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St Brigid’s hoping to build on sharp start to championship


Dublin player Ellen Gribben brings electric pace to the St Brigid’s side. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Dublin player Ellen Gribben brings electric pace to the St Brigid’s side. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Dublin player Ellen Gribben brings electric pace to the St Brigid’s side. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

A SHARP start from St Brigid’s. A victory in Dalkey in Group A of the Go-Ahead Dublin Senior Championship.

They now have two successive home games. Beginning with Thomas Davis tomorrow night and Kilmacud Crokes next week.

“We have had a tough time in the league, so it was good to get the win, but, at the same time, we know that Cuala were missing several of their players,” reflected Brigid’s manager Derek Byrne.

“Yet getting a result away from home in our first championship match will give us that bit of confidence, and it will help to bring the team on.

“In the league, we might well have to face a relegation battle. We were missing so many players during the league, so it’s a nice boost to make a solid start in the championship, and we’ll hope to drive on now.”

Caroline Brogan is the Russell Park captain. She wears 13 on her back, but her energy sees her darting all over the pitch.

Likewise, Noelle Healy. She lit up so many Dublin days, and she’s still doing the same for Brigid’s. Her jersey number is two, but one minute she’s deep in her own half, and the next she’s on the edge of the opposition square.

She popped in a goal against Cuala. Took some tidy points, and hit a collection of precise passes.

She played with such confidence. She brought her vast county experience to the stage. 

As one of her shots sailed over the bar, a voice from the terraces declared: “That’s a Seán O’Shea effort”.

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Ellen Gribben also brings electric pace to the Brigid’s side. She was on Mick Bohan’s Dublin squad this season, and she’s carrying on her splendid form.

She was up and down the field like a steam train, and her left foot had the ball on a string. She also rustled the village net.

And despite the fact that Cuala were without a cluster of their established names, the Brigid’s team-work was most impressive. Quick hands, fast feet. The passes sticking. Spreading the play.

“It’s good to have the players back and playing together. We are trying to build some momentum,” states Byrne.

He’s expecting a stern test from Thomas Davis who overcame Clanna Gael Fontenoy last week at Kiltipper.

“It’s going to be a difficult game for us, that’s for sure. Thomas Davis are a good side and they have been playing very well.”

Brigid’s have the Dublin goalkeeper Ciara Trant. In the first half against Cuala, she played out the field. Following in the tradition of some of Dublin’s most celebrated NO 1s – Paddy Cullen, John O’Leary and Stephen Cluxton.

In the first period, she showed her goalkeeping hands as she fielded a clever pass from Brogan, who had spotted Trant wide on the left in space.

Deirdre Murphy, who decorated the Dublin shirt so well, was also in action. She made one superb interception, close to her own goal. She always plays with such heart.

And the Barrett sisters, Shona and Colleen, also made a generous contribution, while Sarah Condron converted a penalty with all the poise of Sinéad Aherne.

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