SPORT — 04 February 2014

By Damian Dolan.

Six months after being part of the first-ever London senior football team to grace the hallowed turf, Tony Gaughan returns to Croke Park on Sunday with his hometown club Kiltane in the All Ireland Club IFC final, only this time he’ll be hoping for a very different outcome when they take on Monaghan and Ulster champions Truagh.

Cavan ended the Exiles’ glorious summer that July day in Dublin, but Gaughan has every reason to be confident that he’ll be a Croke Park winner this time around, and provide a fairytale ending to Kiltane’s fairytale story.

Sunday is a landmark day for the Mayo club which has only twice reached the Mayo senior final in 1995 and 1989, only to lose out on both occasions, having won an intermediate title in 1973.

“Looking forward to it; it’s a massive day for the club,” said Gaughan, “This would be the biggest day in the club’s history, especially now because the population will have gone down an awful lot.

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