Big coup for Oliver Bond as club

by Jonny Stapleton
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Oliver Bond Celtic have yet another reason to celebrate a full week after their title-winning season came to an end.

The Dublin amateur side, who won the LSL Major Sunday division and will play Intermediate football next season, have pulled off a massive managerial coup in securing the services of a

manager once known as the ‘Alex Ferguson of Junior Football’ – Alan Reilly.

Reilly, a former Manchester City Youth who played in the centre of the park for the likes of Halifax Town, Bohemians and Drogheda, was at the helm as the good ship Sheriff YC dominated the junior football seas.

Reilly was in charge of the inner city Hoops for seven years and helped transform them into one of the most successful junior sides of all time.

Indeed, some argue the team of John Rock, John Lester, Darren Dunne and the Murphy brothers was the best to ever play at

that level.

In seven years they won 31 trophies including a sensational four FAI Junior Cups, four Leinster Junior Cups and six AUL Premier A titles.

The experienced coach moved to Ballymun United and the LSL in 2018 and is now has a new project in Oliver Bond where he will work alongside Eddie Keogh.

It’s a statement of intent from a club who formed just five years ago to provide football for the area but has managed to create an atmosphere and sense of local pride that has tempted some very talented local ‘ballers to drop to join them.

“Alan can bring us to the next level as we head into Intermediate football after a successful five years in Junior football.

“Everyone at the club is excited and looking forward to a bright future as we welcome Alan to our club,” a club statement said.

Alan Reilly, who spent seven years with Sheriff, will manager Oliver Bond next season. Photo: Sportsfile

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