Tuesday 19 November 2019

Gavaghan the hero for Gaels

Tír Chonaill Gaels 1-11 Fulham Irish 1-10, London SFC final

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An injury-time free from Liam Gavaghan secured Tír Chonaill Gaels' 18th London title in Ruislip yesterday.

Gaels battled back from a six-point deficit at the interval with captain Gavaghan leading the way during a frenetic opening to the second period.

Owen Mulligan's Fulham Irish had taken control early on thanks to a Marty Hughes goal and Liam Staunton's accuracy from frees. But Gaels hit six unanswered scores straight after the break to turn the momentum.

Last year's final between these two sides went to a replay and this looked the most likely outcome again. Gavaghan looked to have a clear goal chance just before the end of normal time but one-on-one with the 'keeper he opted to fist the ball over the bar. That looked to have proven costly, but deep into injury-time Gavaghan nailed a free to seal the most dramatic of wins.

Scorers - Tír Chonaill Gaels: L Gavaghan 0-7 (7f); K Rafferty 1-0; L Gallagher, B Mullin, B McGarvey, E Mageean 0-1 each. Fulham Irish: L Staunton 0-6 (4f); M Hughes 1-0; P Friel 0-2; L Mulvey, D Connern (f) 0-1 each.

Tír Chonaill Gaels - G McEvoy; M McWilliams, P Butler, D O'Donnell; Aidan McGarvey, M Moynihan, L Gallagher; A McDermott, B Mullin; K Rafferty, A Askin, A Murtagh; B McGarvey, D McWilliams, L Gavaghan. Subs: P O'Connor for A Murtagh (29), L Monaghan for B McGarvey (45), E Mageean for A Askin (60).

Fulham Irish - A Walsh; M Cunningham, S Walsh, H Dockry; R Sloan, P Naughton, R Morgan; D Givney, C O'Doherty; L Staunton, C Duggan, L Turley; L Mulvey, M Hughes, D Connern. Subs: P Friel for L Mulvey (39) D O'Connor for M Hughes (46), R Mulgrew for C Duggan (57).

Ref - G Dixon

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