PEIL NA MBAN Over the Easter
period the ladies’ team was called upon to play in 2 league matches a few days
apart. First up was a game against close neighbours Bray
Emmets. This was closely contested throughout. In the 1st half
Eire Og struggled and were 1-5 to 0-6 behind as half-time
loomed. Their position dramatically changed on the stroke of
half-time when a long distance shot from Ciara Patrick found its way under the
Bray crossbar to the back of the net leaving our ladies in the happy position
of being 1 point ahead at the break.
the 2nd half the Eire Og girls stepped up their efforts and
thanks to a supply of good ball from centre-field to an in-form forward
division gradually began to forge ahead. The game ended with Eire Og
winning 2-12 to 1-7. Scorers: Kerryann Hamilton (0-4), Elaina
Fusciardi (1-4), Orla Minogue and Katie Lawless (0-2) apiece. Emmets
determined fight back in the last 10 minutes perished on the rock of a solid
defence in which Eva Roche, Erin Wyley, Megan Maguire and Wendela Zegers starred.
Good Friday evening the team welcomed the St Nicholas ladies to Na Clocha
Liatha and proved themselves to be rather less than gracious hosts, they beat
the visitors 6-20 to 5-6. The opening exchanges were dominated by an
on-fire Eire Og and it was not long into the game when they were 3-1 to 0-0 in
front with Rachel Purcell, Katie Lawless and Elaina Fusciardi being responsible
for the goals. At this point St Nicholas got their game together and
from that to the half-time whistle they matched Eire Og score for
score. Early in the 2nd half with the visitors
having added 2 goals the Eire Og lead began to take on a precarious
look. The trend was reversed however when Rachel Purcell was moved
to defence and the Greystones scoring machine again found its
form. The displays of Kate O’Reilly, Gemma Kiely, Claudia Randles,
Shauna Dillane and Megan Healy are worthy of special mention.
PEIL NA GCAILÍNÍ Faoi
The logistics of the u-14s Friday night fixture against An TOchar proved to
border on a nightmare for the mentors as the game clashed with a teenage
disco. Unfortunately the lure of the latter proved too much for many
on the panel and this led to a mere 11 travelling to Roundwood. An TOchar
sportingly agreed to let the game go ahead with the reduced
numbers. It proved to be an enlightened decision as the 11-a-side
game turned out to be closely contested, exciting and high scoring. It had
spectators’ heads swivelling in tennis-like fashion. Eire Og lost
7-28 to 12-04: Allanah Monaghan (4-0), Aisling Roche (1-01), Eva Skerritt (0-1)
and Jane Merren who, besides scoring a mind boggling 7-2, had a hand in the
build-up to many of the other scores.
word of sympathy for county player Abbie Smullen who was tasked with taking in
the order of 50 kickouts! Ella O’Reilly also plays for the county.
Faoi 12 The girls of the Clara Lara valley
played host in Laragh to ár gcailíní during the week. The enjoyment
of what proved to be a very entertaining game was enhanced for the visitors in
that they came away with a 6-1 to 3-3 victory. The half-time score
was 4-1 to 2-2. A confidence booster for the team after their loss
to St Nicholas the previous Friday.
Faoi 11 The u-11s, despite putting up a very
gallant performance, had to give best 3-9 to 2-1 to their counterparts from
COMHGÁIRDEACHAS There is a bitter sweetness
attached to each important event in our lives – the piquancy it
brings in its marking of the passage of time and the joy it brings at its
opening up of a new vista. Such was the occasion on Friday evening
for Fergus O’Brien when he celebrated his retirement from An Garda
Síochana. Fergus served the club in many capacities but particularly
as Cathaoirleach and as a mentor who brought a team from u-10 to minor success.
DE ar Fergus agus ar a chlann. Go raibh saol tairbheach agus sona
aige ins na blianta atá roimhe.
COMHBHRON The Eire Og
club extends its sincerest sympathies to the family of Peter Byrne of
Rathdangan and to the Kiltegan club on Peter’s recent death in a farm
accident. Peter, while he played both peil and iomáint, was
especially well known for his love of hurling and for his huge input into its
promotion within the club. Go raibh leaba ag a anam gealgáireach i measc na