Kilburn Gaels 2-08, Brothers Pearse 2-08
By Damian Dolan.
A controversial injury-time Henry Vaughan goal salvaged Kilburn Gaels’ championship at Ruislip Wednesday last.
The 2010 county champions looked to be slipping to a second defeat in four days, having been put to the sword by holders St Gabriels in round 1, only for Vaughan’s powerful shot to be adjudged to have crossed the line and secure a valuable draw.
Vaughan’s strike initially looked to have been brilliantly saved by Michael Conway in the Pearse’s goal, with the ball then trickling along the goal-line. That sparked a goalmouth scramble to rival all others, with referee Brian Barrett consulting his umpires before awarding the goal.
Pearse’s were adamant that the ball had never crossed the line, while Kilburn argued that Conway had been over the line when he ‘saved’ Vaughan’s initial shot.
Whatever the merits of both sides’ arguments, the goal was given but Kilburn know they got out of jail, while Pearse’s only have themselves to blame for allowing the Gaels back into a game that looked theirs for the taking.
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