U21 football championship Quarter final
Naomh Séamas 2-04 v Naomh Eanna 2-11
Saturday 15th November 2014 – report by Michael Scott
Naomh Séamus – Aldergrove entertained Naomh Éanna on Saturday afternoon in the quarter final of the under 21 football championship. The pundits had tipped Naomh Séamus – Aldergrove as favourites given their senior division one status and given the fact that most of their starting 15 had experienced division 1 and senior championship this season. Naomh Éanna on the other hand included 10 minors in their starting 15.
Naomh Séamus had obviously read the script and started strongly. They scored 2 early points and Naomh Éanna were struggling to keep up with McGarry, Browning, Brazier and Hanna in the Naomh Séamus forward line. It took 12 minutes before Naomh Éanna registered their first score with a close in free from Aodhran Eastwood. Naomh Séamus added another point shortly after to lead 3 point to 1. At this stage Naomh Séamus should really have been much further ahead. Their cause wasn’t helped with an injury to their lively corner forward Browning who was causing the Naomh Éanna defence all sorts of problems. Naomh Éanna took their opportunity at this point and at half time both teams were all square at 4 points a piece.
Naomh Séamus came out after the half time break with a new determination. Within minutes of the restart they scored a super goal by Seamus McGarry . Not to be out done Naomh Éanna raced up the field and scored an equally as good a goal by Kristan Healy. Things then settled down and both teams teased each other with some nice support play but with no end product. Entering the last quarter, Naomh Éanna appeared to make a break through, points from Rian Gillan and Kristan Healy put the Hightown boys 2 in front. Then disaster struck when Naomh Séamus were awarded a penalty which McGarry planted into the top corner of the net. To their credit Naomh Éanna did not panic, they continued to play football and were awarded a free with 5 minutes to go which Aodhran Eastwood dispatched over the bar to level the game. Another 5 minutes of play before the final whistle but both teams were unable to register a winning score.
Extra time started and Naomh Séamus were struggling with the pace of the game. Naomh Éanna were moving the ball at pace from side to side looking for the killer pass. 3 unanswered points from Scott and Eastwood put Naomh Éanna 3 ahead at the end of the first period of extra time. In the second period of extra time Donal Walsh killed the game off with a superb goal, chipping the keeper from 25 metres. This killed the game off as a contest and in the last minute Ruairi Scott put the cherry on the cake with a free to complete the scoring. Final score 2.11 to 2.04.
This Saturday Naomh Éanna play Naomh Eoin (St Johns) in the semi final, throw in 2pm in Lamh Dhearg Hannastown.
The team was – C Losty, D McNulty, P Healy, F Eastwood, N Heatley (0.1), R Kennedy, C Eastwood, R Scott (0.2, 1f), J Maskey, C Little, J McAuley, K Healy (1.02), T Curran, R Gillan (0.1), A Eastwood (4f) subs D Walsh (1.1), D MacElhatton, C Thompson, M Morgan.