ISSC claim inaugural Vancouver SFC crown

August 28, 2018

Left to right: Ruairi Spillane, Russy Cleere and ISSC Vancouver captain Trevor Farrell

ISSC Vancouver 2-12
Fraser Valley Gaels 1-10

The Irish Sporting & Social Club (ISSC) Vancouver, managed by Roscommon native Tadhg Egan, made history in becoming the inaugural winners of the Vancouver Senior Football Championship with a five point win over near rivals Fraser Valley Gaels (FVG) on Sunday 19 August last.

The ISSC also lifted the Junior Football Championship earlier in the day to make it two from two championship wins.

The game started at an intense and fast pace, with the pick of the first half scores coming from Conor Finnerty and Eamon Quinn. Both players proved to be a thorn in the side of the Fraser Valley defence throughout the day's proceedings. Fraser Valley's Danny Loughrey was very clinic in front of goal; the Westmeath native kicked six points for FVG with five of them coming from placed balls. This ensured the minimum separated ISSC Vancouver and Fraser Valley Gaels at half-time, with FVG leading six points to five at the interval.

The second half started where the first half left off. ISSC's Eamon Quinn exchanged scores with FVG's Danny Loughrey. However, the pivotal moment of the game proved to come from the introduction of super-sub Sean Corrigan. The Fermanagh man contributed two goals and three points from play, his first goal started with some great build-up play from Shane Hennelly and Jack Quinn. The move finished with a shot from Corrigan to the bottom left corner of FVG's net.  The victory was sealed for ISSC when Corrigan slotted home his second goal of the day after Corrigan took on FVG's defence and buried the ball to back of the net within ten minutes of his first goal. Corrigan would go on to further his tally by scoring three points from play prior to the full time whistle.

The closing plays of the game saw FVG apply sustained pressure to ISSC however ISSC held out to win by five points, namely through goalkeeper Niall O'Carroll, full backs Ciaran McGoldrick and Brian Fleming. Christy Grimes, Conor Doyle and Jack Quinn proved to be very influential in the outcome of the game with some great tackles and all round defensive play. Alan Dunne and Michael Sweeney dominated in mid-field and provided some excellent passes into ISSC's star forwards on the day, namely Conor Finnerty, Eamon Quinn & Sean Corrigan.

The ISSC Vancouver Captain, Trevor Farrell, raised the David Gavin Cup and dedicated the victory to the late David Gavin, who lined out for ISSC Vancouver last year before his untimely passing in the summer of 2017.

All roads lead to the USGAA finals in Philadelphia where ISSC Vancouver will take on the winners of the Philadelphia championship and Fraser Valley Gaels will play against the champions of San Francisco.

The panel on the day was:

Niall O'Carroll

Blackhall Gaels

Meath

Brian Fleming

Westport

Mayo

Ciaran McGoldrick

Irvinestown

Fermanagh

Conor Doyle

Clane

Kildare

Christy Grimes

Maryland

Westmeath

Jack Quinn

Naomh Padraig Lifford

Donegal

Alan Dunne

St Brides

Louth

Michael Sweeney

Glin

Limerick

Alan Kenny

MooreField

Kildare

Conor Finnerty

Ballintubber

Mayo

Danny Kindlon

St Mochtas

Louth

Karl Martin

St Kevins

Louth

Eamon Quinn

Mullaghbawn

Armagh

Paul Nolan

Duffry Rovers

Wexford

James Casey

Charleville

Cork

Patrick Quaile

St Patricks Donagh

Fermanagh

Anthony O'Brien

Emyvale

Monaghan

Shane Hennelly

Shrule/Glenn Corrib

Mayo

Trevor Farrell

Maryland

Westmeath

Martin McGrath

Pettigo

Donegal

Sean Corrigan

Maguiresbridge

Fermanagh

Shane Leonard

Monaleen

Limerick

Mick Kirwan

Lucan Sarsfields

Dublin

Tadhg Egan

Boyle

Roscommon

Oisin Doyle

Aughrim

Wicklow

Cian Hennessey

Loughmore

Tipperary

Darragh Murphy

Bannow/Ballymitty

Wexford

Owen O'Driscoll

Clonakilty

Cork

Colin Hoverty

Shrule/Glencorrib

Mayo

Neil Smyth

Mullaghbawn

Armagh

Martin Costello

Ballyhaise

Cavan

Emmet Foe

Parke Keelogues Crimlin

Mayo

Stephen O'Brien

Emyvale

Monaghan

Oisin Daly

Tulla

Clare

Brian Maguire

Derrygonnelly Harps

Fermanagh

Richard Bradfield

Ballinhassig

Cork

Hugh Fox

Tubberclair

Westmeath

Stephen Ruane

Monivea Abbey

Galway

Eoin Toomey

Blarney

Cork

Tommy Bourke

Upperchurch Drombane

Tipperary

 



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