Atkinson has the last laugh
Robert Emmetts 2-14
Robert Emmetts can look forward to the All-Ireland series with optimism after dispatching St Gabriels in Ruislip.
Billed the best London final in years in terms of quality, Robert Emmetts were more efficient in front of goal.
It was hard-hitting affair, marred by two late sending-offs for St Gabriel's goalkeeper Aidan Ryan and Emmetts' Peter Atkinson, but not before the latter netted to seal the victory.
He flicked an Aidan Fitzgerald misfire to the net on 53 minutes before tangling with Ryan. Still, there was only one player leaving the pitch with a smile.
Along with Kevin Bolger, Niall Healy and John Anderson, the Emmetts were boiling with inspiration throughout.
Scorers -- Robert Emmetts: K Bolger 0-5 (1f, 1 '65'), A Fitzgerald, P Atkinson 1-1 each, M Callinan 0-4 (3f), D McCormack 0-2, S Ryan 0-1. St Gabriels: M Finn 1-6 (6f), K Canty 0-4, P Sloane 0-1.
Robert Emmetts -- N Higgins; J Anderson, E Walsh, B Healy; N Healy, P Horkan, G Hill; K Bolger, M Walsh; P Kennedy, A Fitzgerald, M Callinan; B Ennis, E Brennan, P Atkinson. Subs: S Ryan for Callinan (39), D McCormack for B Ennis (41), C Cormican for M Walsh (52).
St Gabriels -- A Ryan; T Moroney, P Finneran, F Tierney; N Coady, B Costello, M Fitzsimmons; E Cooney, P Sloane; G Wynne, K Canty, C Burke; K Walsh, M Finn, E McKeigue. Subs: P Bennett for Finneran and Conor Sexton for McKeigue (27), D Barron for G Wynne (43), I O'Connor for Fitzsimmons (48), P Murphy for Walsh (56).
REF -- B Collins