COUNTY CALLS: Comhgairdeachas to the 4 graduates of theEireOg ladies football section, Laurie Ahern, Lorna Fusciardi, Meadhbh Deeney (who last year returned from the States where she was on a soccer scholarship) and Aoife Gillen all of whom played on foireann Peil na mBan Cill Mhantin which, after an unbeaten run in the league, were recently crowned Div.4 champions.Maith sibh a chailini!
Well done to the countys hurlers and footballers who confounded the pundits by registering victories in their respective championship games at the week-end.On Saturday the hurlers defeated Mayo who had beaten them in the league and on Sunday the footballers put a spring in their followers step after their inspirational battling performance against a much more fancied Offaly team. It is interesting that the Cill Mhantain score in both games was 1-20.
CLUB CLEAN UP: A very important event is taking in the club grounds on the Mill Road between 11a.m. and 2p.m. on Saturday next the 19th.It is the Club Clean-Up Day.Besides the obvious cosmetic advantages which will accrue from this co-operative effort it should also contribute to the social interaction within the club and to the forging of a club identity.
PEIL NA MBANDuring the week the Eire Og ladies travelled across the Sally Gap to Manor Kilbride to take on the locals (renewing the friendly rivalry which blossomed in the early days of Peil na mBan ins Na Clocha Liatha).Bfhiu and tairbhe an triobloid (the journey was not in vain).They came away with a 3-11 to 2-2 win, their 3rdaway victory on the trot.In the early stages of the game the ball spent the majority of its time in the hosts end of the pitch thanks in no small way to the Trojan work of Katie Lawless in the middle 3rd.Besides her huge influence on general play Katie won a goodly percentage of Kilbrides kick-outs and slotted over 3 points.
The Eire Og forwards took full advantage of the teams 1sthalf dominance and as a result it had built up quite a lead by the break.There were significant contributions from Ciara Patrick (1-1), Elaina Fusciardi who embellished a well-worked movement with a beautifully executed goal and a wonder point from distance by Claudia Randles.
A greatly improved Kilbride took to the field for the 2ndperiod and for a while it appeared they might pose a serious threat.A few minutes after the resumption they had the ball in the Eire Og net and could have made it 3 shortly afterwards but for 2 wonderful finger-tip saves by Alice ONeill.The visitors were, however, soon back on the rampage and had placed themselves in an unassailable position with 5 quick points from Kerry Ann Hamilton and a goal from Rachel Purcell.Erin Wyley was particularly prominent in this half and Shauna Allen who was returning after an absence made her presence felt with a well-taken point.
Well done to the girls 5 of whom, Megan Healy,Aoife McTague, Katie Lawless (4-2), Rachel Purcell (all St. Davids) and Kerry Ann Hamilton (3-1 Col Chr Abhann)had played in the Schools B Shield earlier in the day.
There will be no further action in the u-16 age group until after the Junior Cert.10 or 11 of theEireOg squad will be sitting the scrudu.We wish them all the best agus go n-eiri go maith leo.
U-12s This very young team shorn of 2 of its key players suffered an away defeat to a table-topping Kilcoole outfit.