Dad’s Army go over the top in AFL6 run

by Gazette Reporter

DAD’S Army didn’t get too much right when they were stationed in Walmington-On-Sea during World War 2, but the Dublin 15 footballing version have done little wrong this season.
St Peregrine’s Junior A footballers won the AFL6 title last week with a dramatic one-point win over St Plunkett’s ER in Blakestown. It was a nip and tuck game, with Peregrine’s trailing by two at the break. The second half was as tight as the first and as the game crept into injury time, the score was level. But a late score from Mark McSherry with the second last play of the match sealed the win and league title for Darragh Gaynor’s side.
“Naturally, myself and the team, we’re all delighted,” said Gaynor afterwards. “I only came into the job for the season just gone, prior to that the team were in relegation play-offs so we needed something extra. I got in touch with a few older lads who had given up their football, convinced them to give me one more year, and as you can see it’s worked a treat.
“Lads like Graham Woods, Niall Jackson, Cian McGuinness, and a few more; all in their mid to late 30s, came back and had great seasons. Our average age was 35 which earned us the nickname ‘Dad’s Army’ around the place, but Dad’s Army have done the business,” added the manager.
With AFL5 football on the agenda next season, will Gaynor manager to convince his veteran troops to enlist for another season? “Well we’ve a meeting next month where we’ll all sit down together and talk about what we’re going to do,” he said. “If all or the majority of the lads want to give it another year, then I’ll most definitely give it another year myself. But if five or six decide they’ve had enough, I will probably step aside and let someone else have a go.”
The manager has no doubts that if his side do sign on for another year, they could challenge in AFL5. “I reckon we could push for the play-off places,” he said. “We wouldn’t enter any cups next season; our focus would solely be the league and a crack at the championship.”

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