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Éire Óg 0-7 St Agnes 1-11

3/22/2012Posted by Admin

St.Agnes grabbed a deserved seven-point win over Éire Óg at Woodlands Playing Fields on Sunday 18th March to gain their first 2 points in Division IV at the expense of the Ógs.

The home side, Éire Óg, could never really get going with a lot of players still suffering the effects of their antics on St. Patrick’s Day, and a few missing through holidays and injuries.

That was no excuse for the performance of the Ógs though, with many commenting that this was their worst performance of manager Tony Austins tenure.

A St.Agnes goal just before half time gave the West Belfast men a 4 point advantage at the break with the score sitting 1-4 to 0-4.

Despite never really hitting their stride, the Ógs managed to tally 0-7 by the final whistle.


Éire Óg XV: Colin Toner, Ciaran Ryan, Joe George, Conor McClean, Mark Short, Seamus Holmes, Emmet Holmes, J.P Dunney, Conor McKenna, Joe Hughes, Kayvan, Ciaran Rice, Fra Grimley, Ciaran McAreavy

Subs: Aidan McKenna for Mark Short, Aidan McGarrity for Ciaran Rice, Niall O’Connor for Ciaran McAreavy

Ógs Scorers: Elliot (0-2), J.P Dunney (0-1), Joe Hughes (0-1), Conor McKenna (0-1), Kayvan (0-1), Niall O’Connor (0-1)

Eire Og 2-07 Bredagh (2) 0-9

3/4/2012Posted by P. Elliot

Another Understrength Eire Og team took to the field against Bredagh. Missing an entire half back line including, but not restricted to the unfortunate Kayvan Vesali, who has been struck down with a mysterious illness that so far doctors have been unable to diagnose. Symptoms include – not being able to train, only being able to play soccer, and pulling ones hamstring.

Despite the low numbers, the Ogs started well with Joe George marshalling the rather “burly” Bredagh full forward well, and Mackers sticking tight to his man also. The midfield pairing of McKenna & Elliott were outfielding and outrunning their opposite numbers, and O’Connor, Rice and Grimley were showing well in attack. Grimley opened the scoring for the Ogs with a well taken point after some nice interchanging with J.P. However Bredagh responded with some nice scores of their own. Their centre half forward linking play well with 2 very speedy corner forwards. O’Connor then tagged on a point as the first period drew to a close.

The second of 3 twenty minute periods started well for the Ogs with a goal within a few minutes to give the Ogs a slender lead. A short but eventful cameo from both Holmes brothers into the half back line saw the Ogs gain a stranglehold in the midfield/half back line, and another goal soon followed. A high ball pumped in to the full forward line provided by our resident Eye Surgeons speciality “Donkey Kick” saw the ball break to Ciaran Rice, who fired into the Bredagh net. Eamon Wilson then fired over a point to give the Ogs a healthy lead going into the final third.

Some personnel and positional changes led to a slightly disjointed final third for the Ogs, with Bredagh able to find their forwards who took a few good scores. Another point from Wilson after some good movement and lay off from Niall O’Connor separated another 2 Bredagh points. Despite this the fitness and movement was still proving too much for the Down men, who were simply unable to handle the breaks from midfield and half back. Conor McKenna then fired over a point before a scuffle following a bad tackle brought the game to a slightly premature end. Overall a good workout, and a good win for another understrength Ogs team with a few players staking claims for regular places.

Éire Óg 0-21 Pearses 0-5

2/12/2012Posted by A. McGarrity

The Ógs opened there pre- season account with consummate ease against a transitional Pearses side short of their top marksman Pearse Donaghy. Éire Óg got out of the blocks quickly as a new look midfield partnership of Peter Elliot and county U21 panellist Conor Mc Kenna ran amok both finishing on personal tallies of 0-7. In fact Pearses failed to score at all in the first period with recent acquisition Colin Toner from St.James Aldergrove delivering an assured performance in goal. Éire Óg will be disappointed with their finishing as the 0-6 return in the first period did not reflect their total dominance as lively forwards Hughes, Rice (sporting a new samurai haircut) and Mackers all spurned goal chances.

In the second period the Ógs began to make their superior possession count with both old stager Emmet Holmes and young pretender Stephen Carson tagging on fine points. Pearses offered little in attack and the experienced fullback line of Mc Clean, George and Ryan swept up nicely. The solidity of the full back line allowed the half backs to push on with Mc Garrity, Mc Guigan and Holmes all flooding forward with dangerous intent. By the end of the second twenty the game as a contest was over with the Ógs extending their lead to 0-13 to a point. With half forwards Kayvan and Hughes registering fine points. The only black mark of the half being Grimley's needless dismissal for an act of tomfoolery.

The last third saw Pearses finally grab a foothold in the game and they punished the Ógs complacency on several occasions with their young corner forward "fitzy" scoring one particular beauty. All in all this was a decent workout for this ambitious Éire Óg side as they blew away the cobwebs lingering after the long offseason. It must be noted however that greater challenges lie ahead and if we are to come away from St.Pauls Hollywood next week with a victory, the performance will have to increase tenfold as the wayward shooting and passing must be addressed.

Éire Óg XV: Colin Toner, Conor Mc Lean, Joe George, Kieran Ryan, Aidan Mc Garrity, Stephen Mc Guigan, Emmet Holmes ( 0-1), Peter Elliot (0-7), Conor Mc Kenna (0-7), Joe Hughes (0-2), JP Dunney (0-1), Kayvan Vesali (0-1), Ciaran Mc Areavey, Aidan Mc Kenna (0-1), Ciaran Rice.

Subs: Fra Grimley, Stephen Carson (0-1), Guillhaume Mc Allister

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