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  Hurlers reach paradise

Naomh Olaf 2-8 Kevins 2-6

After many years of trying Naomh Olaf hurlers finally reached Senior League status. It was achieved after a thrilling win over Kevins in the Top 4 playoff final in O'Toole Park on Sunday 10th November.

A late two-point salvo from ace free-taker Sean Gibbons earned Olafs the spoils. The sides were locked at 2-6 apiece after 58 minutes of this entertaining clash before Gibbons maintained his composure to score twice from placed balls to earn a deserved win. It was however a win that Olaf's made hard work of.
Olafs opened up a three-point lead as early as the seventh minute when Kevin Keane found the net. Olafs continued to dictate proceedings thereafter, but seemed incapable of reflecting their dominance and didn't score again until Gibbons pointed on 24 minutes. They finally opened up a commanding lead within a minute when Kevin Keane claimed his second goal after a brilliant solo run to leave the scores 2-2 to 0-2. Both sides swapped points before the break to leave the half time score 2-4 to 0-4
The game turned on its head in the opening eight minutes if the second period as Kevins claimed a brace of goals to leave Kevins just the minimum in arrears 2-5 to 2-4.
Buoyed by those scores Kevins piled on the pressure and moved 2-6 to 2-5 ahead with 10 minutes remaining. That was to be their last score, however, and Patrick Birmingham levelled proceedings with a fine score on 50 minutes as Olafs began to assume control again.
They went on to claim the victory their superior play merited, as Sean Gibbons held his nerve to split the uprights twice and hand his side a two point win.

Team
S O'Connor, B Phelan, P Roe, H Doyle, E Kinsella, D MacMathuna (Capt)(0-1), B Lynch, L MacMathuna, R Quinn, J Keane (0-1), S Gibbons (0-5f), P Bermingham, (0-1) J Hughes, K Keane (2-0), G Hannon
Subs
C Birmingham, J Quinn, D Egan, D Naughton, P Harrington

Selectors
L Kinsella, F McCarthy