Friday 30th May was Finals Night of the Eochaill Óg 2014 Hurling Parish Leagues. A wonderful occasion adorned with bright sunshine and freshly cut grass, a huge crowd and lovely hurling gave us something to remember for along time. The three finals were played off and produced three winning teams on the night but in truth everyone was a winner on the night.
The Robbie O' Sullivan Shield Final was played between Cuchulainn and Na Fianna with Cuchulainn winning on a scoreline of 3-01 to 1-02. The Tom "Midge" Pomphrett Final was played between The Gaels and The Crokes where The Crokes emerged victorious on a scoreline of 0-05 to 2-02. The George Bulman Cup Final saw Setanta defeat The Davitts 1-03 to 0-01. Team photos were taken prior to the games and all 6 teams and managers were led out onto the field by the Youghal Pipe Band. Amhrann Na bhFiann was observed by all and Mick Sheehan provided outside commentary of the days proceedings and interviews between each game. Official match programmes were for sale and a scoreboard in operation giving the occasion an "All Ireland Final" feel to it, which indeed it was to all who played in it. Each game was refereed by a Youghal Senior Hurler, Barry Ring, John Grace and Nigel Roche respectively.
The parents, grand parents and family members of the players who attended in large numbers from Match Day 1 back in April 28th turned out in force again to create a marvellous, friendly, happy atmosphere.
All three trophies were presented by Dan O'Sullivan, Kathleen Bulman and Angela Pomphrett to the winning teams amid scenes of total happiness and pure joy. Medals were also presented to all players including the managers ensuring every player was a winner on the day, which they were! Afterwards players went to the clubhouse where they had a post match meal and savoured the day with their teammates. Parents and friends also had tea and sandwiches in the club bar to complete a lovely day.
The whole event was a massive success. We at Eochaill Óg knew it could work but to be honest we were taken aback by how much everyone "got behind it", the amount of sandwiches and cakes made by parents for the night itself and support and thanks from all afterwards was very humbling and the smiles on the players' faces said it all. We had 11's 10's and 9 year olds all mixed together playing with and against each other and by the end of the whole event they were playing as one big group. New friends made!!
PARISH LEAGUE FINALS NIGHT – FINAL SCORES – FRIDAY MAY 30TH 2014
Robbie O'Sullivan Shield Final Na Fianna 1-02 Cúchulainn 3-01
Tom "Midge" Pomphrett Cup Final The Crokes 2-02 The Gaels 0-05
George Bulman Cup Final Setanta 1-03 The Davitts 0-01
Win – 5 points
Draw – 3 points
Loss – 1 point
Bonus point – If a team loses by 7 points or less, they get 1 extra point
P = Games played L = Losses
BP = Bonus Point W = Wins
G = Goals scored D = Draws
In the event of teams being level on points after Match Day 5, it will go on the head to head result. If they have drawn this head to head match, it will go on most goals scored in the head to head match, and if still level, then it will go on most goals scored in the tournament.
What an end to Match Day 5 as all 6 teams gave it their all. Indeed all 3 games were tight affairs with only a puck of a ball the difference in all the score lines. In fact it was the first time that all 3 losing teams gained a bonus point.
Game 1 pitched The Davitts (1-04) against Cúchulainn (1-00). The Davitts scored two early points and scored a 3rd point just before halftime to lead 3 points to nil. A feature of this game was the hooking and blocking by both sides. Cúchulainn scored a goal in 2nd half and that put the cat among the pigeons but The Davitts had the last say when a goal in the last 2 minutes sealed the win.
Game 2 featured The Crokes (1-00) and Setanta (1-01). A tense affair with scores at a premium kept supporters of both sides on a knife edge until the end. Setanta actually hit the post twice in a minute as they went for goal and at the other end The Setanta full back stopped a certain Crokes goal. Setanta laid siege on the Crokes goal late on in the game and the winning goal came with 2 minutes remaining with a crashing drive to the net by the Setanta forward.
Game 3 had Na Fianna (2-00) and The Gaels (1-00) locking horns. Another close game as both sets of players really displayed great grit and determination throughout. Na Fianna struck first with a great strike to the net while The Gaels hit the post at the end of the first half. The second half was even closer, Na Fianna got their second goal and The Gaels looked down and out but they rallied again and scored their first goal with 5 minutes remaining. As hard as they tried, the equalising goal remained elusive and right at the end a great shot by the Gaels forward just went wide of the goals. Na Fianna held out to win.
The Bonus points proved crucial in the end as 2nd and 3rd places and 4th and 5th places
A special word of thanks to all parents who brought their kids and stayed around to create a wonderful atmosphere for the 3 games and also to John Grace and Tommy Tucker O'Connell who refereed the games with a minimum of fuss.