O’Neill’s ACHL Division 2 – Round 5
Date: Wed 23 May 2018
Venue: Páirc Éanna
Time: 7 30 PM
Referee: Joseph Compston
Naomh Éanna v Tír na nÓg
Naomh Éanna – The new training tops are sponsored by Quater Accountants.
Last Wednesday evening the 23rd May, there was beautiful sunshine and not a breath, it was perfect setting for hurling in Páirc Éanna, bhí an grian ag taitneamh (the sun was shining).
A busy place on any evening with training, games and a social events, classes and much more happening, but the highlight for sure was the Division two match between the two south west neighbours.
On paper there was basically a hair between them, the experts predicting that it could go either way. It in the end showed that the home side is, for sure, greater than the sum of its parts.
In the bright sunshine Joe Compston took charge of the match and offered the toss to the visiting teams. The visitors’ choice, they opted to turn around and play into the gleann and on eight o’clock on the dot the game began.
Pause on six minutes, Naomh Éanna had the scoreboard moving in the right direction at, (NÉ 0.03, Tír 0.00) and it was a minute later when Seán Duffin would open the visitors’ scoring, (NÉ 0.03, Tír 0.01).
Relentless and continuing to drive on, the home side were good for another with eight minutes played, (NÉ 0.04, Tír 0.01) and minutes later both teams would score again to make it, (NÉ 0.05, Tír 0.02).
One of the highlights of the first half would be a score from play by Cormac Ross, the passing, moving and execution of the backs mid field and half forwards was excellent, (NÉ 0.06, Tír 0.02). The home side would be guilty of some wides which should have stretched the lead out, but instead No.10 Ciarán Logan got a Tír na nÓg third on 18th minutes, (NÉ 0.06, Tír 0.03).
The games saw a delay with a thigh injury to half back Kevin Kerr, who was substituted as he could not continue, with Darragh Fagan slotting in for the injured Kerr.
The standard of free taking from both sides was good and the visiting team got a shot in the arm when a long free landed in the square and Pearse Sheerin caught cleanly and rifled the net to bring the sides level, (NÉ 0.06, Tír 1.03). Game on!
The visitors had chances to take the lead but as the game went on wasteful shooting let them down. Killian Jennings was much more efficient in his turnover and ensured his team took the lead with a well taken score to keep the scoreboard moving, (NÉ 0.07, Tír 1.03). The gap was three as frees given away by the Tír na nÓg inside back line was easily punished by John McGoldrick, (NÉ 0.09, Tír 1.03). The visitors did get one back quite quickly, (NÉ 0.09, Tír 1.04) but further panic in the Tír na nÓg puck outs allowed corner forward Ollie Breen to field, strike and score unchallenged to increase the difference to three, (NÉ 0.10, Tír 1.04).
Scór leath ama ag Páirc Éanna: –
Naomh Éanna 0.10
Tír na nÓg 1.04
The beginning of the second half would continue as the first ended, Naomh Éanna would add two quick scores, (NÉ 0.12, Tír 1.04).
At this stage the game was moving away from the Tír na nÓg side, but the work rate from the two half forwards, and in particular Kevin Sheerin, made sure he would get his first point from play, (NÉ 0.12, Tír 1.05).
On thirty six minutes, another free for na Fhir Éanna would make it, (NÉ 0.13, Tír 1.05), a minute later Kevin McCann would get his first with a fine point from play, (NÉ 0.13, Tír 1.06), the gap would be five as further punishment from frees made the score, (NÉ 0.14, Tír 1.06),
As the balance of play tipped, the home side had a chance to close out the game with an attack on goal, but the veteran Cúl Baire, Rudi Graham, saved and partially cleared. Pressure from the big full forward Jason Higgins resulted in a free and allowed Naomh Éanna to increase the lead to six, (NÉ 0.15, Tír 1.06).
As already mentioned both wing half forwards for Tír na nÓg caused problems for the home side, but this pressure was not realised in scores and the visitors Achilles heel was the mounting tally of wides.
A change in the attack for the home side produced more scores on fifty minutes, (NÉ 0.16, Tír 1.06) and two more close in frees (NÉ 0.18, Tír 1.06) were easily converted and a score from play brought the score to, (NÉ 0.18, Tír 1.07).
The score of the second half was a coolly taken goal on fifty nine minutes played, the speed and accuracy of the young hurler Crummey was a joy to behold, the final score at Páirc Éanna: –
Naomh Éanna 1.18
Tír na nÓg 1.07
- Martin Curran
- Michael “Eggy” McNicholl
- Ruairí Diamond
- Michael McQuillan
- Eddie O’Connor
- Manus Mullan
- Brendy Cormican
- Ruairí Donaghy (0.01)
- Cormac Ross (0.01)
- John McGoldrick (0.12)
- Cormac Jennings
- Conor McSteen
- Ollie Breen (0.03)
- Jason Higgins
- Killian Jennings (0.01)
- Ruairí Crummey (1.00) replaced Brendy Cormican (38mins)
- David Saunders
- Micheál McGivern replaced Michael “Eggy” McQuillan (14 mins)
- Paddy Crummey
- Johnny McPoland
- Matthew Muldoon
- Daniel Lowry replaced Jason Higgins (50mins)
- Eoin Jennings replaced Cormac Jennings (55mins)
- Eoin Conlon
Tír na nÓg
- Rudi Graham
- Stephen Carey
- Daniel Martin
- Brendan Kerr
- Kevin Kerr
- Colm Duffin
- Michael Higgins
- Caoimhin Duffin (0.01)
- Emmet Martin
- Ciarán Logan (0.01)
- Pearse Sheerin (1.00)
- Seán Duffin (0.02)
- Kevin McCann (0.01)
- Kevin Sheerin (0.02)
- Ronán O’Neill
- Darragh Fagan replaced Kevin Kerr (20mins)
- Aaron McNeilly
- Tony Martin
Cúl Baire – Marty Curran, delighted with the result!
#BandofBrothers especially for Eddie O’Connor!