EIRE OG 3-09 NAOMH EOIN 2-08
ARE YOU ready to read the most ridiculous 'on the fence' statement of all time?
Having looked at this game Eire Og could have won by 10 points, Naomh Eoin could have won by one, and a draw could well have been the fairest result. However, in hindsight Eire Og probably just had too many older and more experienced players and were able to make do with 14 men for most of the game.
There was one stand out turning point in the game and that was the seven minute period where Naomh Eoin scored the opening goal through an Adam Kenny penalty and then Eire Og had Chris Blake sent off on a straight red card offence three minutes later but in true Eire Og style they goaled a minute later through Cody Geoghan and reversed the fortunes of the dismissal.
Niall Quinlan and Gareth Treacy had swapped points and by the quarter hour the sides were level at 1-1 apiece and then Adam Kenny and Darragh O'Brien followed suit to make it 1-2 to 1-2. The next small period would be Eire Og's best period of the game as Conor Murphy made his mark on proceedings scoring 1-1 which had two Niall Quinlan frees sandwiched between them. His goal was a standout strike after he ran over 50 yards before dispatching to the net.
Keith Hogan and Ross Smithers kept the Naomh Eoin account open but Darragh O'Brien finished off the scoring for Eire og and the first half as his side lead 2-6 to 1-4 at the break.
The second half would not only see nine scores but some fantastic football as Niall Swan gave an exhibition in the tackle, there might be no defined tackle in the GAA rule book but this guy could write it.
If Naomh Eoin were not going to let this game get out of their sight they needed to come out all guns blazing and after Niall Quinlan turned brilliantly and popped a lovely score over the bar on the stand side from 30m Naomh Eoin came to life and John Michael Nolan bullied his way through a barrage of players to find the net in the fourth minute and it was game on!
Four minutes later Naomh Eoin were still at it and Mike Treacy was released through on goal but he took his point and they only trailed 2-7 to 2-5 with 25 minutes to play. Adam Kenny made it a one point game with a super score from all of 30m and it was anybody's game.
Sometimes though a team that's down to 14 men can rally and that's what Eire Og did. With the experience on the line of Joe Murphy, Willie Quinlan and Brendan Hayden lending a helping hand to Damien Farrell, the man in charge, it was no surprise that Eoin Maddock pulled a point back for the town side before the O'Brien brothers made it a done deal with 1-1 in a seven minute period. Ronan notched the goal after Ronan Nolan was unlucky minding the net for Naomh Eoin while Darragh kicked the point. Ross Smithers kicked the final point of the game but his side had too much left to do.