Result: Eire Og CC 3-9 : Celbridge 4-7
Date 16th May 2014
It was a match that Sky Sports would have been delighted to televise. It had everything - great hurling, commitment, lots of scores, suspense and a last minute winning goal!
We were missing Ryan and Jack Malone, Tom, Oisin and Harry from the squad tonight. They would have been proud of the effort the the rest of the lads put into the game. We asked the boys to give it everything from the throw in, to play direct hurling, chase down their opponents, and take their scoring opportunities. Celbridge played against the slight wind and slope in the first half. Both teams traded points at the start of the match before Niall netted a nice goal. A very short pitch meant that the EOCC puck outs were landing behind our half back line. A lapse in concentration meant that a puck out went over our half backs and left the EOCC forwards a clear run on goal. Aidan advanced but could do little to prevent the goal. EOCC led by a point at half time - 1-4 to 1-3.
We conceded a goal at the start of the second half. Aidan then launched a missile of a puck out into our full forward line which eluded everyone except of course Niall who cooly blasted to the net. A number of points were exchanged. Shane scored a point from a 65 which nearly landed in the next parish it was struck so well. Johnny chipped in with a point on the run, having been unlucky with some previous efforts. Every single player put in a huge effort. Our defence chased, hassled and harried. Aidan was again excellent in goals catching some lovely ball, clearing his lines and his booming puck outs were a great advantage. Tadhg, Ryan, Ciaran, Colman and Shane all stood up to the task. Ryan in particular was involved in everything and made great clearances. Ross and Conor worked very hard in midfield helping their defence and feeding the forwards. Johnny, Fiachra, Aaron, Liam, Sean and Niall were very effective up front. While we could have had a few more scores we did just enough to get over the winning line.
There was a nervous finsh to the match with EOCC scoring a goal with just 1 minute left on the clock leaving us 2 points behind with time almost up. We went down the other end and earned a 65. Shane delivered in a short ball which found Niall who made space to lob the ball across the square for Aaron to bat into the net at the far post. The EOCC goalie pucked the ball out and the referee blew the final whistle leaving us winners by a solitary point. It was our first victory over EOCC for a number of years so there was plenty of happy players and supporters in Donore tonight.
Our next match is away to Sallins on next Friday 23rd May when a similar high energy and committed performance will be required. There is no training this Sunday morning; next training session is on Wednesday 7-8pm. Congratulations to everyone for a great performance this evening.
Daragh & Ciaran