Olaf’s warriors on the hunt for treble

by Gazette Reporter

NAOMH Olaf’s junior footballers copper-fastened the AFL Division 9 title in comprehensive fashion last Saturday evening with a comprehensive 0-19 to 0-8 win over Clontarf.
The team have gone unbeaten all year with an incredible 14 wins in succession in the league and have a busy schedule in the coming weeks. Indeed, a triple is on the cards with the Sheridan Cup final to look forward to next weekend against Starlights of Ballymun and a county championship Final against St Oliver Plunkett’s on Sunday, October 2 in Parnell Park.
Although missing players on Saturday, the Sandyford club’s panel showed its strength in depth with Colm O’Neill, Jack Byrne and Colie Hughes starring in the backline.
The side was backboned by Rob Doyle in goals who kept a clean sheet and kept a 100% record on his kick-outs. Fergal McCann was outstanding at midfield once again and the youthful Bernie Gaughran worked tirelessly at midfield. Half forwards Liam Diskin and Ronan Morrissey proved to be great outlets with Brian Begley and Jamie O’Malley doing most of the scoring for the team.
It came on a busy weekend with the club helping to host the annual Kilmacud All-Ireland 7s. Olaf’s played in a group that included Bryansfort (Down), St Michael’s (Galway) and Curry (Sligo) and the games were played in perfect conditions before a large crowd at Naomh Olaf’s grounds.
Olaf’s beat Bryansfort, previous overall winners on several occasions, 5-7 to 1-12 before drawing with St Michael’s 1-8 to 0-11. They subsequently beat Curry to proceed to the quarter final stages at Pairc de Burca on a massive 15-4 to 1-4 scoreline.
They were drawn against Bellaghy (Derry) in the quarter-final where the game ebbed and flowed and ended in a hard fought draw. The winner was decided by a three penalty shoot-out and, unfortunately for Olaf’s, they lost this by two penalties to one scored.

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