Club news 3 April 2017

LOTTO Nos. drawn on Monday March 27th were 6, 7, 16, 18. No winner of the pota oir. Jackpot for Monday April 3rd was 5200 euro.

With only a few minutes remaining on the clock on Friday night in Avondale in the Arklow Bay Hotel Div.1 Football League game between the locals and Eire Og the visitors were 3 points in arrears and things looked anything but rosy in their garden.Up to that the lead had see-sawed and with injury time looming large the tension had become nigh-on unbearable. We asked ourselves were our Dunne Cup heroes going to suffer their 2nd defeat on the trot in the league and was it going to be said of them how the mighty have fallen.

Nil desperandum. Salvation was on hand. It came from a somewhat unexpected quarter. Sub. Andrew Walsh, far better known for his feats on pairc na h-iomana, used his height advantage to gain possession and then deftly dispatched the ball to the back of the net. Equality! However Andrew was not finished with his heroics and he sent us home in celebratory mood with a late, late point.

For those into excitement this was a hugely entertaining game and it was also quite enjoyable in the quality of its football. The home teams familiarity with the vagaries of the pitch resulting from the recent wet weather placed them at an advantage in the early stages of the match and this played no small part in their being 4 points to 1 (Eoin McPhilbin) at the end of the 1stquarter. Shortly after, Na Clocha Liatha lads received a boost of confidence with Daniel Keane slotting over 2 points in quick succession. At this stage they had settled well into the game and thanks to a flurry of points from McPhilbin, Jamie McDonald and Daniel Webb they were ahead by 1 point at the interval.

Eire Og drew 1st blood in the 2nd half and went 2 points ahead. However it was not long until Avondale had wrested back the lead with a truly excellent goal and a brace of minors. This left them 3 points to the good going into the last quarter. A period of near stalemate prevailed thereafter a point each being the only scores until Andrews goal.

The initial post final-whistle sensation was that of a huge relief.

PEIL NA MBAN Things are beginning to stir in this area of the clubs activities.

Our u-12 cailinis team is a very inexperienced one with many of the girls having taken up the game only very recently. They are in Div.3 of the countys league and on Friday night they played host to Baltinglass 2nd team in this competition. They won on the score 3-5 to 1-5.

Their manager, Martin Roche, was especially delighted with the enthusiasm and work ethic of the newer members and sees many of them, with experience, developing into fine players.

Somewhat of a damper was placed on the evening when Jane Merren, a key member of both u-12 and u-14 teams, received a foot injury which will have her sidelined for a few weeks. We wish Jane a speedy recovery. This teams next game is in 2 weeks time.

Our u-16s play their 1st league game on Tuesday 4th.

ADULTS This squad, which numbers well into the 20s in training, is a mixture of older players, experienced and inexperienced, u-16s and u-17s. Their 1st Junior League match is against Barndarrig at home at 11a.m. on Sunday

Eire Ogs Leinster League hurling game against Naomh Moninne of Louth was a veritable David against Goliath affair except that on this occasion Goliath prevailed. The gulf in class was evident almost from the throw-in so from early on the question to be resolved about the outcome was not the who but the by how much. Such a situation cultivates a negativity among the underdogs and their only focus becomes that of keeping the opponents score down. This often leads to the game developing an unattractive physicality. Disappointingly this threatened to descend to such a level at times but thankfully common sense prevailed and tempers were, for the most part, kept under control.

One has to sympathise with the St. Moninnes team which had to undertake the long journey from Dundalk only to suffer a comprehensive defeat. We in Eire Og send our best wishes to one of the visitors forwards who suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury in his accidental collision with full-back, Daniel Salmon.

Shane Mulford set the tone early on with an excellent goal and the skilful James Cranley contributed 10 points. Other scorers were Andrew Walsh (1-1), Hugh ONeill (0-2) and Michael Walsh, Conall Deeney, Gavin Parslow and Leon Browne (0-1) each.


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