First senior football league match of the 2015 season – Naomh Éanna v Rasharkin
Last night our senior footballers made their return to all county division 2 football after a 3 year exile in division 3. Played on the Paddy Laverty pitch which was in pristine condition, the senior footballers made a nervous start against Rasharkin who were playing in division 2 after their relegation from division 1 last season.
Rasharkin opening the scoring with a close in free after 3 minutes, this was to be the only time they would lead the game. It took Naomh Éanna 7 minutes before they would register their first score with a pointed free from Ruairi Scott. Two minutes later Rian Gillen received a black card for a late challenge on the Rasharkin keeper. This seemed to unsettle Naomh Éanna and they struggled for a period before Kristan Healy scored the next point in the thirteenth minute.
Rasharkin drew level with their first point from play but Naomh Éanna hit a purple spell and scored 4 points without reply with scores coming from Ruairi Scott (2), Philly Curran and Sean McCullough. Naomh Éanna were playing well at this stage and could have been much further ahead but for some poor shooting. Rasharkin pulled a point back before the break with another close in free.
After the break Naomh Éanna made one change with Donal Walsh replacing Eoin McNulty. Rasharkin started the 2nd half with the wind behind them and registered the first score of the half after 2 minutes. For the next 10 minutes the match became a game of chess, both teams countered each other out. Then Naomh Éanna hit 1.3 (including a rare point from full back Conor Smyth), without reply and put the game beyond Rasharkin’s reach. Indeed Naomh Éanna really should have worked the scoreboard much more. Several goal opportunities went a begging and quite a few shots dropped short into the keepers arms.
The game petered out as a contest and no further scores were registered in the last 10 minutes.
All in all it was an encouraging start by Naomh Éanna. The team was relatively young, eleven players from last year’s U21 team including two 18 year olds and six 19 year olds.
Next up is an away game v Tir na Og on Sunday 19 April.
The team was – Chris Losty, Fintan Eastwood, Conor Smyth (0.1), Conor Maxwell, Ryan Kennedy, Kevin Hillen, Damian Gault, Philly Curran (0.1), Sean McCullough (0.1), Kristan Healy (0.1), Ruairi Scott (0.4,1f), Eoin McNulty, Peter Healy, Conall Scott, Rian Gillen, subs James MacAuley (1.0), Donal Walsh (0.1), Daniel Kennedy, Paddy Coogan, Tieran Curran.