Eire Og 4-4
Michael Davitts 1-5
Eire Og won back the Carlow Under 21 A Football Championship on Saturday evening thanks to a late flurry of scores against a Michael Davitts side who were right in the game up until the final 10 minutes.
The YI’s were hot favourites to claim this crown and struck early on with a Kelvin Corcoran goal just after Cathal Myers had opened the scoring, with Jordan Morrissey’s goalbound effort going the wrong side of the post in between.
Anyone who thought it was going to be one way traffic were corrected quickly when Aaron Amond instantly replied with a fine goal for Michael Davitts and Paraic Coughlan added a beauty of a point moments later.
Sam Dunne popped one from play as well with Morrissey adding a free and Darren Lunney ensured the sides went in level after scoring a couple before the break to make it 1-3 apiece at the interval.
During the first half Eire Og hit serious wides and although Davitts forced the issue a lot of the time with some really strong defending the shooting was still disappointing on their behalf.
Davitts then took the lead in the second half which didn’t provide much scores during the third quarter but a crucial moment arrived edging into the last 15 minutes when Reece Denieffe slotted away a penalty which knocked the stuffing out of Davitts.
From then on Ross Dunphy found the net twice and it was game over.
Manager Stephen ‘Stan’ Brennan spoke to KCLR after the game and you can listen to that interview below.
Eire Og: Harry Hynes; Luke Fitzpatrick, Dylan Salter, Lee Nolan, Evan Kelly, Cathal Myers ,Sam Dunne ; James Brennan, Dean Hayden; Oran O’Flaherty, Jordan Morrissey , Diarmuid Ruth, Ross Dunphy , Reece Denieffe , Kelvin Corcoran.
Subs: Kyle O’Byrne , Cian Dowling, Paul Behan
Michael Davitts: Cian McDonald; Liam Coughlan, Tadgh Roche, Jordan Kelly ; Paraic Coughlan, Niall Roche, Andy Mulleney; Liam Brennan, Darren Lunney; David Cox, Sean Bambrick, Darren O’Keeffe; Aaron Amond, Aidan Lillis, Mikey Bambrick.
Subs: David Lillis, Jamie Lunney, Liam Ryan, Cathal Brennan, Shane O’Reilly