PADDY MCAVINUE didn't miss a pocket at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn last night. Seven frees from seven strikes, writes Niall Scully. But it was St Vincent's who collected both points as they, like Brigid's, seek to move away from the foothills of Division 1.
McAvinue has long been one of the best placed ball artists in the city. And there was another on duty -- the remarkable Mossy McGrane. Last night he contributed 1-7, five of the points coming from frees, in his side's 2-16 to 1-14 victory.
Vincent's did their best work in the opening half, playing with the breeze that blew down from the car park end. They were 2-11 to 1-5 ahead at the turn, but Brigid's made a real go of it in the second period. The Russell Park lads dominated large parts of the second half. They kept pressing and pressing. A basket of wides didn't do them any favours, and the St Vincent's goalkeeper, Tom Carroll from Kilkenny, made one vital save.
Time and again, excellent play from Aodhan McInerney and Conor Morris drove Brigid's forward. And the likes of Willie Lowry and Ronan Fallon had to make sure to bolt the windows. Brendan McEnerney, the Brigid's corner-forward, was a threat. He scored the first goal in the third minute, following a pass from Cian O'Mahony, who had to leave the action injured in the second period.
Thomas Connolly, cutting in from the left, drove a sharp shot to the far corner for the first St Vincent's goal in the ninth minute. It was Mossy who got the second just before the break as he latched onto a long Fallon free.
The hosts always managed to do enough to keep in the black, and they were thankful for their second half points from Damien Russell, Keith Connolly, Mossy, Niall Bishop and Colm O'Flaherty.
DUBLIN - AHL Div 1: O'Toole's 4-10; St Jude's 1-18. St Vincent's 2-16; St Brigid's 1-14. Kilmacud Crokes 0-16; Na Fianna 0-11. Crumlin 1-19; Faughs 1-9. Div 2: St Peregrine's 2-9; Naomh Olaf 1-11. Ballinteer St John's 3-13; Naomh Barrog 2-15. Setanta 3-10; Naomh Mearnog 1-16. Ballyboden St Enda's B 3-12; St Pat's (Palmerstown) 1-5.