The senior hurlers light up Jenkinstown on friday, with a controlled and committed performance to defeat James Stephens by 0-15 to 0-13, This victory was built on a foundation of solid defending, fine link play by the midfielders and an attack that carried a real threat.
They made their intent clear from the start,the Owens brothers combining for the opening point,with Anthony on target. Anthony doubled his tally following a neat pass from Peader Boran.The third point came when Conor Fogarty intecepted a puck out, found Ronan Ryan who drove through the middle to land a fine point. Damien Fogarty capitalised on more good forward play converting a 65,Eoin Larkin replied with a point to open his sides account, Damien responded by converting a fine free from his own half, , he followed this up by winning the resulting puck out and driving the ball back over the village bar to bring the Â sides to the quarter hour mark with ‘Comer enjoying a 0-6 to 0-1 advantage.
James Stephens rallied taking the next two scores courtesy of a David Walton 65 and a Jackie Tyrell point. Michael Owens responded with a point, after receiving a Ronan Ryan hand pass. Entering the final 5mins James Stephens strung three points together, with Eoin Larkin, Donnacha Cody & David Walton on target. Peader Boran flashed a shot narrowly over the bar, after a defence splitting run. The final moments of the half saw David McCormack & Jackie Tyrell for J.S. and Martin Boran E.O. trading points to leave EO ahead by 0-09 to 0-8 at the interval.
Erin’s Own midfield pairing of Jimmy Byrne and Ronan Ryan combined for the first point of the second half, with Ryan on target. Walton put the minimum between the sides with another point. The locals strung a run of three points together, with a Damien Fogarty 65 and a point each for Michael Owens and Gordon Byrne to take us to the mid point of the half.
James Stephens to their credit replied on the double through half backs Tyrell & Cody. With 10mins remaining Erin,s Own made their first substituition replacing the impressive but tiring Michael Owens with Donal Meally. Eoin McCormack reduced the arrears further with another point. Both sides made further substitutions with Tomas Keogh replacing Richie Hayes for the city side and Eddie Brennan replacing Gordon Byrne for ‘Comer.With time quickly running out Â a David Walton free set up a thrilling finale levelling proceddings for the first time. Erin’s Own were awarded their first free of the game inside the opposing half, which Michael Murphy duly scored, the same player added an insurance point to ensure a two point win for his side, on a final scoreline of 0-15 to 0-13.
Team: Tom Brophy, James Mullins, Aidan Moran, Peter O’Donovan, Gerry Callinan, Damien Fogarty, Conor Fogarty, Ronan Ryan, Jimmy Byrne, Anthony Owens, Michael Owens, Gordon Byrne, Martin Boran, Michael Murphy, Peader Boran.
Subs: Eoin Meally, Donal Meally, Eddie Brennan, Michael Moran, Martin Hawley, Dermot Wallace, Brian Dillon, Ciaran McDermott, Stephen Daly, Thomas Dwyer, Anthony Kavanagh, Sean Dwyer, David O’Gorman.
Subs Used: Donal Meally, Eddie Brennan.
Scorers: Damien Fogarty 0-4,2(65)(1f), Anthony Owens 0-2, Michael Owens 0-2, Ronan Ryan 0-2, Michael Murphy 0-2(1f), Martin Boran 0-1, Peader Boran 0-1, Gordon Byrne 0-1,