Kingdom Kerry Gaels 1-07, Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-09
By Damian Dolan.
Kingdom Kerry Gaels are champions of London once again. Nine years since they could last claim that accolade, and 12 months after defeat to Tir Chonaill Gaels at this very same stage, Noel Dunning’s side returned to make amends.
For those reasons victory was very sweet indeed, but made even more so by the overturning of their six-point defeat to the Greenford club in the opening round of the championship and having appeared to be heading out of the competition when trailing Parnells by six points in round two, only to salvage vital draw.
That same heart and character was in evidence again on Sunday. The basis for their win was a tremendous second half performance, with the foundations built upon a tireless work ethic and an unflinching will to win.
In doing so they ended Tir Chonaill Gaels’ proud record in senior county finals. Played 14, won 14 before Sunday’s fare. That made defeat no less easy to take for the Greenford club, particularly as Tir Chonaill had looked well placed at the break.
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