MEN’S Gaelic football in Scotland concluded for the year with a gala occasion as hundreds of supporters joined four clubs in Coatbridge for the junior and senior finals. Tír Conaill Harps and Dalriada first contested the junior final, with Harps emerging victorious, before Dunedin Connollys and Glasgow Gaels played each other in the senior final.
It had been four years since Harps had contested a final, but with a league victory behind them already this year there was no lack of confidence on their part. Dalriada, meanwhile, having adapted well to life at this grade brought a confidence of their own.
The result was a captivating opening phase of the match, with Harps opening the scoring before a goal and two points saw momentum swing back towards Dalriada. Harps gradually steadied the ship however, their celebrated defence finding its feet and putting in place a strong base on which to build their assault on the title. With Connaire Shannon, Kenny Cochran, David Bouchier and Dan Gallagher all splitting the posts it was enough to see them go into the break with a single point gap in their favour.
With only a kick of the ball separating the two sides a tense second half looked likely, but what followed instead was a comfortable half in which Harps copper-fastened their hold on the championship. Limiting Dalriada to just two further scores, with man of the match Eamonn Cooke seeming to sweep up every loose ball, Harps added to their tally via Bouchier, Mauris MacParthalain and Gallagher—who landed five himself. With a final winning margin of 0-15 to 1-06 Harps could begin their celebrations (above) and end their season at the top of the tree.