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Vins feel the Winters chill

ST BRIGID'S 1-15

ST VINCENT'S 1-10

DETERMINED St Brigid's put in a sterling second-half display to see off the challenge of St Vincent's and capture the 2011 Dublin minor hurling 'B' championship title at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn on Sunday morning.

The Blanchardstown men turned around a five-point deficit in the closing 20 minutes which stunned their hosts, who, after a slow start, looked to be in control of this absorbing contest.

Indeed, Vincent's will rue the fact that they appeared to take their foot off the gas after Gavin Burke found the net 10 minutes into the second half and will feel it was a game they let slip from their grasp.

But that is not to take away from the resilience of the winners, who stuck to their hurling from start to finish and in the presence of centre-forward Paul Winters they had a real match-winning talent.

Winters finished with a personal tally of 0-12 and his ability to take points from almost any distance courtesy of dead balls or open play, was the major feature of the match.

The Marino men opened the scoring thanks to a fine score by Luke Sheehy and Burke also split the posts from a similar position. However, both scores were cancelled out by a Winters brace, before he slotted over three frees in succession to give his side a deserved lead at the end of the opening quarter.

But Vincent's went on to dominate the contest in the period before half-time, thanks largely to the brilliance of their all-action midfielder Kevin McMahon, whose double of points cut the gap to the minimum.



INFLUENCE

Full-forward Craig Brennan exerted his influence on proceedings with four points, two from play, that gave his side a three-point interval advantage, 0-8 to 0-5.

Winters closed the gap with another long-range free on the restart but after a stop-start 10 minutes Vincent's raised the opening green flag of the day.

Ben Conroy ran on to a long ball from McMahon and somehow bundled his way through a slight gap in the opposition full-back line.

Brigid's net minder Ciarán Cahill did brilliantly to close down Conroy and prevent his shot finding the net but Burke was the quickest to react to the loose ball and poked the sliotar home to an empty net.

It would have been a demoralising blow to many teams, but Brigid's showed their mettle to completely dominate this duel thereafter.

The response was swift -- six unanswered points in as many minutes to restore parity.

Not surprisingly Winters was central to the revival with five frees while Darragh Doyle also chipped in with a well taken individual effort.

Brennan eased the pressure with a free of his own to edge Vincent's back into the lead.

But it was merely a brief respite as the Brigid's juggernaut kept coming and a wonderful move involving Winters and Ciarán O'Sullivan created a one-on-one chance for Willie Madden, who applied the perfect finish to the roof of the net.

When O'Sullivan scored from an almost impossible angle in the following passage of play, it was clear there was going to be only one winner.

Vincent's threw everything they could in search of a way back but met with fierce resistance from the likes of Mikey McDonald and Cian O'Doherty.

Their misery was further compounded with the dismissal of Dan Elebert deep into injury time.

At that stage it was academic as Winters and substitute Mark Ryan put the result beyond doubt.

SCORERS - St Brigid's: P Winters 0-12 (9f), W Madden 1-0, C O'Sullivan, D Doyle, M Ryan 0-1 each. St Vincent's: C Brennan 0-5 (3f), G Burke 1-1, K McMahon 0-2, J Curley, L Sheehy 0-1 each.</P>

ST BRIGID'S: C Cahill; D Greville, C Gall, C O'Doherty; M McDonald, M Kavanagh, S Somali; C Dolan, R McKenna; C O'Sullivan, P Winters, D Doyle; A Carolan, W Madden, J Reilly. Subs: M Ryan for Reilly (44), S Clarke for Madden (60), C Boyle for Carrolan (60

ST VINCENT'S: D Gill; M Moore, A Byrne, P Donnelly; D Elebert, J Collins, K Kiernan; C McGee, K McMahon; J Curley, C O'Hora, L Sheehy; G Burke, C Brennan, B Conroy. Sub: J Kerrane for McGuire (48)

REF: P Carr (Round Tower, Clondalkin)

MAN OF THE MATCH: Paul Winters (St Brigid's).

WIDES

St Brigid's: 9 (2+7),

St Vincent's: 9 (6+3).

MENTORS

St Brigid's: P Winters, J Greville, M Sullivan.

St Vincent's: P Boland, J Donnelly, E Leaney, F Godfrey, T Boland.

CONDITIONS: Cold morning at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn.


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