Groomes leads way as Eire Og take ti­tle

Bray People - - SPORT -

JOHNNY GROOMES was Eire Og's scorer in chief as the Grey­stone's men pow­ered their way to the Divi­sion 4 league ti­tle on Satur­day when they scored a de­ci­sive eleven points vic­tory over Avoca at Ark­low.

The win pro­vided the club with sil­ver­ware to cel­e­brate at their din­ner-dance that night and medals to present to their tri­umphant play­ers.

The win­ners kicked off the first half with the wind at their backs and led by thee points in­side 12 min­utes, two of the scores com­ing from Groomes and one was an in­spi­ra­tional point from 40 me­tres.

Avoca were con­tribut­ing to their own dif­fi­cul­ties with need­less foul­ing and found them­selves in ar­rears 0-1 to 0-5 af­ter 20 min­utes.

But they ral­lied slightly com­ing up to­wards half-time and points by James Mur­ray and PJ Fluskey nar­rowed the gap to 0-3 to 0-5.

And they went for the break rel­a­tively happy, trail­ing by four points, 0-3 to 0-7, with the prospect of the wind be­hind them in the sec­ond half. The Eire Og lead was not unas­sail­able, but as of­ten hap­pens in games, things did not work out for the team with the wind in their favour.

From the restart Eire Og set down a marker, win­ning the throw-in and sweep­ing up­field for a score. A fur­ther point left them lead­ing 0-9 to 03 af­ter just five min­utes.

Avoca tried to claw their way back with points by Johnny Arthur and James Mur­ray, but then sloppy play in the 15th minute re­sulted in Eire Og break­ing up­field.

Johnny Groomes found him­self on the 13me­tre line and one-on-one with the Avoca keeper Ed­die Roche and he blasted to the cor­ner of the net for the de­ci­sive score.

The game was over as a con­test af­ter that and, be­ing a 2010 fi­nal played in Fe­bru­ary 2011, it fizzed out af­ter that with the teams go­ing through the mo­tions.

Eire Og were pleased to be pick­ing up sil­ver­ware in ad­vance of their din­ner dance that night. Avoca have their din­ner dance next Satur­day night and will be cel­e­brat­ing win­ning the Ju­nior C foot­ball ti­tle and South East league in 2010.

Eire Og now move up to Divi­sion 3 of the county leagues, Avoca re­main in Divi­sion 4 and the Ju­nior B cham­pi­onship.

Eire Og lost last year's In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball fi­nal to An­nacurra by a point. The ques­tion be­ing asked last Satur­day was would the re­sult have been dif­fer­ent if Johnny Groomes had been play­ing in that fi­nal.

The Fi­nan Cup in mem­ory of great Aughrim man Gerry Fi­nan was pre­sented to Eire Og by his widow Cather­ine Fi­nan.

Eire Og scor­ers: Johnny Groomes (1-4), Gino Fuis­cia­rdi (0-1), Daniel Keane (0-1), James McDon­ald (0-3), Peter Smith (0-1), John Deeney (0-1), David Hay­den (0-2).

Avoca scor­ers: James Mur­ray (0-2), PJ Fluskey (0-2), Johnny Arthur (0-1).

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