Monday 11 December 2017

Dorgan on fire as Eire Og triumph

WHEN these two teams met in the league section, Glenealy managed to secure a narrow victory, so they went into the game as slight favourates to lift the title.

Playing in bright sunshine, Glenealy began with a slight wind advantage for the opening half and they wasted no time securing the ball from the throw in and Jonathan O'Neill sent a long distance shot high over the bar to open the scoring.

From the puck out Drew Campbell sent the ball into the path of Shaun Cranley and he dodged the defense sending an unstoppable shot to the net.

Eire Og pressed their advantage and would have had further goals in the fourth and sixth minutes but for the bravery of Tom Farrell in the Glenealy goal who managed a string of excellent saves and Eire Og's Cranley had to settle for a single point.

Glenealy began to come more into the game with Jack Manley and Conor Hawes winning their share of possession. Jonathan O'Neill pointed a 40 yard free and minutes later he sent a 60 yard free straight to the back of the Eire Og net.

The Glenealy celebrations were short lived however. Kieran Sheehy sent a long ball to Nicholas Quirke and when he set up Conal Deeney there was only one possible result. Deeney gave the keeper no chance with his rasping shot.

Eire Og had the ball back in the net almost immediatly when Fintan O'Shea won the puck out and picked out Drew Campbell with his pass and the ball was again in the net. Glenealy had a point from Jack Veale but three more points from Greystones marksman Eoin Dorgan had them in command again and the eventual man of the match again took full advantage and his magnificent over the shoulder shot to the top corner of the net saw Greystones into the half time break with a 4-05 to 2-03 lead.

Glenealy needed something special in the second half if they were to have any chance of reining in the Greystones lead.

Substitute Cian Staunton opened the scoring with a great point but this was soon cancelled out by a shaun Cranley point at the other end. Cal Connolly was beginning to really dominate the back line and time and again he set up the Glenealy attack with Jonathon O'Neill and Staunton adding two more points.

Connolly was the hero in the 16th minute when lis long ball went straight to the back of the net. One minute later and the sides were level when Conor Devlin picked out O'Neill who shot straight to the net.

This revival was however short lived and it was the Greystones boys who were stung into action and Kieran Sheehy propelled them forward.

Goals from Eoin Dorgan, Rory Lucy and Brian Lawless left no way back for Glenealy.

Coiste NaNog Chairman David Murray presented Eire Og with the shield and thanked both sides for a great sporting occasion. Eoin Dorgan of Greystones was presented with the Wicklow People Man of the Match award.

On a regretful note, Luke Dorgan of Eire Og and brother of Eoin missed out on the final due to having an operation but he had been a major feature of the panel for the season up until the final. Get well soon Luke.

Eire Og Greystones: Brendan Cleary, Shane Ryan, Kieran Sheehy, Sam Molloy, Drew Campbell (1-00), Brian Lawless (1-01), Glen Ryder, Fintan O'Shea (0-01), Conal Deeney(1-00), Shaun Cranley (1-02), Nicholas Quirke, Eoin Dorgan (2-05), Niall Sheehy, Rory Lucey (1-00).

Glenealy: Tom Farrell, Conor Devlin, Patrick Dunne, James Byrne, Jamie Byrne, Cal Connolly (1-00),Conor Hawes, Gary Hughes (1-00), Fionn MacLochlainn, Shane Manley, Jack Manley, Gary McCann, Sam O'Dowd (1-00), Cian O'Neill, Oisin O'Neill, Jonathan O'Neill (2-03), Cian Staunton (0-02), Jack Veale (0-01).

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