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Barróg plough their way to glory in the third division

Naomh Barróg have won the AHL Division 3 title after a terrific display against a very under strength Setanta side. A devastating first-half display set the tone and the game was over as a contest by the half-time break.

Setanta had no answer to the quick, direct style of their opponents and were second best in every department. Barróg, however, had terrific performers all over the field. The defence was outstanding and DIT star Eoin Costello was inspirational at centre back while been ably assisted by Peter Shiels and the tireless Hughie McGirr.

The forwards must have been grateful for the supply which they received but they needed to be clinical and they were certainly that. Points from Colm Cleary and Emmett McCabe got the ball rolling while McCabe bulged the net after 15 minutes.

Paul Ryan grabbed the first of his three points before Simon Davis raised the game's second green flag five minutes before the break. Setanta were shell shocked and only had three points from Jason Buckley (two) and Alan Breathnach to show for their efforts as they trailed by a massive 14 points at the break.


To their credit, the Ballymun men regrouped and put in a far better second-half display. Points from Buckley and a goal by Gary Kennedy gave them a brief hope but Barróg plunged their third major of the day through Richie Timmons to purge any thoughts of an unlikely comeback.

Setanta manager Peter Williams was graceful in defeat and remained positive as his side had already secured promotion.

He said: "The aim was to achieve Division 2 status and we have done that. We're disappointed with the performance but we were missing six first team players due to various reasons and that hampered us. But fair play to Barróg, they were very good today."

The opposite emotions were coming from the winner's camp as the Kilbarrack side had exceeded all expectations according to manager Dudley Costello.

"We are absolutely delighted with the past season," said Costello. "We only won the junior last year and to add the league title and secure senior league hurling for the coming season is a fantastic achievement."

"It's difficult to play a final at this time of the year as we're in pre-season but we thankfully did the business.

"We hope to push on now and give the intermediate championship a good rattle."