Neasden and TCG crowned men's champions
September 24, 2018
Neasden Gaels, inspired by Down full-forward Connaire Harrison, claimed the VGC Intermediate championship after beating St Josephs 2-13 to 0-13 in Ruislip on Sunday.
The champions marched on to Senior level next season after overturning an early 0-7-0-1 deficit after 15 minutes of the final with Harrison, briefly returned from his own stag-do in Ibiza, well to the fore.
A successful Neasden penalty helped turn the tide in their favour and once the Gaels took control they never looked like relinquishing it.
Joes pushed to get back on terms in the game but Neasden punished them on the counter and a second penalty effectively settled the outcome before Harrison hot-footed it back to Spain to continue his stag celebrations.
Earlier, Tir Chonaill Gaels prevailed in the 2018 Toureen Group Junior Football Final with a two point, 0-10 to 0-08, win over Dulwich Harps on Sunday at McGovern Park.
A highly entertaining, see-sawing game was swayed in favour of a homegrown Gaels with strong performances from Matt Killeen, Liam Gallagher and Kieran Clarke inparticular.
The south Londoners could count themselves unlucky with a few missed chances and players like Stephen Monaghan and James McDermott fought right until the bitter end.
TCG can now move on to the Intermediate grade next year while Dulwich will give Junior another crack and hope to go one better.