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Oliver Bond making great strides on field, but off-field issues raise concern

ON field, Oliver Bond Celtic continue to go from strength to strength with both first and second squads riding high in their respective leagues while the Eddie Keogh and Evan Kane managed first string have made progress on the provincial and national stages with some stunning performances.

Last Friday evening at Brickfields All-Weather OBC entertained Chord Celtic from Division 2 of the North East Football League and while the men from the Royal County may have been unbeaten domestically, it proved a chastening lesson as the home side ran in nine goals in an impressive display of attacking football.

Three nil to the good at the interval, the Leinster Senior League side hit the turbo button in the second period and added another six goals with Jimmy McHugh netting five times, Willo McAdams (2) Karl ‘Happy’ Batemen and Mikey Malone all finding the back of the net.

It was an all-round display which will have pleased manager Keogh with the first string now having gone on an eleven game winning streak across league and cup competitions.

Certainly Oliver Bond have been an excellent addition to the LSL and their success has not gone unnoticed with Sean Gannon – a member of the Defence Forces at the recent World Military Games in China – Jimmy McHugh, Mikey Malone and Willo McAdams all included in the LSL’s Oscar Traynor squad.

McHugh has been on fire since the start of the season and already has notched 25 goals in just eight matches, a remarkable return with over half the season still to come.

International amateur manager Gerry Davis was an interested spectator at Friday’s match in Drimnagh as OBC cruised past the Meathmen.

The club’s off field situation has come into sharp focus as plans by Dublin City Council to knock their clubhouse facility has met with fierce resistance within the local community with gowing anger over the lack of consultation and the declared intention to knock down the facility.

“We’ve built the club up and we’ve won back to back trebles, we’ve got an academy going for young kids and we also have a ladies team going and the club really is thriving but rumours of the clubhouse being knocked is really soul destroying for everyone involved in the club and we are going to resist and oppose any moves to level it.,” said Eddie Keogh of Oliver Bond Celtic.

“We have offered to refurbish the facility using our own labour and we are covered by our insurance to do so. We have loads of guys playing for the club with skillsets that would allow us to carry out the work to refurbish. The locality is crying out for facilities and here we have the council talking about knocking it down. It just doesn’t make sense at all,” added Keogh.

“We want to let the council know of our opposition to their plans and we will do what we can to help gain support for Oliver Bond Celtic to be allowed redevelop the clubhouse,” stated Keogh.

Jimmy McHugh: five goal haul gainst Chord Celtic to add to the 20 goals netted so far this season.

Added Keogh: “The club will not take this lying down. We are discussing strategies that will help give voice to our pleas for the club be allowed develop the clubhouse for the benefit of the local community. It’s vitally important that the flats complex is not forgotten and we know it would provide the community with a focal point, not just for the football club, but other key stakeholders in the locality,” concluded Keogh.

UNITED FRONT: Oliver Bond supporters outside the clubhouse they want to refurbish for the community.

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