Colfer’s goal helps Kingdom Gaels claim London senior football title

Holders Tir Chonaill Gaels pipped by a point at Ruislip

 

Kingdom Kerry Gaels 1-7 Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-9

Kingdom Kerry Gaels lifted their first London SFC title since 2004 in front of a watching Mick O’Connell in Ruislip.

The Kerry legend was a notable spectator as were GAA President Liam O’Neill and Paul Galvin. But the quality of the fare was affected by a strong wind which Kingdom failed to capitalise on throughout the first half.

The side with the Kerry roots led by just 0-5 to 0-4 at the interval. But London county panellist Lloyd Colfer goaled five minutes after the restart and all of a sudden the conditions no longer appeared to be a deciding factor.

Buoyed by that score, Colfer quickly added a point which saw Kingdom lead by four.

Tir Chonaill rallied but despite Cathal Magee’s stunning point, Kingdom held out.
KINGDOM KERRY GAELS: S Howard; P Kelly, P Stack, C O’Neill; C Carty, P Horkan, D McGreevy; A Daly, S Browne; A Kenny , K Holland (0-2, 0- 1 free), C McCallion (0-1); C Hands, C Deely, L Colfer (1-4, 0-3 frees). Subs: N O’Connell for Kenny (half-time), K Waldron for Hands (44 mins), A Dillane for C McCallion (60mins).
TIR CHONAILL GAELS: G McEvoy; B Rossi, B Collins, P Butler; T Gribbon, G Magee, B Mitchell (0-2); L Kavanagh, A Bradley; J McGrath (0-2, frees), J McNicholas, L Gavaghan; C Magee (0-2), E O’Neill (0-2), K McMenamin (0-1, free). Subs: E Mageean for McGrath (50mins), J Feeney for Gavaghan (53mins).
Referee: Ger O’Shea