The might of the challenge from the Greystones club was a bit too much for our Junior team in the first game of the Junior C championship. The game was played on a warm sun drenched pitch in Roundwood. Our lads went into this game knowing that it was going to be a difficult task to defeat this strong Greystones team, a team which had previously inflicted a heavy 21 point defeat on Annacurra in this same Championship group.
Regardless, our lads went onto the pitch with determination and a conviction to meet the challenge head on. Every ball was strongly contested and at half time all was still to play for as the Greystones men were only narrowly ahead thanks to a few scores from free kicks.
From the throw in for the second half the Greystones men were determined to breach the Stratford Grangecon defence and get goals, however attack after attack was thwarted by a rock solid experienced Stratford Grangecon defence. Frustration was starting to set in at this stage for Eire Og as they failed to get the goals they wanted. Stratford Grangecon however, needed to get scores on the board and when Jack Best drove a powerful low ball into the back of the Greystones net it appeared that this game was still very much to play for!
Unfortunately, tired legs through a lack of match fitness ensured we could not capitalise at this stage of the game and Eire Og went on to gradually extend their lead out to 12 points at the final whistle.
Manager Frank O’Neill could take away many positives from this encounter, knowing that his team has huge potential if the fitness levels could be improved. There is growing confidence that if the effort is put in over the next few weeks, that a successful result against Annacura is very possible. A victory over Annacurra would mean the team would advance to the quarter final of the Junior C Championship.