Monday 1 May 2017

Burke pride at St Brigid's fightback

St Brigid's 0-19 St Colman's 1-13

Galway captain David Burke hailed the resilience of St Brigid’s, Loughrea after they came from five points down to book a place in the Croke Cup semi-finals. (Stock picture)
Galway captain David Burke hailed the resilience of St Brigid’s, Loughrea after they came from five points down to book a place in the Croke Cup semi-finals. (Stock picture)

Jackie Cahill

Galway captain David Burke hailed the resilience of St Brigid's, Loughrea after they came from five points down to book a place in the Croke Cup semi-finals.

All-Star Burke is helping to guide the fortunes of St Brigid's but they were in trouble against St Colman's, Fermoy before winning the remainder of the quarter-final by 0-11 to 0-3.

Ahead by 0-9 to 0-8 at the break, St Colman's were boosted by Jake Mehigan's goal just seconds after the restart, followed by Adam Creed's point.

But Conor Molloy, younger brother of Galway senior and 2016 U-21 team captain Brian, was accurate on frees, while Dylan Towolawi, Ronan Glennon and Donal Mannion made other vital contributions.

Next up for St Brigid's is a weekend showdown with St Kieran's, the famed Kilkenny nursery aiming to secure a fourth successive All-Ireland title.

Harty Cup runners-up St Colman's had an eight-point contribution from midfielder Diarmuid Lenihan, but struggled to cope with St Brigid's in the second half on UL's 4G surface.

Burke said: "We showed some character to come back from five points down - but they're doing that all year."

scorers - St Brigid's: C Molloy 0-8 (6fs, 1 '65'), R Glennon, D Towolawi, D Mannion (1 s-l) 0-3 each, J Nevin, B Moran 0-1 each. St Colman's: D Lenihan 0-8 (5fs), J Mehigan 1-0, N O'Leary 0-2fs, B Murphy, D Lardner, A Creed 0-1 each.

St Brigid's - B Lynch; C Delaney, C Mahony, C Curley; B Burke, S Molloy, V Kenny; R Glennon, B Moran; S Fallon, D Towolawi, D Mannion; J Nevin, C Molloy, D McGlynn. Subs: K Holloway for Fallon (45), N Horan for Nevin (55).

St Colman's - E Davis; E Wallace, J O'Leary, R O'Sullivan; S McCarthy, N O'Leary, E Roche; S O'Connor, D Lenihan; B Roche, B Murphy, D Lardner; J Mehigan, N O'Regan, A Creed. Subs: G Lardner for McCarthy (41), F Hickey for O'Regan (45), C Ryan for Mehigan (52), E Carey for D Lardner (57).

Ref - J Murphy (Limerick)

Irish Independent

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