We have a winner in the Ladbrokes World Cup Sweep for Irish soccer clubs
Congratulations Killarney Celtic, you owe Mario Goetze a scoop.
Before the World Cup kicked off, we asked for admins of Irish amateur soccer teams to apply to join a World Cup Sweepstakes run by Ladbrokes. The deal was that Ladbrokes will place a €200 bet on each country at Ladbrokes prices and whichever team won collects all the winning cash.
The exit of Costa Rica was most welcome for Ladbrokes, as a win for Los Ticos would have cost the bookie a staggering €800,000 but they bowed out leaving the following teams in the final four.
We're sure that Kilkenny's Gathabawn thought they were all set when they drew Brazil but that semi-final collapse blew their chances, while Dutch failure from the spot saw Dublin's Willows FC fall by the wayside.
Sunday's showdown pitted Donegal's Carndonagh FC (Argentina) against Kerry's Killarney Celtic (Germany). Some tidier finishing by Gonzalo Higuain could have sent the cash to the north west but instead it is headed to the Kingdom and the folks at Killarney Celtic.
Pre-tournament Germany were a handy 5/1 so that is a very nice windfall for Killarney. Hayley O'Connor will be in touch with the club's administrator to hand over the novelty large cheque.