Elliott’s second half goal proves decisive

Laochra Loch Lao 0-8 v 1-13 Eire Og @ Colaiste Feirste 02.05.2018

An early second half goal by Peter Elliott killed off any potential resistance from Division 3 newcomers Laochra Loch Lao in what was ultimately a straightforward victory for Eire Og. The Ogs have been hugely depleted by injuries so far this season but are now starting to find their form, following an impressive display against Lisburn with a more accomplished and hardworking performance on Wednesday evening.

An early free from Laochra started the scoring, however two quick Peter Elliott points from play settled Eire Og into their rhythm, and it was a lead they would keep for the remainder of the game. The home side were finding it very difficult to find space against a tight Eire Og defence who were on top throughout. Laochra were dangerous from placed balls, however the swirling wind took a few efforts wide, and Eire Og took full advantage with a point from full forward Vesali, and 2 fine efforts from Conor McKenna.  The home side added a few points themselves but were otherwise well marshalled by the Og defence, with both Conor Ellis and Ciaran Rice also able to break forward on many occasions. Another McKenna point, followed by an Elliott point from a free left the score 0-4 v 0-7 in the Ogs favour at Half time.

HT – Laochra 0-4 v 0-7 Eire Og

The second half started similar to the first with the home side opening the scoring, however two more Elliott points followed, before some excellent work by both Stephen Carson and Kayvan Vesali, resulted in Vesali robbing possession from the home defence, before cutting back a lovely ball to an unmarked Elliott, who finished to the top corner of the net from around 20 metres out. Eire Og were now in total control and a Stephen Carson point was followed by an excellent point from young centre forward Conor Erskine, who left his marker for dust before finishing brilliantly from a difficult angle. Erskine then responded to a point for the home side with another well taken score to cap an impressive all round performance. The home side tired in the closing stages having been made to work hard throughout for every score, and the Ogs seen the game out with some excellent play. Young forwards Erskine and Devlin showed pace and skill throughout and gave the home defence plenty to think about, maintaining possession well to help see the game out. The last kick of the game saw another Elliott point, from a difficult angle, finish the scoring and the match.

An excellent all round performance from a young, growing team who were again short of 7 or 8 regulars, with the defence on top throughout. Both McKenna and McIlroy won their midfield battles, and along with a lively half forward line, supplied good service into an inside forward line that looked like scoring every time they were on the ball.

Eire Og:

Kieran Ryan, Ciaran Rice, Joe George, Conor Ellis, Adam McKenna, Ronan Donnelly, Ciaran McAreavey, Conor McKenna (0-3), Ruairi McIlroy, Conor Erskine (0-2), Jarlath Devlin, Joe Hughes, Peter Elliott (1-06 0-4f), Kayvan Vesali (0-1), Stephen Carson (0-2)

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