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Shinty day at Brigid's

UNIVERSITY of Edinburgh Shinty club were welcomed to Russell Park on Saturday afternoon as they arrived to play St Brigid's in two hurling/shinty and camogie exhibition matches.

The Brigid's ladies team did not take long to adapt to the rules and they soon enjoyed a three-goal lead after fine scores from Clodagh Rodgers and Niamh Adams.

The visitors responded well and had reduced the margin to two at the interval, their fine long-range ground-striking a sight to behold for the onlooking crowd.

Once again the Irish side responded and, despite not having played any competitive camogie since October, they pulled clear in the final 10 minutes to claim an 8-4 to 3-1 win.

The men's game followed soon after and, as with the ladies game, it was the Blanchardstown side that began brightest with Daire Plunkett and Colm Doyle adapting to the shinty rules with ease.

An early Ciarán O'Reilly goal was soon followed by three Karl Rogers points and goals from Dave Smyth and Conor Morris, as St Brigid's dominated the opening period.

Despite a late Scottish revival, the home side held on, with St Brigid's director of hurling and chairman Billy Quane thanking Edinburgh for their visit and the two wonderful exhibition games. He stressed that the club would love to take up the invitation of a return visit to Edinburgh in the near future to keep the strong Gaelic link between both countries alive.