Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

St Brigid's secure final berth

Frankie Dolan set St Brigid's on their way to victory over Crossmaglen

St Brigid's of Roscommon made it through to the All-Ireland Club SFC final with a narrow 2-7 to 1-9 win over defending champions Crossmaglen at Mullingar.

Frankie Dolan laid the foundations with an early goal, but the Armagh champions led by 1-5 to 1-3 at half-time, after Paul Hughes had cracked home a brilliant goal.

Points from Cathal McHugh and Dolan edged Brigid's ahead, before Jamie Clarke brought the holders level, but Conor McHugh's late goal sealed a dramatic victory for the Connacht champions.

Their opponents in the St Patrick's Day final will be Dublin and Leinster champions Ballymun Kickham's, who defeated Dr Crokes of Kerry by 1-10 to 0-9.

Ted Furman scored the only goal of the game in the first half, helping Ballymun to a 1-4 to 0-4 half-time lead.

Daithi Casey and Colm Cooper pulled back points for the Munster champions, but late scores from Dean Rock and Derek Byrne secured a first ever appearance in the decider for the Dubliners.

In hurling, All-Ireland champions Loughgiel surrendered their crown in a thrilling semi-final replay to St Thomas' of Galway.

Bernard Burke and Conor Cooney grabbed the vital scores as the Connacht men got the better of the Ulster champions at Clones.

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