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Gaelic Sport: Thomas McCurtains’ men’s footballers edge out Dulwich Harps to win London Junior Championship

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 September 2017

Thomas McCurtains' men's footballers celebrate winning the London Junior Championship (pic: Thomas McCurtains GAA)

Thomas McCurtains' men's footballers celebrate winning the London Junior Championship (pic: Thomas McCurtains GAA)

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Paddy O'Neill of Thomas McCurtains (left) receives the London Junior Football Championship trophy from London GAA president John Lacey (pic: Thomas McCurtains GAA)Paddy O'Neill of Thomas McCurtains (left) receives the London Junior Football Championship trophy from London GAA president John Lacey (pic: Thomas McCurtains GAA)

Thomas McCurtains’ men’s football team claimed the London Junior Championship title after a thrilling 1-10 to 0-12 victory over Dulwich Harps in the final in Ruislip on Sunday.

In glorious conditions at McGovern Park, McCurtains started the brighter and opened up a two-point lead in the first few minutes courtesy of scores from Niall Coffey and Paddy Halligan.

Dulwich, though, came back into the tie and had a period of dominance, scoring the next five in a row.

The Goodmayes club were finding it hard to score, but a series of wasteful wides was ended by Mark McGirr’s first point of the day from long range.

Three more points from McGirr and one from Halligan tied the match at 0-6 all, before Harps got the last score of the first half to lead by one at the break.

There was nothing between the teams throughout the second half with the game being tied no fewer than four times.

However, when McGirr produced a moment of brilliance, taking on his man 30 yards out and shooting into the back of the net, McCurtains led by three points.

Harps, though, did not lie down and pressed on in attack, drawing two frees from the McCurtains defence which were duly converted to trail by just one.

However, the Goodmayes club were able to hold on to their slender lead in the closing moments by showing superb game management, before their celebrations could begin once the final whistle sounded.

There could be more success on the way for the club this weekend, with the hurling team in the London Intermediate Championship final on Sunday.

McCurtains face Brothers Pearse for the right to be crowned champions, with a 3pm start in Ruislip on Sunday.

The same day also sees the women’s football team play their final London Senior League fixture of the year, tackling Fr. Murphy’s in Greenford at 11am.

Further ahead, the men’s football team face Cu Chulainns in a Junior/Intermediate play-off on October 7.

New players are always welcome to join the club, with Gaelic football and hurling teams for both men and ladies from under-eights up to adults.

For more information, find the club on Facebook and Twitter, or alternatively email thomasmccurtains@hotmail.com.


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