Congratulations to the u16 boys who beat Crosserlough of Cavan today in a tight, physical game in the Paul McGirr memorial tournament. Goals from Ethan Carlton and a second half penalty from man of the match Peter Webb helped seal the deal.
On Sunday 9th November at Dromore GAC, Saint Brigid’s U16 footballers reached the semi-final of the Paul McGirr Memorial tournament overcoming a strong Crosslerlough side 2-11 to 2-09.
The match was played in a good spirit by both sides and was tight until the very last whistle.
St Brigid’s started the brighter winning two early frees which were converted. Great work by St Brigid’s midfielder Patrick Finnegan helped launch a number of attacks leading to a fine score from Peter Lavery. Crosslerlough however started to get a foothold in the game and responded with a good point. The next 10 minutes or so were an edgy affair with Crosslerlough and St Brigid’s both hitting a few wides. St Brigid’s started to come under heavy pressure but ferocious tackling and a number of key turnovers from the St Brigid’s defence kept St Brigid’s in front. Points were exchanged until St Brigid’s extended their lead with a goal from Ethan Carleton. A good move from St Brigid’s, orchestrated by John Blaney, gave Peter Lavery room to shoot and even though the keeper made a good save Ethan Carleton stroked home the rebound. Further points were exchanged with a good score from James Smith going into half time.
Halftime: St Brigids 1-05 Crosslerlough 0-04.
The second half underway, St Brigid’s again started well getting the first point. Crosslerlough responded with a strong spell in which they got two goals. Now behind, St Brigid’s lifted their game with good tackling from Brogan Austin and a fantastic long range point from Peter Webb to level the match. It was now end-to-end action as Crosslerlough went down the pitch and scored a great point. A good free from James Smith then made the match all square. Points from Peter Webb and Peter Lavery were matched by points from Crosslerlough. Then St Brigid’s got their second goal. Great work from Peter Webb put Peter Lavery through on goal – only to be fouled in the box. Man of the match, Peter Webb calmly converted the resulting penalty. Crosslerlough now pushed on and notched a couple of scores but fine defending from St Brigid’s kept the goal line intact and St Brigid’s held on to win by 2 points.
Fulltime: St Brigid’s 2-11 Crosslerlough 2-09