MATCH REPORT: Senior Footballers Qualify for Senior 2 Final   14/09/2020

Match Report and Video from Dublin GAA

St Brigid’s held off Nh Mearnóg to win (0-15 to 0-13) their Dublin SFC2 semi-final at Parnell Park on Saturday afternoon.The sides were level on several occasions the Portmarnock side never led while the most Brigid’s ever led by was three points in this keenly contested duel. Brigid’s were up by two at half-time, 0-9 to 0-7, and Liam Campbell’s point on the restart made it a three-point margin.

However, points from Seán Hawkshaw, Niall Murphy and Aodhán Fee, after Philly Ryan had pointed a free for Brigid’s, made it 0-11 to 0-10 going into the last quarter.

In the final quarter scores from Philly Ryan, Seán Egan following good work by Lorcan McCarthy and Kevin Callaghan, and Paddy Andrews helped Brigid’s to a 0-14 to 0-11 lead. Mearnóg applied pressure late on with two Shane Kavanagh frees while Mark Phelan had a point effort that went wide after clipping the outside of Stephen Moore’s upright as Brigid’s held on and will now face Cuala in the final.

The Portmarnock side played without Shane Carthy for the majority of the second period. After an influential opening half for his side, kicking two points from play and converting a '45', he was forced off with injury in the second minute of the second half. When the sides met in the round-robin stage earlier in the competition Shane Carthy was also forced off through injury, in the 12th minute, when the Russell Park side prevailed by six points (1-13 to 0-10).

Goal chances were scarce but sub Mal Tighe did have a late opportunity but he attempted to lob keeper Mark O’Connor rather than go for power and placement and he effort was gathered easily by the Mearnóg netminder.

Late in the opening half Mark Donnelly, who tallied 0-5 from play overall, had a sighting on goal but elected to take his point, a beneficial decision in the longer term. Brigid’s led 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time after points from the impressive Mark Donnelly and Fiachra O’Meara, a great effort from the left wing standside, saw the Russell Park men concluded the half on an upward curve.

Donnelly was the key operator for Kevin Bonner’s side in the opening half when scoring four points from play, three coming after the water break.

After being level (0-4 each) midway through the half two points from Mark Donnelly immediately on the restart after the water break pushed his side 0-6 to 0-4 clear.

But Shane Carthy showcased his skills with two fine strikes when he finished combined with Seán Hawkshaw and then three minutes later, in the 24th minute, with the hard-working Mark Phelan. However, Brigid’s were the better side till the interval with points from Paddy Andrews, Mark Donnelly and Fiachra O’Meara giving them a two-point lead – with Shane Kavanagh showing great determination to carve out a score for the Portmarnock side also.

In a very even first half the sides were level at the water break, 0-4 each, after Mearnóg had finished the opening quarter on top with the previous two scores.

Brigid’s opened well with two Philly Ryan points, the second following a good crossfield ball from Paddy Andrews. A fine Mark Donnelly point, after combining cleverly with Donnacha Ryan, made it 0-3 to 0-0 to the Russell Park outfit by the ninth minute. Mearnóg full-forward Mark Phelan got his side off the mark in the tenth minute with Seán Hawkshaw closing the gap further with a score from 30 metres.

Paddy Andrews pushed the gap out to two points when converting a free after he was fouled himself. But the Portmarnock side upped their game to get level by the water break with Mark Phelan getting a great individual point from close range after initially winning possession out near the sideline. Just before the break Shane Carthy confidently converted a ‘45’ to bring the sides level at the water break.

St Brigids: S. Moore, E. Devitt, S. Murray, J O'Neill, D. Ryan, N. Davey, F. O'Meara, Cathal Doyle, S. Egan, M. Donnelly, P. Andrews, L. Campbell, P. Lysaght, P. Ryan, M. Cahill.

Subs used: L. McCarthy, M. Tighe, K. O'Callaghan, Colm Doyle.

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