Brigid’s brush past Crokes into final

by Gazette Reporter
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ST BRIGID’S await the winners of Ballyboden St Enda’s and St Sylvester’s in the final of AFL1 following their handy win over Kilmacud Crokes at Russell Park last Sunday.

In the end, they had a 21-points to spare over a rusty Kilmacud who had not been in action since October 10.

An early Lorcan McCarthy goal set the Dublin 15 side in motion and it wasn’t long before points from Kevin Bonner, Philly Ryan and John O’Loughlin stretched the lead further. A second goal followed from the boot of Philly Ryan to leave the half time score 2-8 to 0-3.

The home side continued to push forward and second half points from Odhran McCann, Eoin Maguire, Lorcan McCarthy and a Cian Mullins’ goal saw Brigid’s safely through to the league final.

Crokes played their last regular season league tie seven weeks before this date, five days after their championship run had come to an end.

With a semi-final league berth looking unlikely since then, training had naturally tapered off after a long season. But a run of results elsewhere saw them scrape into the semis by a single point on points difference in fourth place, edging out St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh.

It left them ill-prepared for a St Brigid’s side that had played already in midweek, getting the better of Ballymun Kickhams 2-10 to 0-7.

That meant Brigid’s topped the regular season table with 23 points, three clear of four teams on 20. Among them were Syl’s and Boden who drew in their regular season meeting and subsequently played out a testy draw after extra time last Sunday in Broomfield.

A second half exchange of goals by Colm Basquel and Nigel Dunne left it even at 1-12 a piece at the end of normal time. Dunne contributed 1-9 all told and his Sylvester’s side built a three-point lead in extra time only for Conor Dooley to score a last gasp goal to secure a replay.

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