Saturday 21 September 2019

Féile joy for Naomh Eanna boys

FOR THE first time in the club's history, Naomh Eanna (Gorey) won the Bus Eireann Feile na nGael Division 3 football final over the last weekend in Laois/Offaly.

After beating St. Martin's in the Wexford final, Naomh Eanna travelled to their host club, Ballycumber-Tubber, whom they defeated in the first game with an impressive scoreline of 5-10 to 0-2.

Saturday saw a plethora of activity with 90 minutes between an All-Ireland final place. The first game was against Park-Ratheniska of Co. Laois with 3-8 to 1-1 being the final score in favour of Gorey. JK Brackens of Co. Tipperary proved to be the most competitive game with a lastminute point from Adam Dunbar ensuring a 1-4 each draw and Naomh Eanna went through on points difference.

Later that evening, Rhode of Co. Offaly were the opponents of the Wexford representatives and were seen off on a scoreline of 3-6 to 1-0.

The final that brought several Naomh Eanna supporters to Portlaoise on Sunday and the opponents were Ballyroan-Abbey situated near Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. The President of the G.A.A., Liam O'Neill, was present for the big game.

The Gorey club started well with a point from Adam Dunbar in the sixth minute which was quickly followed by a well-taken goal by Oisín Hobbs and a point by Tiernan Doyle. The score at half-time was 1-3 to nil. From there, Ballyroan-Abbey were revived and a large amount of pressure was placed on the Naomh Eanna defence, but Reece Hughes was solid in goal, making some great saves.

Ballyroan-Abbey did add to the scoreboard with two points coming from play and one from a free, but Conor Levingstone's point in the last minute sealed the victory for Naomh Eanna. The hard work through fundraising beforehand between bucket collections and bake sales all paid off as the group of 40 players represented their town and county with great pride.

Marty Morrissey and Dermot O'Leary tweeted on the success of Naomh Eanna and the win was mentioned on RTE's 'The Sunday Game' later that night. The group will now savour the success and look forward to the Féile hurling festival which takes place in two weeks' time around Dublin. They will be hosted by St. Brigid's of Blanchardstown-Clonskeagh.

Meanwhile, the Kilmore girls competed in Division 2, Group A, over the weekend and lost to Monasterevin of Kildare on Friday by 2-5 to 1-4. Their sole win came on Saturday against St. Joseph's of Laois (2-7 to 3-1), but they didn't advance to the knockout stages after losing next time out to Simonstown Gaels from Meath by 2-7 to nil.

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