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Michael Heffernan says “There’s nothing dead about a dead rubber”

Hurlers v St Brigids 28082018 (2)Tues 28 August 2018 – In a game moved forward to Tuesday evening, due to the All-Ireland Football Final, The St Brendan’s Hurlers, Sponsored by Transdev, continued their bid to add another ascent to their upward curve with a AHL7 encounter with St Brigids. For the first time since June 12th, we were back in Grangegorman and the pitch looked immaculate after its holiday. Following the win against St Patrick’s Donabate on August 12th, ensuring AHL7 survival, this game was a dead rubber. Or so you thought?

The Brigid’s players took to the field wearing no a variety of jersey’s after leaving the team kit in the wash, but togged out properly for the second half.

4:20 gone in the game and we got the opening score for The Dark Force thanks to Michael Heffernan after a Trevor Purtill sideline cut found Rory Tynan who, despite being heckled, got the slioter to Heffernan for the shot over the bar.

The lead was doubled thanks to Rory Tynan following a pass from Phil Hyland. Brendans dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes with those two points but also struck three wides as well. St Brigids took hold of possession for the next six minutes but only scored one point and were guilty of six wides. Brian Larkin, Clive Kennedy and Padraig Pratt also won many turnovers inside the 45 meter line.

St Brendans reopened the two point lead thanks to a free in by Shane Foley after a foul on Paul Lynch. St Brigids levelled matters with a brace of points with 17:32 gone on the clock. The away side then took the lead with a goal and a point much to the consternation of Cian Walsh, who was concerned that the game was slipping away.

St Brendan’s did hit a brace to halve the deficit thanks to another Foley free in after a foul on Tynan, and the second point was scored by Darren Callanan following an excellent turnover by Vincent O’Flynn. However, St Brigids then pucked another brace to reopen the four point lead.

Both sides traded points as the first half entered its final quarter, with Foley scoring a Brendan’s point from play. After the Brigid’s point, Ritchie Barry’s puckout was caught by Eric Shadowens and the man from Grand Rapids Michigan made a 50 meter solo run and pucked into the square. Paul Lynch and Rory Tynan missed the slioter but Shane Muldoon didn’t and rattled the Brigid’s net with a rasping shot to put one between the sides in the 27th minute.

Rory Tynan levelled matters with a point after Muldoon kept the slioter in play after a shot from Darren Callanan looked like going wide. A sideline cut by Foley found Paul Lynch, who did brilliantly to hold onto possession when on the ground and passed to Callanan who found Muldoon. Muldoon was chopped down outside the penalty area to earn a 13 meter free, which Ballincollig’s finest duly converted to ensure a St Brendan’s lead at the break.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-08 to 1-07 St Brigids


Eric Shadowens got the second half up and running with a point and a two point lead as ST Brigid’s finally got to wear their red jerseys and even got to level the game with a brace as the game entered the 40th minute.

Brendan’s were determined to go undefeated in August and Rory Tynan grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with a brilliant goal after collecting a long ball off Trevor Purtill and going on a 40 meter solo run with almost all of the Brigid’s full back line on his back. 2-09 to 1-09.

Brigid’s had a free in that went wide, despite their player trying some Cute Kerry Hoorism by sneaking an extra few yards, but did pull a point back in the next play. Dan Curran came on as a sub and played the ball to Rory Tynan, looking for a second goal but drew the foul instead, up stepped Shane Foley with the free in and the three point lead again 2-10 to 1-10.

Both sides traded points again, this time it was Eric Shadowens with the Brendan’s point from a Ritchie Barry puck out to his right and Shadownes working his way to the 45 meter line and pucking the slioter over.

2-11 to 1-11 with eight minutes to go.

Clive Kennedy produced a triple block to get the ball clear but only as far as a Brigid’s player to puck over the bar and hitting the metal post holding the protective nets, that point put two between sides. That became one with a free in following a Kennedy foul.

Three minutes to go and Brigids fluffed a side-line cut straight to Paul Lynch who passed to Michael Heffernan who pucked the ball over the bar to put 2 in it again. Ritchie Barry had his heart in his mouth when a rasping shot hit the black spot of the crossbar and Clive Kennedy was on hand to puck the slioter away for a sideline cut. Brigid’s worked the sideline in for a point and the bare minimum once again.

A long ball from Shane Foley which fell short was the last action of what was a truly entertaining game which made a total mockery of the ‘dead rubber’ tag that was attached to his game. Another step in the upward curve and after not winning a match from season start to the beginning of July, the St Brendan’s Hurlers have themselves a Magic August with two matches and two wins. Will the upward curve continue on September 9th in the final Championship Group game against Ballyboden St Enda’s?


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 2-12 (18) to 1-14 (17) St Brigid’s

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