Battling Eire Óg bow out of Leinster
LEINSTER JUNIOR H.W.H Bunclody (Wexford) 1-19, Eire Óg (Wicklow) 2- 9: Wicklow’s Junior champions Eire Óg bowed out of the VHI Leinster Junior Club Championship at the semi-final stage on Sunday last when they were beaten by H.W.H Bunclody.
Although Eire Óg were only a point behind at the break (1-6 to 0-10), they only managed to notch up a goal from a penalty and three points while the home side added a goal and nine points in the same period.
Although Eire Óg drew level twice in the first half, with scores from Caoilfhionn Deeney, Siobhán Riordan, Kellie Ryder and a well struck goal from Laurie Ahern, they were always on the back foot.
Bunclody’s top scorer Claire Finn was in unstoppable form notching up a total of one goal and six points, and the gap could have been greater but for a penalty save by Áine McCarty in the Eire Óg goals.
Bunclody piled on the pressure from the start of the second half, denying Eire Óg any chance of turning the game around in their favour, the home side were out of sight going in to the final quarter, with a ten point cushion going into the last ten minutes. Eire Óg’s Caoilfhionn Deeney was very unlucky in the final minutes of the game as her goal bound shot struck the under side of Eimear Nolan’s crossbar, and after a scrum in the Bunclody square Referee Tony McConnell awarded the second penalty of the game, which was dispatched to the back of Nolan’s net by Laurie Ahern to notch up her second goal of the game, however as the final whistle was about to be blown, it was too little to late for the Garden county side.
The Eire Óg girls and their mentors Janey O’Halloran, Seamus Ahern, Tom Sherlock and Billy Long can be very proud of their achievements this year.