Saturday 8 November 2014 – report by Michael Scott
U21 football championship – Naomh Éanna 2.11 v Cú Chulainns Dunloy 3.0
Following their first round victory over St Galls which was played 2 weeks ago, our U21 footballers were back in action on Saturday with a 2nd round clash with Dunloy. Played in terrible conditions, Naomh Éanna ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of 2.11 to 3.0.
Naomh Éanna started really well. The midfield partnership of Joe Maskey and Ruairi Scott dominated proceedings in the middle. Both players were spraying diagonal passes across the pitch which Dunloy could not deal with. Rian Gillan at Full-forward was causing all sorts of problems with his fielding ability and strong running.
Naomh Éanna went into an 8 nil lead after 20 minutes. 2 Points from Gillan, 5 from Scott, and 1 from Healy made things look very comfortable for Naomh Éanna. Dunloy finally got off the mark after 23 minutes with a high ball into the Naomh Éanna square, the ball broke to the on running centre half forward who buried it into the Naomh Éanna net. To their credit Naomh Éanna did not wilt they added a further 2 points before the break to lead by 7 on a score-line of 0.10 to 1.0.
The second half started just like the first, Naomh Éanna having all the play but unlike the first half they couldn’t score. 7 wides in the first 10 minutes was a poor return for their dominance. Dunloy got a life line with a rather soft penalty, the Dunloy centre half forward dispatched the ball into the net and the lead was down to 4. Straight from the kick out St Endas moved the ball at pace up the field and Rian Gillan scored a lovely goal to extend the lead to 7. Dunloy started to dominate for the first time in the game, and they got their reward with a 3rd goal.
Naomh Éanna then made a couple of substitutions which had an instant impact. Michael Morgan came on for Tieran Curran while Anto Curran came on for Donal Walsh. Almost with their first touch of the ball, the 2 subs linked together and Michael Morgan scored a nice goal. Within minutes they repeated the move and this time the Dunloy keeper pushed Anto Curran’s shot over the bar for a point. This killed off the game and Naomh Éanna now move into the quarter final were they play Aldergrove this Saturday -15 November.
The team was – C Losty, F Eastwood, K Hillen, D McNulty, N Heatley, R Kennedy, C Eastwood, R Scott (0.7 5 f), j Maskey, C Little, J McAuley, K Healy (0.1), T Curran, R Gillan (1.02), D Walsh. Subs M Morgan (1.0), A, Curran (0.1), C Thompson