.
It was to be as close as Newtown got with Eire Og pulling away.
The supply into Davis dried up with the tenacity of the Greystones defence shutting Newtown out.
A run of points from Keane (2) and five frees from the unerring accuracy of Woods saw the Greystones men go ten clear.
Newtown battled gamely but could never get the opportunity to narrow the gap beyond a solitary Davis point.
Newtown had good performers in Neil Martin and the excellent Davis with the injured Dean Odlum a massive loss for them.
For the victors the usual suspects Chester Kelly, Darren Hayden and Daniel Keane were excellent.
However, the ultimate difference was the dead ball accuracy of Woods who finished with a haul of eight points from midfield.
Scorers – Eire Og: Daniel Woods 0-8, Daniel Keane 0-2, Sean Lawless 0-2, Anto Byrne 0-1, Darren Hayden 0-1, Liam Maguire 0-1.
Newtown: Ross Davis 0-5, Declan Doyle 0-1
Conor Browne; Dominic OBrien, Stephen Kelly, Liam Maguire; Craig Smullen, Darren Hayden, Peter Keane; Daniel Woods, Billy Cuddihy; Darragh Shiels, Daniel Keane, James Cranley; Cian OFlaherty, Anto Byrne, Sean Lawless. Subs: Jamie McDonald, Michael Walsh, Sean Horan, Billy Norman, Matthew Maguire.
Kenneth Turner; Darren Walsh, Shane Mooney, Karl Carthy; Adam Heffernan, Neil Martin, Darah Callan; Mark Fitzsimmons, Paul ORiordan; Luke Martin, Declan Doyle, Glen Carthy; Conor Odlum, Ross Davis, Sean Gregory. Subs: Noel Breslin, John ODonohue, Lee Turner. John OBrien (Newcastle)