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Monday 5 December 2016

Naomh Olaf claim extra time glory against Fins

Féile na nGael Division 4 Final

Naomh Olaf made home advantage pay as they got the better of a talented Fingallians side by 2-6 to 2-3 after extra-time in their thrilling Dublin Féile na nGael Division 4 final at Páirc Uí Bhriain last Saturday.

In a contest that was gripping all the way through, both sides enjoyed sporadic periods of pressure with the hosts eventually pulling through by three points.

"I think it's probably fair to say that we got out of jail a bit," was the assessment of Naomh Olaf mentor James Whelan.

"We were hanging on a bit at the end against a very good side but we are just delighted that we managed to pull through by the final whistle.

"It was such a fabulous day in the club and the atmosphere around the place was amazing.

"Hopefully, we managed to raise the profile of hurling with Naomh Olaf as a lot of people and supporters would have been experiencing the magic that is Féile na nGael for the first time," added Whelan.

Ciarán Foley was the inspiration behind the Olaf victory with the centre-back scoring one of his by now trademark goals from deep while goalkeeper Eoin Donnelly and sub Daragh Naylor also excelled for the hosts.

As with their qualifying group ten days ago, full-back Aidan Kinnear once again shone from full-back for Fingallians while their midfield pairing of Gavin Howard and Cathal Lynch were also hugely influential for the Swords outfit.

"It was a very tight match and I think either team could have won it," said Fingallians mentor David Netherway.

"Of course we were very disappointed to lose but I think we lost a bit of momentum from last week and in fairness to Naomh Olaf, they are a great bunch of lads and if we were going to lose to anyone, you wouldn't mind it being them.

"We had a great support travel out to the game and the management would like to express our gratitude to all of those that made the trip across to cheer on the lads," he added.

Naomh Olaf: E Donnelly, C de Hóra, H Byrne, C Murtagh, A English, S Whelan, C Harrington, D O'Brien, C O'Sullivan, C Morrison, C Compton, J Kennedy, D Morris, D Naylor, R Faulkner, L Scanlon, C Day, G O'Toole, C Foley, S Cullinan, D Leavy.

Fingallians: A Murphy, A Kinnear, B Clarkin, C Lynch, C Murtagh, C Kelly, D Delaney, D Power, D Carroll, D Groves, F Donaghue, J Connell, J Mahony, J Phelan, L Nagel, M Keogh, M Ó Cinnéide, M Murphy, S Hughes, G Howard, D Foley, M Rock, S McKittrick, E O'Connor.

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