Glenealy power on
Éire Óg can’t stop lethal attack as Laffan’s men triumph
GLENEALY 3-21 ÉIRE ÓG 0-12
THE reigning county champions sauntered to their fourth victory in five games as they look to retain the O’Donoghue Cup for the third year running.
Falling at the hands of Garry Laffan’s men on this occasion was Eamonn Scallan’s Éire Óg Greystones who battled bravely throughout this game but who just didn’t possess the firepower or the strength in defence to hold off the power and panache of the Glenealy men.
With both managers knowing each other extremely well having battled in the Wexford full-forward line on umpteen occasions, most notably in the 1996 All-Ireland final against Limerick, it was a shame that Éire Óg’s obvious limitations prevented this from being a closer and more exciting battle that it turned out to be.
For 20 minutes it was a right game with Glenealy only leading by four and Éire Óg causing them lots of problems, but Matthew Traynor’s goal in the 24th minute after a ball from Gary Hughes created a gap on the scoreboard that would never be closed and from there on in it was Glenealy who took control of the game.
The aforementioned Gary Hughes and club legend Jonathan O’Neill Snr supplied Glenealy’s opening two scores, ‘Bosco’ with the first of 10 points for his significant shift from midfield.
Peter Keane got Éire Óg off the mark after five minutes before Matthew Traynor replied with aplomb from distance.
James ‘Pooch’ Cranley was a significant figure for the Greystones side and he reduced the deficit to a single point after eight minutes from a free after Danny Staunton was adjudged to have fouled Eoin Dorgan.
Glenealy were clearly the stronger outfit even in these early stages and points from Traynor and Tommy Doyle at centre forward opened up a 0-5 to 0-2 lead after nine minutes.
Eoin Dorgan got on the end of a breaking ball from Nathan Unwin to point before Andy Walsh drove an effort from deep into the welcoming hand of Cian Staunton in the Glenealy goal. Walsh was deployed at centre back and proved busy and industrious.
At the end of the first quarter Glenealy led by 0-7 to 0-3, a Jonathan O’Neill Snr free after a foul on Hughes and a Gavin Weir single after Gary Byrne had pilfered possession from Shaun Cranley and fed the Ashford man.
A ‘Bosco’ free put five between the sides but Éire Óg produced their best spell in the next few moments when James Cranley split the posts with two beauties (one free), the first a peach after goalkeeper Dan O’Neill picked out Michael Walsh with a puck out, Walsh fed Cranley who steered over a stunner from deep. Glenealy defender Sam O’Dowd was convicted of a throw ball moments later and Cranley did the necessary, 0-8 to 0-5 after 17.
That was as good as it would get for Scallan’s side. Traynor’s goal after 24 made it 1-10 to 0-6 and when Jonathan O’Neill Jnr got his hand to a long Gary Byrne ball after 26 minutes there was only one place it was going and that was the back of Dan O’Neill’s net, 2-10 to 0-7, and few could see any way back for Éire Óg.
In fairness to them, they battled on manfully and had points from Nathan Unwin and James Cranley (free) either side of a Jonathan O’Neill Snr free after a foul on Gary Byrne by Leon Browne.
Matthew Traynor closed out the half with a fine score to leave Glenealy leading by 2-12 to 0-9.
‘Bosco’ Snr pushed Glenealy further in front with another free immediately after the restart before two Leon Browne sweethearts left it 2-13 to 0-11 after five of the second half.
Glenealy pushed for home from here on in. Gavin Weir from out near the sideline, ‘Bosco’ Snr (two, 1f, 1 65), ‘Bosco’ Jnr, and Danny Staunton (65) made it 2-18 to 0-11 after 50 minutes.
Nathan Unwin stopped the rot for Éire Óg with their last score of the game with eight to go but Scallan’s men drove hard for the line with substitute James Byrne’s goal putting the icing on the cake as the reigning county champions cruised to a 3-21 to 0-12 victory to leave them sitting just below Bray Emmets in the league table and almost through to a semi-final berth.
Scorers – Jonathan O’Neill Snr 0-10 (9f, 1 65), Matthew Traynor 1-3, Jonathan O’Neill Jnr 1-1, Danny Staunton 0-3 (2f, 1 65), James Byrne1-0, Gavin Weir 0-2, Gary Hughes 0-1, Tommy Doyle 0-1.
Éire Óg Greystones: James Cranley 0-5 (4f), Eoin Dorgan 0-2, Nathan Unwin 0-2, Leon Browne 0-2, Peter Keane 0-1.
GLENEALY: Cian Staunton; Sam O’Dowd, Danny Staunton, Ronan Manley; Gary Byrne, Warren Kavanagh, Joey Driver Jnr; Jonathan O’Neill Snr, Paul O’Brien; Gavin Weir, Tommy Doyle, Matthew Traynor; Gary Hughes, Alan Driver, Jonathan O’Neill Jnr. Subs: Jack Kavanagh for T Doyle (41), Liam De Horan for G Hughes (51), James Byrne for Jonathan O’Neill Jnr (55), Stefan O’Brien for R Manley (59).
ÉIRE ÓG GREYSTONES: Dan O’Neill; Brian Lawless, Billy Cuddihy, Dan O’Connor; Peter Keane, Andy Walsh, Eoghan Potts; James Cranley, Michael Walsh; Leon Browne, Anto Byrne, Shaun Cranley; Eoin Dorgan, Nathan Unwin, Hugh O’Neill. Subs: Gavin Parslow for P Keane, Kevin Byrne for S Cranley (51).
REFEREE: Chris Canavan (Avoca)
Gleenaly’s Warren Kavanagh awaits an approaching ball during the SHC clash with Éire Óg Greystones.
Glenealy’s Jonathan O’Neill Snr charges forward as Éire g’s Michael Walsh gives chase.
Glenealy’s Sam O’Dowd turns sharply as Eoin Dorgan closes in.