Juniors Match Report – Eire Og Vs Tir Chonaill Gaels
Report by Calum Crowley
JFC Preliminary Round, 23/4/16
Eire Og 1-11 TCG 1-8
The junior team had their first championship encounter of the year on what was a fresh day in Ruislip. The young guns lined out in a somewhat unfamiliar fashion with many new faces stepping in for an array of unavailable players. Eire Og started the brightest and hit 2 unanswered points in the first 10 minutes before TCG started to get themselves into a rhythm. Following some good forward link up play, TCG won a free 30m out and Donal Geraghty stepped up to split the posts and cut Eire Og's lead in half. It was to be our only score of the half however as some chances went a begging for TCG, Eire Og Managed to raise the white flag twice more before the half time whistle to leave the score 4 points to 1 at the interval.
During a disappointing start to the 2nd half from the Gaels, Eire Og managed to score 1-2 in a 5 minute period which proved to be decisive. The young guns were able to re-group and chalk up a couple of points of their own through the boot of talisman Killian Butler in the middle of the park. More dogged defending from the gales back line saw them break up the pitch and win another free which Donal Geraghty duly stuck over to further reduce the gap between the sides. Then came the best period of play from the Gales as they again broke quickly with the tireless Ryan Kearney orchestrating some fine defensive work. The ball was sent down the wing to substitute Kieran Cunningham who cut inside and laid the ball off to the on-rushing Francis McGinley, who powered his way through to finish the move off by rattling the onion bag.
Despite the intense Gales pressure, Eire Og were finding gaps in the defence and replied with a couple of well worked points, although Further points from Kieran Cunningham and paddy O'Connor meant that these were cancelled out. The game was getting stretched and when Killian Butler pointed from a free at a tight angle, it meant there was only 2 points between them going into the last couple of minutes. Eire Og won the resulting kick out and retained the ball well before eventually raising the white flag with what was to be the last kick of the game to leave the final score at 1-11 to 1-8.
Overall A great display from the Young Guns who just came up short, but will no doubt be back stronger for the McCardle cup final in a fort nights time. A special mention to Ewan Vassallo who put in a fine individual performance in what was his debut for the club.
Team: Eoin Higgins, Jack Nolan, Jack Elliott, Antonio Pisano, Pierce Ronan, Ewan Vassallo, Phil Hogan, Ryan Kearney (C) Killian Butler, Conor McCarthy, Donal Geraghty, Kieran Clarke, Marc Hogan, Francis McGinley, Damien Mullen.
Subs: Patrick O'Connor for Phil Hogan, Kieran Cunningham for Marc Hogan, Jack Gannon for Francis McGinley.
Scorers: Killian Butler 0-4 (2f), Francis McGinley 1-0, Donal Geraghty 0-2 (2f), Patrick O'Connor 0-1, Kieran Cunningham 0-1.