Dulwich take the crown

By Michael Donnelly

Dulwich Harps 5-13 (28)

St Kiernan’s 7-4 (25)

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Dulwich Harps’ Under 14 Gaelic football team were crowned champions of London on Saturday 4th July after defeating a strong St Kiernan’s team at the GAA grounds in Ruislip in what was a truly magnificent sporting occasion with both teams giving absolutely everything for their respective clubs.

 

The game got off to a blistering start for St Kiernan’s as they raced into an early two point lead. By the 20th minute they had registered four goals and two points.

 

The Dulwich Harps under 14 side
The Dulwich Harps under 14 side

Dulwich were struggling to get to grips with the intensity of the match and at half-time, found themselves eight points adrift and staring at a heavy defeat. However, they began the second half rather positively and managed three unanswered points to reduce the deficit to five. All of a sudden it seemed like it was game on.

 

However, the revival was halted by St Kiernan’s in ruthless fashion as they pounced on defensive errors to score two goals in quick succession to leave a staggering eleven points between the teams with twenty minutes to go. It liked like the game was now over as a contest.

 

The St Kiernans under 14 side
The St Kiernans under 14 side

But yet again Dulwich refused to throw in the towel and showed unbelievable character to drag the game back to level scores with three minutes remaining. To fight back from eleven points down was an incredible feat but Dulwich were in the ascendancy and looking for more. Dulwich actually looked like they could win the game when we should have been dead and buried.

 

St Kiernan’s were stunned and we took full advantage. Atta Gyedu finished to the net with less than a minute left on the clock to put Dulwich into a three point lead. The final whistle signalled soon after which prompted wild celebrations.

 

Dulwich Harps were crowned Champions of London on the 4 July at Irish TV Grounds
Dulwich Harps were crowned Champions of London on the 4 July at Irish TV Grounds

 

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