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Monday 11 December 2017

Brigid's boss relieved to be in quarter-final

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YOU'D travel a million miles to see a better game than St Brigid's against Skerries Harps at Parnell's on Saturday evening.

It was what championship football is all about.

And it underlined the drama of knock-out.

Harps played the game of their lives. They could have won it.

Philly Ryan saved Brigid's with a marvellous equalising point from a tight angle on the left in injury-time.

Brigid's got the job done in extra-time, but just about - 0-15 to 0-13.

"We were just delighted that we got the win out of it," admitted Brigid's boss, Tony McEntee.

"Templeogue Synge Street upset Na Fianna, and we were just seconds from an upset ourselves.

"These are the things that can happen, and that is what you want to see in a competitive championship."

Brigid's will now meet St Jude's in the quarter-final. "That will be a tough game for us.

"We'll certainly have to improve, and we are capable of improving. We got a scare against Skerrries.

"We were cumbersome and sluggish. And we missed a lot of chances.

"We were lucky to get the last chance of the game to equalise.

"But once we got to extra-time, we felt we would win if we could pick up our tempo."

Tony is impressed with the quality of the Dublin Championship.

"There are two top teams in St Vincent's and Ballymun.

"But on any given day, they can be beaten. There should be good games in the quarter-finals.

"We are at the quarter-final stage of the championship, so you have to expect the best teams to be coming through."

DUBLIN SFC QUARTER-FINAL DRAW

St Brigid's v St Jude's

St Vincent's v Templeogue/Synge Street

Ballyboden St Enda's v Lucan Sarsfields

St Oliver Plunkett's/ER v Ballymun Kickhams

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