ÉIRE ÓG REACTION
By Kieran Murphy
THE family ethos is as strong, if not stronger, in Éire Óg than in any other club in Carlow if not in the whole country of Ireland.
Jordan Morrissey’s father, Jody, was on the 1992-98 all-conquering Éire Óg sides that won five Leinster club titles and were touched off in the 1993 All-Ireland club final in Limerick.
The young man is following in his father’s footballing footsteps. Already Jordan has an All-Ireland Schools B medal which he won in Croke Park two years ago. Now, on Sunday, he pounced for a crucial goal after opening the second half scoring with a classy point. This success meant the world to him.
“It is a nice one, the best one yet. It was nice to win with the school and your friends but to win with your club and with the people you have grown up with is special again,” Jordan says.
Winning seems to come easy to the young Morrissey. Despite his success to date, he sounds a warning. There is no guarantee this is going to be the start of another golden era in Teach Asca.
“Many of us were playing in our first county final. You cannot take anything for granted. We have to push on.
“If we can win half as much as they (1992-98 Éire Óg side) did we will have done well. It is time for us to make our own history.”
Joe Murphy the winning manager agreed Morrissey was a special talent but he resisted the urge to use the young man in all the championship games.
“We were always careful with Jordan. He has played loads of football. We had to nurture him, give him experience and not just throw him in. When the big day came he delivered,” said Murphy.
Last year, Mount Leinster Rangers bullied and defeated Éire Óg in the quarter-final. Murphy says he and his players learned from that defeat.
“Those set-backs can either make you or break you. We were pretty broken after that. We regrouped, reorganised and looked at ourselves as well as the players. We worked hard and I think we earned what we did today.”
All around the field Murphy agreed his players won key ball. That hadn’t been the case in the drawn game.
“Maybe last week we were a bit nervous. A lot of lads were playing in their first county final. There were loads of incidences where an Éire Óg man got there first today.”