London SFC final: Tirs celebrate anniversary in style

October 15, 2012
Tir Chonaill Gaels 1-15
Kingdom Kerry Gaels 1-8

Tir Chonaill Gaels marked their 50th anniversary with a 14th London SFC title win at Kingdom Kerry Gaels' expense at Ruislip.

The Greenford-based club were always in control against a Kingdom Kerry Gaels team that played the entire second half with 14 men after Kevin Waldron was sent off on a straight red card on the stroke of half-time. The winners had established a 0-5 to 0-1 lead before Kevin McMenamin netted in the 18th minute to put them firmly in the driving seat.

Tir Chonaill Gaels went on to lead by 1-6 to 0-2 at the break and wrapped up the victory by scoring eight unanswered points on the restart.

The 14 men scored 1-5 without reply in the closing stages, with Peter Atkinson accounting for the goal, but they left themselves with too much to do.

Tir Chonaill Gaels - B McBrearty; T Gribben, P Callaghan, B Collins; E McConville, M McConville, P Sherry (0-1); M Gottsche (0-3), C Doyle; J McNicholas (0-2), J McGrath (0-2), B Mitchell (0-2); B Reilly, E O'Neill (0-3), K McMenamin (1-2). Subs: C Boyle for Reilly, L Kavanagh for McGrath, D Harrington for Gribben, D McGreevy for Collins, A Concannon for Callaghan.

Kingdom Kerry Gaels - G Reidy; D McCarthy, N O'Connell, P Horkan; P Kelly, S Browne, R McStravick; K Waldron, S Sheehan; M Mullins, A Dillane (0-1), C McCallion; N Traynor, C Colhoun (0-1), L Colfer (0-5). Subs: P Atkinson (1-1) for Sheehan, P Stack for McStravick, M O'Shea for Traynor, R Ashe for Dillane, M Galvin for Colhoun.

Referee - R Whelan.

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