Lethal Gabriels forward has scored ten goals in club’s campaign
BY KIERAN McCARTHY
JUDGING by his goal record in this year’s championship, Eddie Goggin is worth his weight in gold and goals.
Amazingly, the Gabriels hot-shot has scored goals in all but one of his side’s ten junior championship games this season, as Rangers marched through the South West and then Cork and are now in a Munster JFC semi-final this Saturday.
It’s little wonder then that Goggin (pictured) is short-listed for the Westlodge Carbery Junior Footballer of the Year award and a Carbery GAA Football All-Star award this Saturday night.
Gabriels’ goal-scoring feats are one of the main reasons that they are in the last four in Munster because they have scored two goals in every championship match apart from one – the Cork JAFC quarter-final win (1-10 to 1-8) against Ballyclough.
Gabriels have scored 19 goals in ten championship games, almost an average of two per game.
In total, Goggin has scored ten goals in ten games, Mark Cronin has rattled the net five times, Chris Moynihan has scored three goals and Sean Keller has added one.
In the South West JAFC, Eddie Goggin and captain Mark Cronin were the goal-scorers in the 2-14 to 0-7 preliminary round win against Dohenys, Goggin then scored two goals in the Round 3 win (2-14 to 0-9) against Castlehaven, before Goggin and Chris Moynihan shared the goals in the quarter-final victory (2-15 to 1-6) against Clann na nGael.
Goggin and Sean Kelleher grabbed the goals in the 2-7 to 0-9 semi-final win against Kilmacabea, and it was Goggin and Mark Cronin on target in the 2-9 to 1-8 South West JAFC final against St Colum’s.
In the county series, Goggin scored a goal against Ballclough (1-10 to 1-8), and in the drawn semi-final (2-10 apiece) and replay (2-9 to 0-14) against Knocknagree, Goggin scored one goal, while Mark Cronin (2) and Chris Moynihan also found the back of the net.
In the county final, it was Goggin and Chris Moynihan with the goals against Shamrocks (2-13 to 2-7), and in the recent Munster JFC quarter-final, Goggin and Mark Cronin were the goal-scoring heroes in the 2-11 to 0-2 win. From those stats alone, it highlights the danger of Goggin and the Gabriels attack that has averaged seventeen points per game in this year’s championship.