Brilliant Brigid’s kings again

St Brigid’s 1-13 Western Gaels 0-09

Brilliant Brigid’s kings  again

“We have been at this for four years non-stop but we want to keep on winning,” said a delighted Dolan.

“It’s hard to win any county title, and it’s hard to win Roscommon, but the fight is in us. We put three titles on the line today, and now the Connacht championship is another competition.

“People on the outside don’t realise the effort we’ve put into this. We’ve made a lot of sacrifices and I think that we just about deserved to win today.”

St Brigid’s were a point ahead at the interval, 0-7 to 0-6. Kevin Higgins gave Western Gaels a fine start, kicking a superb point from the right wing but Brigid’s then reeled off four-in-a-row courtesy of three Frankie Dolan frees and an Eoin Sheehy effort from distance.

Yet Western Gaels redeployed Cathal Cregg to midfield and they increased their possession stakes. Two efforts from Derek Moran, the latter a good effort from play, and a fisted point from Finbar Cregg left the sides level, 0-4 apiece, after 19 minutes.

Karol Mannion fastened himself to the end of a flowing move involving Dolan and Gearoid Cunniffe before last year’s joint captain Cunniffe helped himself to his first point of the afternoon in the 21st minute.

Quick-fire points from Higgins and Sean McDermott tied the match once more, but Mannion gave Brigid’s a narrow advantage on the stroke of half-time.

Oisín Ward levelled proceedings within two minutes of the restart but his side wouldn’t score again until the 51st minute.

Led by Karol Mannion, Darragh Donnelly and Padraig Kelly, Brigid’s regained the initiative at midfield and their crisper foot passing engineered five points in succession. Cathal McHugh judged an effort from the left wing to perfection before Cunniffe found the target once more in the 38th minute.

Senan Kilbride tagged on a free before Niall McInerney and substitute Adrian Gleeson underlined Brigid’s superiority with further scores. Stephen Ryan registered a much-needed free for Western Gaels in the 51st minute. Then Oisín Ward reacted quickest to a Ryan free that dropped short to point, a chance that could just as easily have ended up in the back of the net.

From the kick-out, Brigid’s showcased their class as Karol Mannion fielded spectacularly in the middle. The delivery to Senan Kilbride was accurate and he set up Garvan Dolan and his pass to brother Frankie was fired into the net with aplomb.

There was still time for Dolan to find the target from a 45 as Brigid’s were confirmed as champions once more.

Scorers for St Brigid’s: F Dolan 1-4 (3f, 1 45), G Cunniffe, K Mannion 0-2 each, E Sheehy, C McHugh, N McInerney, S Kilbride (1f), A Gleeson 0-1 each.

Scorers for Western Gaels: D Moran (2f), O Ward, K Higgins 0-2 each, F Cregg, S McDermott, S Ryan (1f) 0-1 each.

ST BRIGID’S: S Curran; R Stack, D Donnelly, N Grehan; E Sheehy, G Aherne, N McInerney; K Mannion, M O’Carroll; P Kelly, G Dolan, G Cunniffe; F Dolan, S Kilbride, C McHugh.

Subs: A Gleeson for Aherne (39), J Murray for McHugh (60), E Egan for Sheehy (60).

WESTERN GAELS: E Queenan; A Freyne, D Ward, T Mahon; B Creighton, C Cafferky, S McDermott; D McGarry, K Higgins; O Ward, D Moran, J McDonnell; S Ryan, C Cregg, F Cregg.

Subs: N Murray for S Ryan (29), U Mulleady for Moran (38), E Ryan for McDonnell (49), S Ryan for Murray (49).

Referee: P Neilan.

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