O'Connor strike ignites Elphin
St Brigid's 1-13
St Faithleach's 0-9
Elphin sent defending champions Castlerea St Kevin's crashing at Dr Hyde Park.
Castlerea edged a dour first half 0-4 to 0-3 but Elphin were fired up by Paddy O'Connor's 42nd-minute penalty.
Elphin goalkeeper Ronan Collins also made a match-winning save at the death.
SCORERS -- Elphin: Fintan Cregg 0-4 (0-1f), P O'Connor 1-1 (1-0 pen), Frankie Cregg 0-2 (0-1f). Castlerea St Kevin's: G Heneghan 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 '45'), R Curran 0-1.
ELPHIN -- R Collins; D Cregg, R Brady, J Carney; S Beirne, P O'Connor, C Beirne; B Cregg, P Kellegher; M Glancy, Fintan Cregg, K Brady; B Rock, C Rock, Frankie Cregg. Subs: J Collins for K Brady (26), G Brady for Frankie Cregg (60).
CASTLEREA ST KEVIN'S -- G Claffey; E Creaton, P Duignan, N Curran; D Lyons, C Dineen, G McElhone; M Killilea, J Duggan; M Sweeney, G Heneghan, D Scahill; N Curran, N Dineen, D McDermott. Subs: N Collins for Duignan (20), S Heneghan for Duggan (h-t), D Flahive for Scahill (46), S Stenson for Sweeney (53).
REF -- O Kelly
Frankie Dolan rolled back the years with a seven-point haul to help St Brigid's prevail.
The winners were narrowly ahead at the break, 0-8 to 0-7, and two key Dolan points in the second half and his scoring pass for Conor McHugh's goal helped see off St Faithleach's.
SCORERS --St Brigid's: F Dolan 0-7 (0-5f), S Kilbride 0-4 (0-3f), Conor McHugh 1-0, D Dolan 0-2. St Faithleach's: B Murtagh 0-4 (0-2f), P Wallace 0-2, E Kenny, S Ormsby, S O'Grady 0-1 each
ST BRIGID'S -- P Martin; R Kelly, D Donnelly, N Grehan; I Kilbride, P Domican, G Cunniffe; J Tiernan, K Mannion; D Kellegher, Cathal McHugh, D Dolan; Conor McHugh, S Kilbride, F Dolan. Subs: D O'Connor for Cathal McHugh (h-t), G Dolan for Kellegher (41), E Sheehy for D Dolan (60).
ST FAITHLEACH'S -- Derek Thompson; K Brennan, G Connor, Diarmuid Thompson; A Murtagh, D Murray, S Ormsby; S O'Grady, G Cox; H Kenny, B Murtagh, P Wallace; D Hussey, E Kenny, A Brehon. Subs: C McCormack for E Kenny (22), B Doyle for Wallace (42), M Reynolds for O'Grady (51), A McCormack for Brehon (51).
REF -- H Beirne.