IT PROVED a dramatic week for the St Brigid’s hurlers who qualified for the quarter-finals of the Dublin senior hurling championship midweek when they beat St Jude’s, but the last-eight Sunday game against Kilmacud Crokes proved a bridge too far with a late goal from Aodhan McEnerney not quite enough to get the Russell Park men the result.
There were still 15 minutes left in the last 16 clash when McEnerney sailed the slitoar into the back of the net against St Jude’s after a long delivery found its way past the opposition keeper.
The two sides were evenly matched in the first half with the Templeogue side taking a minuscule one point lead going into the break, 0-7 to 0-6, with Stephen Larkin taking two from side-lines while the Blanch side’s full forward, John O’Loughlin, took three of his own.
After McEnerney’s fortunate punt, Jude’s did manage to equalise but a sending off for Jude’s and a converted free coming from that stoppage along with another O’Loughlin effort was enough to put them through 1-10 to 0-11.
A cold morning made up the backdrop for the quarter final with Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday morning in O’Toole Park, with the Stillorgan side coming out with the bit between their teeth to take a big lead into the second half, 2-6 to 0-3, with the goals coming from Sean McGrath and Ryan O’Dwyer.
O’Dwyer’s goal came in the opening 10 minutes of the contest after Conor Clinton found him in space after a fantastic bit of individual play, with McGrath’s following on the 20-minute mark after Dillon Mulligan showed some fantastic control over the sliotar.
McEnerney and John O’Loughlin were the driving force behind the Brigid’s fightback in the second half, with free taker Paddy McAvinue proving accurate from the spot throughout the second half, banging three over in the opening five minutes.
Brigid’s hopes really seemed on the rise after O’Loughlin plucked the ball out of the sky from a puck out before finding Ciaran Kellet who netted after he was found in space.
Reinvigorated by the goal, Brigid’s pressed the Kilmacud backline in furious fashion, with the defenders putting in a huge effort to stay on top of the Russell Park party’s attacks.
When McEnerney netted late on, it seemed like Brigid’s had a chance of pulling out an unprecedented result, but points from McGrath and Ross O’Carroll shored up the semi-final tie for Kilmacud with Sarsfields for the Glenalbyn side.