Kevin Herron reports from Pairc Rossa
On Sunday the Nipper Quinn finals of 2020 came to a conclusion. The early curtailment of the 2020 season meant the finals were unable to take place but the South Antrim CCC afforded the teams the opportunity to contest the finals from last year before the 2021 season begins and the long wait was certainly worth it with some great hurling on display at Pairc Rossa which was in pristine condition.
Nipper Quinn C Final- St Paul’s B v Brid Og :`
The first final of the morning saw Divison Two league winners Brid Og take on St Paul’s B in the C decider.
The Shaws Road side were first off the mark through a converted free from Dillon Rogers-Duffy but Brid Og responded with a goal from Fionn McCann.
This prompted a response from St Paul’s and they hit the net through a Ronan Leonard free which looped to the net.
It was a nip and tuck opening half and Fionn McCann found the net for the second time to restore his sides lead with Rogers-Duffy replying with his second free of the half.
Kaiden Farrell put St Paul’s ahead for the second time with a low finish from close-range.
Brid Og cut the gap through a Rory Conroy free but Odhran Brennan did likewise at the other end to ensure his side held a two-point lead at the interval.
Although the second half was lacking scores it certainly wasn’t lacking in effort.
Brid Og eventually made their pressure pay off as Ronan Taylor dipped and fired low to the net to nudge his side ahead by the minimum.
It was end to end stuff in the aftermath as the game reminded the balance until the final minute when Taylor popped over the bar to ensure his side ran out winners and completed the league and Championship double.