Olafs to battle again after draw in final

by Gazette Reporter

NAOMH Olaf will have to do it all over after they were pegged back both in normal and extra time of their AIB Leinster Club IFC final in Drogheda last Sunday.

They had led going down the closing stretch of both periods only for Jim McEneaney to emerge from the bench to score crucial late points, tying the game up in normal time after being introduced from the bench.

He duly scored again in extra-time to bring the sides level and send the game to a replay which will be played next Sunday in Parnell Park.

In normal time, Olaf’s made the dream start when Dublin senior panellist David Byrne combined with Eoin Kinsella – who overcame a toe injury to line out – to goal and by the interval the Sandyford men led 1-4 to 1-3.

Olaf’s extended their advantage through Fergal McCann after the restart, but first-half goal-scorer Glen Trainor wrestled the lead back seconds later, finishing a much trickier chance low to the keeper’s right to make it 2-3 to 1-5.

McEneaney’s first score extended Geraldines’ lead to two, but Naomh Olaf rallied impressively as points from Brian Begley (two), Eoin Christian and McCann opened a two-point cushion with six minutes left on the clock.

Begley ended up with 0-4 to his name while Fearghal Purcell scored three in the first half before he was substituted.

But Geraldine’s goal hero Trainor pulled one back, before McEneaney equalised in the second minute of injury-time.

Reduced to 14 men following Conor Haskins straight red card two minutes from the end, Naomh Olaf were returned to the full complement in extra-time and they again forged two clear scoring chances in the dying minutes.

However, McEneaney – a Louth county panellist – kept his cool over a couple of late frees to earn Geraldine’s a second bite at the cherry.

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