In-form Barrog see off Saints
NAOMH Barrog can certainly consider themselves as contenders for Club of the Year after reaching the final of the Intermediate B Championship in Kilbarrack on Saturday.
The Dublin 5 outfit have led from the front in both the hurling and football this year, with the footballers already assured of a return to the senior league ranks.
Margarets, meanwhile, still have a chance of making the Division 4 promotion play-offs if results go their way, and they certainly put it up to Barrog on Saturday.
With underage player Stephen Sutton faring well at wing back, Margarets remained within shooting distance of the home side, with full forward Paul Lumley showing his sharpness around the square.
Niall Finnegan's mobility kept Margarets moving, but Naomh Barrog slowly but surely began to stamp their authority on the game, with Fingal hurler Dean Flood prominent at centre forward.
Barrog were to find the back of the net through their scorer in chief Ritchie Timmons to lead 1-4 to 0-3, and with the breeze were to out-score Margarets by 1-2 to 0-1 inside 11 minutes after the restart. The goal came from Barry O'Hehir when he took a cross-field ball from the corner forward before expertly firing past the keeper.
A point from the hard-working Philly McCarthy kept Margarets just within range, only for Barrog to respond with points from Flood and O'Hehir.
Margarets were then boosted by a goal from Lumley when he showed good anticipation to fist home Darragh Newman's cross-field ball with five minutes to go, but Barrog held on to progress to the decider.
St Margarets: Adam Roche, Pat Daly, Davy Martin, Ritchie Rooney, Stephen Sutton, Jamie Sutton, Aaron Cregan, Niall Finnegan, John Colgan, Philly McCarthy 0-1, Mark Thomas, Shane Bruton, Conor Sutton , Paul Lumley 1-4, Darragh Newman 0-2. Subs used: Brian Shanahan, Drew Barnwell, James Nugent.