St Brigid’s claim victory with second half blitz

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St Galls 1-06-2-15 St Brigid’s 

Kevin Herron reports from Milltown 

St Brigid’s ended their league campaign on a high as they outscored St Galls 2-09-1-01 in the second half of their 2-15-1-06 win at Milltown on Wednesday evening. 

The visitors held a narrow one-point lead at the end of a cagey opening half, but cruised to victory in a one-sided second half, thanks to goals from Paul Bradley and substitute James Smith. 

There was nothing at stake ahead of the clash which was both sides last game before the Football Championship begins next weekend. 

St Gall’s were first off the mark when Ruairi Wilson floated the ball between the posts inside of the first 60-seconds. 

Paul Bradley swung over a leveller and St Brigid’s hit the front through a converted Conor McAteer free after Marcus Lynch had his jersey tugged. 

The Musgrave Park outfit then extended their lead after Ronan Boyle dropped the ball over the bar from range. 

Ruairi Wilson doubled his personal tally in response and the hosts pulled level through a smart Niall O’Neill point, following a nice interchange with Brendan Bradley. 

Bradley would kick a fantastic point himself a few minutes later to give St Galls a 0-04-0-03 lead, but St Brigid’s regained the advantage.

Fergal Meenagh drove forward in attack and offloaded to Bradley to pop over the equaliser before Oran Boyle swung over a fantastic point. 

St Brigid’s went two ahead for the second time in the half as Conor McAteer curled over an impressive point. 

The bare minimum would separate the sides at the interval though, Niall O’Neill claimed a mark and laid the ball to Calum Walsh off the shoulder, and he guided the ball high between the posts to ensure that his side went in at the break trailing 0-06-0-05. 

St Brigid’s had an early goal opportunity at the beginning of the second half- but Ronan Boyle opted to fist over the bar. 

Peter Lundy then angled a shot over at the near post and Conor McAteer converted his second free of the evening to open up a four-point gap.

With little over ten minutes remaining St Galls were yet to register in the half and St Brigid’s pulled clear. 

Paul Bradley had the chance to hit the net, though his shot was pushed over the bar by St Galls net-minder Niall McCurdy. 

Then substitutes Jack Dowling and James Smith combined- the later claiming the fisted score. 

Any lingering hopes of a St Galls fightback went up in smoke on 52 minutes when Ronan Boyle advanced forward, Paul Bradley peeled away from his marker and took a pass before shooting low past McCurdy to give his side a 1-11-0-05 lead. 

Paul Bradley watches on as his low shot finds the net

Oran Boyle landed a point in the immediate aftermath and things got better for St Brigid’s as found their second goal in quick succession. 

Patrick Finnegan slipped the ball into the path of substitute James Smith- who thundered low to the corner of the net to make it 2-12-0-05. 

It took St Galls 27 minutes of the second period to eventually come up with a reply through an Emmet Loughran point. 

Smith and Bradley kicked successive scores to extend their sides lead before St Galls claimed scant consolation in the form of a late goal.

Niall O’Neill measured up a shot that came off the large post and landed to Emmet Loughran to shoot low to the net. 

A third score of the evening from Oran Boyle ended the evenings scoring as St Brigid’s ran out convincing winners in the end to finish their league campaign on a high. 

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