Photos: Fintan Colgan
Over a week on and Crawley and Brighton Gaels are still on cloud nine.
The C&B Gaels Ladies made the journey to St Anthony’s Reading for their first ever Gloherts championship final against reigning champions St colmcilles St Albans. The game was played in very tough conditions with temperatures reaching 33 degrees. As both teams struggled to deal with the heat, Brighton and Crawley Gaels struck first, after some quick hands the ball found its way to Laura Dunne who placed the ball firmly in the net. The gaels kept the pressure on and Ciara O’Connell struck a fantastic point before taking a heavy fall and injuring her wrist. The delay allowed St. Colmcilles to regain composure and the 3 times champions really showed their class. When the St Albans forward line ran at the Gaels they really caused damaged and scored some fabulous goals and points as they regained the lead. The half time break was welcomed by both teams as they both tried to find the shade and some water.
Half Time: C&B Gaels 1:06 – St Colmcilles 3:04
After the break, the Gaels knew they needed to play much better if they had any hope of pulling off an unlikely comeback. The Gaels had to step it up and with nothing to lose, they really went for the win. Putting a lot of pressure on the St Albans back line they struck with a point from the boot of Dunne before the full forward scored a thunderbolt of a goal that hit the roof of the net. The Gaels had really got the grit between their teeth and pushed on with more scores coming from Midfield and Full back Sarah Brosnan. The Gaels now led by 3 points and with 5 minutes left nerves started playing a part which St Albans tried to exploit. The Gaels did try to take the sting out of the game but St. Colmcilles kept pushing forward and nearly got the equalising goal only to be denied by a wonderful save from Caroline McDonagh. The Gaels eventually did hold on to complete a famous comeback and as the referees whistle sounded, there where very emotional scenes. After two years as a team and some very hard work, the Gaels had won their very first ever Glo-herts Championship. A day that will go down in the history books for Brighton and Crawley Gaels. We wish to thank St. Colmcilles for a fantastic game and an outstanding advert for the sport.
Full Time: C&B Gaels 2:11 – St Colmcilles 3:05