St Brigid’s see off gallant Gaels to keep drive for five alive

St Brigids’ "drive for five" remains intact after a comfortable victory against last year’s beaten finalists, Western Gaels, in yesterday’s Roscommon SFC semi-final at Dr Hyde Park.

The 2013 All-Ireland champions were five points behind after 14 minutes but turned things around in emphatic fashion to reach another county final.

Derek Moran’s 14th minute goal propelled the underdogs into a 1-3 to 0-1 lead but Brigid’s slowly worked their way back into proceedings, courtesy of points from Senan Kilbride (two frees and one from play), Frankie Dolan (a free) and Adrian Gleeson to trail by a point at the break.

St Brigid’s were completely on top in the second half. A series of bad wides threatened to undermine their bid for glory but when Senan Kilbride pounced for a cracking goal in the 45th minute, Benny O’Brien’s charges never looked back.

Paddy Mulvihill raised another green flag for the defending champions with five minutes remaining. Stephen Ryan nicked a consolation goal for Western Gaels but it was their only high point of the half, as Brigid’s prevailed by 2-13 to 2-7.

The other semi-final between Padraig Pearses and St Faithleach’s was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Lucy O’Connor, mother of St Faithleach’s goalkeeper Stephen O’Connor, who died tragically last week.

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