Thursday 8 December 2016

Saints learn harsh lesson

Dermot Crowe

Published 25/12/2011 | 05:00

The Leinster club final ended the GAA year with a thrilling match, where fortunes swung wildly before the final crescendo.

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Garrycastle were eight points up and then squandered the lot to the favourites St Brigid's but had one last shot to take the title and made the most of it. The genesis of this score has left an unfortunate asterix beside the result.

A clearance from the Westmeath side out of defence led to a free from where the ball landed. Garrycastle converted and there was no time for a St Brigid's response.

A few quick points. If it was a foul then the award was valid. The consequences, the circumstances around it, that it would perhaps decide the title for example, were of no bearing. If the St Brigid's forward fouled then it was a free and it had to be from where the ball landed. This is a sore lesson for the vanquished. And a harsh one.

But St Brigid's will look deeper than that for cause of their downfall. Semi-finals, it is often said, are there to be won, not for exhibitionism.

As it happened, St Brigid's gave one of their best performances in defeating Portlaoise in the penultimate round. Come the final, against less glamorous opposition, perhaps the minds had started playing tricks.

Good luck to Garrycastle on their future ventures. They have beaten a team of the first rank.

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