Saturday 24 February 2018

Brady puts gloss on Gall's success

The incredible success story that is St Gall's continued at Glenalbyn on Saturday.

The All-Ireland club champions completed a remarkable double when annexing the Kilmacud Crokes title for the fourth time with a 3-9 to 2-5 win over Bellaghy.

The Antrim men -- who had earlier beaten Donegal sides St Michael's and St Eunan's in the knockout stages after emerging from a group that included Cortoon Shamrocks (Galway), Loup (Derry) and Navan O'Mahony's -- were pushed hard by their Derry opponents early on.

Eoghan Brown was in outstanding form and his goal pushed Bellaghy into a first-half lead, but a crucial Anto Healy major gave the winners a 1-4 to 1-3 interval advantage.


Bellaghy -- who emerged from a group that also had Horsewood, Newtownbutler and Charles-town -- had to overcome Bryansford, Clonoe and Caherlistrane in the knockout rounds and Ger Doherty slotted a penalty to give them a two-point advantage soon after the resumption.

Fergal Doherty and Joe Diver had played big roles in getting Bellaghy this far but St Gall's had the McGourty brothers and Conor converted from the penalty spot before Colin Brady walked the ball into an empty net to secure the honours for the Antrim side.

The competition proved to be another wonderful success with large crowds present despite the bad weather.

There was an early shock as last year's champions Clonduff and the runners-up Longstone -- both from Down -- failed to make it out of the group stages.

There was a Down link, though, as Mourne manager James McCartan was in charge when St Gall's last won this tournament two years ago.

Meanwhile, the Ulster domination continues, with the northern province providing the champions for the sixth successive season.

Irish Independent

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