THEY came tantalisingly close – but it just wasn't meant to be.
It was heartbreak for Ballymun Kickhams after the referee blew the final whistle of their All- Ireland Club final match against St Brigid's of Roscommon, managed by Herald GAA columnist and former Kickhams player Kevin McStay.
The northsiders lost by a point in the one minute of extra time.
The match started off well enough for Kickhams – managed by Herald columnist and former Dublin GAA star Paul Curran – who got off to a blistering start scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the game.
But the Roscommon club fought back, leaving the Dublin side's ambitions in tatters.
The teams were level four times in an exhilaratingly tense second-half before St Brigid's Frankie Dolan landed the winner in stoppage time.
Goals from Dean Rock – son of Dublin legend Barney – and Philly McMahon had Ballymun in control.
However, a stunning comeback from the Roscommon champions helped St Brigid's seal a famous win with the final scoreline 2-10 to 2-09.
Thousands of Kickhams supporters cheered the team in Croke Park – but they had support from farther afield.
Dean Rock's uncle and cousin sent their best wishes to their Ballymun star.
Gabriel – Barney's brother – and William Rock made their own Kickhams flag at their home in Los Angeles.
They then took to nearby Manhattan beach and members of the public were only to happy to wave the green and red flag, with the words 'LA Loves Ballymun'.