Treble trophy haul for Collinstown FC’s U-16s

by Karl Graham

COLLINSTOWN FC completed a remarkable season last weekend by adding the Redmond Cup to their already impressive trophy haul with a 3-1 win over Wayside at Roadstone Sports and Social Club.
The Clondalkin side landed the DDSL Under-16 Sunday B title in November having won 20 of their 21 league games, and Sunday’s victory saw them lift their third trophy of the season.
“We are after doing very well this season,” Collinstown manager Derek Oliver told the Dublin Gazette.
“We won the shield in the mini season, then we went on to win the league in the full season, before winning the Redmond cup too. We only lost one game all season so we had an absolutely super year.”
Oliver, who manages the team alongside John Dunne, also praised his side for the effort they put in at the weekend despite the awful conditions on show.
“It was a tough game because it was a good Wayside team that we played against in really cold conditions.”
Collinstown took the lead midway through the first half through a strike from Alex Tuleja, and had another effort cleared off the line before half time.
The second half saw, they continued to forge some chances, while also remaining tight at the back. They eventually managed to double their lead when Darren Griffin struck.
As the game entered the final ten minutes, Collinstown put the tie to bed when substitute Luke Dillon found the corner of the net with a volley, having only been on the pitch a matter of minutes.
Wayside pulled one back from a corner with five minutes remaining, but it was too little too late to prevent Collinstown from leaving victorious.
Remarkably, this side could so easily not even exist.
“At the start of the season, we were planning to have two teams at that age group but we got so many players down [to the trials] that we decided to have another team,” Oliver explained. “We weren’t sure what the standard was so we put them into that league just to kind of feel it out.”
The team will make a big step up to the Under-17s next year where Oliver believes they will be afforded much sterner tests.
“By right, we probably were too strong for that league so we’re looking to step up to major now next season. I think that will be the standard for them.
“We had a day trial last week and actually got an extra 10 players down between the three teams so we are definitely going to keep what we have and will probably add to the squad as well.”
Oliver’s son, Jamie Smith-Oliver, was one of the standout performers in the league last season, bagging an incredible 40 goals in just 27 appearances.

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