A blistering opening twenty minute spell proved enough for Galtee Rovers to overcome a depleted Eire Og Annacarty side 2-7 to 0-7 in the County Senior Championship in Golden. So, in this second round game it was a confidence boosting victory for Galtee Rovers after their first round defeat.
With the assistance of a stiff breeze, the Bansha side made most of the running, pointing on their first attack from the throw-in. After ten minutes Galtee Rovers had their first goal, a high ball from a free by Denis Peters deceived the Eire Og goalie Donnacha Horan and ended up in the net.
Further points followed before a defensive mix-up allowed Niall Daly through for goal number two after twenty minutes.
Darragh Mooney finally put Eire Og on the board with a point in the twenty fifth minute following wides from play and placed balls. Eire Og were certainly missing the influence of Brian Fox and Damien O’Brien amongst others.
However Galtee Rovers showing the greater hunger went in at half-time leading 2-4 to 0-1.
The second half was a more even affair, both teams scoring three points each, keeping the lead at nine points until late on Ronan O’Brien, who had switched to the attack, opened the the half with a quick point.
Eire Og did push forward more as time ran out, however the lead was too great for them and three points was all they managed to add to their interval tally.
With Galtee Rovers holding firm, Eire Og needed goals to make any inroads into the game at this stage. Points were exchanged before Annacarty finished strongly with unanswered points from Paul Downey, Kevin Fox and Darragh Mooney.
But Éire Óg also shot some poor wides, twelve in all, compared to the Rovers’ ten – and these undid most of their good work. So Galtee Rovers to emerged winners, 2-7 to 0-7 at full time.
For Galtees, Vinny Murphy, Chris Higgins, Paul McCarthy, Pa Morrissey and Rob Doyle were best. Eire Og, were short a number of regulars including Brian Fox and Damien O’Brien, but were well served by Ronan and Conor O’Brien, Tom and Kev Fox and top scorer Darragh Mooney.
Galtee Rovers: Eamon O’Connell; Rob Doyle, Vinny Murphy, Damien Bourke; Chris Higgins (0-01), Colin Morrissey, Patrick Ryan (0-01 ‘45); Mark O’Brien, Pa Morrissey, Denis Peters(1-1), Paul McCarthy (0-1), Steven McGrath; Shane Egan (0-2), Michael O’Connell (0-1), Niall Daly (1-0). Subs: Kieran Bergin for Denis Peters and Darren McGrath for Paul McCarthy
Eire Og Annacarty: Donnacha Horan, Ronan O’Brien (0-1), Conor O’Brien, Richard O’Doherty, Tom Fox, Paudie O’Dwyer, Kev Fox (0-1), Richard Ryan, Willie O’Neill, Paul Downey (0-1), Jeremy Furlong, Donal O’Dwyer, Philip McGrath, Darragh Mooney (0-3), Seanie Ryan: Sub: Pat Aherne (0-1) for Philip McGrath (ht).
Referee; Brian Tyrell.