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Goals the difference in a hard fought Junior 5 Championship game

2nds v St Brigids 28042019 (VII)Sun 28 Apr 2019 – Following an emphatic victory over O’Dwyers two weeks ago, the St Brendans 2nd XV went into the 2nd Junior 5 All County Championship encounter against St Brigids with high hopes of getting into the Round of 16 next September in this 32 team Championship. However, St Brigids hit 10 goals in their encounter two weeks ago against Good Counsel and come into this game in a rich vein of form.

But the Darkest Force were determined that this would not be repeated and despite conceding the opening score of the game, Eoin O’Connor managed to equalise with a free in. St Brendans 2nds then took the lead thanks to Joe Kenny with a point form 25 meters after John ‘The Toulestane Terrier’ Quinn won the St Brigids kick-out with a mark.

The away side equalised afterwards, Graham Henry got his sweet left leg in action by smoothly kicking the ball over the bar after an O’Connor pass, but on the other side St Brigids levelled matters again.

St Brigids retook the lead, but that didn’t last long because Eoin O’Connor scored his second free in of the afternoon, from the same spot as the first. O’Connor then hit a point from play to retake the lead after a Quinn mark with The Brady Brothers, Derek and Marcus, involved in the build-up.

That lead became two with a point from Joe Kenny who took his shot well after another mark from Quinn.  St Brigids turned the screw by hitting four points on the spin, but Ciaran O’Shea ensured a one-point half time deficit with a point after St Brigids missed turning over an O’Connor pass. The Son of Maurice Padraig Pratt ensured Darragh Donnolly’s line wasn’t breached this first half by blocking a goal bound shot on the stroke of half-time.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-07 to 0-08 St Brigids.

 

The second half was a minute old when Eoin O’Connor put the ball over the bar for a level game. St Brigids retook the lead but O’Connor again equalised again after Pearse Ryan made a turnover. The game changed in favour of the away side when Darragh Donnolly was adjudged to have dragged a Brigids player down in the penalty area and the referee gave a penalty which was promptly converted.

Despite playing catch up, St Brendan’s never threw in the towel and soon had the deficit back to two points with the first from Eoin O’Connor again with a placed ball. Graham Henry won the St Brigids kick-out with a mark and passed to Marcus Brady for the point from the Cootehall Midfield Mastero and a one-point deficit 1-09 to 0-11.

St Brendan’s had a goal opportunity when Derek Brady played a great ball to Eoin O’Connor but his shot went wide. Then the away side got a point. Despite that disappointment, O’Connor made it a fourth consecutive second half point from a tight angle, which went on the right side of the far post, to put one between the sides again 1-10 to 0-12.

After Brigids made it a brace of points, the first of which could have been a goal but it took a deflection off Damien Daly’s hand, St Brendan’s had the deficit back to two with Joe Kenny pointing his second, after a Quinn mark and a foul, the free in was moved 10 meters and that allowed Kenny to score his point.

St Brigids, in essence, ended the game as a contest, with a well worked defensive splitting move and shot into the net. But the points still came for St Brendan’s with one slotted over the bar by Stephen O’Neill after a delicate pass by Bradley Skerritt. John ‘The Toulestane Terrier’ Quinn crowned off his marvellous shift at midfield with a well taken point.

But it’s a classic example of goals win games and the two from St Brigids consolidate pole position in Group 4 of the Junior 5 All County Championship. For St Brendans, victory over the newly merged Good Counsel-Liffey Gaels will ensure a place on the Round of 16.

 

Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 0-15 to 2-16 St Brigids.

 

 

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