Senior 2004

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Division 3 - League Results

Eire Og 2-04 1-08 O'Donnell's L
St Paul's 1-09 0-03 Eire Og L
Eire Og 0-05 4-07 Rasharkin L
St Malachy's 1-06 0-06 Eire Og L
Eire Og 1-10 0-05 Glenravel W
Eire Og 5-11 2-06 Gort na Mona W
Eire Og 3-12 1-10 Aghagallon W
Eire Og 2-09 1-11 Rossa W
St Agnes 1-10 0-10 Eire Og L
O'Donnell's 2-10 2-08 Eire Og L
Eire Og 0-09 1-15 St Paul's L
Rasharkin 3-15 0-08 Eire Og L
Eire Og 0-07 0-09 St Malachy's L
Glenravel 0-10 0-08 Eire Og L
Gort na Mona 1-10 1-05 Eire Og L
Aghagallon 0-08 1-10 Eire Og W
Rossa 2-07 1-11 Eire Og W
Eire Og 1-06 0-11 St Agnes L

 

Eire Og showed signs of early season lack of match practice, especially in front of goal, as they disappointingly lost to an O'Donnells team they should have beaten. The Ogs played some good football in patches but couldn't convert possession into scores as the forward line, already missing Emmett Holmes, lost Peter Elliott early in the first half injured. A scrappy O'Donnells goal gave them an early lead but the Ogs came back to within one point at half time. O'Donnells took their chances and built up another lead, before their keeper misjudged a Paul Taggart free which sailed over his head for a goal. Again O'Donnells were more efficient in front of goal and even a late scrambled goal for the Ogs couldn't save them from a disappointing first league defeat.

 

After two poor results the Ogs went to Cherryvale looking for their first league points against St Malachys. The first half saw the Ogs give away cheap frees in around the 21 yard line, miss easy chances for goals and points, and lose Peter Elliott and Fra Grimley to injury. Despite this the Ogs trailed only trailed by 2 points at half time. Early points in the second half brought Eire Og back into the game, but a five minute spell midway through the half sealed the game for St Malachys. One of the high hopeful balls continually pumped into the Ogs' defence broke kindly to their corner forward with plenty of time to find the net. After that goal Colm McAuley was sent off for talking back to the referee. St Malachy's capitalised with a couple more points before Eire Og scored again. Scorers for the Ogs included Gareth McLaverty, JP Dunney, Emmett Holmes and Colm McAuley.

 

Long overdue league points came deservedly to the Ogs following an impressive win against Glenravel. Playing against the breeze in the first half Eire Og held on to go in at half time four points to three down, Gareth McLaverty, who had an excellent game scoring 2 points and Conor Wills the other point. Despite having most of the possession Glenravel could have gone in behind had Conor Wills not shot straight at the keeper when clean through.
Eire Og dominated the second half as Neil Ryan and Paul Taggart in the half back line, JP Dunney and Chris Browning in midfield commanded the middle of the park. The introduction of Emmett Holmes and Johnny Quinn added some speed up front as well. Further points from Conor Wills and Gareth McLaverty, as well a goal and point by Peter Elliott and points from Brendy Sloan and Emmett Holmes gave Eire Og a comfortable victory.

 

This was an easy win over Gort na Mona in a sometimes bad tempered match. The Ogs got off to a flying start when Anto Donnelly buried the ball in the back of the net following a knock down by Conor Wills. Other goals by Peter Elliott, Emmett Holmes and Gareth McLaverty gave the Ogs a 4-06 to 1-02 half time lead, after playing with the wind. Gort na Mona had a man sent off just before half time. Despite playing against the wind Eire Og continued to dominate the second half with the extra man. Gort na Mona were to have a second man sent off in the final few minutes as well. Other scorers included JP Dunney, Conor Wills and Johnny Quinn.

Three goals from Emmett Holmes, Conor Wills and Gareth McLaverty ensured the Ogs had a comfortable victory over Aghagallon in a game which they dominated for long spells. Playing with the slight wind in the first half the Ogs had all the play and lead at the interval 1-07 to 0-04. The lead could have been greater had the post not denied Holmes his second goal following a great run. The Ogs continued to play well in the second half with JP Dunney and Chris Browning playing really well in midfield and McLaverty and Holmes torturing the Aghagallon defence. The visitors got a consolation goal as a long shot dipped suddenly just under the crossbar, though to be fair they did play well in spells. Point scorers for the Ogs included McLaverty, Wills, Holmes, Dunney, Browning and Elliott.

 

Eire Og scored a goal and two points in the final five minutes to snatch a deserved victory in a competitive, flowing game against Rossa. Eire Og began dominating the first half, but could not convert their possession into scores. JP Dunney and Emmett Holmes had pointed for the Ogs to give them a three point lead, before Conor Wills had a goal harshly disallowed for encroachment. This gave Rossa a lift, especially as they grabbed a goal minutes later, following a rare mistake in the Ogs full back line(Mervyn, George & Lynch) who were otherwise superb. The Ogs' heads went down and Rossa went in at half time leading by two points, despite Eire Og amassing a massive 13 wides!
Both sides had a man sent off after a minor scuffle, and further refereeing inconsistencies disrupted the flow of the match. Rossa started the second half well but Emmett Holmes' quick thinking allowed Gareth McLaverty to net. Eire Og now had the upper hand. Both sides traded points until near the end when Wills got his goal following good work from Barry Hall and McLaverty. Then Chris Browning, having recently found his shooting boots, put over two identical points from long range to clinch the win. Browning and Dunney were brilliant in midfield, but overall the whole team was outstanding.

 

Three games in a week, but more precisely only two days after a hard Championship match, proved the undoing of the Ogs. Despite playing against the wind and uphill in the first half Eire Og took a 0-06 to 0-05 lead at half time thanks to points from Peter Elliott, Gareth McLaverty, Emmett Holmes and Conor Wills. A penalty claim was also waved away as McLaverty was tripped while shooting.
Unfortunately all the good work of the first half was undone as St Agnes took advantage of the increasingly weary legs of the Ogs and the home side dominated, despite early Elliott and McLaverty points. Eire Og wasted possession through fumbling and hitting hopeful long balls, while the Aggies gradually drew level before being awarded a dubious penalty right at the death. This was arguably a more disappointing defeat than the Championship loss to Rossa, as this should have been a game there for the taking.

 

Another poor result as Eire Og fall to O'Donnell's. Despite playing against the breeze and despite O'Donnells' physical approach and questionable refereeing Eire Og took a two point lead at half time, with points from Elliott, McAuley, Wills and Browning. However, despite Elliott's two fine solo goals in the second half the Ogs conceded two soft goals and missed a few easy chances to hand O'Donnells the match.

 

An understrength Eire Og team put up a disappointing display against St Pauls. Morale was low as St Pauls got a soft first minute goal and the Ogs struggled to find any cohesion, though they did have their moments. They battled in around the centre of the park but didn't get much support. Their day was summed up in the last few minutes when Gareth McLaverty was unlucky to see his shot cannon down off the bar when it looked as if he would net before Kevin Brown missed the rebound from a yard out. Scorers for the Ogs included McLaverty, Elliott and Browning.

 

Eire Og again struggled to field a team as they travelled to Rasharkin. Playing against the breeze in the first they conceded two soft goals and wasted several scoring chances themselves, unlike Rasharkin whose accurate shooting ensured a comfortable second half for the home side. Eire Og played well in patches but couldn't catch the country side. Scorers for the Ogs included the roving Conor Muldoon (0-3), Conor Wills, Peter Elliott, Colm McAuley and Emmett Holmes.

 

A long overdue victory eventually came at Aghagallon. A good performance by all fifteen plus players ensured a deserved victory. Thanks to superb fielding around the middle of the park by JP Dunney, Colm McAuley and Fra Grimley, Eire Og dominated the game. Aghagallon were relying on scoring on the break and never exerted any sustained pressure on the Eire Og back line which comfortably dealt with everything. Excellent long range scoring gave the Ogs a 0-08 to 0-05 half time lead. The second half proved to be eventful as the home side came out determined to get back into the game. Two early points brought them to within a single point of the Ogs who then settled and extended their lead again. Tempers were getting frayed as the home side generally got any 50-50 decisions their way and when a dubious penalty was conceded several Eire Og players were booked for dissent. After a delay the penalty was taken, but Rowan Vernon stood strong and saved the spot kick. Minutes later Peter Elliott found time and space within the 14 yard line and buried the ball into the back of the Aghagallon net. Eire Og joy was to be short lived as McAuley talked himself into a second booking and was sent off. Aghagallon stepped up the pressure for the last ten minutes but the Eire Og back line stood firm and forced Aghagallon into shooting wide. Fergal Lynch, Neil Ryan and Paul Taggart all mopped up well while Cathal Mervyn made a great interception to save a clear goal scoring chance. Seamus Holmes and Barry Hall had two great late points to ensure victory. Other scorers included McAuley, Grimley and Dunney.

 

A daunting trip to Rossa saw a one point victory amid raised tempers and controversy at the end of the match. Rossa got a flying start as they scored a very early goal following a defensive mix up. But the Ogs battled back with points from Paul Taggart and Seamus Holmes from half back and Peter Elliott, before a Conor Wills goal brought them level with Rossa. Points were exchanged until half time when the Ogs trailed by a point 1-05 to 1-04, though they should really have been well ahead of the home side, having hit eight wides, having taken wrong decisions in front of goal and Anto Donnelly having missed a one on one with the keeper.
The second half saw Rossa net again but Eire Og clawed themselves back into the game. Points from JP Dunney, Wills and McLaverty gave the Ogs a one point lead coming to the end of the match. Rossa had a man harshly sent off and were annoyed at some refereeing decisions. The referee blew up with a couple of minutes left as tempers were lost.

 

The Ogs lost another game by a couple of points that they could've won, to a St Agnes side who were generally first to the ball when it mattered. Playing up the hill against the wind in the first half, Eire Og contained the Aggies well and were only 3 points down at half time thanks to points from half back Paul Taggart and Gareth McLaverty. Eire Og should then have gone on to dominate the second half, but St Agnes upped their game and despite a goal and a second point from Taggart and points from Conor Wills and McLaverty, Eire Og lost out. Again tempers were lost at the end of the match and both teams were reduced to 14 men.

 


 

League Table Correct as of June 3rd 2004

 

Position

Team

Played

Won

Drew

Lost

Points

1st

St Pauls

10

7

0

3

14

2nd

Rasharkin

11

7

0

4

14

3rd

Rossa

10

6

1

3

13

4th

St Agnes

11

6

0

5

12

5th

St Malachy's

8

5

0

3

10

6th

Eire Og

10

4

0

6

8

7th

O'Donnells

11

5

0

6

8

8th

Glenravel

10

3

0

7

6

9th

Aghagallon

9

3

0

6

6

10th

Gort na Mona

9

2

1

6

3

 


 

Division 3 Relegation Play Off

 

Sat 11th September at Cherryvale
Eire Og 4-10 Aghagallon 1-05

 


 

Tennents Intermediate Championship 2004

 

1st Round - Wed 19th May at St Teresa's
Eire Og 1-08 Rossa 3-12

 

Eire Og lost out to a strong Rossa team, looking for revenge for their league defeat the week before. The Ogs battled hard but Rossa won too many breaks and deserved their win.

 

Rossa got off to a flyer, scoring a goal and point in the first five minutes, which the Ogs will be annoyed at conceding. Then Emmett Holmes scored a terrific solo goal and a point, following good work from Gareth McLaverty and Niall McGurk. All square and the match was pretty even. Rossa then got another soft goal and some well taken points, before McLaverty got a couple of points back. At half time the Ogs trailed by 4 points.

 

The Ogs got off to flying start to the second half, as quickfire points from Conor Wills and McLaverty halved the deficit, and the game became more open. But gradually Rossa took control with some accurate shooting and efficient passing. McLaverty added some more points but a third sloppy goal for Rossa midway through the half ended the game as a contest.

 

Best for the Ogs were Joe George, Niall Canavan, Niall Ryan and Paul Taggart in defence and Holmes and McLaverty up front.

 


 

Challenge Matches

 

Eire Og 2-09 v 2-14 Tir Connaill Harps, Glasgow

 

Eire Og travelled to Glasgow on the last weekend of February for a pre-season challenge match against Tir Connaill Harps. Nursing hangovers on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon, looking at an uneven, bumpy pitch the Ogs were, needless to say, lacking a little enthusiasm. Though fair play to the lads who had come to cheer on the team – though they probably wished they’d stayed in their beds! An end to end first half saw Barry Hall and Peter Elliott goals give the Ogs a 5 point half time lead. Then playing up the hill in the second half, the effects of the night before began to take their toll on the Ogs. Two sloppy goals given away in the same number of minutes at the start of the second half signalled the end of the Ogs’ already waning interest and the Harps dominated the rest of the match, though both teams had other chances to net but wasted them. Eire Og would like to thank Tir Connaill Harps, especially Tommy Main and Gerry, for giving us a game and their hospitality afterwards in Waxy O’Connors.