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Gaelic Sport: Thomas McCurtains claim London Football Division Three title

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 August 2017

Thomas McCurtains' men's football team face the camera (pic: Thomas McCurtains GAA)

Thomas McCurtains' men's football team face the camera (pic: Thomas McCurtains GAA)

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Thomas McCurtains’ men’s football team clinched the London Division Three title after beating Dulwich Harps 0-15 to 1-9 in a pulsating final.

Dulwich began well with two quick points, but McCurtains, courtesy of Niall Coffey and Paddy Halligan frees, managed to draw level at 0-3 all midway through the first half.

The Goodmayes club’s defence, aided by the tireless Gerry Flynn, started to get a handle on their opponents and the teams traded scores, before late points from Conor Murphy and Mark Barrett put McCurtains two points up at the break.

Harps started the second half better after an uncharacteristic lapse in concentration from the McCurtains defence allowed Dulwich in for an early goal.

The Goodmayes club were not fazed, though, and good running in the attacking third drew frees which Coffey converted, before a Brian Hourihane point put McCurtains ahead by two.

Dulwich then hit a purple patch, scoring three quick-fire points, but a second yellow card for their wing-back reduced Harps to 14 men for the final five minutes.

McCurtains used the extra man well, with direct running from Hourihane and Stephen Quinn, coupled with sloppy tackling, allowing them to outscore Dulwich by four points to no score in the closing stages to claim the win.

Next up for the footballers is a Junior Championship clash with Tir Chonaill Gaels in Greenford at 4.30pm on Saturday.

The only other side in action last weekend were the hurlers, who drew 1-18 to 2-15 with St Declans in the Intermediate Championship.

McCurtains’ hurlers return to the Championship this weekend when they face Kilburn Gaels B in Ruislip at 12.30pm on Sunday.

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