Naomh Eoin 1-13 v Naomh Eanna 0-03
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – report by Michael Scott
Naomh Éanna made one change to their starting 15, bringing in minor full back Kevin Hillen for the injured Tiernan Curran. Positional changes also included moving Cormac Eastwood from half back to half forward and moving Peter Healy from full back to wing half back.
The game started on time and both teams lined out with both defences packed with extra bodies marking space. In a game more akin to chess, scoring opportunities were few and far between. Over the first 20 minutes of play both teams were level on 2 points each. The teams were struggling to penetrate each others defence. Just before half time Naomh Eoin made the break through and went into the break leading by 2 on a scoreline of 4 to 2.
After the break Naomh Éanna made a tactical decision and pushed an extra man forward to play with a 3 man full-forward line. This change had an immediate impact with an early score coming from Aodhran Eastwood. The same player then had an opportunity to level the game with a 20metre free but unfortunately it went to the wrong side of the post.
This seemed to wake Naomh Eoin up. With 10 minutes gone and not having scored in the 2nd half, Naomh Eoin ripped into Naomh Éanna. They scored 4 points in as many minutes and things were looking bleak for the Hightown boys. The manger decided to freshen things up and Donal Walsh entered the fray with 15 minutes to go. A minute later Donal walked off the pitch with a red card after sharing pleasantries with the match official.
Naomh Éanna were already struggling to contain the rampant Naomh Eoin forward line, but with a man down the situation went from bad to worse. Another 5 unanswered points put Naomh Eoin 10 ahead and the game was effectively over. A goal in the last 5 minutes completed the scoring and St Johns ran out convincing winners on a score line of 1.13 to 0.03.
No doubt Naomh Éanna will learn from this. Of the starting 15 only one player is unavailable next year. Eleven minors started the game and hopefully after playing in this game they can fully appreciate what they need to do if they wish to get to the next level.
Naomh Éanna team was – C Losty, F Eastwood, K Hillen, D McNulty, N Heatley, R kennedy, P Healy, C Scott (0.1f), J Maskey, C Eastwood, J McAuley, K Healy, A Eastwood (0.2f), R Gillan, C Little. Subs D Walsh, M Morgan, T Curran.