St Pauls secure O’Donnell Cup after high scoring decider

O’Donnell Cup Final: St Pauls v St Brigids

Kevin Herron reports from Woodlands

St Pauls secured the O’Donnell Cup on Thursday evening after coming out on top over St Brigids in a high scoring and vividly enjoyable encounter at Woodlands.

Dillon Rogers-Duffy gave his side an early lead and James McDonnell fisted over before a reply with James Morrisey from St Brigids.

St Pauls restored their two-point lead through a curling point from Oisin Gamble and then secured the games opening goal through Rogers-Duffy – who palmed to the net from a Ben MacManus pass.

A quick fire second goal would arrive through Oisin Gamble but Joseph Logan shot low to the net at the other end.

The Shaws Road side were on top for the majority of the half and extended their lead with Dillon Rogers-Duffy adding to his goal and early point of three of his sides’ four unanswered scores in a row and Ben MacManus providing the other.

St Brigids eventually responded through two converted frees from Peter Molloy and an excellent point from James Morrisey to ensure they were still in with a fighting chance at the interval.

Peter Molloy added his third score from the placed ball after the break – but his side should have the net but for an almighty scramble on the St Pauls goal-line after Joseph Logan had struck the post.

Rogers-Duffy and MacManus combined for St Pauls response ace marksman Duffy added his second free of the evening.

Ceran Cowan looked to have sent St Pauls on the way to victory as palmed to the net for his sides third of the contest.

However St Brigid’s weren’t giving up and hit their second goal of the evening almost instantly through John Higgins.

A converted free followed courtesy of Peter Molloy before Michael McCann steered the ball between the posts.

But Dillon Rogers-Duffy converted his third free of the evening and then scored a wonder point after taking a pass from James McDonnell, selling a dummy and then popping the ball over.

Peter Molloy converted a further free to keep his side in touch, though the game was up for St Brigids as St Pauls found their fourth goal of the evening.

In a carbon copy of the first MacManus laid the ball off to Dillon Rogers-Duffy who shot low to the net.

Molloy and Ceran Cowan to trade late scores as St Pauls ran out winners to claim the 2020 O’Donnell Cup at the end of an absorbing contest.

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