On Sunday 25th June, the South London under 14 Boys Gaelic football team captured their 5th Féile Peile na nÓg title in seven years at a sun drenched St Tiernach's Park in Clones. On route to the final, the boys recorded victories over the host club Bailieborough Shamrocks (Cavan), Magheracloone (Monaghan), NaGaeil (Kerry), Naomh Padraig (Donegal) and Clontarf (Dublin).
Going into the final the boys’ were confident but knew they would have to produce something very special if they were to defeat a very strong and skilful St Gabriel’s side from Galway. With 3 minutes remaining on the clock, South London found themselves playing with one player less. More significantly, they were a point behind and desperately trying to stop St Gabriel’s from increasing their slender lead. However, the boys have displayed all year that they do not know how to quit. The boys had it ingrained into their brains not to give up if they were behind or let up if they were in front. After some heroic defending from Nathan Donnelly, the boys found an equalising score through the boot of Armani Orji before going in front with a Michael Akala point. It was then St Gabriel’s turn to try and rescue the game and they threw everything at the South London team bar the kitchen sink. The pressure on the defence was immense and it was clear that any mistake would be punished by the skilful St Gabriel’s players. St Gabriel’s committed almost every player forward to equalise but when the ball was eventually turned-over, south London had the opportunity to counter attack at speed and put the game to bed. Again, man of the match Armani Orji found himself in acres of open space to run into and struck another point to extend the lead to two with only a matter of seconds left to play. It felt like an eternity for the final whistle to sound but when it did there were wild celebrations on the pitch with mentors and players overjoyed. Many years of hard work and dedication paying-off in just one glorious afternoon.
Féile Peile na nÓg Record
- 2007: Division 5 Quarter Final
- 2008: Division 5 Final Losers
- 2009: Division 5 Semi Final
- 2010: Division 5 Winners
- 2011: Division 4 Semi Final
- 2012: Division 4 Quarter Final
- 2013: Division 4 Winners
- 2014: Division 3 Winners
- 2015: Division 3 Semi Final
- 2016: Division 3 Winners
- 2017: Division 2 Winners
The victorious team consisted of sixteen players from Dulwich Harps, two players from Round Towers and two players from Thomas McCurtain’s. The pane of players have worked very hard since the first training session at the end of February. Congratulations to the players, the management team of Michael Donnelly, Ciaran Harrington, Michael Maher and Brian Smyth. We also acknowledge the unstinting support to both the coaches and players from Tim O’Sullivan and Danny O’ Donovan throughout the competition.
The South London team were delighted to be joined by Tom Denning, Chair of Dulwich Harps GFC for the competition. It was Tom’s vision and drive that ensured South London were allowed to enter the Feile for the first time in 2007. Our record over the last seven years has been magnificent!
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