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Wanderers end journey in style

Invincible Dublin 16 men complete perfect run to league crown by bulldozing Brigid's

WANDERERS 1-17

ST BRIGID'S 1-3

WANDERERS produced an impressive performance in overcoming a weakened St Brigid's by 14 points in their AFL 11 South encounter at the picturesque Mount Venus Road venue last Thursday evening.

In doing so, the hosts confirmed the league title with a 100pc record and it was easy to see why they dominated the division with their display a potent combination of pace and power, and with nine different scorers over the hour, their range of marksmen was equally impressive.

The contest was effectively settled by the interval as Wanderers led by 13 points and although the visitors improved slightly upon the restart, there was never any genuine threat that they would spoil the party mood.

There was a scrappy opening with both sides struggling to impose themselves but the deadlock was broken when towering midfielder James Boland availed of some excellent approach play from Andrew Gaffney to kick a fine point in the sixth minute. Daragh "Gooch" Healy soon doubled the lead and Alan Lawlor made it three points in as many minutes when pointing after a sublime pass by Stephen Gallagher.

The one-way traffic continued unabated towards the Brigid's goal and after Healy had added his second point, the hosts struck for the game's opening goal in the 13th minute.

Once again, Lawlor timed his run to perfection having been superbly found by Bill Desmond's pinpoint delivery and the centre-forward's emphatic finish from 10 metres past a helpless Brendan Carroll handed the hosts a seven-point cushion.



Rampant

The Blanchardstown men continued to battle gamely with wing-back Noel Durr going close on two occasions, but their attacks were of a sporadic nature and they fell further behind to a by-now rampant Wanderers side following a trio of points from Peter Durkan, Lawlor and Tommy Barron's first score, after another excellent pass by Desmond.

The half continued in a similar vein with Durkan and Boland offering a strong aerial presence at midfield and three points before the interval from Healy, Gallagher and influential wing-back Declan Brophy ensured Wanderers a 1-10 to 0-0 half-time lead. Brigid's finally made inroads when Donal Donoghue landed a 32nd-minute free and the visitors showed greater attacking endeavour in the second period, driven on by the tireless Cathal Kelly and JP Costigan.

However, opportunities were still being created far too handily at the other end with Barron kicking two tidy points inside three minutes in addition to a first score of the game for full-forward Charlie Fitzpatrick.

On 42 minutes, the visitors eventually registered their first score from play through a glorious effort from the hard-working Andrew Kavanagh and a further point followed at the end of the third quarter from Eoin Kilkenny.

A sublime Michael Kavanagh point aside, the hosts were guilty of some sloppy play with the victory already guaranteed.

Kilkenny made up for his earlier miss when goaling in the 51st minute after Wanderers' goalkeeper Gabriel Harding had spilled a lengthy delivery by Donoghue.

There was still time for Fitzpatrick to land two further scores in the remaining 10 minutes as the men from Dublin 16 completed a wonderful league campaign with a most emphatic victory.


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