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5/4/2014Posted by Aidan Mc Garrity

Éire Óg vs St. Comgalls

Ógs come Good 

A depleted Eire Og side with only 17 players in attendance struggled to put a rugged Antrim town Side away on an overcast afternoon at Woodlands.

  Indeed it was the Visitors who started the brighter with the Comgalls reeling off two early points before Gerard Nugent settled the home sides nerves with a couple of close range frees. The game was nip and tuck thereafter with poor handling from the Ogs forwards allowing the South West men to punish them at the other end. Disaster struck midway through the first half when stand in keeper Kayvan Vesali who with a rush of blood to the head got caught in possession and the Antrim centre forward duly obliged shooting into the empty net from 30 yards. This put the visitors 5 in front however in what has been a trademark of the season so far the Ogs did not let the heads drop and subsequently reeled off the next 7 points. Thomas Maguire and Stephen Erskine particularly prominent in this period with Maguire helping himself to 2 points.

Half time Eire Og 0-10 St.Comgalls 1-5

 On the restart, the Óg's again let their standards slip as Comgalls regained a foothold. The sides were quickly level at 12 apiece ten minutes into the second period and were dealt another blow with Aidan Mc Garrity having to leave the game due to injury with Ciaran Rice (another injury doubt) replacing him. This caused a reshuffle which happened to work in their favour as Thomas Maguire dropped back to Centre half back adding solidity  while Conor Mc Kenna shifted to right half back. The reshuffle gave the Ógs a greater attacking emphasis from deep as Mc Kenna and S.Erskine pinned there men back, which alleviated the pressure from the full back line of Ellis (who was fighting gamely to keep their star man quiet), J.George and Mc Lean. The Ógs midfield of Brian Maguire and Stevie "Bomber" Mc Caffrey were now dominant and were supplying the Ogs forwards with quick ball. Caomhan Daykin and Conor Mc Kenna both slotted several long distance points as the Ogs began to pull away. Indeed Mc Kenna was now running riot and quickly added another with the fist; the pressure had became too much for the Antrim men as their corner back who was being tortured by Harrison and Rice was given his marching orders. The Ógs were now firmly in control and there was time left for supersub G "the goal" Mc Allister to get in on the act with a now trademark fisted goal after being assisted by the Erskine brothers.

Full Time Score Éire Óg 1-19 Naomh Comghall 1-9

ÉIRE ÓG XV: Kayvan Vesali, Conor Ellis, Joe George, Conor McLean, Aidan McGarrity, Conor McKenna (0-4), Stephen Erskine (0-2) 1F, Brian Maguire (0-1), Stephen Mc Caffrey (0-1), Joe Hughes, Thomas Maguire (0-2), Caomhan Daykin (0-2), John Erskine, Gerard Nugent (0-7) 4F, Chris Harrison

Subs: Ciaran Rice for A Mc Garrity, Guillhaume Mc Allister (1-0)for B Maguire

Best For the Ógs: Conor Mc Kenna, Caomhan Daykin, Thomas Maguire

Ogs Off to A Flyer

4/13/2014Posted by Aidan Mc Garrity


Éire Óg Vs Ard Eoin

 The Ógs kicked off their division 3 campaign with a resounding victory against divisional stalwarts Ardoyne Kickhams.

   The Ógs as usual took time to get started and if not for some wayward shooting, Ardoyne could have been further than two in front in the first 10 minutes. However when the Ógs eventually did settle they played some marvellous free flowing football with recent acquisition Gerard Nugent popping several points over off either foot after good work by Aidan Mc Garrity. The Ógs had the lion's share of possession throughout the first half and they began to make that count as Joe Hughes was on hand to tuck home the only goal of the game from five yards after the Ardoyne's Antrim u21 goalkeeper Tiernan Hughes had tipped Joe Hughes initial shot on to the crossbar. The Ógs could have and should have put the game out of sight before half time as they missed a few gilt edge chances to put the game to bed.

Half time Eire Óg 1-4 Ardoyne 0-3

During the half time team talk, The Ógs knew they would be up against it against the breeze in the second half and the three man Management team of Crick Browning, Barney Mc Geough and Charlie Nugent called for an increased work rate for the second half. The Ógs duly responded with Stephen Mc Caffrey and Chris Turley in Particular dominating Midfield whilst Thomas Maguire scavenged for any breaks. In spite of this, Ardoyne would not go away and after they had closed the gap to 3 points they were awarded a penalty as resident Full Back Joe "the Rock" George was harshly adjudged to have illegally picked the ball up off the deck in a goal mouth scramble. Thankfully D Nugent made a magnificent double stop of the subsequent penalty and the crisis was averted. From there on Eire Óg dominated the remainder of the game with the dynamic half back line of young Stephen "Januzaj" Erskine, Conor Mc Kenna and Conor Ellis flooding forward from deep. The defence had also tightened up considerably and Ardoyne were living off scraps on the counter with Kayvan Vesali and Conor Mc Lean closing off the space left behind when the half backs flooded forward. Ardoyne's frustration was beginning to show as they their influential full forward Jim Mc Auley (who was stifled throughout by Joe George) was red carded with 10 minutes to go. The ogs clinched victory with points from young minor Caomhan Daykin and player of the season so far John Erskine.

This was a very significant result for the Ógs as it was their first victory over Ardoyne in several years and is testament to the current feel good vibe coursing throughout the squad. Honourable mention to Joe Hughes who after his goal scoring exploits created a bit of infamy by becoming the first Óg player to be Black Carded.

Fulle Time: Éire óg 1-9 Ard Eoin 0-6

Éire Óg XV: D Nugent, C Mc Clean, J George, K Vesali, S Erskine, C Mc Kenna (0-1),  C Ellis, C Turley, S Mc Caffrey, C Rice, T Maguire, J Hughes (1-1), J Erskine (0-1), G Nugent (0-5) 3f, A Mc Garrity.

Subs: C Daykin (0-1) for C Rice, C Harrison For J Hughes

Management: Crick Browning, Charlie Nugent, Barney Mc Geough.

Eire Og 3-12 v 0-4 Tir na Nog Randalstown

6/9/2013Posted by P. Elliot

A mid-week fixture in the country with an earlier than normal throw in time of 6:45 ensured the Ogs travelled to Randalstown very low in numbers for this potential banana skin game. However credit must go to the 16 players who travelled as they turned in probably the teams finest performance of the season to date, running out comfortable winners on a wet & windy evening.

Any early point from Conor McKenna settled the team down before Fra Grimley was pulled down by the labouring Tir na Nog full-back to give the Ogs a penalty. Peter Elliott dispatched the penalty to give the team an early 4 point lead (1-1 v 0-0) and a perfect start. Randalstown were winning their fair share of ball in and around the middle of the park and had 2 young, nippy corner forwards that they were trying to feed every time. Joe “The Rock” George was marshalling his full back line well however, with both Fergal Gribben and Kieran Ryan out in front of their men regularly, keeping both corner forwards quiet. In the forward line Mark Shortt was showing well and a great run and direct ball in from Aidan McGarrity in midfield found shortty, who turned his man well and slotted an excellently worked point straight between the posts. Joe Hughes was showing well and constantly outpacing his marker. Peter Elliott added 2 more frees to increase the Ogs lead. However Tir na Nog were able to add on a few points of their own through disputable frees given, however it was becoming clear amongst the country lads that any scores they were going to get – they were going to have to work for them. Indeed their only “out ball” was their wing half back who had won 3 or 4 kick outs against the height restricted Conor McLean. A quick switch putting Elliott onto the half back for kick outs quickly sorted this out. A few points were exchanged before half time with the Ogs leading 1-5 v 0-4 at the short whistle

Determined to end the match quickly the Ogs came flying out of the blocks at the beginning of the second half. Some good work by Conor McLean and a delicate handpass from Mackers put Elliott through on goal and he finished into the corner for his second goal. McLean and Grimley then added points before another Elliott free extended the lead further. Aidan McGarrity and Conor McKenna were either winning or breaking everything in midfield, and by now our half back line was dominating the Randalstown forwards with McCaffrey and Cochrane winning ball regularly and getting forward at will. Even Joe George saw fit to take a stroll into unknown territory. A few well worked frees then gave Conor McKenna and McLean further points before an attempted Elliott point fell about 14 metres short for trainer of the year Guillhame to send a rocketing right hook to the ball which flew gracefully into the top corner. Joe Hughes and Mackers added a few more points were added and the Og’s impressive defence kept the Country men scoreless in the second half.

Final Score Tir na Nog Randalstown 0-4 v 3-12 Eire Og

Raffo, F Gribben, J George, K Ryan, A McKenna, S McCaffrey, N Cochrane (0-1), A McGarrity, C McKenna (0-2), J Hughes (0-2), P Elliott (2-3, 1-0pen, 0-3f), C McLean (0-2), M Shortt (0-1) F Grimley, C McAreavey (0-1)
Subs: G McAllister (1-0)

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