MATCH REPORT: Junior B Footballers Claim Championship Honours   09/10/2020

Junior 5 All County Football Final 2020 - St. Brigid's 1-18 Clann Mhuire 2-08

Sunday September 27th saw St Brigid's square up against Clann Mhuire in the 2020 Junior 5 All County Football Final in the Naul, County Dublin. Beaten semi finalists in 2019, St. Brigids were looking to clinch the title for the first time, however they were up against a formidable Chlann Mhuire team from a higher Division in their own back yard in the Naul.

The Russell Park outfit got off to a dream start following a long delivery from wing forward Mark Kavanagh into the full forward line which John Dalton rounded the Clann Mhuire goalkeeper and finished to the net inside the first minute. But Chlann responded immediately with a goal of their own, and everyone watching the live stream knew we had a game on our hands!

The first half was a tight affair with both sides enjoying dominant periods. Oran Boyle starred for the St Brigid's men in the first half landing four points from play, the pick of them coming after a driving run forward from wing-back JP Costigan. In the twentieth minute, with the game in the balance, Clann Mhuire were awarded a penalty. The resulting spot kick was put wide and from the kick out, St. Brigid’s worked the ball well up the field and Mark Kavanagh found himself in space just inside the 45 yard line and curled in the score of the day with his left foot. Veteran Brian Donovan converted the final score of the half following good work from Ciaran Galvin and sent St Brigid's two points ahead going into the break.

The third quarter of the game was hard fought in the middle third of the field. Experienced Kevin Bonfil and David Dempsey dominated in mid-field for St. Brigid’s winning a number of primary possessions or breaking ball perfectly for the oncoming wing backs Ciaran Galvin and JP Costigan. St Brigid's were patient with their possession and continued to pick off well worked scores during this period. A feature of the game was their six fisted points following fantastic team play to work the scores. It was evident that management duo Bren Farrell and Lar Wade had a game-plan in place and the ascendency was with Brigid’s going into the final quarter.

In an effort to maintain their high intensity game, St Brigids introduced the fresh legs of youth in Diarmuid Breslin, Pairic McGlynn and Paul Winters. These changes provided St Brigid's with fantastic movement and yielded a number of well worked scores with Iarlath Daly, who was exceptional on the day, finishing off a wonderful team move to put St. Brigid's six points ahead with seven minutes remaining. With the finish line in sight, St. Brigid’s introduced experience in the form of Gerard Molloy and player manager Bren Farrell in order to keep heads calm and push the result home.

In the closing stages Clann Mhuire threw everything at St Brigid's but stout defending by Dan Twomey and Séamus Smith cut out a number of high balls into the danger area to see out the game for St Brigids. Captain of St Brigid's Kevin Bonfil collected the trophy and no doubt it was welcomed back well to Russell Park.

St Brigid's: Thomas McIlroy, Dylan Allen, Dan Twomey, John Cussen, Colm Galvin, Séamus Smith, JP Costigan, Kevin Bonfil (Captain), David Dempsey, Iarla Daly (0-2), Brian Donovan (0-6), Mark Kavanagh (0-2), Ruairi O' Neill (0-2), John Dalton (1-2), Oran Boyle (0-4). 

Subs used: Diarmuid Breslin for Ruairi O'Neill, Paul Winters for David Dempsey, Pairic McGlynn for John Dalton, Brendan Farrell for Mark Kavanagh, Gerard Molloy for Dylan Allen.

Mentors: Brendan Farrell, Lar Wade, Séamus Lynam, William Tyrell & Andrew Farrell.

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