Arthur Griffith U-13s target double

by Gazette Reporter
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Arthur Griffith Park Football Club’s Under-13 side are set to add to the roll of honours at one of Dublin’s newest and fastest growing clubs after they reached the verge of a league and cup double last week.

The DDSL side won the Joe O’Leary Cup last weekend when they beat a previously undefeated Sacred Heart 2-1 to claim the title. On Monday, they took another step toward claiming their DDSL Under-13C league title after they drew against Manortown United away from home, leaving them needing a point from their final game against Cambridge Boys this weekend to secure the crown.

Speaking after the match, AGP chairman Allan O’Kearney said: “We drew but the [Manortown] goalkeeper was absolutely outstanding.

“They had one shot on goal and they scored from it, but we equalised with two minutes to go having dominated the game.

He added: “That result puts us on 50 points and our closest rivals Leixlip United need to win all of their remaining four matches to equal that total. But if we get one point from our final game in Ringsend, we win the league.”

The Lucan outfit were only established four years ago, but they have already achieved considerable success in the first three seasons of their existence.

Currently AGP has two senior men teams playing in the UCFL, an Under-13’s team in the DDSL and now a ladies senior team playing in the DWSL.

“I set the club up in late 2010 with the idea of just forming a senior team,” said O’Kearney.

“But as more people turned up to training sessions and the numbers grew, we started to recruit loads of new players.

“Now I want to add even more teams to the four we have,” he added.

“We are the only club in Lucan to have a ladies team, who start their maiden season next week.

“We have been put in a very high league but since the team was set up only a few weeks ago, we have had over 20 people at training.”

The club’s senior men’s team have achieved back-to-back promotions as runners-up from Division 2A and Division 2 as well as capturing the MMI Cup in their first two campaigns.

And if they win their final two league matches of the current season, they will be guaranteed a top two finish and a third successive promotion to the Premier Division.

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