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Éire Óg 2-09 Ballycastle 0-04

30/04/2013Posted by Admin

Éire Óg Seniors continued their winning start to Division 4 with an uninspiring, yet convincing, 11 point victory over a determined Ballycastle side that hassled and harried the Ógs for 60 minutes. Despite what the score line suggests the Ógs were not on top form with lose kick passes, lose hand passes, wides and shots dropping short a main stay throughout the Sunday afternoon encounter. Despite this, solid performances from Stephen ‘Bomber’ McGuigan, Ciaran ‘Mackers’ McArevey, Conor McKenna and Aidan McKenna were key to the Ógs taking a further 2 points in Division 4.

The game itself was a drab affair, mainly due to the above, were a strong breeze was every present throughout both halves. The Ógs played against the wind in the first half with poor wides and shots dropping short a too familiar sigh, however Éire Óg stalwart JP Dunney reeled back the years making a darting run through the Ballycastle defence to make a well timed Emmet Holmes pass, resulting in the opening goal of the afternoon. The Ógs pushed on from here scoring 6 points into the bargain with Conor McKenna amongst others with the scores, leaving us ahead 1-06 to 0-03 at the half way stage. 

With the wind behind the Ógs in the second half we cemented our lead with further points from Joe Hughes and Conor McKenna and to finish off a great move Niall O’Connor fisted in a pass from John Erskine to leave the scores 2-09 to 0-04 at the close of play. Despite the strong breeze and poor ball work, a win is a win and the Ógs go in to Wednesday night’s game against Naomh Padraig (Lisburn) with 4 points from a possible 4.

Team
C Toner,

F Gribben, K Ryan, CMcAreavy

N Cochrane, S MCCaffrey, A McKenna

JP Dunney, C McKenna

J Hughes, KV, C Rice

A MCGarrity, J Erskine, C Mclean

Subs: Taggert, Chris Harrison, Niall O'Connor, Stevie Carson

Sin é.

Go raibh míle maith agat.

Éire Óg 3-16 Pearses 1-02 || An Alternative View

27/04/2013Posted by Ciaran

Eire og got their season off with a convincing 20 point win over North Belfast side Pearses.  However with the sides level at 1-1 after 15 minutes and the ogs distribution seeing the ball passed to a Pearses man rather than an og a shock win for underdogs Pearses seemed more likely than a convincing  win. Thankfully however the ogs settled down, played possession football and half backs driving forward started to add on a number of points and finished the half much better than they started.

The second half was all one way traffic with the Ógs putting together some excellent moves to rack up the scores. Young minor John Erskine was in excellent form taking an excellent goal and several points. With Conor McKenna in superb form at midfield ably supported by JP Dunney and Aidan McGarrity the Ógs were constantly on the attack. Peter Elliot and Joe Hughes made the most of the good supply of ball and racked up a steady rate of points.
 
As well as some impressive forward play the Ogs defended well. With Fergal Gribben and Aidan McKenna leading the line the Ógs limited Pearses scoring to a single point.
 
All in all a good start to the season for new managers Browning and MCGeough - though tougher matches will lie ahead.
 
Team
C Toner,

F Gribben, K Ryan, CMcAreavy

N Cochrane, A McKenna, S MCCaffrey,

JP Dunney, C McKenna,

J Hughes, P Elliot, C Rice,

A MCGarrity, J Erskine, C Mclean

Éire Óg v Na Piarsaigh

26/04/2013Posted by Seosamh

The wait was over the, the new GAA season has begun, the boys were chomping at the bit to get on the pitch and put into practice all the drills that coaches Browning and McGeough had well drilled into them. The boys arrived at the Cricky pitch and quickly entered the changing rooms. Now let me paint you a picture of what it’s like in the dressing room pre match. But before all the girls get too excited, details of a sordid nature will be omitted. The nervous energy emanating from the lads is tangible, the clattering of boots on the hard tile floor and the awkward silences broken only by the vicious berating of a mate (banter).  The lads tape and tie their boots, they pull on the tops and clamber for the footballs, eager to get out onto the pitch, we hold back until the last man is ready, this time we go out together, we go as one unit, knowing the opposition are already out. We shout and stamp like gladiators preparing for the arena of battle to mask the jangled nerves, the anticipation and the expectancy are palpable.  The pre match warm up is delivered excellently by the injured, but still excitable Joe George, this feels different, gone is the relaxed demeanour of the training pitch to be replaced with a seriousness and professionalism which enveloped the camp like a thick mist, the messing about is gone and the leaders come to the fore dragging the team into a new era. The speakers of the team step up to the metaphorical podium, each delivers their tone, some may have pre prepared and some speak from the moment, each relays with aplomb the appropriate message for the occasion, spirited and forceful. This is it, start as we mean to go on.  Then we hear MATCH OFF! Wait what,?? Pitch unplayable. Now in truth the pitch resembled a bombed out bog meadows with a few tones of sand dumped in various places which was unfit to graze cattle on, but such was the determination in the Og’s camp this was quickly put out of peoples mind. Following a quick relocation to woodlands the match was now back on. 


Turing to the match itself, the boys line out, each greats his opponent with the customary handshake, all trying to deliver a firmer shake than his opponent gaining the all important but slight psychological advantage of being “harder” than his man. The ball is thrown in and quickly the Ogs gain possession via JP and Conor McKenna, the ball is quickly spread around to the Ogs half back and full back lines. The early nerves are clearly present with both foot and hand passes going astray. Following some suitable “encouragement” from the sideline the nerves are quickly dispelled with the Ogs racing in to 1-3 to 0-0 lead with Joe Hughes getting the pick of the scores with a great run and goal from a tight angle. Pearses came back into the game with a few unanswered scores and a some what fortuitous goal due to an injury sustained by Ogs keeper Colly Toner. The remainder of the first half was nip and tuck with both turnover ball and scores being traded on a regular basis. The first half ended with the Ogs only a few points in front. 
Cue the half time team talk and some suitable home truths delivered in a frank and direct manner about the Ogs style of play and option selection.

The second half begins and the rust is now well and truly off the Ogs players with several players taking great scores, namely John Erskine, Joe Hughes, and Peter Elliott with his customary two footed display. Niall Cochrane was marauding up and down the wing like a drunken Viking on holiday causing the Pearses defence countless problems, while young Ricey twisted and turned his man so many times the poor fella was clearly dizzy and grabbed hold of Ricey’s neck for “support”. The scores were coming thick and fast by this stage and it was clear the Pearses team were beginning to tire. Clearly relishing his position at full forward John Erskine decided that to quote Karate Kid “mercy is for the weak” and slammed in a further two goals much to the delight of the Ogs crowd. The Ogs defence was rarely troubled by the Pearses attack with Mackers and the ageless Fergal Gribben snuffing out the Pearses attack. Sleepy Ryan was clear feeling the pressure of having to wear the number 3 jersey but coped well under the circumstances. Special mention must go to Conor McClean who made his debut at corner forward, literally miles away from his traditional corner back position and delivered what can only be described as “robust” tackling to any Pearses forward who attempted to carry the ball out of defence. A special word of thanks must also be extended to the versatile Niall (Cluxton) O Connor who came on and made an assured performance in nets replacing the injured Colly Toner.  Steady and assured performances from the bomber McCaffrey and Aiden McKenna also ensured that the Ogs ran out comfortable winners. 3-16 to 1-2.

With some of the Ogs still to return from injury and holidays coaches Browning and McGeough will be keen to build on this result.              

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