Thursday 23 November 2017


Avondale and Eire OG faced of in their first round of the Senior football championship in Arklow on Sunday evening.

Avondale and Eire OG faced of in their first round of the Senior football championship in Arklow on Sunday evening.

It was a game that very much changed direction after Eire OG got two quick goals that ended it as a contest.

The first real chance of the game fell to Avondale's Conor McGraynor with just 58 seconds gone on the clock.

Eire OG had the first real goal scoring chance in the second minute when Sam Thompson forced a great save from Brian Burke in the Dale's goal.

Eire OG registered their first score of the game in the second minute of the game when Conor Monaghan kicked a good point. Four minutes late, Eire Og raised their first green flag of the evening.

A dangerous ball was floated in to the Dale's defense, Darren Hayden gathered it well and blasted it past a helpless Burke. The goal left Avondale reeling and just a minute later Eire OG were in for their second goal.

Daniel Webb's shot was saved by Burke, the ball fell to Thompson and the full forward slotted the ball home to put the Greystones men in a commanding position.

Eire OG were full of confidence after the quick goals and kicked another point in the ninth minute. Matthew McGuire played a great ball in to Sean Horan, who coolly slotted the ball over the bar.

It took Avondale 10 minutes to register their first point of the game thanks to Ian Heffernan but two minutes later Eire OG could have had their third goal.

A blistering shot from Daniel Webb hit the top of the crossbar and went over for a point. Dean Gahan registered Avondale's second point of the evening in the 14th minute but that was quickly followed by another point from Webb.

Avondale had their first real attack in the 20th minute when some good play allowed David Baker kick a good point.

That attack sparked Avondale into life and a great Eamonn Kearns block put Shane Byrne in for a point in the 22nd minute.

The Dales were growing into the game at this stage and probably should have had more to show for it. Gahan had a half chance in the 24th minute before Ian Heffernan tapped over an easy free.

Eire OG would get the final two scores of the half though, thanks to points from Craig Smullen and Webb and they went in at half time with a seven point lead.

They made a fast start to the second half as well with quick points from Daniel Keane and Webb, extending their lead to nine, and they could have had a third goal in the 38th minute when Webb's fisted effort came back off the woodwork.

The Dales reduced the lead to six in the 40th minute, a quick ball in fell to Heffernan and he made no mistake, blasting into the Eire Og net.

Eire OG went straight back up the field though and kicked three good points.

First Darren Hayden pointed and that was followed by points from O'Hagen and Webb.

The Greystones men were getting the ball from the midfield to the forward line very quickly and that allowed Sam Thompson to kick an excellent point in the 46th minute.

Shane Byrne pointed a minute later to keep Avondale in touch and two minutes later Heffernan added another.

That was followed by possibly the point of the evening. Darren Hayden received the ball 40 yards from goal but the Eire Og man kicked it straight between the two posts.

Substitute Edward Davis extended their lead before Avondale bagged their second goal of the game.

Barry Sheehan's initial shot was saved but the rebound fell to Cathal Doyle and he slotted home.

Heffernan added another free two minutes from time and right at the death Webb raised another green flag as he scored Eire OG's third goal.

Eire Og were probably full value for the win. They were very sharp all evening, especially in the middle of the field and it was an impressive start to their campaign, against brave opponents.

Scorers Eire Og: Darren Hayden 1-2; Sam Thompson 2-2; Sean Horan 0-1; Daniel Webb 0-3; Craig Smullen 0-1; Daniel Keane 0-2; William O'Hagen 0-1; Edward Davis 0-1;

Avondale: Ian Heffernan 1-4; David Baker 0-1; Dean Gahan 0-1; Cathal Doyle 1-0;

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