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Saturday 16 December 2017

O'Dwyer's closing in on treasured treble

'D' double already in bag as Balbriggan club chase Cup win

HISTORY for O'Dwyer's - the heartbeat of Balbriggan.

The Dublin Junior D Championship title came home. It's the club's first adult ladies football championship.

They beat their good friends, Naomh Olaf, in the final. "We have met so many times now that we are nearly on first-name terms," smiles John Joe O'Carroll.

And now the clubs have another date - in the Cup final.

Last Sunday, O'Dwyer's beat Crumlin in the Cup semi-final. "If we win the Cup, that would mean a treble. That would be some season," says John Joe.

Unbeaten

John Joe is joined in the dugout by his brother, Fergus, and Dolores Mooney.

O'Dwyer's have also won the Senior 7 League, where they were unbeaten.

In the table, they had three points to spare over Whitehall Colmcille, with Fingal Ravens and Crumlin finishing third and fourth.

They'd love to climb the escalator. The squad are certainly capable of playing at a high level.

They have a solid defence. And their quick-moving style and sharp forward unit had led to some high harvests.

"We have a good group. It's a young squad. They are dedicated. If they stay together, the future is looking bright."

In the championship, O'Dwyer's topped their group following wins against Stars of Erin, Olaf's and St James' Gaels.

They defeated Craobh Chiaráin in the semi-final. "That was a tight enough match, just like the final."

The final was held on the lush Clontarf turf on Mount Prospect Avenue. A big crowd showed up under the lights.

O'Dwyer's were ahead by a point at half-time.

And they produced the polish thereafter.

Erin Healy got the player-of-the-match. Shannon Richardson got 2-8.

"It was a marvellous achievement by the girls. And it was well deserved," noted John Joe.

Boost

"It's wonderful to win a championship and it's a real boost for the club. There is a good structure there. The teams are doing well, and there's no lack of talented young players."

Having a Dublin captain is another tonic, but, remarkably, O'Dwyer's possess two county skippers.

Erica Byrne is the captain of the Dublin U16s who reached this year's All-Ireland final, while Aoife Curran wears the armband for the Dublin minors, who reached the All-Ireland Minor semi-final.

"It's fantastic to get honours like that. The young players look up to Erica and Aoife so much, and they are real role models.

"We have other Dublin representatives as well on the various sides, and that can only inspire other girls to wear the blue jersey.

During the campaign, Erica did a little profile. In it, she said that another icon of the North County, Carla Rowe, was her most difficult opponent.

Her favourite footballer is Paul Flynn and her top sports-person is Bernard Dunne.

She'd love to meet Ciarán Whelan and Jason Sherlock. There's no substitute for class.

And she revealed that the last song she downloaded was Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks.

O'Dwyer's continue to win friends all over the capital, and, judging by this season's success, they are certainly going to all the right places ... fast!

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