Brigid's braced for Fianna test
THERE will be a big crowd down at the Blanch. St Brigid's are in the Tesco Dublin Senior Championship semi-final. They'll play Na Fianna tomorrow night in Russell Park (7.30).
"The girls have put a lot of work in," says manager, Ken Murphy. "It's a boost getting to the semi-final. The league didn't go all that well for us."
Ken is expecting a testing hour. Na Fianna have some talented Dubs – among them Leah Caffrey, Orlagh Egan and Sarah Quinn.
Two years ago, the Glasnevin girls were Dublin and Leinster champions and reached the All-Ireland final.
Yet Brigid's possess a couple of Dubs of their own in Elaine Kelly and Noelle Healy. Healy is having a sparkling season. She was player-of-the-match in the Leinster final.
"It's a plus having home advantage, but it will be a difficult game. It's the first time for this team to get to a semi-final. Na Fianna have been racking up some high scores, but we'll give it a lash and compete as well as we can," adds Ken.
The Mobhi club finished runners-up in Group 1. They beat Foxrock Cabinteely and Round Towers, but lost to Fingallians.
In Group 2, Brigid's remained unbeaten as they defeated Ballyboden St Enda's and Clanna Gael Fontenoy and drew with St Sylvester's.
"We were fortunate enough to top the group," admits Ken. "There were some very close games. It was only in the last 10 minutes that we beat Clanns. Our fitness told.
"The girls played very well against Boden. That was a big win for us. Syls gave us a real tight match and we were happy to get the draw in the end."
It's a notable achievement for Brigid's to reach the last four, especially without such highly-rated footballers as Colleen Barrett, Sorcha Furlong and Amy Molloy, who have all gone travelling.
"That set us back a bit, but we have a good squad. The younger girls have done very well. It has been an opportunity for them to see what senior football is all about," says Ken.