Fulham Irish 1-8 Parnells 0-7
Fulham Irish claimed their first London Senior Football Championship on Sunday afternoon, when they defeated Parnells in the final. It was a huge achievement for the winners, as the club has only been in existence five years.
It was the first time ‘Irish had appeared in the final, and they were up against a Parnell’s side that had taken the title on eight previous occasions. There was very little between the teams in the early stages and the score was tied at 0-1 apiece after 10 minutes. Parnell’s then stepped up a gear and went ahead with two well taken points and looked comfortable after twenty minutes play. However, Fulham were never going to go down without a fight and they halved the scores to leave it 0-4 to 0-2. The underdogs then went ahead, when Harry Murphy converted a penalty and suddenly the young side began to believe that they could take this title.
The goal was the difference between the teams heading in for the break, and it was to prove crucial on the afternoon. Parnell’s replied with a point soon after the restart to make it 0-5 to 1-04 but they were always chasing the game in the second half, and left gaps which Fulham were able to exploit. With a quarter on an hour remaining, Parnell’s had chipped away at the lead and the score stood at 0-6 to 1-04. However, Fulham were not about to let this opportunity slip and three late points to secure the spoils.
It was a magnificent achievement for a club in it’s infancy to reach the heights that Fulham Irish scaled this afternoon. It must now be a case of onwards and upwards for the young club as they build on this success.