Lucan Star Hollywood gets second chance to make it in pro ranks

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jamie Hollywood will have another shot at professional football stardom having signed terms with Bray Wanderers last week.

The midfielder’s impressive season at Lucan United caught the eye of a number of LOI sides but a new-look Bray made the move and signed up the 24-year-old until the end of the term.

Hollywood, who was instrumental in Lucan’s LSL Senior 1 title win, has LOI and Division 1 previous. He started his career at Bohemians where he played U-19 football before representing both Drogheda United and Longford Town in the League of Ireland.He played top-flight amateur football at Crumlin from 2019 before signing for Athlone Town in February of last year. He was back in the Leinster Senior League by November and helped Lucan secure promotion back to the top flight.While Lucan level up and move into Senior Sunday the central midfielder personally jumps a level beyond the top-end amateur grade and will now ply his trade in LOI Division 1.

“Jamie was great for us,” Lucan United manager John Doyel said when speaking to the Gazette.   “He is a young player with an old head on his shoulders. He was good around his teammates in the dressing room and well liked. He Was also a very consistent performer in the games.  He is a loss for us going into next season.

”Elsewhere, Shelbourne extended their lead at the top of the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League with a 4-0 Dublin derby triumph over Peamount United.

A much anticipated game between two fierce rivals certainly lived up to expectations, with Shels coming away victorious with an emphatic four-goal victory. It was an entertaining first half, Shelbourne having the better chances but Peamount having majority of the possession. In the 23rd minute, the ball was adjudged by the referee to have been handled in the box, and Jessie Stapleton scored the from the spot to put the visitors ahead. 

Shelbourne brought on super-sub Abbie Larkin who didn’t take long to make her impact. In the 79th minute Larkin pounced to double Shels advantage. In the 84th minute, Larkin got her second with a great finish. 

Larkin got her third to complete her hat-trick in the 91st minute to put extend the Tolka Park’s side lead at the top of the table.

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