Wednesday 17 January 2018

Aughawillan left without hope as St Brigid's run riot

Man of the match centre half back Niall McInerney. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Man of the match centre half back Niall McInerney. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE Sportsdesk

The result was never in doubt as Roscommon champions St Brigid's outclassed Aughawillan at Páirc Seán MhicDiarmada.

St Brigid's 2-18 Aughawillan 1-7

Two Senan Kilbride points in the first minute set the tone and rocked a nervous Aughawillan, who failed to settle until Morgan Quinn opened their account in the 10th minute.

It was to be a brief respite as St Brigid's, playing with confidence and led by man of the match centre half back Niall McInerney, continued to add the points - leading by seven at the end of the first quarter.

Although Aughawillan reduced the deficit, the Roscommon champions ended the half with six unanswered points to lead 1-13 to 0-4.

St Brigid's took the initiative on the resumption with three points from play but Aughawillan dug deep and - in their best period of play - two points were followed by a goal in the 46th minute from substitute Stephen Gilheany.

They failed to maintain the momentum and St Brigid's ended hopes of a comeback minutes from time when a save from Aughawillan keeper Colin Maguire rebounded to Brian Stack who finished to the net.

SCORERS - St Bridgid's: D Dolan 1-2,B Stack 1-1,S Kilbride 0-4, E Sheehy 0-3, A Gleeson 0-2, K Mannion 0-2 (1f), M Daly,P Kelly,N McInerney, D Sheehy 0-1 each.

Aughawillan: S Gilheany 1-0 ,M Plunkett 0-3 (2 '45s), N Beirne, S Flanagan, B Prior, M Quinn 0-11 each.

ST BRIGID'S: S Mannion, R Stack, D Donnelly (C),D Sheehy, N Grehan, N McInerney, E Sheehy, P Kelly, M Daly, B Stack, D Dolan, C Murray, K Mannion, S Kilbride, A Gleeson. Subs:

J McDonnell for A Gleeson (40), J Murray for N Grehan (42), D Cunniffe for D Dolan(45), R Fallon for E Sheehy (52), R Kelly for D Sheehy (56), C Gleeson for S Kilbride (56).

AUGHAWILLAN: C Maguire, D McGovern, N Plunkett, M Quinn, R McTague, B Prior, S Quinn, P Dolan, S Flanagan, M Plunkett, N Beirne, G Plunkett, G McGovern, M Quinn, C Gilheany. Subs: S Gilheany for G McGovern (30), S Fox for N Beirne (45).

REF: L Devenney (Mayo).


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