U15A Football Final
Naomh Brid 7-17 St. Paul’s 2-6
A superb St. Brigid’s proved too strong for a battling St. Paul’s in this U15A Football final at Dunsilly today. The winners had leaders all over the field with James Blaney and Oscar Conlon dominating at mid-field and Peter Mulgrew a real goal threat in attack.
Mulgrew struck with the game’s opening goal in the 10th minute to move his side 1-3 to 0-1 ahead but a goal from Oisin Casey for St. Paul’s kept the Shaw’s Road side in contention at the first water break where they trailed by 1-6 to 1-2.
Casey limped out of the contest soon after following an injury as Naomh Brid began to find gaps in the Opposition defence and Oscar Conlon struck for their second goal in the 19th minute and three more from the superb Mulgrew saw them in total command at the half way stage when they led 5-10 to 1-3.
On the turnaround St. Paul’s started to enjoy a bit of success and Jude Johnston got them off to a good start when he fired to the net in the 4th minute. They received a further boost when Naomh Brid missed a penalty immediately after Johnston’s goal but their joy was short lived as Joseph Mellon rose to palm a tantalising delivery to the St. Paul’s net in St. Brigid’s next attack.
Blaney continued to call the shots at midfield with an excellent exhibition of point taking, both from play and from frees as the Musgrave Park side led by 6-13 to 2-5 at the second water break and it was clear at this stage that there was no way back for St. Paul’s.
Oscar Conlon sent a dipping shot over the keeper for his second and his sides 7th goal in the 20th minute as James Blaney kept adding points and the big mid-fielder was to finish with 0-10 as his side ran out convincing winners.
An excellent performance from Naomh Brid with Sonny Doyle, Michael Gorman and Donncha McGurk best in a solid defence. James Blaney was excellent at mid-field and played a real captain’s part and had a useful partner in Oscar Conlon.
Peter Mulgrew top scored in attack and had strong support from Techin McGarvey, Joseph Mellon and Joseph Logan but this was the complete team performance from a very good Naomh Brid side.
St. Paul’s deserve a lot of credit for the manner in which they kept battling against the odds and in Ciaran McDonnell, Oisin McCann, Rory Cavanagh, Oisin Casey, Dara Quinn and Joseph Logan they had fine performers on the day.
County committee member Barney Herron congratulated both sides on an entertaining game of football before presenting the cup to team captain, James Blaney who was swamped by his colleagues as the celebrations began.
Naomh Brid: 1 Luke Cullinan, 2 Conor O’Connell, 3 Sonny Doyle, 4 Daire Oglesby, 5 Conor McElhatton, 6 Michael Gorman, 7 Donncha McGurk, 8 James Blamney, 9 Oscar Conlon, 10 Techin McGarvey, 11 Dara Quinn, 12 Peter Mulgrew, 13 Joseph Logan, 15 James Higgins, 16 Joseph Mellon. Subs: 17 Rory O’Donoghue, 18 James O’Donoghue, 19 Daniel Kelly, 20 James McLoughlin, 22 Joe Mulgrew, 24 Matthew Lloyd, 25 Peter Molloy.
St. Paul’s: 2 Padraig McNulty, 3 Ciaran McAlea, 4 Nathan O’Neill, 5 Cian McCann, 6 Ciaran McDonnell, 7 Oisin McCann, 8 Ewan McGreevey, 9 Rory Cavanagh, 10 Patrick Crawford, 11, Oisin Casey, 12 Padraig McDonnell, 13 Ciaran-Rogers Duffy, 14 Shea Burns, 15 Niall Carmichael, 16 Jude Johnston, 17 Oisin Leonard, 18 Michael Vallely, 19 Uanan O’Meallain
Referee: Sean Elliott (Lamh Dhearg)