London Hurling League Division One semi-final
by Sean Moriarty
Father Murphys 3-08
St Gabriels 3-15
The London Hurling league was already a farce with adding to the mess on Sunday.
Father Murphy’s and St Gabriels found themselves in a semi-final and chance to play county champions Kilburn Gaels in the final after Robert Emmets, The Brothers Pearse and Sean Tracey all conceded earlier games as they could not field a full complement of players.
Sunday’s semi-final, in effect, was the first game of the 2014 league season but it came very close to being called off.
The Gabriels squad were 30 minutes late arriving at the venue and even then there was no referee available.
To be fair, once it did get underway , 45 minutes late, both team put on a show that was worthy of a championship match.
Tom Simms opened the scoring for Father Murphys but his effort was negated by Martin Ryan second later. Matt Holohan regained the lead for Murphy’s but it was short-lived before Gabriels equalised.
Simms, again gave his side the lead, before Robbie Ryan came in to his own and scored three. Another converted efforts Neil Rodgers, Luke Hands and Rory Foy looked to have given a serious advantage to the 2013 county champions but a Matt Holohan point and, crucially a Sean Howlin goal put just one point between the teams.
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