Spectators enjoy the spectacle as St. Mary’s beat St. Brigid’s

Northern  Switrchgear

SFC Group 3

St Mary’s 1:13 St Brigid’s 0:12

It was fitting that spectators were allowed back into Pairc na nGael today as both sides put on an entertaining encounter in this opening match in Group 3 of the Northern Switchgear Senior Football Championship. St Mary’s welcomed back their support and St Brigid’s brough a large contingent up the motorway.

To the delight of the travelling support the visitors were up for this from the start and found themselves two points to the good in the opening minutes, Ethan Carleton benefiting from a quickly taken free kick with the home defence napping and he tapped over unmarked. Then when the kick out was too short Jack Dowling rose highest for the throw in and passed to Peter Webb who calmly doubled the lead.

Gareth Magee opened for the hosts from a free and then demonstrated his accuracy with his left foot from play to bring parity to the scoreboard. Jack Lenehan finished a nice passing move to put the hosts in front, where they would stay right up until stoppage time when St Brigid’s got a late equaliser to set up a fantastic finish.

Magee converted another free but James Smith pulled one back to keep the minimum between the sides. St Mary’s defence worked hard to keep their lead demonstrated by a great diving block by Dan Donnelly. Moving forward Caolan Farr and Marc Mc Afee extended the lead, Farr’s point coming at the end of a move started by a pin point goal kick from Luke Mulholland to Jamie Lamont on to Adam Loughran and on to Farr.

Peter Webb raised the first flag after the water break but Ruairi Mc Cann and Gareth Magee added scores for the “G’s”. Points were traded with Joseph Finnegan for the visitors and Magee was on hand again twice with Peter Webb scoring between his brace.

Half time

St Mary’s 0:10 St Brigids 0:06

The second half got off to a cagey start with both sides hitting the upright and we waited ten minutes for the first score of the second half when Magee converted after Ruairi McCann had been fouled again, however the hosts would not score again until Magee converted another free right at the end of regulation time.

Between these scores St Brigid’s enjoyed their best spell of the game, Ronan McGrady had already showed his ability off the ground and he chalked up the next three points, two frees and a “45”.

As the clock ran down the hosts had a slender two-point lead but as we moved into time the referee was adding on St Brigid’s showed more hunger and Peter Henvey and Rory Brolly scored to bring the sides level, and with their tails up the travelling support lifted the volume to try to push them on for an unlikely winner.

When Adam Loughran was fouled Gareth Magee was the only candidate to take the free and he scored his nineth point of the day to restore the lead but the game was still in the balance.

However, the points were assured when Ruairi Mc Cann rose to win a ball he had no right to win and found himself goal side of the defence, closing down on the keeper the Aghagallon faithful knew there was only going to be one outcome and he didn’t let them down as he found the back of the net.

Four points to the good St Mary’s were able to manage the final minutes and hold on for a valuable, hard fought two points in Group 3.

St Mary’s

Luke Mulholland, Aidan Mulholland, Daniel Donnelly, Ryan O Neill, Jamie Lamont, Pat Branagan, Paul Mulholland, Jack Lenehan (0:01), Eunan Walsh, Caolan Farr (0:01),

Ruairi Mc Cann (1:01), Marc Mc Afee (0:01), Gareth Magee (0:09 – 0:06f), Adam Loughran, David Mc Alernon

Ruairi Loughran (Darryl Mc Alernon) Shane Russell (Caolan Farr)

St Brigid’s

Jamie Allen, Patrick Finnegan, Conor King, Peter King, John Toner, Michael Cummings, John Morgan, Jack Dowling, Joseph Finnegan (0:01), Peter Webb (0:03 – 0:02f),

James Smith (0:01) , Peter Henvey (0:01), Ryan Tweedie, Ronan Mc Grady (0:04 – 0:03f – 0:01 45), Ethan Carleton (0:01) Brian Mc Carthy, Diarmuid Mc Laughlin, Peter Lundy, Rory Brolly (0:01), Niall Mc Donald, Daire Mc Garvey, Conor O

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