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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Olaf's eyes on the provincial prize

NAOMH OLAF will hope to add a provincial title to the Dublin championship already secured when they face Geraldine's (Louth) in their Leinster IFC Final at the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda next Sunday (2.0).

Olaf's form through their Leinster campaign has been hugely impressive with early round wins over Johnstownbridge and Kilcormac-Killoughey preceding their ultimately comfortable 1-11 to 0-7 semi-final success over an ill-disciplined Ballyroan Abbey nine days' ago.

Central to that victory was the contribution from their half-back line with the form of Bernard Gaughran, Colin Doyle and 2012 All-Ireland MFC-winning captain David Byrne proving hugely influential through their inspiring run.

Further up the field, Eoin Kinsella has provided both leadership and scores for an Olaf's team that has thrived on every challenge presented, qualifying for their first provincial final ever in the process.

However, Kinsella's participation remains in doubt after a broken toe he suffered in his side's last-four win over Ballyroan.

Geraldine's, managed by former Louth manager Eamonn McEneaney, showed all their battling qualities when coming out on top against St Fintan's by 1-17 to 2-13 in their absorbing semi-final and Kinsella expects a similarly tight encounter.

"They are a very strong side that won Division 2 of the Louth senior league this year and they also have plenty of intercounty experience and quality," said Kinsella.

"Jim McEneaney has great ability and with the likes of Gerard Hoey and Shane O'Hanlon in their ranks and all the minor titles that they have won in Louth in recent years, they are definitely a club on the way up.

"Having said that, we'll still go into the game in a positive frame of mind and if we can eliminate our errors from the semi-final and also improve on our decision making, then we will definitely have a chance.

"Geraldine's are a talented outfit but we know that if we can produce our 'A game' on the day, then we will give ourselves more than a fighting chance of getting a positive result."

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