Tir Chonaill Gaels 3-13
St Kiernan’s 1-10
by Sean Moriarty
The final score-line may be a disservice to St Kiernan’s but Tir Chonaill Gaels, deservedly, booked their place in the county senior final after a dominant last quarter display.
St Kiernan’s but on a brave show – they had the advantage of a strong Ruilip breezer first half – and went in to the break with a two point advantage.
Star man Adrian Moyles was on fire. He opened the scoring for the North London side within eight minutes and followed this up with a well-taken goal mid way through.
Moyles goal was a remarkable sign of what a clever player he is. Most other forwards would have settled for a point but London county player was so concerned that his side was playing against the wind he elected to strike for goal to ensure they were in the lead going into the break.
The held a two point advantage thanks to other scores by John Connor and Danny Ryan and converted frees by Moyles.
It took TCG 14 minutes to register their first score – Joe Feeney on the double and Mary McCoy before Benny O’Reilly struck the back of the St Kiernan’s net to ensure an enthralling second half – just two points separated the teams at half time.
The 2012 County Champions started part two on a mission – early scores from Darren Gilsenan and two from from Cathal Magee put them in front for the first time.
Moyles quickly redressed this situation to level the contest once again and Stephen Curran but the men in black and white in front again.
The St Kiernan’s game plan became unravelled when full back Liam Donoghue pulled down Gilsenan in the square. The St Kiernan’s number two was issued witha balck car, but more crucially, Magee scored the resultant penalty and put his side in to a lead they would never relinquish.
A further goal by Cathal O Neill put the tie beyond a battling St Kiernan’s but the final score line of 3-13 to 1-01 was am injustice to the North London side – they were very much in contention for much of the game and will be disappointed not to have held on longer.
They really have Magee to thank, who had a quiet first half for his standards but came to the fore in the second half scoring the opening four points to edge us in front, still while the Kiernans refused to throw in the towel until midway through the half a converted penalty from Magee opened up daylight between the sides. The introduction of five subs in the final 15 minutes showed TCG’s in depth with Cathal O’Neill scoring another goal.
Others to shine for the victors included Marty McCoy, Mark Gottsche and Johnny McNicholas,
St Kiernan’s: Brendan Mulrooney, Liam Donoghue, Daniel Lynch, Patrick Begley, David McHugh, John Gallagher, Greg Lyons, Stephen Curran, Danny Ryan, Lima McKenna, Thomas Waters, Mark Mullholland, Adrian Moyles, Michael Callery, John O’Connor
Tir Chonaill Gaels: Declan Traynor, Brian Ross, Phillip Butler, Brian Collins, Marty McCoy, Eamon McConville, Gary Magee, John McNicholas, Aaron Bradley, Barry Mitchell, Darren Gilsenan, Mark Gottsche,Benny Reilly, Joe Feeney, Cathal Scorers, C Magee1P-5, B O’Reilly 1-1, J Feeney 0-3, J McNicholas 0-3, C O’Neill 1-0 & M McCoy 0-1: