Saturday 20 January 2018

Dolan's kiss of life

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

FRANKIE Dolan sealed a memorable occasion for Connacht in Croke Park, scoring the winning point for St Brigid's that ensured that the AIB All-Ireland senior club football and hurling titles went west for the first time since 2006.

The 34-year-old pounced in stoppage-time, scoring the crucial point which earned the Roscommon champions their first club football title with a 2-11 to 2-10 win over Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin).

Earlier, St Thomas' also made history, beating Kilcormac-Killoughey (Offaly) by two points (1-11 to 1-9) to become the seventh Galway club to win the hurling crown.

Dolan crowned a special day for St Brigid's, who trailed by eight points after 10 minutes before digging in defiantly and gradually wearing down the Dublin champions.

"We did it the hard way," said a delighted Dolan – he, Senan Kilbride and Karol Mannion were St Brigid's scoring aces.

St Brigid's were back in contention at half-time, having cut the deficit to four points, and Mannion's expertly-finished goal in the 38th minute gave them the momentum to take glory.

They became the first Roscommon club to win the title, after seven near misses in 30 years.

Irish Independent

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