Robert Emmetts: 3-16
Kiburn Gaels: 1-13
By Fiona O’Brien
Robert Emmetts will have to play two Ryan Cup finals in the coming weeks, as they convincingly beat Kilburn Gaels in this year’s semi-final at Colindale. They will now face St Gabriel’s in the final, but also need to repeat the cup fixture against Kilburn Gaels in the 2015 final which never got played at the end of last year due to scheduling difficulties.
Eoin Chawke, who proved a huge asset to the county champions last year, opened the scoring with a converted free early on before Oran Cleary set up Eoin Kent for their first score. Kilburn, who are severely understrength at this stage in the season due to a huge loss of players, made a much improved performance than that against Cu Chullains the weekend before, despite missing their star player Fergal Collins from that day.
The Emmetts would have a goal chance next as Tomas Lawrence set Bill Walsh up in front of goal but Michael O’Dwyer stood strong to block his close range shot, and the Emmetts would get another pointed Chawke free soon afterwards. Kilburn scored next as Dermot Coughlan pointed from a ball from the right wing, before the Emmetts got their first from play through Kieran Morrissey.
Eoin Kent would get the next score for Kilburn before he created the other when setting up the unmarked Lawrence from midfield, but the Emmetts clawed another back through Conor Walsh. A fine pass from Ciaran Lambert to Adam Murphy allowed the latter to score a fine point with his back to goal on the turn before Stephen Lambert converted Kilburn’s first pointed free.
Eoin Chawke kept his side within a point when he converted his next free, before a fine handpass from Fergus McMahon as his marker was closing in freed captain Tadgh Healy in midfield to fire over a long-range score that went just over the hurl of O’Dwyer in goal. Eoin Chawke’s conversion rate settled his side back into the hald as he pointed two more frees in a row, and they would go further ahead once player-of-the-match Walsh set up Roberts on goal, and then intercepted the clearance right of goal to fire a powerful shot in on goal from an impossible angle and beyond the reach of O’Dwyer.
Lawrence would add another point from play, before Stephen Lambert pointed two frees. Walsh would set up Richard Murphy for the Emmetts’ next point, which would be the last of the half, with the score at 1-11 to 0-8.
Emmetts would open the scoring after the break through Daryl Roberts before goalkeeper Padge Buckley fired over a huge free from deep within his own half, with Chawke converting another soon afterwards. Chawke would put a fairly straightforward goal opportunity wide afterwards, before Walsh got the score of the game from a midfield position soon afterwards.
Lawrence would set up Healy inside his own half for the next point, as Kilburn struggled to get into the match in the opening stages of the first half, before they settled their nerves through another Lambert free. He would get another soon after, before his next free opportunity was saved on the line, before converting another.
The Emmetts were quietening down at this stage, and as their forwards began to struggle to convert opportunities Kilburn came knocking again through a Lambert free, which he put through the defenders to land low in the back of Buckley’s net.
It was the wakeup call that the Emmetts needed and after another pointed Lambert free they responded immediately after Roberts reacted quickest to the rebound after O’Dwyer saved Chawke’s initial goal attempt, and added another when they raised the intensity after prolonged Kilburn pressure through a Tadgh Healy goal, set up by Chawke.
The damage was done by the time Stephen Lambert could convert the last scoring opportunity of the game, through another free.
EMMETTS: Padge Buckley, Mark Conroy, Stephen Griffin, Conor Walsh, Michael O’Laochdha, Fergus McMahon, Denis O’Regan, Cathal Kheoe, Tadgh Healy, Bill Walsh, Tomas Lawrence, Kieran Morrissey, Daryl Roberts, Eoin Chawke, Richard Murphy
KILBURN: Michael O’Dwyer, PJ Lloyd, Kevin Campion, Eoghan Kelly, Justin Kelly, Noel McDonnell, Keith Kenney, Eoin Kent, Oran Cleary, Adam Murphy, Stephen Lambert, Dermot Coughlan, Niall Cohen, Ciaran Lambert, Roddy Walsh
London GAA: An utterly dominant display from the London Ladies saw them crowned All Britain champions despite the efforts of a talented Lancashire side.