Friday 20 July 2018

Conlon strike key to Kilburn coronation

London SHC final: Kilburn Gaels 1-16 Robert Emmetts 0-14

Underdogs Kilburn Gaels caused a major upset in the CityJet London GAA senior hurling final in Ruislip last Sunday when they prevented Robert Emmetts from winning a three in a row. Kilburn emerged victorious in the competition by 1-16 to 0-14.
Underdogs Kilburn Gaels caused a major upset in the CityJet London GAA senior hurling final in Ruislip last Sunday when they prevented Robert Emmetts from winning a three in a row. Kilburn emerged victorious in the competition by 1-16 to 0-14.

Kilburn marked their 20th anniversary in style at Ruislip, where they thwarted three-in-a-row-chasing Robert Emmetts.

The North Londoners never trailed in a stop-start decider, with captain Stephen Lambert's six points from placed balls and Sean Conlon's goal in first-half added time putting daylight between the sides.

Kilburn led 0-5 to 0-1 after 12 minutes but then found themselves under the cosh, only to be let off the hook by errant Emmetts shooting. And the defending champions were punished for their profligacy in first-half added time when Sean Conlon weaved in from the left wing and found the net from close range.

Conlon's maximum gave Kilburn a 1-8 to 0-5 interval lead but the introduction of Limerick native Eoin Chawke sparked an Emmetts fightback as his six points from frees made it a one- score game in injury time.

However, points from Fergal Collins and Adam Murphy clinched a third senior title for Kilburn.

Scorers

Kilburn Gaels: S Lambert 0-6 (6f); S Conlon 1-0; F Collins 0-3; D Reale 0-2 (1f); C McAlinden, K Kennedy, S Carey, J Troy, A Murphy 0-1 each.

Robert Emmetts: E Chawke 0-6 (6f), R Murphy 0-3 (2f, 1 '65), G Hill 0-2, D Roberts, C Lordan, F McMahon 0-1 each.

Kilburn Gaels: J Barron; K Campion, N Coen, C Hickey; W Campion, B Regan, K Kennedy; A O'Leary, C McAlinden; F Collins, S Carey, S Conlon; S Lambert, J Troy, D Reale. Subs: A Murphy for Lambert (45), C Reid for Conlon (60), C Lambert for Carey (11).

Robert Emmetts: S Ryan; M Conroy, S Griffey, C Walsh; P McNaughton, P Horkan, E Kiely; D Roberts, G Hill; A O'Leary, R Murphy, R ­Costello; J Roberts, M O'Laodha, C Lordan. Subs: E Chawke for Roberts (ht), D O'Regan for O'Laodha (ht), F McMahon for Horkan (36), M Dwyer for Costello (41), C O'Brien for Kiely (53).

Referee: E Naughton.

Irish Independent

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