U16 Division 3 County Championship
On Saturday the 20th of September Eire Óg and close rivals Michael Glaveys were to compete for the U16 Division 3 County Championship. This was to be the third time these sides would face each other this year alone, and Eire Óg have been victorious the last two games by only a kick of a ball. This alone was enough to suggest that a close encounter was to be expected again.
It began with a nervous start for Eire Óg, conceding two points and losing their first two kick outs early on. It was clear that Michael Glaveys were out for revenge.
Ciaran Dolan was given a black card after five minutes when he took down his man in the square.
A Penalty was given and slotted in the bottom right corner by Tiernan Murphy.
Minutes later Ronan Cahill left a free kick short which was gathered by Sean Groarke in the air and put in the Michael Glavey’s net. Eire Óg then shook themselves down and started to attack Michael Glavey’s defence. It started from Eire Óg winning their own kick outs. Mark Finan then confidently slotted over a free from a tricky angle to settle a few nerves. Glaveys did not make it easy for Eire Óg, and they led by a point going into half time.
Michael Glaveys got off to a dream start scoring 1-2 in the first five minutes and it looked as though it would be a one sided second half. Eire Óg, having a reputation of being a second half team, came back in great fashion. Ronan Cahill in full forward was immense under the high ball scoring 3 points from play in quick succession. Michael Glaveys were not done however, scoring two more goals in the space of 10 minutes. Ronan Cahill, again on the ball, showed a great display of strength to power his way through the Michael Glaveys defence and score a fine goal. Michael Glavey’s Midfielders kept running at the Eire Og defence but could only gather a point from play. Aaron Woods did an excellent job of keeping Michael Glaveys best forward, Cathal Heneghan, at bay. Conor Coleman stepped up to take a penalty and although it was saved he was quick to gather the rebound and he somehow found the back of the net. Michael Glavey’s forwards did not take full advantage of their scoring chances. Ronan Cahill, Jarlath Lavin and Sean Groarke added to the Eire Óg scoreboard. James Walsh, James Lafferty and Ciaran Lavin kept Eire Óg’s forwards supplied with lots of ball. Ronan Dooney made a fine save in the late stages of the second half to ensure an Eire Óg victory.
The game finished Eire Óg 4-8 Michael Glaveys 4-3. Congratulations to a magnificent team and their management on a wonderful achievement.