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Brigid's issue loud statement of intent

Boden are blown away as Russell Park men impress in their 10-point victory

ST BRIGID'S ............................................... 1-17

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S ................................ 1-7

LAST year's runners-up, St Brigid's, cruised to a facile 10-point win in this Evening Herald Dublin SFC quarter-final at O'Toole Park on Saturday.

There was much to admire in the manner in which the Blanchardstown men dominated over the hour with the foundation provided by Barry Cahill and John O'Loughlin at centrefield a pivotal factor.

Defensively, Brigid's were rock solid with Sean Murray maintaining his superb form with another classy outing at full-back while wing-back Alan Daly augmented a composed showing at the back with two audacious points in the second-half.

For Boden, it was an afternoon to forget as they struggled to impose themselves throughout -- with the exception of a three-minute period midway through the first half in which they kicked four successive points -- but their failure to build on that promise was a frustrating aspect of their display.


That it took them 17 minutes to register their first score despite playing with the benefit of a strong breeze contrasted hugely with their lightening start against St Peregrine's in the previous round.

Meanwhile, Brigid's built up a healthy six-point lead during their initial struggles. Mark Cahill opened the scoring through a sixth-minute free and Gavin McIntyre doubled his side's advantage within two minutes with an excellent point in a move instigated by Murray and carried on by Barry Cahill.

In the 10th minute, Brigid's opened up the 'Boden defence with Paddy Andrews playing a ball into the path of Philly Ryan and the corner-forward made light of the acute angle to place a glorious finish beyond the outstretched reach of Dara Walsh.

Despite another Mark Cahill free, St Enda's finally found their feet through an Andrew Kerin free and Boden's famine turned into a feast of scores in the ensuing three minutes as Darren O'Reilly's effort preceded two cracking points from full-forward Seán Gibbons.

Boden's momentum was stalled somewhat by a couple of poor wides and St Brigid's took full advantage with Cahill adding three frees in addition to another from Ken Darcy a they enjoyed a healthy 1-7 to 0-4 interval lead.

Any thoughts of an unlikely Boden comeback were quickly dispelled inside the opening four minutes of the restart as Andrews bagged two points from play to add to scores from Darcy and Barry Cahill as Brigid's raced into a 10-point lead.

Kerin and Mark Cahill traded frees prior to Daly's quickfire double at the end of the third quarter but St Brigid's were caught out in the 46th minute when substitute Paddy O'Connell was allowed too much room and although his shot was well parried by Shane Supple, Kerin showed his poacher's instincts by slamming home the rebound.

It proved of mere nuisance value to the Navan Road men and they sealed their progression with late scores by McIntyre, Ryan and Mark Cahill, setting up a semi-final date with Ballymun Kickhams in Parnell Park next Saturday (4.30).

SCORERS -- St Brigid's: Mark Cahill 0-7 (6f), P Ryan 1-1, K Darcy (2f), G McIntyre, P Andrews, A Daly 0-2, B Cahill 0-1. Ballyboden St Enda's: A Kerin 1-3 (0-3f), S Gibbons 0-3, D O'Reilly 0-1.

ST BRIGID'S: S Supple; G Norton, S Murray, Martin Cahill; A Daly, C Moran, G Kane; B Cahill, J O'Loughlin; G McIntyre, Mark Cahill, L McCarthy; P Andrews, K Darcy, P Ryan. Subs: O McCann for McCarthy (43), C Mullins for O'Loughlin (47), C Doyle for McIntyre (55), C Freeman for Martin Cahill (59). BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S: D Walsh; B Devlin, D Kiernan, M O'Sullivan; I Clarke, P O'Brien, C Smyth; MD Macauley, D O'Mahony; P Galvin, D Davey, D O'Reilly; B Dwane, S Gibbons, A Kerin. Subs: D Manley for Devlin and R O'Donoghue for Davey (37), R Basquel for Dwane (40), P O'Connell for Galvin (43).

REF: G McCormack (Naomh Barróg).