Under 15 footballers give Fingallians a run for their money
The Naomh Olaf U15 boys team lined out on the lower senior pitch for their fifth round Gaelic football match against Fingallians, who were visiting Sandyford for the first time at this age group following their demotion from Division 1 last season. The game had an edgy feel to it and was a taste for the boys of how tough Division 1 is with close marking and some unsavoury off the ball attention. An early goal and a point for Naomh Olaf set the tone for what was going to be a close encounter, with the visitors quickly finding their form and responding with a goal and points of their own. In the dying minutes of the first half Olafs were awarded a penalty but forced it wide and the first half ended all square 1:7 to 1:7.
In the first fifteen minutes of the second half the two teams went at it trading scores with Naomh Olaf scoring two goals to Fingallians one goal and a point. But then the visitors turned up the pace and scored three goals and three points without reply. The match clock ticked towards full time but the Sandyford boys were not finished and started a come back scoring two goals and two points within six minutes. It was not to be, however, and on the final whistle the visitors went on to win 5:9 to 5:11. Great credit is due to the Naomh Olafs lads on an excellent performance and the closest any team have come to beating Fingallians this season and they are already looking forward to the return fixture.
Next weekend sees a return to hurling action with the U15's travelling to Tymon Park to take on Faughs.