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Éire Óg 0-14 Ballycastle 0-04

8/18/2012Posted by C. McGarrity


 Eire og kicked off their Junior Championship campaign with a convincing win over Ballycastle. While this wasn't the finest display by the ogs they were always in control of the game and never looked in any real danger of losing. Playing uphill and against the wind in the first half the ogs started nervously with some wasteful shooting by the forwards meant that the Ógs failed to race into an early lead. However two points from frees from Peter Elliot settled some nerves and with impressive performances from Niall Cochrane and Ciaran Mcareavy in the back line censured that any time the ball did get to the Ballycastle forwards it was effectively dealt. With JP Dunney and Conor Mckenna winning the midfield battle the ogs were in control of the game and with that reflecting on the score board. Points from Joe Hughes Conor Mmckenna and a superb score from Niall Cochrane saw the Ógs lead at half time 0-7 to 0-3 .

The second half saw better performance from the ogs with Kvan Vesali and Dee McBrien coming more to the fore. Further points from Joe Hughes, Conor Mckenna and Kvan increased the Ógs lead however poor shot selection as well as some terrible wides and at least excellent 2 goal chances spurned meant the ogs lead wasn't stretched further. While Ballycastle battled hard they failed to raise their game and manager Austin emptied the subs bench.

At the end of the day a win in the championship is what matters. Semi final opponents Ardoyne will however be huge step up in class from Ballycastle so the Ógs will not be able to be as wasteful before goal a were today.

Best for the ogs Niall Cochrane and Ciaran Mcareavy in defence , JP and Conor McKenna in midfield Kvan and Dee McBrien in attack.

Éire Óg 1-08 St.Pauls 0-06

4/16/2012Posted by Admin

Éire Óg played their third division 4 game at Boucher Road, Belfast after a late Venue change from the original venue St.Pauls, Shaws Road. The Ógs got off to a slow start, not for the first time this season, missing some decent scoring opportunities in the opening 10-15minutes before opening their account with a superb solo effort from Joe Hughes.

As the first half drifted on the Ógs started to come into their rhythm more managing a further 3 points in the half, leaving them only a point adrift at the end of the first half.

The Ógs went out with renewed vigour in the second half a managed to keep a St.Pauls to a single point. Joe Hughes added further to his tally with a goal after a goal mouth scramble when Conor McKenna burst through the middle of the St.Pauls defence and rattling the crossbar with the subsequent shot.

The Ógs, missing Elliot, Kayvan and the two Holmes brothers, went on to rack up a further 4 points with Stevie Carson firing over a superb effort from the right wing leaving the scores at the final whistle Éire Óg 1-08 St.Pauls 0-06.

Éire Óg XV: Colin Toner, Conor McLean, Joe George, Kieran Ryan, Aidan McKenna, Stephen McCaffrey, Niall Cochrane, Conor McKenna,  J.P Dunney,  Aidan McGarrity, Niall O’Connor,  Eamonn Wilson, Joe Hughes, Ciarán Rice,  Stephen Carson

Subs: Ciaran McAreavey, Stephen McGuigan, Fra Grimley, Mark Short, Guilhaume McAllister

Éire Óg 0-13 St. Endas 1-06

4/2/2012Posted by P. Elliot

The Ogs got up and running in the league with a well deserved win over St. Endas at Woodlands. The glengormley men, aided by a few of the seniors around the middle of the park, started the brighter of the two sides. In particular, their fiery haired midfielder was causing problems, and tapped over a few frees to give them an early lead.

As the half grew on the Ogs started to settle, with Conor McKenna started to disrupt the Enda’s midfield, Emmett Holmes, Niall Cochrane and Peter Elliott were able to break forward more. Scores started to come soon after, as first Niall Cochrane, then Peter Elliott (2) brought the Ogs back into the game. An Endas goal followed soon after however, as a long looping ball fell to the full forwards hands, who slotted into the net.

Eire Ogs full forward line, and in Particular Stevie Carson and Fra Grimley, were starting to cause problems for the Endas back line who were now fouling on a regular basis. Two frees from Peter Elliott followed, and a fine Seamus Holmes point put the Ogs in front. Two more points from St. Endas, were met with a great run and point from McKenna to leave the sides level at half time. Eire Og 0-7 v 1-4 St. Endas.

The second half was a one sided affair, with the Ogs midfield of McKenna & Elliott now completely dominant, and the defence giving nothing away. Up front Stevie Carson was showing well, and along with Grimley and Vesali were drawing fouls at almost every attack. Three Elliott frees as a result of these fouls pulled the Ogs clear. A rare attack from St. Endas resulted in a well taken point, but this was soon followed by another 2 frees from Elliott.

With the half back line now winning almost every breaking ball, and Niall Cochrane in particular taking a few “pluckages” himself, the game had become pretty one-sided. Indeed the Cox/Vesali partnership on the left wing were causing all sorts of problems with constant driving runs, as was Seamus Holmes, who, along with brother Emmett, and Aidan McGarrity, were completely over running the Enda’s defence. One more St. Endas point followed before a delightful 45m free was sent sailing over the bar by Stevie Carson to wrap things up for the Ogs.

Éire Óg XV: Colin Toner, Conor McLean, Joe George, Kieran Ryan, Emmett Holmes, Aidan McGarrity, Niall Cochrane (0-1), Conor McKenna (0-1), Peter Elliott (0-8), Kayvan Vesali (0-1), Seamus Holmes (0-1), Joe Hughes, Ciarán Rice, Fra Grimley, Stephen Carson (0-1).

Subs: Eamonn Wilson, Ciaran McAreavey, Niall O’Connor

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