After a long nine year wait, Luxembourg’s senior men’s Gaelic Football team were last Saturday crowned European men’s senior football champions in Maastricht.
Having won the first round in Munich in July, the local side travelled to Maastricht as favourites to win the title.
The team started the day against a strong Amsterdam team and a very impressive first half performace was enough to see it through on a scoreline of 2-6 to 2-2.
Next up was Paris who started much the better in the first half but Luxembourg’s strong bench and experience was enough to pull ahead in the second half to win by 4-9 to 2-5.
The semi final against Belgium was a loaded game with high stakes as a win for Luxembourg would secure the european title on points.
It was a titanic battle and the Luxembourg team withstood a late onslaught by Belgium to win on a scoreline of 3-4 to 2-5.
In the final, they faced Jersey and Luxembourg’s large panel and fitness shone through to win by 2-8 to 1-3.
Among the notable performaces on the day were those from Steve Early dominating midfield and James Hassan and Rossa Kelleher showing their class in the forward line.
Luxembourg’s captain Brendan O Callaghan, who has tirelessly served the club over the years, ends his Luxembourg career on a high before his move stateside accepted the trophy on behalf of a delighted Luxembourg team.
Posted by Dónal on September 27th, 2016