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Whitehall wizards

JOE LYONS had the whistle. He knows Parnell Park better than most.

He looked at home. The bounce of the sliotar was never far away.

The Whitehall centre half-back, Liam Kennedy, read the play like Bryan Dobson. He was first to every stray leaf, and his distribution belonged to Swift Post.

He was spraying the ball around like a fella watering the roses up at the Botanic Gardens.

He's a class act. He never hit a bad pass. He wasn't short of options either.

Whitehall had plenty of spring in the legs. And they were forever on the front foot.

They were getting scores from all parts of the building. All their forwards scored.

And their full-back, Alan Moore, proved his worth from 65s and frees.


Those coming off the bench also helped contribute to the rent.

They are a well-balanced unit. And they have a genuine industry about them.

Conor Sheedy was very busy, and productive, in the corner. Colmcille's made the most of their possession.

Olaf's had plenty of the cake after the interval as they played into the church end.

In the first 10 or 15 minutes of the restart, they engineered many an attack.

Quarter-chances, half-chances and even clear-cut chances were created, but no joy. They faced a formidable defence and an assured goalkeeper in Martin Troy.

Troy is a solid shot-stopper. He gets his angles right and he is quick to come off his line to clear the breakfast table.

He also has the trait of all the top 'keepers - a first class temperament that carries no fuss.

In the second half, he often left his line to face an in-coming attacker on the left, making himself big and the goal small.

And he always found a team-mate.

The Olaf's centre half-forward, Donie MacMathuna, was their ace marksmen. He hardly missed all day.

But the Sandyford side just didn't have the same scoring options as their slice-moving opponents.

On a lovely afternoon, Whitehall produced some lovely hurling.

Twice in the opening pages, the clubs were level, but after that Whitehall began to turn on the tap.

Alan Egan's early point for Whitehall was among the pick of the crop. He turned on a euro and sent a sharp email over the black spot.

Kennedy was the Lord of the Donnycarney Manor and he showed his calibre with a gem of a pass to Sheedy out wide on the right.

Conor was in ample space to take his time and slot between the jumpers. Sheedy was a central figure in the opening goal. He sent over a neat sideline from the right.

It ended up rebounding back off the timber for Robbie Markey-Fox to finish.

Sheedy almost had a goal himself when Fox released him, but Balally 'keeper, Eoin McCaffrey, denied him.

At half-time, Whitehall were ahead by 1-13 to 0-7. And 15 minutes into the second period, they began to tighten the lid even more.


Moore delivered in a free that saw Shane Ryan turn on a cent and, with the sweetest of midair connections, rattle the cobwebs.

It was now 2-14 to 0-10. The cement had been well laid on Collins Avenue.

Whitehall were keen to increase their total, and five minutes from the end, Sheedy produced the third goal.

He certainly deserved it. He had covered more ground than a candidate in the local elections.

SCORERS - Whitehall Colmcille: C Sheedy 1-6 (0-4f), S Ryan 1-1, R Markey-Fox 1-0, A Moore 0-3 (2 65, 1f), J Moran 0-2, S Power, C Ryan, A Egan, D Ryan, A Kerins 0-1 each. Naomh Olaf: D Mac Mathuna 0-11 (9f, 1 65), D Byrne 0-2.

WHITEHALL COLMCILLE: M Troy; K Mateer, A Moore, S McKeown; L Canny, L Kennedy, A Harte; N Molloy, S Power; C Ryan, A Egan, D Ryan; C Sheedy, R Markey-Fox, J Moran. Subs: S Ryan for Egan; A Harley for McKeown; G MacDonald for Moran; A Kerins for Power; M Tolster for D Ryan.

NAOMH OLAF: E McCaffrey; S Mulvey, P Roe, B McDonald; H Ruane, N McCaffrey, F Grey; J Keane, D Byrne; O McMullan, D Mac Mathuna, C Leavy; C Lewins, R Norberg, J Hughes. Subs: F Hickey for McMullan (inj); R Doyle for Hughes; C Furlong for Ruane.

MENTORS - Whitehall Colmcille: C Murray, N Hoban, G Carroll, P McKeown.

NAOMH OLAF: L Kavanagh, F Mairtin, F O'Dwyer.

REFEREE: J Lyons (Naomh Fionnbarra)

WIDES - Whitehall Colmcille: 6 (3+3). Naomh Olaf: 4 (0+4).

CONDITIONS: Balmy. Just the puff of a breeze.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Conor Sheedy (Whitehall Colmcille).