Gorey boys crown golden year
The quality Naomh Eanna shone through on Tuesday as the Gorey boys claimed the New Ross Standard Under-14 football Division 1 championship with a stunning performance against Volunteers in St. Patrick's Park.
It was a final that pitted the two best teams at their age-group in the county together, and it didn't disappoint in terms of quality.
Both the attacking play, with scores being popped over from all angles, and the defensive display, with vital blocks and tackles flying in, were at an extremely high level from both teams.
Naomh Eanna raised the bar that little bit higher. The Páirc Charman boys have everything to be proud of and nothing to regret.
They were excellent too, flying around and playing some top-drawer football, and they will be a big rival for this Gorey side for the foreseeable future.
Gorey, however, claimed the Michael Shortle Perpetual Cup in front of a sizeable crowd on a perfect night for football.
They simply flew out of the blocks, scoring 1-5 without reply in the opening quarter.
Caelum Travers and Ryan Kehoe were both on the scoreboard when Cian Browne fed Darragh Levingstone and the exciting wing-forward supplied the perfect finish past Michael Dempsey. Further points followed through Travers (two) and Ryan Connolly as Gorey led by 1-5 to nil.
Volunteers slowly found their stride and responded through Seán Murphy and Harry Kehoe. The second of those points came after Cian Kenny was sin-binned for pulling back Glenn Murphy and resulted in plenty of pressure on James Doran's goal.
The Gorey defence was superb in that spell and weathered the storm to go in 1-5 to 0-2 ahead. Things changed in the first minute of the second-half when Glenn Murphy found the net from Cian Kehoe's pass to give the Vols hope.
However, Naomh Eanna are a talented bunch and added four points in a row from Travers (two), Seán O'Brien-Murphy and Cian Browne before O'Brien-Murphy fired home the clinching goal from close range after Darragh Levingstone's shot came back off the crossbar.
Glenn Murphy did get a late point back for his side who continued to battle on gamely, but there was no denying the classy Gorey boys who took the third Coiste na nOg title back to Páirc Uí Shíocháin already this season.
Naomh Eanna: James Doran; Dylan Molloy, Cian Kenny, Paul Gibson; Ryan Connolly (0-1), Micheál Kennedy (capt.), Cian Molloy; Callum Crehan, Ryan Kehoe (0-1); Jack Doran, Caelum Travers (0-5, 1 free), Darragh Levingstone (1-0); Cian Browne (0-1), Barry Levinstone, Seán O'Brien-Murphy (1-1). Subs. - Robert Kelly for Connolly (44), Seán O'Callaghan for O'Brien-Murphy (48), Barry Kenny for B. Levingstone (48), Darragh Molloy for Browne (48), Mikey Cushe for D. Levingstone (50), Seánie Quirke for C. Molloy (50), Pádraig Keegan for Crehan (50), Chris O'Brien for Gibson (50), Adam Purcell (50), also Seán Miller, Cathal Stokes.
Volunteers: Michael Dempsey; Geoff Maher, Josh Murphy, Aaron O'Connor; Shane McGuinness, Jack Ryan (capt.), Cian Kehoe; Ciarán Carty, Harry Kehoe (0-1); Josh McMahon, Reece Murphy, Seán Murphy (0-1); Richie Browne, Glenn Murphy (1-1), Stuart Hession. Subs. - Sam McQuaid for Maher (26), Eoin McBride for O'Connor (26), Luke Crosbie for H. Kehoe (37), Eoin Foley for Hession (37), Oisín Kehoe for McGuinness (45), Cillian Myler for Carthy (45), also Stephen Burke, Cillian Shiggins, Amjhad 'Dudee' Abraham, Robbie Neville.
Referee: John Tobin (Geraldine O'Hanrahans).