In their third Feile round, Eadestown travelled to Milltown for a 7.15 throw-in. The team started well with two points to take the lead. Milltown settled quickly however and soon established a strong hand passing rhythm with multiple overlaps that challenged the Eadestown midfield and half back line. Fifteen minutes in and Milltown were one point ahead. Eadestown responded well but were unable to penetrate the Milltown goalkeeper and full back line with five kicks into their goalies hands and all remaining first half scores coming from free kicks. The first half ended with Eadestown 0-5 to Milltown 0-7.
During the half time break, the team were given a rousing talk by coach Robbie Jameson. This appeared to work as the lads started well, making the first score. It also became noticeable that the boys were displaying a massive determination now that was only there in spots in the first half. Particularly gutsy performances from some of the younger players Aaron Curtin, Oisin Dillon and Liam Brannelly help to inspire the team to push harder. Darragh Jameson and Niall Grainger led the charge in opening the lead, by creating two opportunities for half-forward Dara McGettrick to bury a goal and a point. Another well-taken goal from Adam Delaney followed and Eadestown quickly established a 2-1 lead over Milltown. The opposition dug deep however and soon dominated possession creeping back to within 4 points off a draw. This was the final test for the lads with 5 minutes to go. Mal Harney, Daragh Jameson, Ardin McGee and Mark Dockery showed particular resilience at this point and helped neutralise wave after wave of attack from Milltown as the light faded on the pitch. Ben Loughlin pulled off some super saves. The game ended with a one goal lead for Eadestown.
The top scorer was Dara McGettrick who converted 1-10, of which 0-8 came from free kicks.
The result secured home advantage and a draw versus Abbey Rangers the runner-up of the other Feile Group in the semi-final, which will be Eadestown toughest challenge yet. The semi-final will take place in Eadestown on Sunday morning the 22nd April, throw-in at 1030, please turn out to cheer on the lads and mentors.
Final score Eadestown 2-10 to Milltown 0-13. Well done lads and fair play to Milltown for a great battle and a super display of positive football.