Olaf’s crown fine season with Shield final success

by Gazette Reporter
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Naomh Olaf’s ladies footballers capped a good season’s football by overcoming a strong Crumlin side in the New Ireland Assurance Junior C Shield Final in Páirc Uí Bhriain.

In front of a large attendance supporting both teams, the Olaf girls made up for the disappointment of losing three finals in 2017 with an assured display of entertaining football.

Goals win games and this was certainly the case in this one. With little between the teams in the first half, it was the two goals from the Sandyford side courtesy of Louise Rice and Clara O’Sullivan, that made the difference at the break, 2-3 to 0-5.

A mean Naomh Olaf defence marshalled by Sue Howley and Emer Fanning gave little away and although an early second half penalty kick brought the visitors back into it, Chloe McHugh off the bench found the net to settle the nerves.

Crumlin never gave up and kept coming back but it was the ability of the home team’s forwards to break through the Crumlin defence which ultimately made the difference.

As the game wore on, the visitors tired but the younger Naomh Olaf team – sponsored by IRes – with player of the match Clara O’Sullivan to the fore, never relented.

Dublin Minor Aoife Maher and O’Sullivan both netted late goals as the home side landed the crown with a final score of 5-6 to 1-7 to the delight of mentors Stephen Murray and Paddy Feehan and their faithful following.

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