Saints thump Jude’s to move into top four

by Gazette Reporter

ST BRIGID’S and Castleknock both picked up a win and a loss in a busy week of AFL Division One action.
For the former, they recorded a comprehensive win over St Jude’s in Tymon North on Saturday, their 4-14 to 0-11 scoreline lifting them into the top four and denying their opponents top spot.
An early goal by Alan Daly helped Brigid’s to hit the ground running while the dismissal of Colin Murphy also left Jude’s with a numerical disadvantage, as an additional goal from Philip Ryan offered Brigid’s a 2-7 to 0-6 interval lead.
Darren Freeman and Daire Plunkett were also on the scoresheet in the first-half, and a second major by Ryan upon the resumption effectively placed the tie beyond doubt.
Scores by Kevin Callaghan, Collie Carr and Freeman increased the gap between the sides, before a fourth goal from Sean Egan steered the Russell Park men toward their 15-point win.
Three days earlier, Brigid’s had come unstuck against Ballymun Kickhams by a single point, 3-12 to 1-20, but are still in the mix in a very tight top four. Their nine points are just two shy of leaders Thomas Davis.
For Castleknock, they won their opening tie of the week, edging a tight contest in Rush against St Maur’s 0-9 to 0-7. Chris Carthy was excellent for the home side but, with Limerick footballer Seamus O’Carroll recording a 0-3 salvo, and the likes of Kevin Kindlon and Graham Hannigan also chipping in with crucial scores, Castleknock finished with two points to spare.
They were unable to build on the win, however, as Kilmacud won at Somerton on Saturday in a 1-12 to 1-11 scoreleine. A Pat Burke goal, following superb build-up play from Shane Horan, kept the Glenalbyn men in touch during the opening period, before points from Callum Pearson, Cian O’Connor and Mark Vaughan helped them to hit the front after the restart.
A wayward last-gasp free from Dessie Carlos denied Castleknock a share of the spoils.
They are in 13th place in the table after seven matches.

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