Baile Buadáin Naomh Éanna 1-19 Oileán na hÉireann 2-10

Report from An t-Iomanaí ar an gClaí

Tháinig Oileán na hÉireann ar cuairt chuig Páirc Uí Mhurchú tráthnóna Dé Domhnaigh gan aon eagla orthu roimh an bhfoireann óg seo. Ní raibh mórán eatarthu le linn an tsraithchomórtais agus is mar sin a thit cúrsaí amach anseo. Cluiche teannta a bhí ann agus neart cur agus cúiteamh ach sa deireadh thiar thall bhuaigh an fhoireann is fearr.

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon when Erin’s Isle took to the pitch to face this youthful Junior E side in their semi-final clash. There wasn’t much between these two sides in the earlier league encounter so a tight game was expected.

An early free from the industrious Conor Casey after some hard work from Robbie O’Reilly, brought proceedings underway however, some over exuberant tackling led to three frees on the trot for Isle’s to leave them three points to one ahead. Conor Casey traded dead ball accuracy with the Isle’s sharp shooter and we wondered if we were going to see many scores from play? Ollie Brophy was the man to break this particular stalemate with a fantastic take and strike off his right hand side from halfway line after seventeen minutes. Casey continued his duel with further frees on 20th and 27th minutes. Erin’s Isle roared on by a substantial travelling support continued to press forward and led by seven points to six after twenty five minutes. John Farrington has been threatening to do something special for the last few weeks and delivered a blow to Isle’s when he kicked to the back of the net after some great corner forward Play by Sam Doyle. Boden led 1-8 to 0-9 at half time.

The second half was a feisty enough affair. As Boden stretched their lead with two great points from Jack Hutchinson and the marauding Ciarán Kiely Erin’s Isle reverted to a more physical game plan trying to disrupt the Boden flow. The referee to be fair penalised Isle’s and allowed Casey and subsequently Jack Hutchinson to continue the free fest.

A solid performance once again by Conor Barnes in the goals who was well protected by a strong defence marshalled by Davy Gannon, Fionn Keating Mc Dermott & Seán Wall. Alex Steward & Aodhán O’Reilly were introduced as subs and covered a huge amount of ground in the later stages. Solid displays from our second half subs Stephen Pullan, Dylan Smyth and Mick Hanrahan gave the team a strong attacking platform.

Boden pulled ahead and the nine point lead looked unassailable. However, two Isle’s goals from frees lobbed into the box in the space of five minutes could have rattled a lesser side. Another monster free from Setanta Sudway settled the nerves as Isle’s moved within four points of Boden. Tom Culleton and Ciarán Kiely chipped in with two fantastic scores. Daniel Daly and Robbie O’Reilly continued to hassle and harry and took a good deal of punishment as they fought doggedly for their team. After ten minutes of time added on we were grateful to hear the loud shrill of the referee’s whistle. An excellent result in the end against an extremely tough opponent. Put Sunday, 29th October at 12.30 in Marley Park in your diary and hopefully we will have a piece of silverware in the bag as we march on to support our senior team in Parnell Park.

Níl ár gceann scríbe bainte amach ag an bhfoireann seo go fóill. Tá caibidil amháin le scríobh go fóill. Tá súil againn corn an chraobhchomórtais a thabhairt abhaile linn go Páirc Uí Mhurchú. Bígí linn i bPáirc Mharlaí ar an lá. Beidh neart tacaíochta ag teastáil uainn. Boden Abú!

An Fhoireann:

Conor Barnes, Conor Murphy, Tom White, Fionn Keating Mc Dermott, Sean Wall, Darragh Ó Nualláin, Alex Stewart, Daniel Daly, Stephen Pullan, Tom Culleton (0-1), Jack Hutchinson (0-6, 4f), Keelin Smith, Aodhán O’Reilly, Mark McSharry, Jack O’Connor, Ciarán Kiely (0-2), Setanta Sudway (0-1), Seán O’Shea, Ollie Brophy (0-1), Conor Casey (0-7,7f), John Farrington (1-0), Robbie O’Reilly, Andrew McGough, Dylan Smyth, Sam Doyle (0-1)