The St Brigid’s senior hurlers celebrate their success. Picture: Martin Doherty

ST BRIGID’S senior hurlers claimed the first trophy of the 2017 hurling season on Tuesday evening as they defeated O’Tooles 1-15 to 0-11 under the floodlights in a rainy soaked Russell Park.
The defending champions from 2016 defeated Lucan by three points in a close fought semi-final two weeks ago, while O’Tooles overcame St Jude’s.
And they continued on that form to land the silverware. In an extremely close and competitive first half, the sides were level at 0-7 a piece after points from Daire Doyle, Aodhan McEnerney and Paul Winters.
Winters free-taking was immaculate throughout and was a standout feature of the opening period.
The decisive moment of the game arrived on 35 minutes when wing-forward Ciaran Kellett collected a pass out wide on the sideline before cutting in at pace and rifling his goal-bound effort into the top corner of the net.
Kellett’s moment of brilliance pushed Brigid’s into the ascendancy and their advantage was soon increased after a fine point from full-forward Derry Murphy and two Winters 65s.
As the rain continued to pour down, Brigid’s pushed for home with centre-forward McEnerney again to the fore with two fine points. O’Tooles had no reply and Brigid’s ran out comfortable 1-15 to 0-11 to get their 2017 season off to the perfect start.
Also on Tuesday night, St Brigid’s found out their senior hurling championship fate as they were placed in Group 2 alongside Lucan Sarsfields, Ballinteer St John’s and Naomh Fhionnbarra.
Their AHL1 campaign was due to start next weekend but their opening tie has been postponed due to Cuala’s involvement in the All-Ireland final on St Patrick’s Day.

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