Comment by Sean Moriarty
Tir Chonaill Gaels are in their third county final in as many years. They lost out to the Kingdom Kerry Gales , on a score line of 1-07 to 0-09 points, a second half Lloyd Colfer goal the cause of their defeat.
The year previous men the in and red and white beat the same opposition, this time 1-15 to 1-08.
Fulham Irish last appearance in a county senior final, their first in their short history, resulted in a well earned victory over Parnells, the same side they ousted in the semi-final stages of this year’s competition.
Both teams met in the group stages of the county championship in July. On that occasion TCG came out as winners but it was their first win of the season too after a shock loss to Neasden Harps in the first round.
On that occasion TCG were the dominant force, they won the tie 2-14 to 0-11, Fulham’s cause not helped by the issuing to a black card to their star man Lorcan Mulvey for an incident that also saw the dismissal of the Gael’s Marty McCoy. Up to that point Mulvey was controlling midfield and had contributed two of his side’s four points up to the time of his dismissal.
Mulvey will face London county team mate Mark Gottsche in the centre of the pitch on Sunday and the battle for midfield possession will be the key to victory for each side.
TCG’S firepower up-front is impressive too with the likes of Benny O’Reilly, Barry Mitchell and Cathal McGee deadly accurate in front of the posts. Equally Irish can depend on former London captain Seamus Hannon and Michael Murphy (he scored four against the same opposition in July).
On paper, TCG’s bench would seem stronger, the aforementioned O’Reilly has come on as sub in their last outings and has scored crucial goals.
This is the 16th time that TCG have appeared in since their maiden outing in 1983 and they have won 15 of them, last year’s defeat to KKG was the only time they lost a final, with a history like that it will be hard to bet against them avenging last year’s loss.