Dulwich Harps and Garryowen contested the Division 3 league final on a wet and muddy Greenford pitch on Saturday last. Garryowen had gone through the league campaign unbeaten and Dulwich had one loss which was came against Garryowen back in May.
Garryowen made a great start with a point in the third minute and a well taken goal 2 minutes later. Dulwich opened their account with a MIke Moloney free on 10 minutes.
Garryowens driving runs at the Dulwich defence was causing problems and they found themselves 2 goals clear after 15 minutes as some poor Dulwich defending was exploited by another great finish. Ayrton Tansiri goaled for Dulwich with a smart finish on 20 minutes. Dulwich then finally began to get a grip around midfield and after a long ball from Gareth Halpin was cleverly flicked inside by Michael Wallis, Moloney made no mistake with the chance and goaled for Dulwich. Garryowen didn't waste any time in trying to restore their advantage and were denied by a brilliant Cian McDonagh save and some last gasp defending by Terence Tinnelly. Both teams then swapped points and Dulwich were slightly fortunate to find themselves going in at half time level at 2-3 apiece.
Dulwich made a great start after the restart and found themselves 2 points ahead after points from Seamus O'Dwyer and Wallis. Garryowen were fortunate not to find themselves further behind after a Moloney effort went agonisingly wide of the foot of the post. Dulwich were lording midfield at this stage and with Halpin dominating looked to be in control. To their credit Garryowen started to come back into the game and scored 2 great points from long range. The Dulwich backline had improved markedly from their first half jitters with Brendan McDonald in particular leading the way. Garryowen were under constant pressure when in possession yet managed to stay in contention by way of some great points from distance. Up front Dulwich were playing a smart short passing game and Wallis got on the end of a couple well worked moves. With 5 minutes left the teams were level and when it looked like the next score would be decisive Moloney pointed with a 21 yard free. Garryowen went up the field in search of an equaliser and were unsuccessful with a couple of speculative efforts.
Dulwich retained possession well in the final minutes to close the game out and emerge victorious by the narrowest of margins. Overall an entertaining game where both teams gave their all in conditions that were hardly conducive to free flowing football.
Cian McDonagh, Brendan, Terence Tinnelly, Joe Tinnelly, Eoin Egan, Seamus O'Dwyer, Jason Glynn, Frank Bonner, Michael Wallis, Ayrton Tansiri, Mike Moloney, Con Murphy, Padraic O'Flynn, Gareth Halpin, Joe Mernagh
Subs: Ciaran Griffith for Joe Tinnelly (HT), Ja Cogan for Con Murphy (50 mins).
Scorers for Dulwich:
Mike Moloney 1-05, Ayrton Tansiri 1-0, Michael Wallis 0-02, Seamus O'Dwyer 0-01
Photo inset - London Gaa PRO Declan Flanagan Presents Dulwch Harps Mike Moloney with Div 3 Cup
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