Liverpool John Moores gaelic football team defeated Saint Brendan’s in Manchester to remain undefeated after four games.
In a low-scoring affair, LJMU battled hard in tough conditions to see them past the current All-British champions.
Despite being without star man Danny Magill, the Liverpool side edged their North West rivals in a scoreline of 1-6 to 5 points.
The game started off cagily, with both sides snatching easy opportunities wide of the post.
Wind and rain was a key factor for the whole game, but it didn’t stop corner-forward Aaron Foy who finished to the net in the 12th minute.
Tempers flared when John Moores midfielder Ryan Lundi’s late challenge left a mark on Brendans’ Ethan Clark.
A late point from James Torney left LJMU up 1-2 to 1 point at half-time.
The weather did not improve, with the Moores playing against a strong breeze in the second-half.
Saint Brendans missed a golden opportunity when LJMU goalkeeper Jordan Moore denied the Manchester number 15 with a crucial save.
A point in the final minute of the game clawed the Mancunians back within four, but it wasn’t enough.
The Liverpool side now head into the Christmas break undefeated and have their sights set firmly on a return to Dublin in the New Year.
Assistant manager Sean Quinn was delighted with the result, saying it was good to get players a run-out.
“It was good to get another win before Christmas, especially for the boys who have had very little game time.
“There were some brilliant individual performances, but more importantly it was a very good team performance.
“It was a great step-up in competition and we’ll hope to build on it heading into the New Year.”