League Sunday - Weekend Review!   18/02/2018

Sunday saw the 2018 season kick into full flow as all 5 of our Adult football teams and our 2 Minor Hurling teams played their first games.

Top of the billing was our Senior Footballers who faced Kilmacud Crokes in Russell Park in AFL 1. A tight opening 10 minutes saw the sides level at 0-02 each with Lorcan McCarthy on target for the home side. Brigids soon upped the tempo and four points in a row from Paddy Andrews, Colly Carr and McCarthy saw the Russell Park men move 0-06 to 0-02 clear after 25 minutes. Crokes remained a threat going forward, although a slice of fortune played a large part in their goal. A Pat Burke effort for a point rebounded off the post into the hands the waiting full forward who blasted past Stephen Moore in the Brigids goal.

Brigids responded well to the setback and replied with another McCarthy free moving them 0-07 to 1-03 clear at half time. While Brigids dominated the first period, Crokes grew in the game in the second period and with Mark Vaughan now on the frees they would move a point clear before an expertly taken Philly Ryan penalty saw Brigids ahead again.

With Jack Mullins keeping Dubs Star Paul Mannion scoreless from play, Crokes free taking kept the scoreboard ticking. As the clock drew to a close both sides will feel they had their chances to claim 2 league points. As it was, the points were shared after an entertaining opening round battle.

Final score: St Brigids 1-09 Kilmacud Crokes 1-09.

In AFL3, our Inter Footballers were well in contention against Naomh Barrog after a well taken Dave O'Connor goal saw a solitary point separate the sides at the break. Brigids would soon draw level but two quick-fire Barrog goals proved decisive midway through the second half and enabled Barrog to push clear to claim a deserved victory.

In AFL5, our Junior A Footballers were left to rue 4 missed goal chances, 3 of which came in the opening half as they left empty handed against Na Fianna in their opening league game. Points from Neil Brady, Cormac Goodman and Mini McIntyre left only a point between the sides approaching half time. However, Brigids failure to convert their goals chances would prove costly as Na Fianna's clinical finishing in front of goal was the main difference as they deservedly claimed an opening day win.

In AFL 7, our Junior B Footballers overcame Naomh Barrog 0-08 to 1-04 in a tense encounter. Naomh Barrog goaled early on and moved 4 points clear before Brigids awoke from their slumber. Barrog were reduced to 14 men before half time and the home side would gradually claw their way back into the game with points from Warren Finnegan, Derm Reidy, Peadar Andrews and Keith Fox. With the heavy rain and underfoot conditions difficult for both sides, Martin Clavin's men would just hold out by the slimmest of margins.

In AFL10, Lar Wade's Junior C Footballers produced the performance of the day with a commanding 3-14 to 1-04 win over St Joesph O'Connell Boys. With Ger Molloy superb in defence, a well worked team goal finished by JP Costigan would set the tone early on. Excellent points from Conor Timoney pushed the home side further clear before goals from Johnny Cooper and Robbie Keogh but the gloss on a fine win.

In hurling, our Minor A Hurlers recorded an excellent 4-14 to 1-09 win over Kilmacud Crokes with goals coming from Tiernan Gilvarry (2), Padraig McGlynn and James O'Connell while our Minor B team lost out to Naomh Barrog in MHL4.

Well done to all our teams and mentors. Next weekend, it's the turn of our 3 Adult hurling teams and 2 Minor Football teams. Mentors are reminder to check with Mary O'Connor before using the grass pitches. All pitches were in great condition given the recent weather and time of year but need to be protected during the week. Training should take place in Collegefort, Beech Park and on the all-weather pitch were possible.

St Brigids GAA Club,
Russell Park, Navan Road, Dublin 15