County teams: One has to extend a huge ‘Maith Sibh’ to the Wicklow seniors on their battling display against Cill Dara in Carlow on Saturday evening in the 1st round of the Leinster Championship. To say their chances had been written off before the game would be erring very much on the side of charity so their losing by a seriously endangered 2 points is a great credit to the squad.
It is intriguing that the accounts of games that involve slaying a
Goliath, or as in this case giving him the fright of his life, usually focus on
Goliath’s mistakes rather than giving credit to the efforts of David.
After a less than inspiring display in the 1st half
Cill Mantáin were 9 points to 4 behind at the break and their prospects looked
bleak in the 3rd quarter
when the gap had grown to 7 points. Then a brilliant goal by our own Darren Hayden
after a great solo effort by Dean Healy gave the team a huge psychological
boost and from that to the end it had the Lilywhites in all sorts of trouble
and, but for a number of inaccuracies stemming from over anxiety, might have
stolen the day. In
injury time Daniel Keane added Wicklow’s last point.
Club football: The senior footballers welcomed Carnew to the Mill Road for their Div. 1A league game on Sunday morning and on the basis of their respective standings in the table the locals were clear favourites. They duly delivered after a performance which was rich in style and poor on return. Eire Og dominated throughout and played some attractive football which was replete with spectacular fielding and lovely passages of interplay. Unfortunately many of these passing movements were over elaborate and, in many cases, took the ball from positions of real threat to the opponents’ goals to more remote spots where attempts at scoring were less likely to succeed. Someone described Greystones as ’owning the ball’ in the 2nd half but for all this superiority the turnover on the scoreboard was agonisingly slow and when Carnew added 1-2 on their few incursions into Eire Og territory there were fears that a few slips like that leading to the goal would have us in serious trouble. To be fair to our lads however Lady Luck was certainly not on their side as, on a number of occasions of intense pressure on the Carnew goal, the ball simply refused to find its way to the net. Credit also to the visitors’ goalie.
On the occasion of Friday night’s Div.3 match between Eire Og and
Ashford in Na Clocha Liatha Uachtarán emeritus Danny Hatton and his son Vinny
found themselves on opposite sides of the supporters’ fence. Vinny
was, for many years, a loyal and valued servant of the blue and white but he
now lives in Ashford and his loyalty has, for the most part, to be to his local
community. Unfortunately but not surprisingly (Ashford sit untouched by defeat
at the top of the league table) the family generation gap was replicated on the
field in the gulf between the teams. On Friday night’s display Ashford would not
at all be out of their depth in the next higher division. They
were economical in their play and showed vision and skill in their ability to
find colleagues with accurate 30 to 40 metre passes and they were generally
accurate from distance. On the other hand the hosts were laboured in
their build-ups which often foundered on basic errors such as overcarrying and
the gifting away of possession.
However our lads could not be faulted for effort and with a
little more sang froid and confidence up front could have, with the
opportunities afforded them, significantly narrowed the gap on the scoreboard.