Éire Óg demolish Tinahely to capture league honours
TINAHELY made the long journey to Greystones for their final game in the Division 5 North East League where the opposition was provided by a useful Éire Óg side.
Both teams entered the contest from a different scale with visitors completing the league campaign, while the home side had already been crowned worthy league champions and in doing so have qualified for the Division 5 league final against Hollywood.
The home side entered the game knowing they were just completing league having gone the campaign losing only one game. and no doubt the winners showed why they a force to be reckoned with this year when they scored a facile victory over the visitors.
An early start by the home side saw the winners launch the platform from the first attack Kenny Naughton scored a goal after three minutes which saw the home side continue to keep the pressure on which saw the winners add six points in a row through Andrew Kealy, Daniel Salmon, Brandon Byrne Luke Bradley, Ciaran McDonald Kenny Naughton while a rare attack by the visitors resulted in corner-forward Adam Cullen replying with a point which proved to be the visitors only score of the game which saw the seasiders leading 1-6 to 0-1 after 10 minutes of the game.
From here on the game proved to be one-way traffic as the winners went on to dominate as the Greystones men went on to score at will by adding 12 points without reply to build up a commanding lead of 1-15 to 0-1 at half-time.
The same pattern of play continued after the break which saw JP Connolly add two more points While Daniel Salmon, Kenny Naughton and half-time substitute Thomas O’Brien also got his name on the score sheet to increase the lead 1-20 to 0-1 six minutes into the second half
Try as they did Tinahely found the going too hot to handle and were out of their depth from start to finish but they deserve credit for making the long trip for a game that meant nothing to they as they were just fulfilling the fixture.
The remainder of the game saw the winners go true the motions of completing the game as the went on to add nine more points from play and placed balls and with time almost up substitute John Commons hit two sucker punches with two late goals to inflict more pain on the south Wicklow side which saw the winners run out east winners in a excellent good al round team performance and judging by the strength of the entire panel this Grey stones outfit they will be firm favourites for both league and championship honours in the months ahead.
After the game, Mick Hagan presented the cup to winning captain Willie O’Hagan, and in doing so congratulated both teams on a sporting game and wished both sides in their forth coming championship.
Scorers - Éire Óg Greystones: John Commons 2-0, Kenny Naughton 1-4 (2f), JP Connolly 0-9, Ciaran McDonald 0-4, Kurt Starke 0-3, Luke Bradley 0-2 (1f), Daniel Salmon 0-2, Brandon Byrne 0-1, Daniel O’Byrne 0-1, Willie O’Hagan 0-1, Thomas O’Brien 0-1, Paul Doherty 0-1.
Tinahely: Adam Cullen 0-1.
The Éire g Greystones side who defeated Tinahely to claim the Division 5 North East League crown.
Éire g captain Willie O’Hagan accepts the cup from Mick Hagan.