Congratulations to the O’Loughlins u16 Football team who retained the Duggan Steel County Championship by defeating Dicksboro at a cold and blustery Palmerstown on Sunday morning. This was a tough encounter with two big teams slugging it out under difficult conditions. The first half of this game non-descript as both teams struggled to deal with the cold conditions. The soft ground and a stiff cold breeze resulted in lots of handling errors and few scores but both teams clearly were determined and didn’t give each other an inch. In a tight game every ball was contested and when referee John Guinan blew for half time neither team held the advantage.
The second half tempo of the game increased somewhat which helped to warm the blood of the sizeable support that had gathered. O’Loughlin Gaels had the disadvantage now of kicking into the wind but looked more like the team with the wind in their sails. Maybe it was the half time talk from Manger Brian Dowling but whatever it was these lads had goals on their minds and goals they got. Dacel Fwamba entered the fray adding pace to the forward pack and the momentum immediately turned in the St. Johns lads favour. Goals from Kevin Murphy, Eoin Wall and Tervine Wallace gave our lads the advantage late in the second half but Dicksboro fought hard and kept the fight up to the very end. With the sides level in the final minute Dicksboro’s final attack was hampered by a hardworking O’Loughlins defence. Peter Collins, Conor Heary and Shane Mahony linked up to quickly move the ball out of defence. Quick thinking and fast passing movement followed by a subline kick pass up to midfield caught the Dicksboro lads on the back foot and Ben Maher moved the ball at pace to the terrier like Eoin Wall. The lively corner forward had only goal on his mind and finished into the corner of the net for his second goal of the afternoon and the Gaels fourth. Soon afterwards the final whistle sounded and our lads savoured victory with their families and friends that had gathered to support topping a great season for the u16s. Well done to all involved.
Team: Sean Bolger, Stephen Scallon, Peter Collins, Kevin Murphy, Eoin Kelly, Shane O’Mahony, Conor Heary, Charlie Deegan, Ryan Poyntz, Ronan Buckley, Tervine Wallace (c) , Ben Maher, Eoin Wall, Joe Banville, Eoin O’Shea.
Dacel Fwamba, Stephen Scallon, Sean O’Leary, Eoin Neary, David McCormack, Robert Boyd, Padraig Nolan, Adam Flynn, Joe Murphy, John Nolan, James Higgins, Cian Madden, Adam Cummins, Jordon Molloy, Lorcan Whelan.