Club Notes 6th September 2020
SFC: Well done to our senior team who had a fantastic victory over Boyle in the County SFC semi-final on Sunday last Hyde Park. We controlled large parts of the game and despite a Boyle rally in the second half, another strong finish ensured a county final meeting against Padraig Pearses in two weeks time. What a great bunch of lads who have shown sublime skill, character and wonderful team spirit throughout the campaign to date. A credit to the parish. See full match report in sports section.
JFC: Well done to our juniors who finished top of the table following a 2-9 to 1-10 victory over St. Michael’s in Cootehall on Saturday last and are now through to the quarter-finals.
MFC: Our minors face Clann na nGael in the County Semi-final on Saturday evening next in Kiltoom at 6pm.
U16s: Well done to our U16 boys who had a great win away to Shannon Gaels last week in the championship on a scoreline of 4-8 to 0-14. Later in the week, they were defeated by Roscommon Gaels on a scoreline of 0-18 to 0-10.
U12s: Our U12 Division 1 boys team will play Castlerea in the County Shield final after a win over St Dominics on Saturday. Superb performances all over the field ensured a comprehensive victory. Well done lads! Team: James Trundle, Tadhg Fallon, Rian Fallon, Sean McDonnell, Jack Sammon, Ciaran Starken, Sean Brett, Emmet Muldowney, Patrick Collins, Eoin O'Sullivan, Ronan Lennon, Fionn Scally, Dylan Dennehy, John Morris, Luke Tully, Eoin Tully Sean McGorisk. Our U11s are also in the final next weekend.
U10s: Well done to our U10 boys who played Padraig Pearses in Kiltoom on Saturday morning. This was the team's third consecutive Saturday playing our neighbours Clann na nGael and Roscommon Gaels' the previous two weekends. The U10s playing Ballygar next Saturday morning in Kiltoom.
U8s: Well done to our U8s who had a super blitz yesteday morning with Padraig Pearses in Kiltoom. We had 4 teams and all players showed excellent skills, attitude and application.
Intermediate Ladies:St Brigid's Intermediate Ladies won away to St Ciaran's in Fuerty in their semi-final of the 2020 Intermediate championship this morning. The two sides had met earlier in the competition where they could not be separated and this game proved to be just as evenly matched. St Brigid’s started the brighter with Abby Curran setting the nerves with the opening score and this was added to with points from Claire Grehan, Lauren Curran and Kate Nolan. St Ciaran’s were struggling to contain an attack that was coming from all angles but they replied twice to trail St Brigid’s by two points 0-4 to 0-2 at the first water break.
St Ciaran’s broke through the St Brigid’s cover to score a goal in the second quarter that brought them within a point of St Brigid’s after 25 minutes but no one expected what happened in the next five minutes. First Abby Curran burst through the St Ciaran’s defence to drive an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net putting St Brigid’s four points up, next up Kate Nolan stood over a free-kick 15 metres out but rather than take her point, she let go a daisy cutter which flew along the ground between the defenders for goal number two. The hat trick was completed when Clare Grehan evaded her marker and ran towards the St Ciaran’s goal where Kate Nolan picked her out with an inch-perfect pass leaving Clare to round the keeper and slot the ball into the back of the net to give Brigids their third goal within the space of five minutes. St Ciaran’s were reeling and were relieved to hear the half time whistle as they were on the ropes trailing St Brigid’s by 3-7 to 1-3 and needed to regroup fast.
St Ciaran’s came out in the third quarter fighting and for 15 minutes they finally dominated the game and got their fluid running game working, well outscoring St Brigid’s 3-3 to 0-2 to draw the game level. This time it was the St Brigid’s girls who were happy to have a break to try and stop St Ciaran’s momentum. Captain Clare Grehan asked everyone to give it all they had and to draw on all the work they had put in this season for the last 15 minutes and the girls responded by throwing everything they had at the game, fighting for every ball, blocking every run and running themselves into the ground.
St Ciaran’s tried to score a goal in the final quarter that would kill off the St Brigid’s challenge but the backline of Aine McGrath, Rebecca Collins and Anna Donovan held firm and blocked off every avenue St Ciaran’s tried to run down. St Ciaran’s soon lead by a point 4-6 to 3-8 but St Brigid’s drew level and edged in front with scores from Aine O Brien and Andrea Whyte. As the game ticked into overtime, St Ciaran’s won a free kick on the 45-yard line. The referee indicated this was the last kick of the game and St Ciaran’s needed it to bring the game into extra time. Sadly for St Ciaran’s the effort sailed wide and the final whistle blew to scenes of joy for St Brigid’s. The result means the St Brigid’s Ladies season goes on for another two weeks with a place in the Intermediate final against Boyle awaiting them on Saturday 26th September. Final Score: St Ciaran’s 4:07 St Brigid’s 3:11. St Brigid’s Team: - 1: Holly Martin. 2: Shauna Francis. 3: Anna Donovan 4: Aine McGrath. 5: Aoibhe Lennon 6: Rebecca Collins. 7: Elaine Morris. 8: Kate Nolan (1-5). 9: Marian Nolan. 10: Sarah O’Rourke (0-1). 11: Abby Curran (1-1). 12: Claire Grehan(C) (1-1). 13: Lauren Curran. (0-1) 14: Aine O’Brien (0-1). 15: Emma Lydon . Subs: - 16: Amy Gallagher. 17: Karen O Boyle. 18: Andrea Whyte (0-1). 19: Amy Fallon. 20: Gracie Loftus. 21: Aoife Coyle. 2: Emma Gleeson. 23. Juliette McGrane. 24: Orla Donnelly. 25: Edel Carroll. 26 Sarah Downey. 27: Ciana Scouler. 28: Ava Shorthall. 29: Chrissie O’Malley. 30: Maeve Coyle. 31. Niamh Donnelly. 32. Irene Finnerty. 33. Michelle Kelly.
U16s: St Brigid's Under 16 Girls successfully defend their Division 1 Title St Brigid's Under 16 girls finished the 2020 season with a successful defence of the Under 16 Championship in Oran on Tuesday evening. In a tense low scoring game, both sides gave their all, showcasing their positions as the best two sides in under 16 football this year. From the first whistle, Oran moved into a defensive formation bringing a sweeper back to frustrate the St Brigid's attack that had found a rich vein of form in the latter half of the season. Oran suffered an early setback to this strategy however when Shauna Loftus blocked an attempted clearance by their keeper before calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net to give St Brigid's a dream start. Ria Lennon added another point with one of her trademark surging runs and accurate shots from midfield. The Oran defence then regrouped preventing St Brigid's attempts to score again in the first quarter closing down every avenue of attack. Oran relied on catching St Brigid's on the counterattack and in the first quarter, this yielded one point leaving them trailing St Brigid's 1-1 to 0-1 at the first water break. The second quarter followed a similar pattern with St Brigid's camped in the Oran half for much of the time but only managing to add another two points, the first from Johanna Hughes who had another outstanding game in midfield and the second from Abbie Murray who took a wonderful score despite being under pressure from three defenders. Oran didn't manage another score in the first half and at half time trailed Brigid's by 0-1 to 1-3. When Oran did manage to get out of their half they found Doireann Ni Ruairc, Sally O Hara and Ciara Fallon forming a solid wall which they simply could not drive through. Though attempting to launch the ball over this wall, they were thwarted in their attacks as Jane Hennelley swooped on the ball time and time again before setting Brigid’s back into attack with a well-placed pass. St Brigid's had a remarkable 10 wides at this stage and had they converted these, they would have had a hand on the trophy already.
Instead of Brigid’s being secure, the outcome was still far from certain and Oran gained confidence from this and grew into the game in the second half. With the game still in the balance in the third quarter, both sets of players flew into every challenge and contested every ball with fierce but fair tackling and blocking in all areas of the pitch. Norah Canny and Ciara Fallon were both involved in titanic struggles with their markers and it took all their skill and experience to gain the upper hand on the Oran girls and dominate the game.
The third quarter scored evenly with an Oran goal matched by points from Abbie Murray, Sally O Hara and Faye Loftus and at the final water break, St Brigid's were within touching distance of victory leading by five points 1-6 to 1-1. The final quarter was a frantic affair with Oran knowing they needed to close the five point gap and managed to do this with a goal and two points. Oran's change to a more attacking structure, however, left small gaps at the back and this was all Faye Loftus needed to score three invaluable points which ensured St Brigid's were celebrating at the final whistle in one of the closest Finals this group has played in.
This Brigid's under 16 team has now won the last five division one championships they have been involved in with a run that extends back to 2016. This season was probably the most challenging one yet, and the one which showed the real character of this group of girls. One month ago the team sat at the bottom of the Division one table with no points after two games. They then went on a run of five straight wins (with four away from home) to emerge once again as the reigning division one champions. Well done to the girls and all who helped them make 2020 a memorable season for all the right reasons. Final Score: Oran 2:3 Brigids 1:9
St Brigid’s Team: 1: Amy Gallagher (C). 2: Jane Hennelly. 3: Emma Gallagher. 4: Norah Canny. 5: Ciara Fallon. 6: Doireann Ni Ruairc. 7: Sally O’Hara(0-1). 8: Ria Lennon (0-1) . 9: Johanna Hughes (0-1). 10: Kara Gallagher. 11: Abbie Murray (0-2). 12: Hannah Lennon. 13: Faye Loftus. (0-4) 14: Shauna Loftus (1-0). 15 Sarah O’Rourke .16. Jessica Collins. 17. Katie Hamrock. 18. Aishling lennon. 19. Marie Flatley. 20 Katie Irwin. 21. Laoise O Donovan. 22 Heather McGrane. 23 Keely Salmon. 24 Lara Deehan
U14s: Hard luck to the U14s who were defated in the Division 1B Final by St Dominic's on a scoreline of 4-5 to 2-7
U12s: Tough luck to our U12 girls who were beaten by a point in the County semi-final on Sunday evening by Clann na nGael in a hard-fought game. The girls are now in a Shield Final and face St. Barry's.
U10s: Well done to our U10 girls teams who played Roscommon Gaels yesterday.
St Brigid's Lotto results for week ending September 6th 2020. Numbers Drawn: 1, 14, 17 and 27. There was no jackpot winner. 3 match three winners, each receives €70: Richard O’Hara, Berries; Dominic Feeley, Berries and Trevor Doyle c/o Timmy Doyle. The Lotto Jackpot for the coming week is €8,200.
The next draw takes place on Sunday night next, September 13th, at the St Brigid’s Sports and Social Centre, 9pm. Our Lotto is on sale in local shops: McHugh’s and Menton’s in Curraghboy; Tavanagh Meats, Brideswell; Supermacs, Baylough and Dooley’s Fruit and Veg, Athlone. You can also play online via our club website, http://www.stbrigids.gaa.ie/lotto. Through the online system, you can now do three entries in the one draw for €5 and add a further 3 lines for €10 (equivalent of a normal lotto book) Thank you for your continued support.