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Ahoghill 0-12 St. Brigid’s 1-17
St. Brigid’s started of this Division 1 clash in Cloney on Friday in a very professional manner and led 1.05 to no score at the first water break on a beautiful evening for entertaining football. In the early stages Ahoghill just couldn’t make their chances count as St.Brigid’s went on a scoring mission with points from Rory Brolly, Peter King, James Smyth and a brilliant goal from Damian Magee.
Things could have been a lot worse for Ahoghill but for the heroics of Paddy Dougan who dived across the goal and turned a certain major round the post for a 45. After the break Ahoghill got their first score from young Colla McDonnell as he won a great ball, turned and fired it over the bar. Finbar O’Neill pushed forward to aid the attack and scored a wonderful point from 45 yards as the home side started to have some success. The scoring up to half time was end to end from both teams as St..Brigid’s went in at the break with a 1.10 to 0.4 lead.
Ahoghill started the second half with more urgency and points from Donal Graham and Conor Crossey closed the gap before Rory Brolly scored for the visitors. Eamon Brady who had been pushing forward at every opportunity, fired over when the goal opened up in front of him as the home side battled to get back into contention.
Dominic Neeson added another from play to close the gap to 6 points and at this stage a comeback looked on. The visitors responded however and James Smyth from play and then a free stretched the lead before a well worked move from Ahoghill were intercepted in midfield and Peter Henry was sent on his way to fire over from close range.
It was a long way back at this stage but James O’Connell and Tom McGlone tagged on 2 points apiece with Joseph Carney, Damian Magee and Rory Brolly replying for the visitors to take the 2 points back up the M2. Ahoghill now need to regroup before their final league game away to St.John’s on Wednesday night.