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Eire Og Win Jack McCartan Plate!

14/10/2012Posted by Liam Devlin

Eire Og Under 10’s kept up their tradition of successful appearances at the annual St Pauls Tournament by lifting the Jack McCartan Plate after battling performances against Lagmore, St Pauls (A & B), Sarsfields and Bredagh.  This was a well-deserved finale to what has been a great year for the young Ogs.  Details below.

First up in the Group Stages were Lagmore Gaels.  Encounters with the Gaels are always tight affairs and this one proved no different.  Ogs only managed one point during the game – a superb first-half flowing move from Brendan Murray-Lopez in nets to his brother Sean who swiftly passed to Connla McCarthy to pop over the bar.  Lagmore came back in the second half to score 2 un-answered points to win the game by the narrowest of margins 0-2 (4) to 0-1 (2)  [2 points for an over-the-bar and one point for a goal].

A few positional changes saw an experimental Ogs side take on a talented St Pauls B team in the next league match. After a close first half where Ogs only managed 2 points (both from Sean), the Ogs began to show the flashes of the brilliance that they are capable of, in the second period.  A point from Diarmuid Molloy and one each from Luca Raffo-Harper and Brendan set Ogs on their way while Sean sealed victory adding 3 more points to his personal tally.  Final score Ogs 0-8 (16) St Pauls 0-2 (4).

Ogs last encounter in the group featured Sarfields whose gigantic midfield pairing(!!) ensured that the Ogs never got a look in, losing the match 0-2 (4) to 1-8 (17) (points from Luca and Connla)

As the third-placed team in the group, the Ogs progressed to the Plate semi-finals to take on the St Pauls A team.  Now back in their normal positions, the Ogs really came into their own.  Ordran Maxwell nearly scored early on with a shot which struck the crossbar before Cormac Devlin won the ball and passed to Connla to open the Ogs account.    Along with Shea McManus and Geard Whelan, Andrew McLean was immense at the centre of a hard-working defence and knocked over a free before St Pauls came back with a goal and a point to close the gap.  Connla slotted another with the outside of his boot to give the Ogs some breathing space at the interval.  The second period was more of the same with the teams trading scores.  Sean hit a cracking goal from long-range and he and Diarmuid chipped over a point each while St Pauls responded with two goals and a point. Final score Ogs 1-5 (11) St Pauls (3-2) (7)

Ogs final opponents were Down representatives Bredagh who were also impressive in their semi-final.  The first half was a tense affair with the teams matching scores early on as Connla bagged the first two points for Ogs with two classy strikes.  Bredagh scored two of their own before Diarmuid slotted over a third after Cormac won possession near the penalty area.  The defence of Gerard, Andrew and Ordhran worked extremely hard to contain Bredagh in the first period and continued to do so in the second as they came out looking to close the narrow gap.  Another long-range effort from Connla eased Ogs nerves until Bredagh replied with a goal and a point to put the pressure on again.  In the dying seconds Sean added to his impressive tally tagging on the final point to secure victory for the triumphant Ogs! Final score Ogs 0-5 (10) Bredagh 1-3 (7)

All in all a brilliant way to end the competitive season and the end of an era for most of these boys as they head on to under 12 football next season and no doubt many more glorious days such as this one! 

Squad:  Sean Murray-Lopez, Brendan Murray-Lopez, Cormac Devlin, Connla McCarthy, Andrew McLean, Luca Raffo-Harper, Shea McManus, Diamuid Molloy, Gerard Whelan, Odhran Maxwell,  Pearse Hamill

Eire Og Runners-up at Sean Nolan Tournament!

30/09/2012Posted by Liam Devlin

Eire Og Under 10’s took part in the Sean Nolan Football Tournament organised by Gort Na Mona on Sunday 30th September 2012 and were unlucky to finish as runners-up in the cup competition after a series of sparkling displays.

First up in the group stages were Michael Davitts and Ogs took an early lead thanks to a well taken Sean Murray-Lopez goal.  Darragh Doonan quickly followed up with a free leaving Ogs 1-1 to 0-0 up at the break.  Two further second-half points from Ordhran Maxwell and Luca Raffo-Harper secured the victory as Davitts only managed to register one point thanks to dogged defending by Shea McManus, Gerard Whelan, Jack Carlin, Diarmuid Molloy and Andrew McLean.  

Ogs next opponents were Lagmore Gaels which proved to be a much tougher task as they restricted the Ogs to one long range first-half point from Sean.  Brave goalkeeping from Brendan Murray-Lopez kept the Gaels at bay and allowed the relieved Ogs to re-group at half-time.  The second-half was more of the same and the Gaels came back into it with a well-taken point from mid-field.  Ogs saviour came in the form of Darragh Doonan, who following a neat catch and back-pass from Cormac Devlin, slammed the ball into the net to snatch victory at the end.

Last up in the Group stages were hosts Gort Na Mona and it was in this match that the Ogs really came into their own.  Two first-half points from Sean and Connla McCarthy set Ogs on their way while Gorts tried to stay in touch with one point from play.  In the second half, Ogs pulled away with 2 points from Darragh and a goal from Sean, while Gorts only managed one further point.  As Group winners, the Ogs went straight into the main Cup final.

Without a breather from their last Group game, the young Ogs struggled to get to grips early on with a rested O’Donnells team in the Cup Final.  Two quick goals from O’Ds meant that Ogs were always playing catch up and despite the best efforts of all on the pitch, they just couldn’t match the energy levels shown in the Group stages, losing by 2-1 to 0-2 (both points from Sean) at the end. 

Despite the disappointment of losing out in the final game, the young Ogs can be immensely proud of their performances on the day which entertained both fans and neutrals alike.  A special mention must also go to Sean Murray-Lopez who was deservedly chosen as the Payer of the Tournament by our hosts.  Well done Ogs!

Squad:  Sean Murray-Lopez, Brendan Murray-Lopez, Cormac Devlin, Darragh Doonan, Andrew McLean, Luca Raffo-Harper, Shea McManus, Diamuid Molloy, Jack Carlin, Gerard Whelan, Odhran Maxwell, Connla McCarthy

Under 10s Woodland Blitz

09/06/2012Posted by Liam Devlin

Eire Og Unlucky!

Eire Og Under 10’s took part in another South Antrim football blitz at Woodlands on Saturday 9th June.  Missing some key players, the Ogs still dominated possession in all the matches and were unlucky not to emerge with three victories.

First up were St Galls and the young Ogs raced to a 4 point lead thanks to a goal from Darragh Doonan and a point from Eoin Burns while St Galls only managed a single point in reply.  The second half was a different story however.  Playing against a stiff breeze the Ogs just could not convert the many chances and frees which came their way. The only moment of cheer was a superb point from debutant Luca Raffo-Harper from the middle of the park.  St.Galls went on to out-score the Ogs, winning by a single point, 1-3 to 1-2.

After the frustration and disappointment of narrowly losing the opening match, the Ogs moved on to face St Agnes determined to put things right.  This time they ensured that possession was converted to scores running out easy winners scoring 3-1 while holding their opponents scoreless. Darragh Doonan top-scored with an impressive tally of 2-1 with the other goal coming from Eoin Burns.

St Pauls were up next and the Ogs once again dominated the play racing into a 2 goal lead converted by Carla Hamill (after the St Pauls keeper had saved point blank from Cormac Devlin), and Darragh D.  The wind however, was to play its part in our un-doing as St Pauls were able to covert some long-range efforts.  The Ogs only managed one more point from Darragh D. while St Pauls picked off 2 late goals and a point to tie the match.

So, a win, a draw and a narrow defeat for the Ogs which, with a little bit of luck, could have been a clean sweep for the young woodlanders.  Well Done Ogs!

Squad:  Eoin Burns, Cormac Devlin, Darragh Doonan, Darragh Hines, Andrew McLean, Luca Raffo-Harper, Shea McManus, Carla Hamill, Vinny Robinson, Diamuid Molloy

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