BY GRAHAM CLIFFORD THEY came close in 1990, ’92, ’93, ’96 and in 2006 but still that elusive win in an All-Ireland quarter-final has evaded Tir Chonaill Gaels of Greenford.
On Sunday the giants of London football have the chance to finally progress to the last four and few would be surprised if they put Munster champions Kilmurry Ibrickane to the sword in Ruislip.
London champions in the last three years, Tir Chonaill Gaels have been preparing diligently for this mammoth clash with the Clare side and the odds of 5/1 on a victory for the home side on Sunday seem generous in the extreme.
Kilmurry Ibrickane’s main attacking threat Odran O’Dwyer is rated as doubtful for the quarter-final clash, though he may feature at some stage.
A hard-fought victory over Kerry’s Kerins O’Rahillys in the Munster club final shows just how dangerous the side is but still TCG manager Paul Coggins is confident his men can finally get one over a quarter-final opponent.
“The lads have the talent, they have the fitness, it’s now about bringing the belief and making sure their concentration is 100 per cent.
We’ve got to take our chances and keep errors to a minimum,” said Coggins this week as he fine tunes his side’s preparations.
The game will be screened live by TG4 making it the first competitive club game played outside of Ireland to be screened live on Irish television.
Last year Tir Chonaill Gaels lost out to Galway’s Corofin by 2-7 to 0-6 and 12 months earlier went down by 0-10 to 0-6 when Crossmaglen Rangers visited Ruislip.
While rightfully crowned as Munster champions, Kilmurry Ibrickane are a lesser known entity and in front of the cameras TCG may wait some time for such an opportunity again to finally emerge victorious at this stage of the Championship.
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