Erin's Own Claim Minor Title

05 October, 2009

Erins Own are crowned East Cork Minor Football Champions.

Erins Own 1-11 Killeagh Itas 1-5

Erins Own had a deserved win over Killeagh Itas in the East Cork Final in Lisgoold. In a tough and physical game Erins Own were the better balanced side and took their opportunities well. David Smiddy opened the scoring with a point in the 2nd minute with Killeagh Itas equalising and taking a one point lead in the next few minutes. Playing against the wind Erins Own then found their rhythm and played good combination football leading at half time on a score of 0-7 to 0-3 with Erins Own others scores coming from Andrew Power, Andrew Gannon, David Smiddy, Kevin Fenton and 2 from the very impressive Cian O Callaghan .

Erins Own got the perfect start to the second half when Andrew Gannon goaled inside the 1st minute and David Smiddy followed up with a good point to put us in a commanding lead. Killeagh Itas scored a penalty in the 10th minute to reduce the arrears to four points. Both sides traded points mid way through the half but Erins Own finished stronger and excellent points from David Smiddy and Niall Scanlon ensured victory for the Erins Own side and we now face the Duhallow Champions in the County.

Team; Ryan O Neill, Kieran Moynihan, Jack Sheehan, Niall Fuohy, Kevin Collins, Niall Scanlon(0-1), Cian O Connor, Mark Collins, Andrew Power(0-2), David Smiddy(0-4), Calvin O Callaghan, Kevin Fenton(0-1) Cian O Callaghan(0-2), Cathal O Mahony, Andrew Gannon(1-1) Subs Paul Ryan, Cormac O Connor, Chris Geary .

Erins Own 1-8 St Finbarrs 1-12

Erins Own bowed out of the Premier Minor Hurling Championship with a very disappointing performance in Páirc Uí Rinn. We started brightly and opened the scoring through a David Smiddy point. The Barrs equalised soon after and were looking very dangerous up front and took the lead with a second point from play which was cancelled out by a Mark Collins free. Erins Own made a few positional changes at the back and they had the desired effect. After Diarmuid Ryng equalised a further Barrs point we gained the initiative through marvellous play from Mark Collins as he scored two wonderful point from either side of the pitch and also pointed a free to leave us in the lead at half time on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-4.

The Barrs started the second half at a much higher tempo and had three unanswered points to leave them 1 point in the lead on 40 minutes. Mark Collins levelled with a free and a significant factor of this half was that we failed to score from play. We were totally reliant on the excellent Mark Collins to keep us in the game. When the Barrs got a goal 5 minutes from time it looked game over for Erins Own but in fairness the boys played to the final whistle and they were rewarded with a goal from a 21 yard free by Collins. We had several attempts for an equalising goal but luck was not on our side and the ball drifted agonizingly wide on a few occasions.

This was a very frustrating end to what was a promising year to date but great progress has been made with this bunch of players and we are still in contention for league honours so our year is not over yet.

Team. Paul Ryan, Christopher Geary, Kevin Collins, Niall Fuohy, Kevin Fenton, Jack Sheehan Capt , Niall Scanlon, Mark Collins (1-6),Andrew Power, Calvin O’ Callaghan,Diarmuid Ryng (0-1), Cathal O Mahony, Cian O’ Callaghan, David Smiddy(0-1), Cian O Connor. Subs; Kieran Moynihan & Brendan Monahan

Match 29/9/09