VGC Group Intermediate Football Championship Final
Cu Chulainns 1-11
Harlesden Harps 0-12
By Fiona O’Brien
Cu Chulainns will play senior football for the first time in the club’s 85-year history after a two-point victory over Harlesden Harps in their first ever Intermediate final win.
It was a dramatic end to the final with Harlesden pushing for a late goal to win the game. And, after the ball ended up in the back of the net, the north Londoners thought they had won it.
Until a free-out was awarded. Harlesden opened the scoring through Tadgh Downey in the second minute before the men in red quickly equalised as Brendan Breen set up Anthony Tighe, and the half-forward looked to have miss-hit his shot before it crept in for the leveller.
Darren Lynch, who was dangerous for the entire afternoon, did well to set John Rafferty up with a one-two move in on goal, but the Sligo-man’s shot was put just wide, before Lynch converted a free for the lead.
Fiachra McArdle levelled with a lovely pointed free of his own, before Padraig Mc- Goldrick turned off of his marker Gary Walsh for a superb score to take the lead once more.
He would add two further scores from frees for a threepoint lead, but some poor wides as well as some great defending from Ciaran Boyle and Ciaran Byrne, making excellent interceptions and blocks, meant that they did not capitalise on the amount of play they had.
Cu Chulainns responded with a free from McArdle and a fine point from midfielder Ger Byrne after the whole team did well to work the ball up field.
Harlesden kicked on at the end of the half with scores from Rafferty, before Lynch worked really hard on the ball to set up Ashley O’Halloran and McGoldrick added yet another free to leave them ahead by double sores at the break, 0-08 to 0-04.
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CU CHULAINNS: Sean Maloney; Conor Harrington, Gary Walsh, Camillus Donnelly, Sean Dirrane, Ciaran Boyle, Conan O’Brien; Gerard Byrne (0-2), Cianan Byrne; Anthony Tighe, Darren McManus (0-1), Conor Donnellan; Kyle Feehily, Brendan Breen, Fiachra McArdle (1-8, 0-6f, 1-0 pen).
HARLESDEN HARPS: Eamon Mylotte; James Mannion; James Minehan; Andrew McWeeney; Anthony Donnellan; Rob Reid; Peter Raftery; Ashley O’Halloran (0-1); Ben O’Mahoney; John Raftery (0-1); Daniel Somers; Tadhg Downey (0-1); Darren Lynch (0- 1f); Padraig McGoldrick (0-8, 0-6f); Sean O’Halloran.