EIRE OG GREYSTONES 2-11 NAOMH EOIN 1-8
Eire Og and Naomh Eoin served up a very entertaining and well contested Under-20 B Football Champiionship semi-final game played at Kilmacurra at noon on Sunday last, November 25.
Both squads were on the field doing their warm up routine 20 minutes before throw-in time, providing proof that clubs have bought in big time into this competition.
Pitch conditions were good, with a slight breeze favouring the team playing up towards the dressing room end of the playing field.
Naomh Eoin played uphill in the first period and hit the ground running when Andrew Doyle had a point in their first attack straight from the throw in. Jacques McCall pointed a free and Sean Leonard added another to leave the Barndarrig/Avoca combination ahead by three points after six minutes.
Tall midfielder Anthony Quinn and Jacques McCall were on top at this early stage and strong running centre forward Malachy Stone was putting the Greystones defence under pressure.
However, when Shaun Cranley pointed a free and midfielder Fintan OShea added another point for Eire Og, there was only one point between the sides after 12 minutes.
Half-back Tom OShea extended the gap to two points, but Eire Og were coming more into the play now. Midfielders Conall Deeny and Fintan OShea were coming to terms with their opponents and centre forward Fionn OCarroll was getting more into the game with corner-forward Shaun Cranley also beginning to make an impact.
Cranley put his side ahead when he placed a 17th minute penalty kick expertly to the right of Naomh Eoin goalkeeper Chris Makim. The goalkeeper had an excellent first half dealing capably with a number of shots dropping short and making one fine point blank save. A pointed Jacques McCaul free had the sides level at 1-2 to 0-5 by 20 minutes.
One minute later Naomh Eoin went back in front when Richard Sheane finished a fine forward move to the net from close in. Dale Murphy quickly added a point to extend the lead to a goal. However, three Shaun Cranley points in a row one from play, one from a free, and the third from a 45 on the call of time had the sides level at 1-6 apiece at the break,
Eire Og brought on Thady Shanahan at full-back for the second half. He had a big impact and between himself and goalie Conor Browne ensured that there were few goal opportunities for Naomh Eoin from here on. Dale Murphy pointed Naomh Eoin back into the lead straight from the throw in.
However, they were to score only one more point for the entire second half. Not that Eire Og were scoring at will either but Shaun Cranley with two frees and Fintan OShea had them two points up at the three-quarter hour stage. However, Aaron Tuke brought the margin back to the minimum with Naomh Eoins final point on 20 minutes.
From here on Eire Og ground out their win. Cian OFlaherty and Rory Lucey added two points and when Colin Deeny netted their second goal with three minutes to go, Eire Og was comfortably ahead for the only time in the hour.
This proved to be an excellently contested encounter. Eire Og were probably the more balanced outfit but Naomh Eoin stayed with them all the way until that second goal. Midfielder Anthony Quinn certainly made his mark and looks to be one to keep an eye on for the future.
EIRE OG: Conor Browne; Luke Prendergast, Andy Clarke, Gavin OShea; Sean Mason, Eoghan McTague, Eoghan Potts; Conall Deeny, Fintan OShea; Rory Lucey, Fionn OCarroll, Dan Clarke; Cian OFlaherty, Eoghan O Longaigh, Shaun Cranley. Subs: Cillian Keane, Thady Shanahan, Daire Devlin
AGM: Final notice of a most important event on the Eire Og Greystones calendar, its AGM. It takes place tomorrow, Thursday, November 29, at 8p.m. in the clubrooms on the Mill Road. Your support would be greatly welcomed by the coiste.
U16 Football: Congratulations also to under-16 Eire Og footballers Roy Byrne, Eoin ONeill, Joe Prendergast, Cian Hynes, Killian Keane, Conor Fulham, Daniel Healy, Neil Browne and Thady Shanahan who were members of the Wicklow panel which, after an excellent run in the competition, was defeated by Sligo in the final of the Father Manning Cup.
Our young camOgs did Eire Og proud over the year. This has culminated in six of their number from under-14, under-15, and under-16 sides receiving awards at county level. The girls honoured were Jess, Aisling, Siobhn, Emily, Lucy and Bryana. Maith sibh a chailn!
The curtain came down on activities at under-11 level in a blitz in Ballinakill. It was truly heartening to hear that a panel of 50 Eire Og players took part and that three Eire Og hurling teams and four football teams were involved in finals. Is scEal iontach E!
Our under-11 hurlers hosted a team from Cuala and Parnells in a round-robin competition recently. It proved to be a very enjoyable occasion both sportwise and socially.
Three former Peil na mBan players have been involved in the latter stages of the All-Ireland Club Competition. Laurie Ahern and Lorna Fusciardi are members of the Foxcab team which has reached the senior final and Caoilfhionn Deeney was no. 14 on the Dunedin Connollys team which was defeated in the intermediate semi-final 4-10 to 1-9 by Emmet Og of Monaghan. Caoilfhionns powerfully driven free came back off the crossbar and was guided home by an inrushing colleague for her teams only goal.