South Antrim Under 16A Football Championship final
St Gall’s 2-7 St Brigid’s 0-8
St Gall’s won the South Antrim Under 16A football league title when they beat St Brigid’s in a high quality final at Coilste Fierste on Friday night. Early goals in each half were the scores that got St Gall’s over the line but their defence deserve great credit for holding St Brigid’s at bay during a hard fought final quarter.
Sean Stewart put St Gall’s ahead from a free in the opening minute and when corner forward Odhran McDonald got in for a goal a minute later the Milltown boys were in a strong position. Marcus Lynch opened St Brigid’s account with a point from a free on three minutes but good work by Stewart and Dara Delaney created the opening for Eoin Burke put St Gall’s 1-3 to 0-1 clear by the fifth minute. Lynch kept St Brigid’s in touch with his second point of the game but St Gall’s were having the better of things and further points from Conal McGirr and Sean Stewart put them in a commanding position by the 20th minute, but St Brigid’s produced a strong finish to the opening half and two points from Ronan Boyle and one from Marcus Lynch brought them back into the game by half time. (1-4 to 0-5)
There were chances for both sides at the start of the second half but it was St Gall’s who struck first when centre forward Conla Maguire grabbed his team’s second goal. Two points from Sean Stewart frees in the 36th and 38th minutes strengthened their grip on the game and though Marcus Lynch pulled a couple of points back for St Brigid’s the boys from Milltown were always in control. Full forward Eoin Burke grabbed their final score with ten minutes still to play and though they had to endure a few anxious moments when St Brigid’s had a couple of shots cleared off the goal line and one came back off the upright when a goal looked certain, St Gall’s held on to seal the win.
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