Hollywood 2-13 Eire Og 1-11
Hollywood threw the cat among the pigeons with a deserved victory over raging hot favourites Eire Og in Roundwood last Sunday afternoon.
After Eire Og’s demolition of Kilmacanogue in the first round of the Intermediate championship the bookies had them odds on favourites for the county title but Hollywood never care about predictions and reputations like that and showed as much with a superb team display by Jarlath Gilroy’s men.
The men from the west flew from the traps with a fast, direct brand of football based on quick ball into full-forward Stephen Kearney who proved an absolute thorn in Greystones full-back Stephen Kelly’s side.
Kearney opened the scoring with a pointed free before Hollywood raised the first green flag in the second minute.
Eoin Burke floated a ball across the Greystones goal and PJ Keeffe took advantage of confusion in defence to palm home. Two marked points from Ryan Mulvey and Kearney followed before O’Keeffe clipped a super score on the run to leave the shell-shocked seasiders seven points down after ten minutes.
Cillian Keane got Greystones on the board after gathering sloppy loose ball and dissecting the posts, however more direct Hollywood ball fed Kearney who from a bad angle split the posts, the man could do no wrong.
Eire Og got a lifeline on 13 minutes. A long angled ball into the Hollywood danger zone saw Sam Thompson gather and finish to the onion sack.
The goal did not ignite Eire Og though and Hollywood went back to what was working for them with two more points from Kearney, who was giving an exhibition of score taking.
Eire Og did rally before half-time with three in a row to leave it 1-7 to 1-4 at the break.
On the resumption Hollywood picked up where they started with Kearney adding two more scores with a Keane point in response for Eire Og .
In the 48th minute came a crucial moment in the contest. Hollywood worked the ball into Kearney whose effort was footblocked by keeper Billy Norman with referee Kieron Kenny awarding a penalty. Kearney stepped up and the velocity of his effort would not have been stopped by the building of a Donald Trump wall across the nets.
It gave Hollywood a cushion again that they never looked in danger of losing as they basically matched score with score for the remainder of the game.
With this result the championship is blown wide open and any complacency Eire Og did display will be well and truly gone going forward. They never got going on the day with Darren Hayden well marshalled, Shaun Cranley rusty after his recent lay-off and Peter Keane only coming off the bench.
Hollywood were superb throughout the field with O’Keeffe influential and corner-back Harry Houlihan a marauding ball of energy throughout the field.
However, man of the match was Kearney who gave Stephen Kelly an hour he had rarely if ever experienced throughout his illustrious career. Kearney’s score taking and decision making were top drawer, especially in the opening half he played football from the gods.
Hollywood: Stephen Kearney 1-8, PJ O’Keeffe 1-2, Conor Burke 0-1, Ryan Mulvey 0-1, Conal Byrne 0-1.
Eire Og: Sam Thompson 1-2, Darren Hayden 0-3, Cillian Keane 0-2, Fionn O’Carroll 0-1, Shaun Cranley 0-1, James Cranley 0-1, Joe Prendergast 0-1.
Hollywood: Colin Tutty; Shane Kelly, Donnacha Halpin, Harry Houlihan; Ciaran Coyne, Luka Harney, Michael Healy; Cian Tyrrell, Rob Houlihan; Conor Burke, PJ O’Keeffe, Conal Byrne; Ryan Mulvey, Stephen Kearney; Eoin Burke.
Eire Og: Billy Norman; James Wood, Mick Cannon, Thade Shanahan; Fionn O’Carroll, David Dunne, Shaun Cranley; Stephen Kelly, Domo O’Brien: Dan Keane, Danny Woods, Darragh Shiel; Sam Thompson, Darren Hayden, Cillian Keane.
Referee: Kieron Kenny (Tinahely).