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St Brigids eager to bring home silverware on Sunday

By Declan Bogue

Belfast club St Brigid's are eagerly preparing for Sunday's Paul McGirr Ulster under-16 final against Down's Burren (2.00pm). It marks a nice little anniversary for Belfast's newest club, having been formed 16 years ago almost to the day.

The Musgrave Park-based Brigid's are managed by Jack Dowling and Greg Finnegan, and they will be looking to maintain Antrim's recent successes in the tournament, after O'Donovan Rossa won in 2011 and St Enda's of Glengormley won the year after.

They have had it tough getting here, with wins over Crosserlough of Cavan and St Michael's of Donegal.

The Finnegan twins, Patrick and Joe, man the centre of the park, while former Down great Greg Blaney has a son, John, in his famed centre-forward position.

Dowling commented: "Our whole club is buzzing about this tournament and it has given a great boost to everyone involved with the club. It is our first ever Ulster final.

"The club is 16 years old this week and it would be a tremendous way to end the season to win an Ulster title.

"Our lads have shown serious maturity in being able to cling on to the lead last Saturday even though they weren't playing anywhere near what they are capable of. We can't wait for Sunday against a very strong Burren side who are obviously favourites, hopefully the boys can do themselves justice."

By way of contrast, Burren are an illustrious and long-standing club in Down football. Managed by Jimmy McAlinden, Burren have come through what close observers would have viewed as the difficult side of the draw, having got past Dungiven of Derry and Armagh's Clann Eireann.

"We go into Sunday's final knowing we still have the ability to raise our game further. The team is strong in all areas," McAlinden said.

 

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