Erin’s Own 1-10
In A game played in atrocious weather conditions, goals were always going to be hard to come by and a single strike by Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) corner man, Gordan Byrne proved the difference in this compelling first round senior league game against Dicksboro in Freshford.
The same fixture on the opening day of the league last year saw both sides walk away with a share of the spoils, but this time at windswept Freshford the ’Comer men grabbed what were a vital two points. The ’Boro started in flying form with Shane Maher smartly gathering the ball on the 40 yard line before striking over after just a minute.
A mere two minutes later the ’Comer forward line linked up well, and the ’Boro paid a price. A cross field ball by Martin Boran created confusion in the losers goalmouth, allowing Gordan Byrne to pounce on the loose ball and sweep it across the line and into the net. Boran then added his first point of the game a minute later when he shot over from close range.
Eddie O’Donoghue responded from a well struck free later before towering centre-forward, Oisin Walsh pointed his first of the afternoon. Walsh was instrumental again when his long pass picked out Paul O’Flynn, who shot over to level the scores.
Walsh then won the break from the resulting puck-out and fired over a great effort from inside his own half to push Dicksboro back into the lead after 14 minutes. Thirty seconds later and the ’Boro were two up. The puck-out was won by midfielder Martin Gaffney, whose low delivery found Shane Maher coming deep into the space. The latter slapped over his second point of the half.
The ’Boro were in control. Oisin Walsh added his third score when he was picked out by Cillian Buckley to leave three points between the sides. Castleomer regained their footing when a long free by Damien Fogarty was controlled well by Michael Murphy, who shot over with ease.
It was then that Martin Gaffney had to be taken off the field after suffering an injury, the game have to be stopped for several minutes. Both teams appeared to lose their shape for a while after this, and both hit some misjudged efforts at goal.
This all led to Dicksboro going in at half time leading by 0-7 to 1-2. Both sets of midfield had grappled well in the first half, but the windy conditions only got worse when the rain soaked the field at half-time, leaving spectators scrambling for the protection of the stand.
The ’Boro started the second half the brighter of the two sides but some bad wides meant that they maintained just a two point advantage until Eoghan Mealey slotted over ’Comer’s first score in 20 minutes of play after pointing from the left hand side. A Michael Murphy free levelled the scores before a great one two between Aidan Moran left Damien Fogarty free to drift a great long range effort over the Dicksboro crossbar.
Cillian Starr levelled the scores then before a burst of speed from Peadar Boran left him free to point after 45 minutes. Robert Moran and Martin Boran displayed some innovative link up play to win a free which Murphy duly pointed. Shane Maher had taken over free taking since the departure of the injured O’Donoghue and he pointed his first to leave one between the sides yet again.
Murphy then scored his second from play when he snapped up a long delivery form Keating, before pointing again from a placed ball a minute later. Shane Maher then had a penalty chance that ended up above the ’Comer crossbar, thus leaving ’Comer winners in what was a hotly contested first round game.
Scorers: Erin’s Own - Michael Murphy (0-5, three frees); Gordan Byrne (1-0); Martin Boran (0-2); Damien Fogarty, Peadar Boran, Eoin Mealey (0-1 each). Dicksboro - Shane Maher (0-4, two frees); Oisin Walsh (0-3); Eddie O’Donoghue, Paul O’Flynn, Cillian Starr (0-1 each).
Erin’s Own - Tom Brophy, Gerry Callinan, Aidan Moran, Peter O’Donovan, Pauric Keating, Damien Fogarty, Conor Fogarty, Robert Moran, Jimmy Byrne, Michael Murphy, Peadar Boran, Eoghan Mealey, Martin Boran, Michael Owens, Gordan Byrne. Subs - Dermot Wallace, Eoin Brennan
Dicksboro - Cillian Breathnach, Danny Kenny, Kieran Cuddihy, Michael Fagan, David Glynn, Cillian Buckley, Enda Malone, Martin Gaffney, Eddie O Donoghue, Derek O Gorman, Oisin Walsh, Ollie Walsh, Cillian Starr, Shane Maher, Paul O Flynn. Subs: Adrian Stapleton, Mason Clifford.