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U-14 Gaelic 2013-14



ST OLIVER'S 1-9 ST MARYS, DUNDALK 2-6 04-10-13

St Oliver's opened their campaign in this years North leinster league with a draw against Dundalk's St Marys College. Both teams had periods of dominance in the game but a late Hugh Conaghy point rescued a much deserved draw for the home team.
St Mary's with the aid of a stiff breeze got off to a great start in the opening quarter scoring 1-1 without reply, before Philip Kirwan scored the first of his personal tally of five points with a well worked point. Hayden Fitzpatrick and Eoghan O Carroll added further points to bring St Olivers to within a point of the visitors in a low scoring first half. St Olivers started the second half strongly and edged two points ahead before St Marys replied with a goal of their own. Both teams fought hard for the ball all over the pitch but it was St Marys who edged three points clear as our lads failed to convert some good scoring chances. Ciaran Reilly was a menace at full forward and was fouled twice providing Hayden Fitzpatrick and Philip Kirwan with opportunities to reduce the arrears to one point, before Hugh Conaghy scored the final point of the game to secure a draw as our lads piled pressure on the visitors.
St Olivers had some very encouraging performances all over the field, Conor Milne didn't give his man an inch at corner back, Dylan O Hare was very composed at full back, Noel Onianwa worked tiressly in the half back line while forwards Philip Kirwan, Hayden Fitzpatrick and Ciaran Reilly were a constant threat. James Carroll at left half back however, was the outstanding player for St Olivers on the day, his tenacity in defense and his attacking prowess provided the foundation for many of St Oliver's scores.

St Oliver's team: Norbert Podomski, Conor Milne, Dylan O Hare, Josh Moore, Noel Onianwa, Stephen Mc Evoy, James Carroll, Eoghan O Carroll, Shane Brodigan, Hugh Conaghy, Philip.Kirwan, Hayden Fitzpatrick, Cian O Brien, David Andrews, Adam Carroll

Subs: Ciaran Reilly for David Andrews, Sean Gibney for Josh Moore ht, Danny Onianwa, Evan Lynch, Cameron Griffin, Aaron Duffy, Caoimhin O Brien, Nathan Lewellyn, Paul Mc Evoy, Cian Briody, Ben Lynch Flaherty, Kevin Newman, Ayo Ademokun, Sean Floody.



ST OLIVER'S 0-10 ARDEE CS 4-6 11-10-13

Despite putting in an impressive second half performance, our U-14's were beaten by group favourites Ardee in this round 2 fixture. Ardee have finished top of the pile at the end of the group stage for the last two years and aided by a strong wind in the first half started strongly, outscoring their hosts 1-3 to a point in the opening quarter with Hayden Fitzpatrick getting the score for St Olivers. Both teams traded a couple of points each, as the hardworking Nathan Lewellyn scored his first of the day as well as another from Eoghan O Carroll. Ardee however finished the half strongly scoring another goal, leaving them nine points up at the break. It was a tough break for the backs as Noel Onianwa, James Carroll and Dylan O Hare worked tiressly to repel the visitors attacks.

St Olivers were dealt a crucial blow early in the second half as Ardee pounced on sloppy play from St Olivers to score their third goal. The game seemed over for our lads now, but to their credit they remained committed and replied with further scores from the excellent Nathan Lewellyn and a second from Eoghan O Carroll. Try as our lads did, Ardee had a touch of class in the forward line and replied with another goal of their own. Once again our boys reacted and dominated the final quarter, David Andrews and Norbert Potomski both missed goal chances, before David, fired over a well taken score. St Oliver's man of the match Nathan Lewellyn got the final two scores of the game to bring his final tally to five points. It was an excellent performance from Nathan who gave his all for the hour, he ran his man ragged in attack and also put in an impressive defensive display with two oustanding blocks in the second half. Others to impress were Dylan O hare, James Carroll, Shane Brodigan and Adam Carroll.

St Oliver's team: Norbert Potomski, Conor Milne, Dylan O Hare (0-1), Cian O Brien, Joe Corduff, Noel Onianwa, James Carroll, Shane Brodigan, Stephen Mc Evoy, Hugh Conaghy, Eoghan O Carroll (0-2), Nathan Lewellyn (0-5), Hayden Fitzpatrick (0-1), Ciaran Reilly, Adam Carroll

Subs: David Andrews (0-1) for Joe Corduff, Sean Gibney, Josh Moore, Evan Lynch, Cameron Griffin, Caoimhin O Brien, Paul Mc Evoy, Ben Lynch Flaherty, Kevin Newman, Sean Floody, Caomhin O Brien


Having drawn our first game with St Mary's Dundalk and being defeated to Ardee in our second game, a win against Colaiste na Hinse was vital to our quarter final hopes.
St Olivers welcomed back forwards Philip Kirwan and Cian Brady to their forward line, and the absence of Dillon O Hare saw Stephen Mc Evoy move to full back and Eoghan O Carroll to centrefield, where he was partnered by first year Norbert Potomski who was given his starting birth in the middle after playing between the sticks in the opening two rounds. Positional changes a plenty and hungry for success, our lads blew the visitors away with a ruthless first half display, scoring 8-8 to the visitors solitary goal. Three quick fire goals from Philip Kirwan, Norbert Potomski and Eoghan O Carroll, in the opening five minutes set the tone for the day as St Olivers dominated all over the field. St Oliver's midfield strength saw our forward line secure a huge amount of ball and each and every forward had the beating of their men. Philip Kirwan made St Olivers continuing pressure count, popping over two frees before the excellent Nathan Lewellyn scored his opening point of the day. Adam Carroll made the switch to wing forward today and again his pace troubled the visitors defense. He worked well on the left hand side with the returning Cian Brady, and the latter chipped in with three first half points of his own. Goals from Norbert Potomski, Adam Carroll, Nathan Lewellyn and a double from Hayden Fitzpatrick, completed the first half rout.

With St Olivers making five half time changes, the momentum was halted and the visitors made a challenge of it scoring another couple of goals. The impressive Norbert Potomski scored another goal for St Olivers, before the hardworking Nathan Lewellyn capped another impressive display, with a further two points to take his personal tally to (1-3) for the day. This was an excellent performance from our lads and a win against Bush next week will almost guarantee a quarter final place. On a day when so many of St Oliver's players performed well, the man of the match selection was a challenge. Philip Kirwan and Nathan Lewellyn were perhaps the pick of the forwards, while James Carroll was completely dominant at centre back, aided by his two wing backs Shane Brodigan and Noel Onianwa. On a day when many players played in new positions it was Stephen Mc Evoy's move from centre field to full back that was the most telling. Stephen put in an excellent defensive display, getting out first to ever ball and driving out of defense with great tenacity.

St Oliver's team: Danny Onianwa, Sean Gibney, Stephen Mc Evoy, Cian O Brien, Shane Brodigan, James Carroll, Noel Onianwa, Norbert Potomski (2-1), Eoghan O Carroll (1-2), Nathan Lewellyn (1-3), Philip Kirwan (1-2), Adam Carroll (1-0), Hayden Fitzpatrick (2-0), David Andrews, Cian Brady (0-3).

Subs: Evan Lynch for Shane Brodigan, Caoimhin O Brien for Danny Onianwa, Paul Mc Evoy for Sean Gibney, Ben Lynch Flaherty for Cian O Brien, Kevin Newman for Cian O Brien, Sean Floody, Hugh Conaghy for Adam Carroll, Ciaran Reilly (1-0)for Philip Kirwan, Cian Briody for Hayden Fitzpatrick, Sean Floody for Noel Onianwa


ST OLIVER'S 3-20 GORMANSTOWN 2-6 08-11-13

The scoreline says it all. This was a very one sided encounter that St Olivers dominated from start to finish. Philip Kirwan top scored with an incredible 2-8, his man-of-the-match performance was closely followed by Plunkett's duo Nathan Lewellyn and James Carroll. Next up for St Oliver's is a home match against Bush PP, where the winners will advance to the quarter finals as runners-up, behind group winners Ardee CS.

St Oliver's team: Caomhin O Brien, Josh Moore, Stephen Mc Evoy, Cian O Brien, Shane Brodigan, James Carroll, Noel Onianwa, Norbert Potomski, Eoghan O Carroll (0-1), Nathan Lewellyn (0-1), Philip Kirwan (2-8), Adam Carroll (1-2), Hayden Fitzpatrick (0-2), David Andrews (0-4), Cian Brady (0-2).

Subs: Sean Gibney for Josh Moore, Hugh Conaghy for Noel Onianwa, Ciaran Reilly for David Andrews, Cameron Griffin for Hayden Fitzpatrick, Sean Floody for Cian O Brien, Evan Lynch for Adam Carroll, Paul Mc Evoy for Shane Brodigan, Kevin Newman for Sean Floody, Cian Briody for Cian Brady, Danny Oninawa for Caomhin O Brien, Kyle Nevin for Cian Briody.


ST OLIVER'S 1-16 BUSH PP 3-5 18-11-13

A late David Andrews goal secured a five point win for St Olivers over Bush PP to advance to a Leinster quarter final meeting with Cnoc Mhuire, Granard. This pulsating encounter was certainly a game of two halves, as the travelling Cooley men fought desperately to reduce a ten point half-time deficit. Despite the poor weather recently, conditions were perfect for this 'must win' game for both sides. St Oliver's made a strong start to the opening quarter, with Philip Kirwan (2) and Eoghan O Carroll scoring points before midfield supremo Dylan O Hare gave St Olivers a five point lead with the visitors yet to register a score. Bush reduced the arrears to two points however as they broke upfield and netted a well worked goal. The concession of the goal only seemed to spur on the hosts however as St Olivers completely dominated the rest of the half. Further scores from Cian Brady and David Andrews saw St Olivers increase their lead, as they began to dominate all over the field. St Oliver's half back line of Shane Brodigan, James Carroll and Noel Onianwa repelled most of what the visitors had to offer in attack, and the extremely hardworking Nathan Lewellyn (2) and scorer in chief Philip Kirwan (4) finished astutely after great attacking movement from St Olivers. Midfield duo Norbert Potomski and Dylan O Hare were having a significant influence in providing quality ball to their forward line with Dylan O Hare in particular working tirelessly all over the field. St Olivers went in ten points up at the break thanks to a near perfect first half performance.

Playing against the breeze in the second half provided a big test for St Olivers as Bush piled on the pressure from the start. Four early second half points gave the visitors confidence before Dylan O hare replied for St Oliver's first Score of the second half. Bush rallied again though and netted a further two goals in a frantic five minute spell to to reduce the gap to a solitary point. St Olivers full back line of Cian O Brien, Stephen Mc Evoy and Josh Moore were under immense pressure but time and time again they put their bodies on the line to repell the visitors attacks. James Carroll was having a great game at no.6 and broke out twice, passing to the ever impressive Nathan Lewellyn who in turn fed Eoghan O Carroll and David Andrews for a point apiece to bring the gap back out to three points. David Andrew who had been unlucky with goal efforts in each half, finally got the goal he deserved as he finished clinically to finally put the game beyond the visitors reach. Bush deserve huge credit for their rfforts in the second half and for contributing to what was an excellent game of football.

When so many players shone for St Oliver's in this performance, picking a man of the match proved difficult. Philip Kirwan kicked six first half points, Stephen Mc Evoy was a rock at full back and James Carroll put in another solid shift at centre back. Two players however really made the difference for St Olivers today, Nathan Lewellyn was brilliant from start to finish, his work rate is second to none and only misses out narrowly to midfielder Dylan O Hare who put in a commanding performance for St Olivers. His performance in the first half paved the way for St Olivers success, high fielding, several blocks and his three points see Dylan receive the award.

St Oliver's team: Teige Kelly, Josh Moore, Stephen Mc Evoy, Cian O Brien, Shane Brodigan, James Carroll, Noel Onianwa, Norbert Potomski, Dylan O Hare (0-3), Nathan Lewellyn (0-2), Philip Kirwan (0-6), Eoghan O Carroll (0-2), Hayden Fitzpatrick (0-2), David Andrews (1-2), Cian Brady (0-1).

Subs: Adam Carroll for Hayden Fitzpatrick, Sean Gibney, Ciaran Reilly, Cameron Griffin, Sean Floody, Evan Lynch, Paul Mc Evoy, Kevin Newman, Cian Briody, Danny Oninawa, Kyle Nevin.



ST OLIVER'S 6-16 COLAISTE RIS 2-8 01-04-14


Victory in the opening round of the Louth colleges was essential today with tough ties ahead against St Joseph's and the Marist in group A of the Louth Colleges. St Olivers started the game brightly with early scores from Cian Brady and Dylan O Hare before Adam Carroll stretched the lead to five with a well worked goal. Colaiste Ris responded with a goal of their own but St Olivers midfield supremacy and scoring power of the full forward line was beginning to highlight the difference between the teams. Norbert Potomski and Dylan O Hare broke forward at will and David Andrews was proving a menace in attack. Wing backs Shane Brodigan and Noel Onianwa broke down several of the Dundalk boys attacks and the ever industrious Nathan Lewellyn chipped in with a score of his own.
Colaiste Ris kept tabs on our lads with a flurry of scores but St Olivers class came to the fore as No.13 and captain Cian Brady popped over his second and third points of the day before bagging a three pointer to take his personal first half tally to 1-3. Norbert Potomski scored St Olivers third goal of the half to put some distance between the teams at the break.

St Olivers started the second half as they finished the first, as substitute Hayden Fitzpatrick scored a fourth St Oliver's goal to put the game beyond any doubt. Dylan O Hare, Philip Kirwan, Norbert Potomski and Nathan Lewellyn all registered points to put further distance between the teams. St Olivers deadly duo, Cian Brady (1-3) and David Andrews (1-0) rounded off the scoring to complete a comprehensive victory.

Best for St Oliver's were scorer in chief Cian Brady and his full forward line compatriot David Andrews. Dylan O Hare put in a solid shift in the middle whilst contributing three points of his own. Half back Noel Onianwa played his best game of the year and full-back Stephen Mc Evoy was as comanding as ever in defense.

St Oliver's team: Teige Kelly, Hugh Conaghy, Stephen Mc Evoy, Cian O Brien, Shane Brodigan, James Carroll, Noel Onianwa, Norbert Potomski (1-1), Dylan O Hare (0-3), Nathan Lewellyn (0-2), Philip Kirwan (0-1), Eoghan O Carroll, Adam Carroll (1-0), David Andrews (1-2), Cian Brady (2-6).

Subs: Hayden Fitzpatrick for Eoghan O Carroll, Ciaran Reilly for Dylan O Hare, Sean Floody for Noel Onianwa, Evan Lynch for Cian O Brien, Paul Mc Evoy, Kevin Newman, Danny Oninawa, Kyle Nevin for Adam Carroll, Ben Lynch Flaherty for Cian Brady, Caoimhin O Brien for Teige Kelly, Josh Moore for Hugh Conaghy



ST OLIVER'S 4-13 ST JOSEPH'S 1-6 10-04-14

St Olivers team: Teige Kelly, Cian O Brien, Stephen Mc Evoy, Hugh Conaghy, James Carroll, Noel Onianwa, Shane Brodigan, Norbert Potomski (0-2), Philip Kirwan (0-3), Nathan Lewellyn (1-1), David Andrews (1-1), Eoghan O Carroll (1-1), Hayden Fitzpatrick, Cian Brady (1-6), Joe Corduff.

Subs: Ciaran Reilly for Joe Corduff, Sean Floody for Cian O Brien, Evan Lynch for Hugh Conaghy, Kyle Nevin for Hayden Fitzpatrick, Caoimhin O Brien for Teige Kelly, Ben Lynch Flaherty for Cian Brady, Paul Mc Evoy, Danny Oninawa, Kevin Newman, Jack Fallon


ST OLIVER'S 6-8 ST MARY'S, DUNDALK 0-5 01-05-14

On Thursday 1st May the U14 took on St. Mary’s from Dundalk in the Louth Colleges competition. St. Oliver’s were coming off the back of an excellent victory over local rivals St. Joseph’s before the Easter break. With a few changes to the team due to injury from the last day the Ollie’s lads were still confident of doing well.
From the start St. Oliver’s showed their strength down the middle of the field with Philip Kirwan and Norbert Potomski a commanding presence carrying ball into the forwards. St. Oliver’s started the scoring quickly with Nathan Lewellyn and Adam Carroll kicking points in the first five minutes. Within 10 minutes Cian Brady had stuck home the first goal. St. Mary’s struggled to keep up with the prolific scoring of the St. Oliver’s forwards even with a standout performance from their centre back. The St. Oliver’s defence is also due credit as any balls that came in were dealt with efficiently, especially by Eoghan O’Carroll playing out of position at wing back. By half time St. Oliver’s were well on top leading 4-5 to 0-2, St. Mary’s two points coming from frees. Although the shooting was suspect at times St. Oliver’s continued to dominate possession and scores with David Andrews winning almost every ball to come his way. With 15 minutes left in the game all six of the Ollie’s forwards had scored and the result was beyond doubt. The Ollie’s defence did not let this get into their heads and continued to work hard throughout with Teige Kelly in goal making some key saves. The result finished St. Oliver’s 6-8 to St. Mary’s 0-5.
Best on the day for the Ollie’s was Eoghan O’Carroll, David Andrews and Philip Kirwan.

St. Oliver’s: Teige Kelly, Stephen McEvoy, Hugh Conaghy, Eoghan O’Carroll, James Carroll, Shane Brodigan, Norbert Potomski, Philip Kirwan (1-2), Nathan Lewellyn (1-2), David Andrews (0-2), Adam Carroll (0-2), Ciaran O’Reilly (1-0), Cian Brady (c) (2-0), Hayden Fitzpatrick (1-0).
Subs; Kyle Nevin for Lewellyn, Evan Lynch for Brady, Cian O’Brien for Conaghy, Ben lynch Flaherty for A Carroll, Sean Floody for McEvoy.


SEMI-FINAL - ST OLIVERS 5-8 ARDEE CS 3-12 13-05-14

An Eoghan O Carroll goal in the final seconds of this game saw St Oliver's win out by a two point margin in this entralling encounter at Darver GAA complex. The referee had indicated that Philips Kirwan's free kick was to be the last kick of the game. His attempted free fell short and aided by the goalkeeper and crossbar made its way to Ciaran Reilly who teed up Eoghan O Carroll to palm the ball into the net to the joy of his St Oliver's team mates and the despair of Ardee who must have thought they had the game won.
Having been well beaten by Ardee in the North Leinster schools competition before christmas, St Oliver's knew it was going to be a difficult task to try and book a place in Friday's final, especially without injured defenders Noel Onianwa and Cian O Brien. However, St Oliver's form in Group A where they won all three games gave them a lot of confidence going into the semi-final. St Oliver's aided by a slight breeze started the game brightly. Philip Kirwan popped over the opening score with a well taken point before Ciaran Reilly scored a wonderful individual goal. Out in front of his man he collected the ball thirty yards from goal took on and beat his man before dispatching the ball low into the corner of the Ardee net. St Oliver's great start was halted quickly however as Ardee replied with a goal with their first attacking foray into St Olivers half. Philip Kirwan who was outstanding in the opening quarter tagged on another couple of points, as well as another from Ciaran Reilly, to put St Olivers four points up.
Ardee began to secure more possession around the middle as the half wore on and having scored their second goal went on to score a further four points to put them three points up heading into the interval. Adam Carroll and Cian Brady replied with points for St Oliver's to reduce the arrears to a single point, leaving Ardee ahead by a single point at half-time on a 2-4 to 1-6 scoreline.
St Olivers got the perfect start to the second half as Hayden Fitzpatrick gathered the ball close to the goal, beat his man and finished expertly to the back of the net. Cian Brady registered another point to see St Oliver's overturn their half-time deficit to lead by three. Similarly to the first half pattern, Ardee began to gain control around the middle and registered six unanswered points, with their full-forward in particular scoring some well taken frees. David Andrews earned some respite for St Oliver's as he burst through the middle and fired home for St Oliver's third goal. In a tense final few minutes both teams traded goals, and Philip Kirwan looked to have rescued a draw for St Oliver's with his fourth point of the day, before Ardee scored a free to put them a point up heading into injury time. To the their credit St Oliver's did not give up at any stage and fought to the end, and perhaps deservedly clinched a dramatic winner in the final seconds of the game.

In a game as tense as this it can sometimes be difficult to pick out the oustanding performers. Conor Milne and Adam Carroll who came in as replacements from the start both put in solid performances, as did Ciaran Reilly who got the score of the game and set up the winner for Eoghan O Carroll, who improved as the game when on. The man-of-the-match today however goes to James Carroll who showed a calm head when it was most needed. He was in the right position at he right time more often the not and carried the ball out of defense to initiate many of the St Oliver's attacks.
St Joseph's await St Olivers in the final, our first for ten years at this age group.

St Olivers team: Teige Kelly, Conor Milne, Stephen Mc Evoy, Hugh Conaghy, James Carroll, Shane Brodigan, Adam Carroll (0-1), Norbert Potomski (1-0), Philip Kirwan (0-4), Nathan Lewellyn, David Andrews (1-0), Eoghan O Carroll (1-0), Hayden Fitzpatrick (1-0), Cian Brady (0-2), Ciaran Reilly (1-1).

Subs: Sean Floody, Evan Lynch, Kyle Nevin, Caoimhin O Brien, Ben Lynch Flaherty, Paul Mc Evoy, Danny Oninawa, Kevin Newman, Josh Moore