Vaughan hoping to rewind the clock in royal showdown
By Damian Dolan
While London have been no strangers to Croke Park finals in recent years, you have to go back to 2009 for the last time the Exiles contested a league final.
Current manager Eamonn Phelan lined out at corner back that afternoon at Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Co. Meath, as the Brendan Bolger’s charges recorded an expected 2-18 to 2-13 victory over Roscommon to clinch the Division 3B title.
Much water has passed under the bridge since then and virtually all of the Exiles team that day through London’s ever revolving door, bar talisman Martin Finn, who racked up 1-9 against the Rossies, and Henry Vaughan.
From Ogonnelloe, it was the former Clare Minor and Under 21 panellists first year in London. He returned home in 2010, therefore missing Kilburn’s Gaels senior championship triumph, but was back to help London to Nicky Rackard Cup success in 2011 and a Christy Ring Cup last year.
Now something of a veteran of the London panel, even at the tender age of just 25, Vaughan lined out at corner forward in 2009 against Roscommon and he’ll hope to spearhead London’s quest for more silverware when they run out against nemesis Meath next Sunday in the Division 2B final.
For more see the (13 April) print edition of the Irish World