Brigid’s battle way to bruising junior title

by Gazette Reporter

ST BRIGID’S junior hurlers savoured the sweet taste of Championship glory after a pulsating junior B final against O’Toole’s last week 1-13 to 0-15.
The sun-soaked O’Toole Park played host to a fantastic game of hurling in front of a large crowd that was treated to a contest in which there was only ever four points in the difference but it was the Blanch men who led throughout.
Brigid’s Stephen Moore opened the scoring after a fine run but it was from dead balls in which most of the scores came from. Brigid’s Kieran O’Sullivan totalled 1-07, six of which were from frees while O’Toole’s keeper Sean Farrelly scored 0-6 from placed balls. Six of Keith Horgan’s seven points for O’Toole’s came from close-range frees but it seemed that over-reliance on dead balls played a part in the Malahide side’s downfall as they only registered one point from play in the entire contest.
The Russell Park men held a 0-10 to 0-08 lead at the break with midfield duo Macdara Butler Moore and Seanie Keegan on target. The only goal of the final came in the 49th minute and it came Brigid’s way. Fine play between Costigan, Thynne and Moore left Sullivan with plenty to do on the 21 but he unleashed a bullet which flew into the roof of the net.
The goal meant Brigid’s held a four point lead but O’Toole’s managed to claw it back to three and could have forced extra-time but for Farrelly missing his late free to seal the win for the Dublin 15 men.
Brigid’s mentor Donal O’Doherty needed just one word to sum up how it felt when the whistle finally blew. “Relieved,” was that word. “Certainly from my point of view and the view of Mickey O’Sullivan, relief was definitely the feeling,” O’Doherty then added.
“We lost out in the semi-final last year so to go all the way this year makes all the hard work and dedication completely worth it. Beating Vincent’s in the semi-final and O’Toole’s in the final made it all taste a little sweeter too,” continued O’Doherty.
“It was tight game and to be fair to O’Toole’s they really made us work for our win. They had a real experienced team out, with a few ex-Senior players and were that bit older in most areas but our lads did well to come out on top against that.
“But there was nothing in it in the main, they missed a chance late on which could have changed the result but thankfully they missed and we held on to win.”

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