Éire Óg con­tinue fine run of form

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ÉIRE ÓG GREY­STONES main­tained their up­ward tra­jec­tory in this year’s Dacia Cars De­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship by putting Kiltegan to the sword in a high-scor­ing clash in Pearse’s Park, Ark­low, last Fri­day evening.

The Grey­stones men came fly­ing out of the blocks in this game, grab­bing the first point of the game di­rectly from the throw-in through cen­ter-for­ward Anto Byrne.

Kiltegan hit back al­most im­me­di­ately with full-for­ward Kevin Byrne fir­ing over a fine score from play.

But it was Éire Óg who put the boot down early on and they reeled off four unan­swered points from play. The first two of these came from dan­ger­ous cor­ner-for­ward James ‘Pooch’ Cran­ley.

Wing for­ward Danny Nolan made a ma­raud­ing run up the field and slot­ted the ball over the black spot be­fore Cran­ley hit an­other trade mark score.

Kiltegan in re­ply got a point through their own their tal­ented cor­ner-for­ward Sean Ger­maine be­fore Anto Byrne hit an­other point in re­ply for Éire Óg.

The handy Ger­maine then knocked over a free for Kiltegan but Cran­ley as on hand to slot over an­other point be­fore full-for­ward Micheal Walsh got his name on the score sheet with a lovely point from play.

Wing for­ward Gavin Parslow tagged on an­other fine point for Éire Óg while Ger­maine was on tar­get with an­other point for Kiltegan.

With the game head­ing to­wards half-time, Grey­stones dealt Kiltegan a hefty blow by scor­ing the first goal of the game.

Anto Byrne won a high ball on the 21-yard line be­fore turn­ing in­side his marker and sweetly bury­ing a shot into the top of the Kiltegan net.

Cran­ley hit an­other lovely score be­fore wing back Pe­ter Keane fired over a fine long-range point from his own half to leave Éire Óg 1-11 to 0-4 up at the break.

Kiltegan needed a good start to the se­cond half and they got this by grab­bing the first score via a Seanie Ger­maine free.

The ever-present Cran­ley knocked over an­other score be­fore Éire Óg got their se­cond goal, this com­ing through cor­ner-for­ward Hugh O’Neill, who man­aged to get his hurl on the ball in a goal­mouth scram­ble to put the ball in the net.

Kiltegan got two points in re­ply with mid­fielder Padraig Byrne hit­ting a great long-range point be­fore Ger­maine put over an­other free.

The Grey­stones out­fit hit an­other pur­ple patch, get­ting three unan­swered points from play, two of them com­ing from the afore­men­tioned Anto Byrne be­fore Nolan also got an­other point.

Ger­mine slot­ted over a free in re­ply for Kiltegan be­fore Éire Óg wing back Leon Byrne then man­aged to get his name on the score­sheet with an­other fine ef­fort from dis­tance.

Kiltegan hit two points in re­ply, the first com­ing from wing for­ward Padraig O’Toole, and the se­cond com­ing from Ger­maine who hit an­other free over the black spot.

Cran­ley bagged Éire Óg’s fi­nal point of the game while Kiltegan fin­ished the game off with two points from play, these com­ing from cen­tre-for­ward Aaron Byrne and the fi­nal score of the game com­ing from Padraig O’Toole leav­ing the fi­nal score read­ing 2-17 to 0-12 to the men of Éire Óg Grey­stones.

Scor­ers - Éire Óg: J Cran­ley 0-7, A Byrne 1-4, D Nolan 0-2, M Walsh 0-1, G Parslow 0-1, P Keane 0-1, H O’Neill 1-0, L Byrne 0-1.

Kiltegan: S Ger­maine 0-7, K Byrne 0-1, P O’Toole 0-2, A Byrne 0-1, P Byrne 0-1.

Éire Óg Grey­stones: Dan O’Neill; Sean Hughes, Billy Cud­dihy, Daniel O’Conor; Pe­ter Keane, Mick Ar­ri­gan, Leon Byrne; Shane Nolan, Kristin Flynn; Danny Nolan, Anto Byrne, Gavin Parslow, Hugh O’Neill; Micheal Walsh, James Cran­ley. Subs: Daniel Sam­mon for Micheal Walsh; Sean Cor­less for Gavin Parslow; Conal Deeney for Hugh O’Neill; Ger White for Leon Byrne; John Deeney for Shane Nolan.

Kiltegan: Luke Byrne; James O’Brien Bryan Kear­ney, Nigel Nolan; Dan Kear­ney, Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham, Colm O’Con­nor; Rory Finn, Padraig Byrne; JJ Phe­lan, Aaron Byrne, Padraig O’Toole; Steven Coogan, Kevin Byrne, Sean Ger­maine. Subs: Mark Pierce for Steven Coogan, Ciaran Doyle for Nigel Nolan, MJ Mo­ran for Sean Hughes, Christy O’Toole for JJ Phe­lan, John O’Keefe for Dan Kear­ney.

Ref­eree: Ciaran Man­ley (Glenealy)

Kiltegan’s Padraig O’Toole and Eire Og’s Shane Nolan com­pete for the ball dur­ing the SHC.

Kiltegan’s JJ Phe­lan is chased by Éire Óg’s Kris­ten Flynn.

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