Tuesday 23 January 2018

Olahan the hero with tremendous penalty save

ONE of the oldest rivalries in Gaelic football in Wicklow was renewed on Friday night when Laragh and Hollywood clashed in a league match in Hollywood.

The record books tells us that back in the very early days of the association a group of brave men from Laragh set out to cross then dangerous dirt track road to the west to take on Hollywood in a 'friendly'.

It was probably the very first ever meeting between teams from the east and west of the county under GAA rules.

Their only mode of transport was a couple of horses pulling Drays and anyone that knows that road, even today will realise just how hazardous and difficult that journey was.

No such bother with the roads of today.

Laragh took two valuable points on their short travel across the hills to give Hollywood their first defeat in Division 3 of the SFL on a very cold night.

The home side started brightly with points from Garrett Bell, Niall Clarke and John Teehan Burke before Laragh's David Hanlon and Steve Olohan replied. Seven wides didn't help the home side in the first half.

Hanlon then goaled and three points put Laragh ahead 1-06 to 0-05 at half time.

Laragh took control in the second half but the home side won a penalty in the 57th minute. Up stepped Garrett Bell to attempt to blast to the Laragh net and leave the minimum between the sides again.

However, veteran, Fergal Olohan, saved brilliantly, cleared and Laragh went up field and pointed. Both teams exchanged points before the end.

Wicklow People

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