Three first half goals ensured that Robert Emmetts won their first Senior Hurling Championship since 2011, putting the game beyond long-time rivals St Gabriels.
Kevin McMullan’s side were quickest out of the blocks, and the manager praised his side’s hunger in capturing the win.
“I think 1-15 we were a better team. No one who watched the game could argue with that. The goals were the difference in getting the win, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.
It is a far-fought win from what McMullan first foresaw at the start of this season, as his initial goal was to fight off relegation.
“Look at the start of this year my goal as manager was just to stay up and not get relegated, we had no team, just three or four of the existing lads from years gone by.
“But then we got new players in and looking at them train I just thought, hang on a minute we could win this. So that became the new goal, getting the championship and we did.”
And the new players made all the difference in this final.
Eoin Chawke, arguably the player-of-the-match, scored 1-07 for his side, and was a catalyst for much of his side’s attacking play, as was new recruit Corkonian Tadgh Healy.
Robert Emmetts will go on to play the winner of Abbeyknockmoy (Galway) or Four Roads (Roscommon) in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on November 22 at Ruislip.
See this week’s Irish World for full match report.
Check out these photos from Sunday’s match.
Photos courtesy of London GAA PRO.+16
Photos: Ardent Tide Senior Hurling Championship Final
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