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Eire Og 1-10 St Malachys 0-04

4/13/2011Posted by PRO

It was always going to be a bit of a scrappy match against St Mals and this as a curtain opener for the season for the Ogs was no different.  The Ogs put up a couple of nice scores and took a lead in the match but St Mals were able to stay in the game through a number of free kicks given away too close to our own goal and it was only a one point game at the end of the half.

Coach Austin had harsh words at half time about tactics and they paid dividends immediately in the second half with one of the first kicks of the half being from Joe H slotting it over the bar from a tight angle.

But the tactics fell out the window again as the game got a little tempestuous and tempers flared resulting in JG receiving a straight red for his part in one of the disagreements and Joe H having to come off with blood gushing from a cut in his ear.  At the same time though, tempers were flaring more wildly on the side of St Mals and they had numerous players on yellow cards as the Ogs were knocking over a few scores to pull away into a lead.

Conor McKenna was able to put the ball into the back of the net off a hopeful ball into the box which bounced off the crossbar and soon after tempers flared on the side of the markets men and they had several players sent off but the game was already over as a contest by this point.

The Ogs were able to restrict St Mals to a single point in the second half to come away with a 9 point win (1-10 to 0-04)which sent them to the top of Division 4 (regardless of how temporary it is) but there will be a number of stronger sides who will play better football and be a much harder challenge in the weeks to come.

Eire Og vs Eire Og Craigavon

2/20/2011Posted by PRO

Good result for the Seniors drawing 1-11 to 0-14 with Eire Og Craigavon in the first pre-season friendly on a big pitch on a chilly morning in Lurgan. Great performances across the park but especially to Stephen McCaffrey in defence, Conor McKenna in the middle of the park and to all the young guys getting their first taste of Senior Football.

Coach Austin got his first look at the Seniors in action for the year and tried out lots of players within the four 20 mins periods but had plenty of options with over 20 players to choose from.  The Ogs took a quick lead in the first quarter getting up a few points and seemingly having their shooting boots on, not missing a single shot.

The lurgan team came back in the second and looked like they might start to get an advantage in the game with an entire second team waiting on the sidelines to come on.  A bit of miscommunication in the second period let a ball get knocked back into the box where one of the lurgan Ogs knocked it by stand in keeper Gaggs.

The signs looked ominous for the third and fourth quarters as Lurgan seemed to be bringing on their strongest team but the Ogs actually showed some of the character that they gained in the tough pre-season drills up at St Marys, the fitness levels shone through and they started knocking the points over again with the defence cleaning up everything that came near them.

A good result to end up drawing the match in the end but a bit more might be needed in order to come away with some results this year.

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