Éire Óg fol­low up Mi­nor ti­tle with U-20 crown

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ÉIRE ÓG GREY­STONES brought the cur­tain down on a fan­tas­tic sea­son when their un­der-20 foot­ballers claimed the ‘B’ cham­pi­onship ti­tle by defeating Rath­new last week­end in Dun­bur Park in Wick­low town.

A close first half saw the Grey­stones side go in lead­ing by a sin­gle point but a su­perb sec­ond half show­ing from the Éire Óg lads saw them power ahead and hold the Vil­lage side score­less for the ma­jor­ity of the sec­ond half.

‘I’m de­lighted for the lads, they’re af­ter putting it in. They started late and they re­ally got in­volved in it. They all pulled to­gether, and they got what they de­served to­day. I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted for them be­cause they’ve put it in, great train­ing ses­sions, win­ter’s evenings, 20 or 22 of them out, so we’re ab­so­lutely thrilled and we hope they can go for­ward from here now,’ said Éire Óg’s Fer­gus O’Car­roll.

The Éire Óg man­age­ment team had spe­cial praise for the un­der-20 com­pe­ti­tion that has been em­braced by the vast ma­jor­ity of clubs.

‘It’s been bril­liant, re­ally en­joy­able, and ev­ery­body has bought into it and I re­ally hope the county keep it go­ing be­cause it was sadly lack­ing. They were a group of Mi­nor play­ers who fin­ished up two years ago and didn’t have any­thing, and off to col­lege, and this has brought them back into the club as I’m sure it has done for ev­ery club in the county and we need to keep it go­ing next year,’ they added.

Cor­ner-for­ward Shaun Cran­ley bagged eight points from frees to help the Grey­stones side to vic­tory but it was the per­for­mance of mid­field­ers Fin­tan O’Shea and Conal Deeney that re­ally caught the eye as they led the charge through­out.

The Rath­new goal threat was only re­alised once when Sean Cof­fey tapped home from a high ball but apart from that Conor Nolan, Brian Law­less and Andy Clarke proved to be de­fend­ers at the top of their game.

The team were led gal­lantly by cap­tain Eoghan McTague who starred from cen­tre half back.

This un­der-20 cham­pi­onship crown comes hot on the heels of the club win­ning the 2018 Mi­nor ‘A’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship crown and sug­gests a bright fu­ture ahead of the north Wick­low side.

The Éire Óg Grey­stones un­der-20 foot­ballers cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the cham­pi­onship fi­nal against Rath­new.

Éire Óg’s Eoghan McTague lifts the Paudge Doo­ley Me­mo­rial Cup af­ter help­ing his side to vic­tory over Rath­new.

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