Adult Football, Division 1:Hopefully the rot has been arrested! After a disappointing run of four or five losses, some of which were eminently winnable and which included an away defeat to Bre Emmets, our seniors registered a five point win over the same opposition on the return fixture at home on Saturday evening.
The game was closely contested over the hour with the lead, which never exceeded two or three points, changing hands on a regular basis. The denouement was particularly nerve-wracking for Eire Og followers. Three minutes remain on the clock and we are all speculating as to the extent of the injury time, the Eire Og goal under constant attack and our slender two point lead surviving primarily because of the visitors wayward shooting. Surely a heart in the mouth situation! Suddenly the siege is lifted. The ball is moved quickly out of the defence and carried beyond the oppositions 45 by Sean Lawless. Sean finds the in-running Darren Hayden who deftly evades the opposition backs and delivers an accurately weighed ball to a standing-on-the-edge-of-the-square Billy Norman who duly bats it to the net. The Clocha Liatha communal sigh of relief would have inflated a multitude of balloons.
Division 3:Our junior footballers occupied second place on the Division3 league table on the 24th May and are likely to have held on to this position with their subsequent defeat of Newcastle in Newcastle.
At the moment the management has quite a strong squad at its disposal but with many of the players being borderline seniors it is expected that it will be emasculated come the 1st round of the senior championship. So if the team is to finish anywhere near the top of the table at seasons end it is important to accumulate as many points as possible before this happens.
Dominic OBrien had a commanding presence at full-back while Pearse Kelly, James Wood, Daniel and Anto Byrne were others to impress. A pleasing feature of the game was the scoring was shared amongst 8 players.
Under-11 football:Eire Og opponents on Thursday night were AGB (Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney) who to date had been plying their trade at the lower end of the table so our lads would have been judged as heavy enough firepower to have seen them off comfortably two team format in which aggregate score determined the winner.
Ach ni i gconai a bhitear mar a shiltear (matters do not always follow the script) and just as had been found out by a confident Louth against Wicklow, our lads found that AGB were an unexpectedly difficult nut to crack. In the event spectators were treated to two entertaining and quite competitive contests.
On Team 1 Sean Meyler, Alec Bartek, Josh Barry, Tom OMahony and Finn Baxter were prominent in a lively forward division which blended excellently as a unit.
Jack Caffrey, Darragh Shanahan and Tomas OConnell used their not inconsiderable skills to forge a very effective link between the defence and the attack.
Seamus Darcy, after a period on the sidelines through injury, marked his return with an excellent display of goal-keeping and tactical kick-out delivery. He received excellent cover from James ODowd, Tom Meyler, Dean Balfe and Daniel Burns.
Team 2: At this age it is all about learning to be part of a team so there is a focus on maximising player game time hence this match was played as 13-a-side on a pitch designed for an 11-a-side game. This had the disadvantage that at times things became crowded which led to the match losing a little in fluidity. Highlights of the game were the long-distance point scored by Hugh OCarroll after he had shipped a heavy challenge and an excellent goal from Charlie Fox.
Hugh OCarroll, Gavin Lincoln, Robert Owens, Piaras Healy, Nathan Donnellan, Sam Cunningham, Alex Goff, Charlie Keogh, Charlie Grogan, Charlie Fox, Eoghan Duddy, Charlie Nolan, Evin Donnelly.
Ladies football:Our lady footballers lost their recent game against Clann na nGael a combination of players from Enniskerry and Kilmac. This team has been playing together for a while now and is further along the road of development than the current Eire Og ladies team is.
The Greystones girls were not too disappointed at their 4 point defeat, 3-10 to 4-11. That the margin was not much more was due in no small measure to the outstanding goalkeeping of Aisling Leonard. Some of her saves were of point-blank shots. Two of the Eire Og goals were out of the top drawer: Katie Lawless after a jinking run down the left wing sent a clever ball past the Clann na nGael keeper and Ellie ONeill, shortly after, drove a powerful shot crashing to the back of the net from 15 metres.