The St Brigid’s intermediate hurlers that won promotion last week. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

ST BRIGID’S intermediate hurlers added to a hugely positive two weeks for the hurling fraternity in Russell Park as they claimed promotion to AHL3 for 2017.
Following on from the senior hurlers cup final win and the junior hurlers league promotion last week, the intermediates faced Wicklow senior hurling champions Bray Emmett’s in the league final.
The Wicklow club entered the Dublin leagues three years ago and claimed back-to-back promotions in 2015 and 2016.
On Tuesday night, however, their promotion gallop fell at the final hurdle to a fine Brigid’s side.
A three-goal scoring blitz midway through the first half proved the decisive period in the game.
With the sides level at 0-2 each after 10 minutes, goals from Dara Doyle, Pat Rohan and Cian O’Sullivan gave the Russell Park men a 3-6 to 0-7 half time advantage.
As expected, Bray responded in the second half and had the margin back to three points, due in part to some superb free taking.
Indeed, the gap could have been closer were it not for Tadhg Brannigan in the Brigid’s goal who pulled off a brilliant one-on-one save.
Within 90 seconds of Brannigan’s save, the game’s decisive score arrived as Eoin Thynne rifled to the net after fine work from Sean O’Malley and Sean Keegan in the build-up. Thynne’s score restored the gap to six points and, with Fergal Counihan now operating as a sweeper, Brigid’s attempted to close out the game.
Further points from JP Costigan, Ciaran Kellet and Stephen Moore extended the home side’s advantage and, despite some frantic late Bray pressure, Brigids held on for a 4-14 to 2-15 victory.
The win see’s St Brigid’s now having three teams in Dublin’s top six divisions and ends the 2017 season on a high note.