The Roscommon and Connacht champions fired an unanswered 1-4 inside the opening 13 minutes, and the dismissal of midfielder Lorcan Mulvey late in the half killed off Fulham’s hopes of causing a shock.
“We talked about [a good start] over the past two weeks, because in our last two games we were slow starting,” said Frankie Dolan, who top-scored with four points.
“We didn’t get the scores we wanted. I could’ve got another goal – it just went over the bar – but that was the best start we’ve had in a long time. That’s one good thing to come out of today. It was probably a mental thing that we start off slow.
“We pressurised them well in the first 15 minutes and got a few turnovers. We should have got a lot more scores – we had silly wides and lads took the wrong options, which we wouldn’t normally do.”
Scorers for St Brigid’s: F Dolan 0-4 (2fs), Cathal McHugh 0-3, N Grehan 1-0, S Kilbride (2fs), D Dolan 0-2 each, P Domican 0-1.
Scorers for Fulham Irish: L Mulvey (2fs), M Hughes 0-2 each, H Murphy (f), J Ryan, J Reilly 0-1 each.
ST BRIGID’S: J Martin; R Kelly, D Donnelly, D Sheehy; E Sheehy, P Domican, N Grehan; K Mannion, G Dolan; D Dolan, Cathal McHugh, G Cunniffe; I Kilbride, S Kilbride, F Dolan.
Subs: D Kelleher for Kelly (45), J Murray for Cunniffe (55), Conor McHugh for Cathal McHugh (56), C Sheehy for S Kilbride (60).
FULHAM IRISH: D Traynor; G O’Hare, C McClean, M Conway; A Savage, S Mulligan, J Boyce; L Mulvey, P Walsh; F McVey, N Nicholson, I Barrett; J Ryan, M Hughes, H Murphy.
Subs: P McKernan for Nicholson (ht), J Reilly for Savage (33), M McCaffrey for Boyce (42), Nicholson for Barrett (53).
Referee: E Kinsella (Laois).