O’Neill’s All County Football League – Division 3
Eire Og Doire achaidh played some good football in their win over rivals St Agnes at Pairc Naomh Una on Sunday May 13th.
The Ogs started well with a well taken point from play by the lively Conor Ellis and another from a free kick by Conor Mc Kenna for a foul on the 20 metre line.
St Agnes hit back shortly afterwards with a well taken free kick of their own from Conor Gilligan. Eire og were well on top with Caomhan Daykin starring at midfield but the team were struggling to get scores on the board in a scappy first half of stop-start football.
The Ogs missed a few simple point chances to extend their lead and show their dominance, but Erskine and Joe Hughes made it 0.4 – 0.1 as the half drew to a close. However, The Aggies stuck doggedly at it and Conor Gilligan scored another free and a point from play to leave the half time score with just the minimum between the teams in a low scoring first half. Young Ronan Donnelly was having a great game at centre half back for Eire Og while veteran Joe George kept Aggies full forward Deaglan Crummy quiet. A quiet unremarkable first half of Gaelic football.
The second half started with a bang for the Ogs with 4 unanswered points, from Conor Erskine, Conor McKenna (2, 1 free kick) and young Adam McKenna.
St Agnes’ were not giving up though and finally got on the second half scoresheet with a fine strike from Christopher McKee The game was becoming a bit more tense now with a few silly fouls from both sides but referee Mc Cartan was quick to stop any altercations. Ciaran Rice was using his skill and speed to kick start attacks for the Ogs even though he had taken a knock to his jaw towards the end of the first half. Daykin was ruling the midfield with his strength and power.
Eire Og got to grips with the Aggies attack and broke away on numerous occasions to score further second half points with Conor Erskine getting 3 from play and a further free from 20 metres. Conor Ellis added 2 more from play and Gavin Donnelly knocked over a great team point also. The Aggies kept going and reduced the deficit with a few points of their own from Conor Gilligan and Cormac McBride. Conor Mc Kenna stroked a couple of further frees over the bar for the Ogs to keep a good distance between the two teams. He could have put further daylight between the teams when he was fouled inside the ‘large parallelogram’ (as Michael O’Hehir used to call it) but he stroked the penalty wide of the goal after an unusual long run up!! Matthew Corr in goals for St Agnes was well relieved.
The game finished after a bit of indiscipline from both sides as sometimes happens when two rival teams meet. Final score was St Agnes 0.8 Eire Og 0.17. Well done to both sides.
Great performances from the younger Ogs against a quite experienced St Agnes, especially, Conor Erskine, Jarlath Devlin, Gavin Donnelly, Adam McKenna and Cronin Rogers. Experienced players Kieran Ryan in goals, Ciaran Rice, Ciaran McAreevy, Fra Grimley , Conor Mc Clean, Joe Hughes, and old hands Joe George and Fearghal Gribben all supported the young lads brilliantly. However, Ronan Donnelly takes the plaudits on this occasion with his man of the match performance at Centre Half.
A lot of credit must also go to Coach Seamus McKenna who has the lads well marshalled and ready for the games.
Scorers: Conor Erskine 4 points, Conor Ellis 3 points, Joe Hughes 1 point, Gavin Donnelly 1 point.
Team: Kieran Ryan, Ciaran Rice, Joe George, Fearghal Gribben, Adam McKenna (0-1), Ronan Donnelly, Ciaran McAreevy, Conor McKenna (0-7 5f), Caomhan Daykin, Jarlath Devlin, Conor Erskine (0-4 1f), Joe Hughes (0-1)Conor Ellis (0-3), Fra Grimley, Gavin Donnelly (0-1). Subs, Conor McClean, Cronin Rogers.