Long wait is over for battling St Bride's
AFTER a long and tortuous forty six years, St. Brides finally got their hands on an adult championship title with an impressive 11-point win over Clan Na Gael on Friday night.
Played in dry and cold conditions with a late throw in at Pairc Emmeti in Kilkerley, St. Bride's opened the scoring with a point straight from the throw in from Aaron Devin and extended this lead a minute later when a sideline kick was floated into the Clan na Gael square. The rebound from the 'keeper was pounced onto by David Mackin who made no mistake from close range.
However the Clans replied through a pointed free from a tight angle and scored another point soon after from play to reduce the deficit to two points.
Michael Keane then got his name on the score sheet with a point on eight minutes followed by a another well taken point from midfielder, Emmet Kirk soon after.
Pearse Murphy and Sean Brennan extended this lead further with points on sixteen and nineteen minutes respectively, just before Devin got his first goal, and St. Brides second, of the evening when he dispatched the ball to the net from close range from a tight angle.
Clan na Gael now had a mountain to climb at this stage but did get one point back.
The scoring for the half was concluded with another Kirk point on twenty three minutes and a Devin point just before the short whistle blast as Bride's retired with a 2-7 to 0-3 lead.
The Clans were quickest out of the blocks after the restart and scored four points without reply. A comeback seemed to be on the cards before Aaron Devin steadied the ship for St. Brides when he got his second goal of the evening on thirty nine minutes, followed by a point from Donal Mc Nally two minutes later.
The Clans did tag on two more points after this to leave eight between the sides.
However, Devin scored two more points in the last two minutes to take his personal tally to 2-4 before Colin Mc Nally sealed the victory on fifty nine minutes with a point to leave a scoreline of 3-11 to 0-9 in favour of St. Bride's.
Ruairi Kelly was presented with the cup, the first St. Brides captain to lift a championship trophy since his father, Gerry Kelly, in 1967.
This cup is St. Brides second of the season as they completed the Junior 2 double by winning the League and Championship undefeated in both competitions.
St. Brides: Gareth Corcoran; Darren Mc Guinness, Ruairi Kelly, Stephen Kettle; Paraic Mackin, Colin Mc Nally 0-1, Paul Halpenny; Emmet Kirk 0-2, Pearse Murphy 0-1; Donal Mc Nally, 0-1, Michael Mc Kenna, Sean Brennan 0-1; Michael Keane 0-1; David Mackin 1-0, Aaron Devin 2-4. Subs: Sean Mc Donnell for D. Mc Guinness 49 mins, Chris Berrill for M. Keane 51 mins, James Costello for M. Mc Kenna 55 mins, Stephen Smyth for S. Kettle 57 Mins
Clan na Gael: Sean Smith; Ian Carr, Derek English, Kevin Carroll; Ross Moran, Eamonn Roe, John Duffy; Conor Mackin, Derek Moran; Padraig Browne, Ciaran Campbell, Karl O' Connor; Michael Mc Donnell, Mark Noonan, Gavin Gaffey.
Referee: Liam O' Neill