South Antrim GAA – Fr Mullan Cup
Last weekend St Brigid’s came away from Shaws Road with a one point win in a pulsating game of football played in terrible conditions played last weekend at Naomh Pol.
The game was originally fixed for Musgrave however the heavy rain had deemed it unplayable and so the game was switched to Shaws Road.
St Brigid’s started the game stringer than their opponents running into an early lead with a range of scores from Blaney and JJ Higgins. Oisin Casey, Shea Burns and Jude Johnston keeping the hosts in touch in the first quarter.
St Paul’s came racing back into the contest in the second quarter with another score from Shea Burns, Ciaran Mcalea and a goal from Shea Burns before a strong finish for the visitors to go in five ahead at half time.
For large periods of the second half, St Paul’s dominated meaningful possession and got themselves back to one behind with excellent scores from Oisin Casey, Paddy Crawford and Shea Burns, and with less than ten to go, Jude Johnston scored an excellent goal at a near impossible angle to bring the hosts right back into it.
That was as close as it got for St Paul’s with St Brigid’s regaining their composure in the last five minutes with an excellent goal from midfielder Blaney and another score from JJ Higgins to give them a little space.
In the second half, St Paul’s missed a number of scoring chances to go into the lead and were ultimately punished by a strong St Brigid’s side.
Credit to both sides for producing an excellent standard of football in terrible conditions. Given the weather conditions over last weekend, it is only right to acknowledge the work of the Shaw’s Road groundsman for having the pitch in great condition.