Thursday 8 December 2016

Sligo deliver in derby win to claim Connacht victory

Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30

Stephen and David Brady at the AIG Connacht Senior Cup Final of the AIG Connacht Cups & Shields Finals 2016 at Ballinrobe GC. Photo: Golffile
Stephen and David Brady at the AIG Connacht Senior Cup Final of the AIG Connacht Cups & Shields Finals 2016 at Ballinrobe GC. Photo: Golffile

David Brady avoided a fascinating clash with his brother Stephen as County Sligo claimed a 3.5-1.5 win over Galway to lift the Connacht title in the AIG Senior Cup at Ballinrobe.

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Galway were seeking a famous double having claimed the Connacht pennant in the AIG Barton Shield. But the Senior Cup team came up short after dismissing Oughterard in the semi-finals, falling to a new-look County Sligo in a tight and tense provincial decider.

Gusting south-westerly winds made ball control difficult and with the emphasis very much on the short game, it was the County Sligo men who proved to be more efficient.

In the end the Brady boys were at opposite ends of the draw, with Stephen leading off at No.1 for Galway and David anchoring for County Sligo in the fifth match.

It proved to be a tight encounter and at one stage through the back nine, four matches were all square, before County Sligo edged ahead with newcomer TJ Ford claiming a 3 and 2 win over Mike Hennelly, who was called up from the Galway reserve bench for the final.

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Galway and County Sligo shared the next two points. First, Stephen Brady got the better of good friend Declan Reidy on the 19th. Then it was Mark Morrissey who levelled for the Rosses Point men with a two-hole win over the promising 17-year-old Liam Power.

With Galway's Cathal Nolan one up in match five on the 18th tee against David Brady, it all came down to the experienced former West of Ireland champion Joe Lyons and County Sligo's Ruairi O'Connor.

Having halved the 17th to go down 18 all square, O'Connor's par five proved enough as Lyons failed to convert his six-footer to halve the match. The win got Sligo over the line and Stephen Brady's match was called in.

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