Friday 24 November 2017

Dolan turns on the style as late salvo steers Brigid's into decider

St Brigid's 1-13
Glencar / Manorhamilton 3-5
Connacht Club SFC semi-final

A three-point blitz in the final two minutes secured victory for St Brigid's in a pulsating clash at Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

Frankie Dolan put the Roscommon champions ahead with a pointed free on three minutes but Glencar/Manorhamilton responded to level at 0-2 apiece.

The Leitrim men then stunned St Brigid's with a 12th-minute goal as Adrian Croal pounced from Brian McDonald's high dropping ball.

The visitors, though, quickly hit back with four points, to one by Croal, leaving the sides level going in the final minutes of the half.

St Brigid's were dominating midfield and they got their reward in the 25th minute, with a Dolan goal putting them 1-6 to 1-3 ahead at the interval.

After James Glancy and Dolan had exchanged frees on the resumption, Glancy struck with a fisted equalising goal.

Again, St Brigid's had an immediate response, scoring three unanswered points. But more drama was to unfold as once again Glencar/ Manorhamilton fought back and when the predatory Croal sent another high ball to the net from close in with four minutes remaining, it looked as though the home side had the momentum to go on and claim victory.

However, St Brigid's -- led by man of the match Ian Kilbride -- replied with a crucial flurry of scores from Senan Kilbride, Karl Mannion and Dolan in a two-minute spell.

Although Croal pointed for the Leitrim champions a minute into injury-time, St Brigid's were not to be denied a hard-fought but deserved victory.

Scorers -- St Brigid's: F Dolan 1-4 (0-2f), S Kilbride 0-5 (0-1f), D Dolan, I Kilbride, K Mannion, J Tiernan 0-1 each. Glencar/ Manorhamilton: A Croal 2-2, J Glancy 1-2 (0-2f), J Gilmartin 0-1.

ST BRIGID'S -- P Martin; R Kelly, D Donnelly, N Grehan; I Kilbride, P Domican, G Cunniffe; G Dolan, K Mannion; Cathal McHugh, F Dolan, D Dolan; Conor McHugh, S Kilbride, D O'Connor. Subs: J Tiernan for Cathal McHugh, D Kelleher for Conor McHugh.

GLENCAR/MANORHAMILTON -- G Hickey;T McDonald, A O'Flynn, P Maguire; D Kelly, K O'Flynn, S Loughlin; C Ryan, D Sweeney; J Gilmartin, J Glancy, G Hickey; A Croal,F McGourty, B McDonald. Subs: A McDonald for J Gilmartin, A Hickey for G Hickey, D Poniard for A O'Flynn, R McGourty for A Hickey.

REF -- M Duffy (Sligo).

Irish Independent

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