Victory over Village

Erin’s Own 1-13 James Stephens 0-13
Erin’s Own displayed a steely determination, with a storming second half performance to secure the points against James Stephens in Freshford on Saturday evening.
The Village started strongly registering the first two points courtesy of Brian McEvoy and Niall Tyrell; Ronan Ryan opened the scoring for Comer with a well taken point on 10 mins. Davy Buggy latched on to a loose ball to level matters. Jackie Tyrell was dominant at centre back in the opening half, with Erin’s Own struggling to stop him driving forward with the ball. Eoin Larkin kept the scoreboard ticking with two pointed frees, both following fouls on Jackie Tyrell. Martin Boran scored for Comer from a free after Peader Boran was taken down. Eoin Larkin scored his third point from placed balls to take the score to 0-5 to 0-3 after 20 mins. The closing 10 mins saw the Comer men work hard to restore parity at the interval with two Martin Boran 65s. The Comer side would have been the happier at half time at 5 points all considering the Village had dictated proceedings.
After 10 mins of the restart, the Village had opened up what looked like a match winning lead at 0-10 to 0-5. Both sides made changes with Michael Owens replacing Gordon Byrne & Danny Byrne coming on for the injured Sean Meally for Comer and Eoin McCormack taking Shane Brennan’s place for James Stephens. Martin Boran pulled a point back from a free. Comer made a further change to their half forward line with Brian Dillon replacing Dermot Wallace. Brian McEvoy again put five points between the sides, with his third point. The comer half back line who were delivering quality ball forward, started to see reward for their efforts, when Davy Buggy having been fouled, buried the resulting 21 yard free to the Village net. Game on. This score lifted the Comer side and with Michael Owens and Brian Dillon making a strong impact since their introduction rattled off the next three points courtesy of the Boran brothers, Martin two frees and Peader from play to take the lead for the first time. The Village hit back with a point, Martin Boran & Aidan Moran restored their side’s advantage. Erin’s Own lost their second full back with Declan Dunne replacing the injured Danny Byrne. With the clock ticking down Eoin Larkin pointed a close range free to leave the minimum between the sides, but Erin’s Own were not to be denied with the impressive Ronan Ryan and Martin Boran closing the game out with a point a piece.
Erin’s Own: Tom Brophy, James Mullins, Sean Meally, Peter Donovan, Gerry Callinan, Damien Fogarty, Conor Fogarty, Aidan Moran (0-1), Gordon Byrne, Dermot Wallace, Ronan Ryan (0-2), Michael Moran, Peader Boran (0-1), Davy Buggy(1f-1) Martin Boran (0-8, 7f).
James Stephens: Derrick Brennan, Niall McQuillan, Tomas Keogh, Patrick Butler, Alan Tyrell, Jackie Tyrell, Shane Campion, Niall Tyrell (0-1), David McCormack (0-1), Brian McEvoy (0-3), Eoin Larkin (0-5f), Tomas O’Dowd (0-3), Matthew Ruth, Richie Hayes, Shane Brennan.

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