Winters wonderland as Brigid’s advance

by Cóilín Duffy
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Dublin SHC quarter-final
St Brigid’s 2-19
Na Fianna 2-16

PAUL Winters fired nine points as St Brigids booked their place in the Dublin senior A hurling championship semi-finals, following a 2-19 to 2-16 win over Na Fianna at Parnell Park on Sunday.

A 50th minute Andrew Jamieson Murphy goal ensured a gripping finish, with Na Fianna cutting the gap to a point at this stage.

However, the Mobhi Road side only managed one further score, as St Brigid’s outscored them by three points to one in the final minutes to secure a last-four berth.

After failing to win a game in the group stages in 2018; it has been a pretty positive campaign so far for Brigid’s, losing just one game to Cuala in the group stages, and bouncing back well,

This game began frantically with nine scores in the opening eight minutes of this contest, after which St. Brigids led by 0-5 to 0-4.

Eoghan Dunne opened the scoring for the Russell Park outfit, before Jamieson Murphy grabbed Na Fianna’s first point – with both scores arriving inside the opening minute.

Winters claimed his first point from a closing range free, before Sean Currie brought the sides level once more.

Back-to-back scores from Currie handed Na Fianna the lead for the first time, but Dunne responded quickly for Brigids.

A well worked move finished with Jamieson Murphy levelling the tie at 0-4 apiece, before Winters pushed Brigids ahead, after landing another free.

This was the first of three points in a row from Winters, as he helped them to a three-point lead at the end of the first quarter, before Currie responded to end Na Fianna’s long scoring drought.

However, Kevin Callaghan grabbed St Brigid’s opening goal to hand them a double-scores lead on a 1-7 to 0-5 score-line in the 19th minute.

Callaghan finished to the net, after a well placed ball from Winters, who had gathered from an Alan Nolan puck-out.

Jamieson Murphy and Cian O’Sullivan traded points, before Na Fianna fired 1-2 without reply including a Donal Burke goal.

However, Winters tied the game at 1-9 apiece at the break.

Winters and Eoghan McHugh swapped points early on the restart, before Johnny McGuirk netted Brigid’s second goal to hand his side a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Na Fianna worked hard, and cut the gap to a point in the 43rd minute, but Brigid’s came good again, despite Jamieson Murphy grabbing Na Fianna’s second goal.

Brigid’s will face Craobh Chiarain in the semi-final.

The Donnycarney side were 3-14 to 2-13 winners over Lucan Sarsfields, with first half goals from Kieran McGouran, Billy Ryan and Francis Usanga key to victory.

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