A bright fu­ture for Grey­stones club

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE joy and de­light on the faces of the Éire Óg Grey­stones man­age­ment team af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle of the Un­der-20 ‘B’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Dun­bur Park was some­thing to be­hold.

Hav­ing al­ready de­liv­ered a Mi­nor ‘A’ crown back to the sea­side town in 2018, this un­der-20 ‘B’ crown makes a strong prom­ise of a bright fu­ture in the Éire Óg club.

To win it they had to with­stand a strong chal­lenge from Rath­new and that they did, tak­ing a one­point lead into the break and pre­vent­ing the Vil­lage from scor­ing for al­most 40 min­utes be­fore in­jury time at the death.

The Éire Óg man­age­ment team said they got their scores when it counted.

‘We just set out to play the ball out wide and our lads did it and got stuck in. We felt Rath­new would play it through the mid­dle and we stopped the lads do­ing that and that’s about it, we got our scores when it counted and kept play­ing foot­ball,’ said Fer­gus O’Neill.

‘And again, like Balt­in­glass (in the Mi­nor ‘A’), this is my first time in 55 years to beat them (Rath­new) in a fi­nal,’ said Peter O’Neill.

De­spite com­ing late to pre­pare for this new com­pe­ti­tion, the Éire Óg lads re­ally bought into it and put in a se­ri­ous ef­fort in train­ing.

‘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,’ they added.

‘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.

There was se­ri­ous ten­sion dur­ing the game as the Rath­new play­ers, man­age­ment and sup­port­ers be­came in­censed at de­ci­sions made by ref­eree Stephen Fa­gan over the course of the game.

The Éire Óg man­age­ment team had in­structed their play­ers not to get in­volved in any­thing other than the foot­ball and they were de­lighted with how their play­ers per­formed.

‘We said to the lads be­fore the ball was thrown in, we said: ‘Lads, you just keep your coun­sel and you do what you have to do, and we just walk away and let the ref­eree ref the game and let the um­pires do that (their job) and that’s what we did from the start. We didn’t get in­volved and I’m de­lighted with them,’ they said.

Cre­at­ing a bond and a strong unit is key for the Éire Óg man­age­ment team and it is pay­ing div­i­dends.

‘We have our mid­field who have been per­form­ing there for the last few months, Fin­tan O’Shea and Conal Deney, and the lads played to­gether as a team, they re­ally do pull to­gether and do what­ever it takes to win that game and that’s what they did, and we’re de­lighted of each and ev­ery one of them and the bench, ev­ery one of the subs who came on and those that didn’t be­cause we are try­ing to make them into a unit of 25 lads be­cause that’s where the fu­ture is for us.

‘The fu­ture is very bright. Lads play­ing foot­ball, en­joy­ing them­selves.

‘I keep say­ing it, peo­ple have con­fer­ences in Wick­low about what do we do. It’s very simple, you need lots and lots of matches,’ added Mau­rice Pren­der­gast.

The Éire Óg Grey­stones team who de­feated Rath­new to claim the Un­der-20 ‘B’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship ti­tle on Sun­day in Dun­bur Park.

Éire Óg play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle in Dun­bur Park.

Peter O’Neill adresses his play­ers af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

Rath­new’s Ciaran Cof­fey plucks a high ball out of the sky.

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