THE long wait is finally over in more ways than one for super Templeogue United.
Their 4-0 triumph over Cherry Orchard in the SFAI Menton Seery Under 11 All-Ireland final was the club's first ever All-Ireland title and there were remarkable scenes of joy as the final whistle sounded at Jackson Park last Saturday afternoon.
One game into the new season and the red-shirts were crowned the High Kings of Ireland. A remarkable tale indeed.
The showcase final had been deferred from the end of last season following a protest in the opposite half of the draw involving their opponents from Ballyfermot and Corduff FC of the North Dublin Schoolboys League. The teams that contested the final had met on three occasions last season with a win apiece and a draw indicating that Saturday's showdown had all the hallmarks of being a tight affair.
But United had waited a long time to make their mark and were in inspired form with goals from Darragh Gibbons, Conor Crowley (2) and Eoin Stokes.
The Cherries battled heroically but Templeogue United were flawless on a day that will live long in the memory of the Tymon North-based club.
They were not to be denied as they took home their first All-Ireland crown -- and thoughts are already turning to adding the Under 12 Norton Cup to the sideboard. Two All-Irelands in the one season! Now that would be a tale to tell!