EIGHT years after they last won a London senior football championship final Kingdom Kerry Gaels (KKG) find themselves an hour away from repeating the feat on Sunday.
It would be the most unlikely of finales for the exiles in green and gold after a season which started poorly on the field and led to Noel Dunning quitting as manager mid-way through the championship.
In recent weeks, though, with Listowel native and KKG legend Tom Roche back in the driving seat, the Kingdom Kerry Gaels have found a consistency and doggedness which eluded them in previous months.
This Sunday the club, which has only won one senior county title in London in the last 23-years, face overwhelming favourites Tir Chonaill Gaels with many predicting defeat for Roche's men.
KKG are used to being written off this season. In the quarter-final they overturned reigning champions Fulham Irish when few gave them a chance before dumping Parnells, who were beaten finalists in 2010 and '11, out in the semi-final.
Key to their long overdue renaissance has been their new found solidity in defence.
When KKG faced Tir Chonaill Gaels in the group stages of this year's competition they crashed to a 2-22 to 1-10 defeat but such a onesided repeat is unthinkable this Sunday.
For KKG shot-stopper Ger Reidy the opportunity to wear the green and gold again has been welcomed.
The Castleisland man, who once held the number one jersey for the Kerry seniors, made his championship debut in May but admitted it took time to settle.
"At the start of my first game I was going around finding out the names of the defenders in front of me but it was early season and the club set-up here is totally different from at home where you'd know everyone since you were a child.
The standard here was definitely higher than I expected and it can only go in one direction with top quality footballers leaving Ireland for London in bigger numbers."
Others to have followed the same path include Castlegregory's Stephen Browne who tasted AllIreland junior success with his home club in 2010.
Browne and Churchill's Peader Stack have been imperious in defence for KKG making up for the departures of Dr. Crokes pair Mike Moloney and Shane Doolan who left at the start of the season.
Other Kerry natives who may well feature in Sunday's final include Aidan Dillane (St. Pats), Dan Downey (Brosna), Andrew Murphy (Glenbeigh/Glencar), Ciaran O'Sullivan (Rathmore) and Ricky Ashe (An Ghaeltacht).