Final Score Erin’s Own 3-05 – Midleton 1-04
AFTER Four East Cork under 21 ‘A’ final defeats in a row over the previous four years Erin’s Own started this final with a determination that they weren’t going to get a very unwelcome five-in-a-row and had the ball in the Midleton net through Cian O’Callaghan after just two minutes.
Just seconds later O’Callaghan had a white flag raised with a well taken point from play and the corner forward added another on the eighth minute to give the Caherlag men a very healthy five point advantage.
Midleton battled hard with very little ball and only for their keeper Josh Deady making a magnificent save from a James O’Carroll shot on the 13th minute it could have been a lot worse.
Midleton registered their first score on the 14th minute when Shane Harrington put over a free from 21 meters out.
Erin’s Own added two furtherpointe3d free’s from Niall Scanlon, but the real drama of the first half happed in injury time when Leslie Coughlan let in a long ball for Midleton from the right wing which was met first time by Kevin Krushnell who buried the ball into the roof of the Erin’s Own net to put a much more respectable score line of 1-4 to 1-1 at the short whistle.
Midleton started the second half well with a Patrick O’Mahony point from play, then within seconds Midleton were just a point behind after a fine score from Padraig O’Farrell and at this stage of the final Erin’s Own looked very nervous, but their class showed on the 40th minute when James O’Carroll finished off a high pressured move by Erin’s Own with a goal, which settled the nerves.
From here on in it was all Erin’s Own another goal with five minutes to go from Cian O’Connor which wrapped up proceedings and as Andrew Gannon sent over a point in the dying seconds the cup was on its way to Caherlag at the fifth time of asking.
Overall this was a high tempo match with lots of good football and even though it wasn’t a very high scoring match the excitement level never dwindled as Erin’s Own deservedly went on to clain the firs East Cork title of the year.
On 6th of April @ 7:15 in Riverstown we take on Midleton in the East Cork Final. The panel is compiled and the team is about to be picked.
The Managment request all players involved to attend a game plan and team meeting this coming Friday at 6:30pm and confirm attendance for Saturday. Meet in Riverstown 6:10 Contact Martin 087-6607768 either way as soon as possible.
Support is as always greatly appreciated.
Following the match we will head to The Great O’Neill in Glounthaune under new family ownership of our goalkeeper Ryan and with a bit of luck will have silverware in hand. Best Wishes to the O’Neill family in there new venture.