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Brigid's to face Davis in decider

St Brigid's and Thomas Davis advanced to the Dublin 'B' Minor Hurling Championship final following their hard-earned away wins over Ballinteer St John's and St Maur's respectively last Sunday morning.

At Marley Park, St Brigid's impressed as they accounted for a battling Ballinteer St John's by 1-16 to 1-13 with Mark Donnelly's superb goal midway through the second half proving the contest's pivotal score.

"It is great for the lads to be in the final," said St Brigid's mentor Keith O'Neill.

"It was a tight game all the way through and although St John's came back at us near the end, we showed enough to get scores at the right times to pull us through," added O'Neill.

St Brigid's were indebted to two of their Under-16 players with Cian O'Sullivan and Kevin Callaghan hugely instrumental over the hour for the visitors.

Callaghan struck five points from full-forward before steadying matters at midfield while the roving O'Sullivan proved a handful throughout in addition to accruing eight points from play and frees.

Further down the field, Oisín Finnerty and Ciarán Breslin showed well in the away full-back line while David Freyne impressed at wing-back.

For St John's, it was a heart-breaking defeat, given their battling efforts on the day with Rob Aherne highlighting his potential with 10 points (0-7f) over the hour.

Barry Mannion's goal had inched the hosts 1-7 to 0-9 ahead at the break but their lead evaporated after the interval despite the strong contributions of Seán O'Brien, Andrew Lindsay, Patrick O'Reilly and Simon O'Reilly.

It was similarly tight in Rush with Thomas Davis doing just enough to withstand St Maur's by 2-8 to 1-8.

Caelan Brennan's contribution between the sticks for the visitors proved crucial with the Thomas Davis goalkeeper producing a string of outstanding saves.

Elsewhere, Éanna O'Toole was exceptional at midfield and there were very positive displays by midfielder Daire Kerr, centre-back Joe McDonnell, Niall Moloney and Jordan McKenna.

The hosts stayed in touch throughout with Collie Halpin adding a goal to his two points from play while Dublin minor Eoghan Conroy struck four points over the hour.

Adam Kennedy and Craig Fortune was also on target but the efforts of Cathal Nialls and Luke Hosford proved in vain.


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