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Belfast Lord Mayor Captains Club To County Senior Final

When we think of the Lord Mayor more often than not the picture is painted of an ageing politician taking time out to complete his civic duty before retirement.

While that may be a sweeping stereotype, it’s not often we hear of the local Lord Mayor leading his sporting team to success.

However, that is the case for Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane who captained Lámh Dhearg to the Antrim senior football final at the third time of asking last night.

The semi-final clash made headlines around the country last week when the sides couldn’t be separated despite their replay going through two rounds of sudden-death free-kicks.

Eventually, county chairman Ciaran McCavana called a halt to the game at 10.30 pm and ordered that the game be replayed for a second time on moral grounds.

So the sides met last night for the third time with Lámh Dhearg coming out on the right side of a 2-8 to 0-9 victory over Roger Casements, Portglenone thanks to two goals from former Antrim captain Paddy Cunningham.

Speaking to Jerome Quinn Media following the win, the Lord Mayor of Belfast joked that he would make sure his diary is clear for Sunday’s final.

“County final day is always a special day, I’ll be very proud,” he said.

‘I’ll make sure the diary is clear for Sunday,” Finucan joked.

“Football hasn’t been hit too hard by the Mayor duties and the lads keep me well-grounded, you get plenty of stick.”

Well, that is a story for the grandchildren!

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