By Damian Dolan.
St Kiernan’s will not want reminding of the last time they faced Tir Chonaill Gaels in a Senior Championship semi-final, or indeed their recent semi-final record come to that.
Twelve months ago Kiernan’s proved no match for the Greenford club, who swatted them aside to ease in last year’s final, 2-17 to 0-5, on their way to marking their 50th Anniversary in fitting style.
Intermediate champions in 2009, it’s been a tale of nearly but not quite for Kiernan’s over the past three years in the championship semi-finals. Outmuscled, 4-8 to 0-10, by Neasden Gaels’ powerful second half performance in 2010, they came far closer to a first-ever senior county final in 2011 when they lost a thriller to Parnells 2-11 to 3-6, having trailed by eight points at half-time. Eanna Flaherty’s second goal proved decisive, however, to take Parnells through to the final. After three semi-final defeats in a row, can they make it fourth time lucky?
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