Monday 19 March 2018

Chawke makes his mark as early blitz sets up Robert Emmetts title stroll

London SHC Final Robert Emmetts 3-10 St Gabriel's 1-10

Robert Emmetts dominated in the west London haze
Robert Emmetts dominated in the west London haze

Tony Tighe

Robert Emmetts hit three first-half goals in Ruislip to seal their first county title for four years.

The 2007 All-Ireland intermediate winners dominated in the west London haze, with captain Michael Fitzpatrick finding the net after just seven minutes.

St Gabriel's skipper Martin Ryan also raised the green flag but it came at the wrong end as he turned Eoin Chawke's low ball past his own goalkeeper James Barrett. And he was at fault for Emmetts' third goal on the stroke of half-time when he fumbled Chawke's free into his own net.

Trailing 3-4 to 0-4 at the interval, Michael Ivors gave Gabriel's hope when he lashed a shot into the top corner but they were kept at arm's length by Chawke, who scored all six of Emmetts' second-half points.

SCORERS - Robert Emmetts: E Chawke 1-7 (1-6fs), M Fitzpatrick, own goal 1-0, S Ryan (f), C Keogh, D O'Regan 0-1 each. St Gabriel's: E Kelly 0-5 (3f, 1 '65), M Ivors 1-1, B Gaffney 0-3, D Egan 0-1.

Robert Emmetts - S Ryan; M Conroy, P Horkan, S Griffey; S Finn, F McMahon, P Breen; M O Laochdha, T Healy; C Keogh, M Fitzpatrick, E Chawke; D Roberts, R Costello, D O'Regan. Subs: M Dwyer for Fitzpatrick (36, inj), D Buckley for Costello (55), C Campion for O'Regan (59), N Magee for Griffey (59).

St Gabriel's - J Barrett; E Collins, N Coady, T Lally; S Gilchrist, E Cooney, N Rogers; D Coffey, M Ryan; S Egan, K Coen, D Egan; L Hands, E Kelly, M Ivors. Subs: B Gaffney for Coffey (25), F Tierney for S Egan (44), K Walshe for Gilchrist (53), A Guinan for Lally (59).

Ref - B Barrett.

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