Tir Chonaill Gaels overlooked by Bookies
13 January 2009
While many may think that the make up of the semi finals in the All Ireland Club Football Championships is a foregone conclusion it seems that many are overlooking the challenge of London’s representatives in the competition.
Tir Chonaill Gaels retained their London SFC title in October when they edged out Neasden Gaels by the narrowest of margins, 0-7 to 0-6, at a chilly windy Ruislip. They now face the Connacht champions Corofin in a quarter final match to determine who will advance to the last four and meet Kilmacud Crokes.
Several major bookmakers have been so dismissive of the ex-pats’ chances that they already quoting odds for a Kilmacud v Corofin semi final while neglecting to offer any prices on the Tir Chonaill Gaels v Corofin quarter final. Ladbrokes however have taken the lead here and while they make Corofin hot favourites to win the clash at Ruislip on the 18th January they certainly are not discounting the chances of the London outfit.
The Gaels are very much to be respected, says Ladbrokes Head of GAA Neil Walsh. They have won 3 of the last 4 London Championships and gave Crossmaglen a good test last year getting within 4 points of the greatest club team of all time. We make them 10/1 chances to beat Corofin and with home advantage they are by no means no hopers. We’ve seen steady money in our London shops also which suggests we are not alone in thinking they have a chance of upsetting the odds.
Tir Chonaill Gaels are no strangers to the limelight having featured in the RTE Christmas special of Celebrity Bainisteoir where under the tutorship of comedian Patrick Kielty they travelled to Westmeath and defeated a Maryland side guided by Marty Whelan.
Tom Mohan, the Chairman of Tir Chonaill Gaels was critical of how dismissive the bookmakers are of his clubs chances:
After our success in Celebrity Bainisteoir, we were all looking forward to achieving our ultimate target by reaching the All Ireland Club semi final, said Mohan. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that some bookmakers had already given the match to Corofin without a ball being kicked. I was more than happy to see Ladbrokes had prices, and I advised both players and club members to take advantage of the 10/1 price available at Ladbrokes and I know we will have a great day on the 18th win, lose or draw."
All Ireland Club Football Quarter Final
18 Jan 14:00
10/1 Tir Chonaill Gaels
All Ireland Club Football Semi Final
21 Feb 14:30
1/5 Crossmaglen Rangers
All Ireland Club Football Outright
11/10 Crossmaglen Rangers
15/8 Kilmacud Crokes
200/1 Tir Chonaill Gaels