St. Brigid’s Ronan McGrady, who inspired his side to victory over Moneyglass is challenged by Sean Kelly.
O’Neill’s ACFL Division 2
Moneyglass 0-11 St. Brigid’s 1-12
A Ronan McGrady inspired St. Brigid’s picked up their second win of the week when they travelled to Marrion Hill tonight to run out deserving winners over St. Ergnat’s and move a point above the Moneyglass men who suffered their second loss in three days.
The Musgrave Park side played the much more expansive football throughout to lead 0-9 to 0-6 at half time and a goal from the excellent McGrady at the end of the third quarter put them into a strong position at a time when the home side appeared to be gaining some momentum.
The goal came just after Kevin ‘Kindo’ Marron had been shown a second yellow card followed by red with McGrady extending the visitors lead to six soon after and it looked all over at this stage but Moneyglass kept battling to the end to score the last three points of the game but were never able to get through for the goal they needed.
It was the home side who were first off the mark when Liam Brady pointed a free in the second minute but St. Brigid’s were level within a minute as Ronan McGrady sent over from a 13 meter free at the other end.
Patrick Finnegan edged the visitors in front with a good point but Kevin Marron fisted over at the other end to tie the scores for the second time. The movement and precision of the visitors attack coupled with some excellent fielding from Cathal Conway started to open up the Moneyglass defence and they began to concede silly frees.
These were punished by the accuracy of McGrady as he fired over a trio of placed balls to edge his side three in front by the 12th minute before St. Ergnat’s hit back through two Liam Brady frees to close the gap to the minimum once more.
The Musgrave Park side continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession but McGrady was off target from a couple of frees and Finnegan shot wide before Kevin Marron fired over a long range effort at the other end to tie the contest with 19 minutes gone.
McGrady however recovered his composure to point another couple of frees to edge St. Brigid’s two in front before ‘Kindo’ Marron responded with the best score of the half, a massive point from 45 meters out to keep his side well in contention.
The speed and slick passing of St. Brigiid’s continued to cause problems however and as the foul count continued to rise Ronan McGrady added a couple more before the break to leave his side three in front at the short whistle.
Jack Dowling extended the St. Brigid’s lead with a point at the start of the second half before they lost mid-fielder, Rory Finnegan to injury to be replaced by Niall McDonald. The home side hit back with a point from Kevin Marron and another fisted effort from Liam Brady following a strong solo run to close the gap to two.
Marron’s dismissal a few minutes later certainly didn’t help the St. Ergnat’s cause and as they tried to regroup they were struck a severe body blow when McGrady got on the end of a good build up to fire past Mark Carey.
Moneyglass kept going to the final whistle but got little change from a solid St. Brigid’s defence well marshalled by Andy Brennan and Thomas Corey. In the end they had to settle for a pointed free from Liam Brady and a couple of late efforts from Seanchann Duffin and it was the visitors who took the spoils.
St. Brigid’s now move onto 13 points, just one behind joint leaders Aldergrove and Gort na Mona but despite those defeats this week Moneyglass still remain in contention, just two behind the leading pair.
St. Ergnat’s: Mark Carey, Miaran Neeson, Sean Kelly, Sean McGlinchy, Patrick McCormick, Conor Boyd, Padraig Mackle, Tiernan Duffin, Niall Boyd, Seanchann Duffin, Kivin Marron, Dermot McErlain, Gavin Murray, Ryan Boyd, Liam Brady. Subs: Kevin McPeake, Conal Prenter, Jack McCoy.
St. Brigid’s: Jamie Allen, Conor King, Tomas Corey, John Toner, Andy Brennan, Sean McKernan, Rory Finnegan, Cathal Conway, Patrick Finnegan, Jack Dowling, Oran Boyle, Peter Henvey, Ronan McGrady, Ben Leonard. Subs: Niall McDonald, Conor Taylor, Ciaran Mackle, Chris McCann
Referee: Paul Hanna (Glenavy)