Toureen Mangan London County Junior Football Championship
Eire Og 1-08
by Sean Moriarty
An inspired second half performance by London’s youngest football club, Eire Og, means both sides will have to face each other again next Saturday to decide who goes forward to the Toureen Mangan London Junior football final.
They trailed six points to three at the break but were playing against a typically strong Ruislip breeze in part two. An early second half goal by Moindearg’s Luke Hand, a respected hurler in his own right for St Gabriel’s and a converted free by Gary McCafferty put seven points between the sides and looked to have put the game beyond the reach of the North Londoners.
John Bradley’s converted free helped reduce the deficit but Ronan Campfield’s well executed goal a few minutes later was the catalyst for Eire Og’s revival.
Sean Allen and Sean McGrath each scored superb efforts from play and suddenly it was a two- point game with just over ten minutes to run.
Eire Og emptied the sub’s bench, with Eoin Conway coming on for Emmett Lambe, Sean O’Carroll being replaced by James Keneghan and Liam Dunne covering Allen, in an effort to steady the ship.
Each side desperately needed a score, Moindearg to put the contest over the line and Eire Og to earn the right of a replay. The ensuing tit-for tat contest meant neither side could break hold possession long enough to score until, fist sub Conway split the posts and two minutes later Joseph McMahen found the equaliser.