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Éire Óg/St Brigids vs Ardoyne

30/05/2011Posted by Mark Hamill

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Match Report: Eire Og/St Brigid’s  3-12 -v- 1-0 Ardoyne, Monday 30th May, 2011

Venue: Harlequins

Competition: League

 

This young Eire og/St Brigid’s side carried on where they left of after last week’s victory over Lamh Dhearg with this comprehensive and well-earned victory over Ardoyne who, to their credit, kept battling until the final whistle.

 

Yet again the victory was achieved because of a well disciplined team effort, with each player contributing all over the pitch and every 50/50 and 40/60 ball being fought for as if the outcome of the league campaign depended on it.

 

Main points scorers for EO/SB were the again impressive Phelim Lennon and Ethan Carleton, with Ethan, Ewan Rush and (in a goalmouth scramble so the pitchside reporter was slightly unsighted) Conor Erskine notching the goals.  However, the overall team ethic again produced a considerable number of noteworthy performances all over the pitch.

 

Coaches Lennon and Rush were at pains to stress to their charges that, while the goal/point scorers tend to get the initial credit, it is actually the unseen and unheralded work that is done all over the pitch by the whole team in closing down, marking, blocking and tackling which is the key to success for theses young players, winning the vital possession that makes the scoring possible and also, just as importantly, protecting the keeper at the other end and stopping the opposition from scoring.  Only slightly controversial note in this respect was the sight of Stella Rush applauding Ardoyne on their score in an act of genuine sportswomanship and promptly getting a rollocking from her radar-eared coach husband for doing so!  Stella sheepishly assures us that he’s actually a pussycat in the house.

 

 

Match Report: Eire Og/St Brigid’s  3-12 -v- 1-0 Ardoyne, Monday 30th May, 2011

Venue: Harlequins

Competition: League

 

This young Eire og/St Brigid’s side carried on where they left of after last week’s victory over Lamh Dhearg with this comprehensive and well-earned victory over Ardoyne who, to their credit, kept battling until the final whistle.

 

Yet again the victory was achieved because of a well disciplined team effort, with each player contributing all over the pitch and every 50/50 and 40/60 ball being fought for as if the outcome of the league campaign depended on it.

 

Main points scorers for EO/SB were the again impressive Phelim Lennon and Ethan Carleton, with Ethan, Ewan Rush and (in a goalmouth scramble so the pitchside reporter was slightly unsighted) Conor Erskine notching the goals.  However, the overall team ethic again produced a considerable number of noteworthy performances all over the pitch.

 

Coaches Lennon and Rush were at pains to stress to their charges that, while the goal/point scorers tend to get the initial credit, it is actually the unseen and unheralded work that is done all over the pitch by the whole team in closing down, marking, blocking and tackling which is the key to success for theses young players, winning the vital possession that makes the scoring possible and also, just as importantly, protecting the keeper at the other end and stopping the opposition from scoring.  Only slightly controversial note in this respect was the sight of Stella Rush applauding Ardoyne on their score in an act of genuine sportswomanship and promptly getting a rollocking from her radar-eared coach husband for doing so!  Stella sheepishly assures us that he’s actually a pussycat in the house.

 

Special mentions again to all of the younger hurlers who continue to  step up fantastically to play at this older age level.  In addition to Connla McCarthy (his Mum let it slip that she thinks he may actually be made of titanium) praise must go to Dylan Doran for an impressive performance and also to young Ciara Hamill, who showed no fear in battling older, bigger opponents and demonstrated that size is no match for hurling technique and bravery!

 

Well done again to all the players and let’s hope that they can continue with this impressive attitude, commitment and team ethic and keep this run going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Éire Óg/St Brigids vs Lamh Dhearg

23/05/2011Posted by Mark Hamill

Under-12 Hurling league Match Report - Eire Og/Saint Brigid's  V  Lamh Dhearg

Yet another tenacious performance from this ever improving Eire Og/St Brigid’s Under 12s side saw the home team come out victorious against a strong Lamh Dhearg outfit in very blustery conditions at Harlequins, the final score being 1-5 to 1-0 in favour of Eire Og/St. Brigid’s.  This delighted the vocal home support and was well earned revenge for the opening day league defeat against the same opponents at Hannahstown.

 

Confidence was evident in the home side from the start and the team was obviously determined to continue the momentum gained  from its superb victory in the league match the week before against Pearses at Cliftonville Road.  Every loose ball was being contested but home nerves were settled slightly when the combative Phelim Lennon knocked over the first point.

 

The home crowd had plenty more to cheer about as the home team took advantage of the breeze when young Sean Murray-Lopez stroked over a superb point to put the home side 2 points up.

 

All the team were working hard all over the pitch to win possession and their own individual duels and several further opportunities were created, but unfortunately they just drifted wide of the upright.  However, just as home fans were anxiously contemplating the second half, the tenacious Ronan Crossen marked another fine display and settled nerves with the point of the match, picking up out at left corner forward and effortlessly stroking the ball over the bar.

 

 

0-3 to 0-0 to Eire Og/St Brigids at half time

 

 

The halftime team talk from Messrs Lennon and Rush obviously worked wonders, as the players battled manfully to make sure that Lamh Dhearg did not benefit from their second half wind advantage.  Jack Robinson, Peter Henvey and John Toner were dominant at the back and Ethan Carlton was putting in a great shift in midfield, fighting over every scrap of possession and capped a fine performance with a crucial point, putting the home team 0-4 up.  However, Lamh Dhearg came storming back and after they were denied by a great save from keeper Michael Rogan, a superb goal shortly after left only 1 point in it.  Home spirits were lifted when Phelim Lennon bravely returned to the fray after injury and knocked over another point to put the home side 2 points up.  In a tense and hard fought finish the matter was finally settled when Ciaran Crawford managed to squeeze the ball over the line to put the home side 1-5 to 1-0 up, which is how it remained.

 

Well done to all the players, who all competed  superbly, and special mentions to the battling youngsters Vinny Robinson, Ronan Crossen, the fearless Connla McCarthy and the returning hero  himself, Conor Erskine, who returned to the fray in the second half after an injury and with a heavily strapped knee!

 

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