Éire Óg 2-14
By Kieran Murphy
IT was no surprise that these two town sides should serve up a senior football league Division 2 semi-final thriller at the Training Centre on Thursday.
Both clubs have many natural footballers who don’t want to be tied down by tactical game-plans.
Perhaps when the championship comes around they might be a little bit more cautious but here they just let rip.
Cormac Mullins scored the opening point of the game for Éire Óg but their rivals hit back with a Mark Davis point and a Joe Doran goal when he came in at the far post to connect with a loose ball and he found the net.
Even though Daryl Hayden created a second goal for Doran, everyone knew the YIs were going to hit back. This they duly did and by half time a Diarmuid Ruth goal and a Corey Harmon penalty had the eventual winners 2-7 to 2-4 ahead at the break.
The third quarter simmered at times. Players hit hard and took hits. There was a number of face-ups which were harmless enough. Territorial kind of stuff.
When Daryl Walsh guided a high ball past James Furey in the Éire Óg goal to put O’Hanrahan’s 3-8 to 2-10 in front with seven minutes left the score should have been a signal for the Blues to drive on.
Instead Cormac Mullins conjured up a long-range equaliser. His colleagues showed their opponents how to capitalise on potential match-winning scores with Cathal Myers, Harmon and Mullins again scoring to run out narrow winners.
Éire Óg: James Furey; Luke Fitzpatrick, Lee Moore, Shane Kelly; Tomás Walsh, Jordan Lowry, Cathal Kelly; Kyle O’Byrne (0-1), Craig White; James Ruth, Adam Murphy (0-1), Corey Harmon (1-2, 1-0 pen); Recce Denieffe, Cormac Mullins (0-6), Diarmuid Ruth (1-3, 0-1 free). Subs: Richie Mahon for S. Kelly (h/t), Cathal Myers (0-1) for White (32 mins), Adam Nolan for Fitzpatrick (35 mins), John Gilligan for Walsh (48 mins).
O’Hanrahan’s: Sean O’Gorman; Chris Bermingham, Barry English, Kevin Power; Jason Kenny, Justin O’Brien, Owen O’Gorman; Colin Nolan, Adam Doyle; Danny Thompson (0-2, 0-1 free), James McGrath (0-1), Graham Delaney (0-2); Joe Doran (2-0), Daryl Hayden (1-2), Mark Davis (0-2). Subs: Karol English for Power (27 mins), Marc Carpenter for O’Gorman (39 mins), Keelan Lacey for Doran (57 mins), Jamie Hennessy for Davis (black card 62 mins).
Referee: Jonathan Murphy (St Mullins)