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Coaches: Nuala McLean, Jackie Erskine, Ciaran McGarrity


Ian McKeown Football Tournament

26/09/2015Posted by Kevin Meenan


On Saturday the 26th September Eire Og travelled to Newry to compete in the prestigious annual Ian McKeown football blitz which was being hosted by Newry Shamrocks at County Downs home pitch, Park Esler.

Teams from all around Ireland were invited to compete and clubs from as far afield as Dublin where in attendance. On the day Eire Og faced some top club sides in the group stages and the skill level was very high. Eire Og played Bredagh, Newry Shamrocks, Teconnaught, and Bosco, in the group stages. After some battling performances the young Ogs fell short at the semi final hurdle by the narrowest margin to Dromara.

The Blitz was a great experience for the young players who were not use to playing on such a large pitch and playing 11 –side. It was great to see so many players in attendance and a big thanks must go to all the coaches and parents who made the effort to get to Newry for 10am in the morning. A special mention must go to Theo, Liam, Oisin, Patrick who were competing in their first competitive blitz for the club. It was also encouraging to see so many girls turning out for the club. The club now has its own girls team and we would ask any girls who are interested in playing to contact Kevin 07739128449 or Paddy 07841383222.

Eire Og Squad

Cara, Ronan, Cormac, Liam, John, Daniel, Oisin, Emma, Aofie, Liam G, David, Anna, Mia, Laura, Fionntain, Patrick, Theo



Go Games

30/05/2015Posted by Marion O'Neill


Go Games at St Teresa's


Both the Éire Óg Under 8 and Under 6 teams competed with style and determination at the recent St. Teresa’s football blitz.  The U8s displayed silky skills and their passing, movement and tackling were first-rate throughout. Their opening victory over Lagmore Gaels was due mainly to excellent teamwork and accurate score taking. The Óg’s defence was particularly strong and frustrated the Lagmore forwards with close marking and impressive tackling.  Despite the best efforts of a battling Lagmore team, the Ógs held on for a notable and hard-fought win.

In their second game, the Ógs came up against a strong and clever O’Donnell’s side. Even though the young Ógs put in a brave challenge, they found the “O’Ds” too strong on the day and lost narrowly. However, the side performed bravely, putting in neat blocks and breaking up the O’Donnell’s play on many occasions. Trailing towards the end, the Ógs fought back with two terrific late goals but, sadly, it was not enough to secure a win against a fine O’Donnell’s team.

Next up for the Ógs were the home side, St Teresa’s.  While putting in a great all-round team performance, with accurate hand passing to the fore, the Ógs missed out by the narrowest of margins. It was though a determined exhibition by the Ógs, whose close marking and fine use of possession was noticeable throughout. 

The final outing for the Ógs was against St Agnes in what was a fine advert for underage football. In a fast and flowing game, the Ógs’ defence was resolute and limited the Aggies’ scoring opportunities. The game was characterised by slick skills and it was evident that the coaching was paying dividends as the players put into practice the skills they had learned.  It was a hard-fought game with honours even at the end.

The Óg’s U6 team contained a mix of players from nursery school through to P2.  Even at this young age, the young team showed great promise and used their skills to good effect during their games. They displayed fine passing and were strong in the tackle, showing great enthusiasm, particularly against a strong O’Donnell’s side.

A special thank-you must go to all of the coaches for their hard work in preparing the teams and to the parents who came along to support on the day.

The players are listed alphabetically below:

U8 players:  Anna, Aoife, Darragh, Emma, Fionntán, John, Liam and Ronan 

U6 players: Eimear, Holly, Laura, Roisha and Ruairi


Friendly v St Teresa's

20/05/2015Posted by Kevin Meenan


Eire Og U8 v St Teresa’s

A mid-week match with St Teresa’s was arranged at short notice and it was great to see a squad of 12 players able to make it.  The match was split into three halves and all players were rotated to ensure they had a chance of playing in different positions.  Eire Og played brilliantly in each of the halves and comfortably outscored their opponents in each half.  A feature of the game was the furious tackling and blocking of the young Ogs and this limited St Teresa’s opportunities to score.  It was great to see the kids putting their training into practice with some great hand passing moves which resulted in some brilliant scores.  A special mention goes to Cara who moved up and played for the U10s to help them out and performed very well.  The team is making great progress and all the hard training is paying off.  All the players should be really proud of their performance and it is great to see how each of them has improved greatly throughout the season.  A word of thanks to all the coaches and parents who showed up at such short notice.     

There is some video of the game at http://youtu.be/Y2tNUetKKJE

U8 Team

Emma, Aoife, Cara, Anna M, Anna R, Mia, Laura, Cormac, Darragh, John, Ronan, Liam



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