Groomes leads way as Eire Og take title
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).