Slow starters Eire Og push on to secure a semi-final place against O’D’s

Graham Tarmac Junior Football Championship

Laochra Loch Lao 0-8 Eire Og 2-14

It took them a while to get going but once they hit their stride there was no stopping Eire Og as the saw off the challenge of Laochra Loch Lao at Colaiste Feirste on Saturday. Seventeen minutes into this game they had just one point on the board to set level with their hosts, but from then on they added scores at regular intervals to end up with an impressive 2-14 and a semi-final spot against O’Donnell’s in two weeks’ time.

Laochra Loch Lao well in the game in the first half, and actually led by 0-6 to 0-5 at half time, but they lost their way badly in the second half as Eire Og, but they had a good season and qualified for the knock out stages for the first time.

Aaron Strain got the first score of the game for the hosts in the second minute, but it was to be 19 minutes before they scored again as Eire Og held the upper hand. Eire Og got going with a point from Kevin Clarke in the third minute, but they too were in no rush to trouble the scoreboard operator and it was a further fifteen minutes before PJ Toal put them ahead from a free on 17 minutes. A minute later Toal cut in along the endline and sent over another from play, and when Clarke swung one over with his left foot, from the right corner, they were 4-1 to the good.

It all seemed to be going so well for the visiotrs at this stage, but Laochra Loch Lao suddenly came to life, and a great spell which brought points from Tarlach Barclaigh, Kevin Devine and Paidi O’Tiarnagh (2) actually had them ahead at half time.

Niall Ward drew Eire Og level early in the second half, but Eanna O’Ceallaigh pointed to put the home side back ahead. That was as good as it got for Laochra however as Eire Og took control of the game. Points from Ward, PJ TOal, Conor McKenna and substitute Shaun McNamee put them in charge of the game. McNamee, who was named at midfield, but did not enter the action to the final quarter, put on a display during his cameo appearance, score three great points with frees off the ground, before wrapping it all up with a volleyed goal that will rival anything seen in the this completion for a very long time.

Fellow substitute Oran McMenamin also got a goal and PJ Toal added a couple points to wrap up a comprehensive win as seal a semi-final spot.

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