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Larriers let fly after the interval to finally break down Brigid's

O'TOOLE'S 1-17, ST BRIGID'S 0-15

A POWERFUL second-half display saw O'Toole's deservedly account for St Brigid's by five points in their Evening Herald Dublin SHC 'A' semi-final at Parnell Park last night.

Their experience of playing high-profile matches at the latter stages of the championship proved telling as O'Toole's dominated after the break to win by a more emphatic manner than the winning margin would suggest.

For St Brigid's, it was a disappointing conclusion to a highly promising campaign and they'll rue a two-minute period before the interval in which they spurned a glorious goal chance at one end before conceding the game's only goal with the final puck of the half.

The opening-half was a tight affair with both sides enjoying brief periods of dominance despite not playing to their optimum.

John O'Loughlin's fifth-minute point handed Brigid's the early initiative.

O'Toole's hit back with three unanswered points -- a brace of frees from Andrew Morris preceding an excellent score from Liam Ryan -- but the Blanchardstown men were level soon after thanks to points by Cathal Doyle and Kieran Kellett.

Two frees from Paddy McAvinue pushed Brigid's two clear by the 18th minute but the ebb and flow was maintained as the Larriers drew level with Paddy Carton, Peadar Carton and Graham Morris all finding the target for the Ayrfield men.

After McAvinue and Andrew Morris had exchanged frees, Kellett raced onto Callinan's pass in the 29th minute but placed his shot too close to Brendan McLoughlin, who parried superbly to safety.

Kellett's profligacy was punished further when Peadar Carton raced clear in injury-time to place Danny Webster through on goal and his finish was true, handing his side a crucial two point (1-10 to 0-11) interval lead.



Influential

O'Toole's maintained their momentum upon the resumption and added three points within the opening six minutes from Andrew Morris, Ryan and Graham Morris as Michael Carton became an influential figure at centrefield.

McAvinue landed a 37th-minute free but the tide was turning inexorably against Brigid's at this stage and their free-flowing hurling of the opening half was replaced by a more laboured approach as reflected by their scoring difficulties in the second period.

A raft of substitutes failed to improve matters although Cian O'Mahony offered a powerful presence on the edge of the square and landed Brigids' first score for 18 minutes five minutes from time.

Webster replied for O'Toole's with a fine solo score and although O'Loughlin landed two late scores for Brigid's, they arrived far too late to alter the the game or deprive O'Toole's of a deserved final berth against five-in-a-row chasing Ballyboden St Enda's.

O'Toole's last SHC title came in 2002 while Boden are hoping of repeating the achievements of Garda (1925-29) and Commercials (1895-99).

SCORERS - O'Toole's: A Morris 0-7 (6f), D Webster 1-2 (0-1f), G Morris 0-3, L Ryan 0-2, Paddy Carton, Peadar Carton, M Carton (f) 0-1 each. St Brigid's: P McAvinue 0-7 (6f), J O'Loughlin 0-4, C Doyle, K Kellett, S Callinan, C O'Mahony 0-1 each.

O'TOOLE'S: B McLoughlin; G O'Meara, M Cunningham, C Mulligan; J Bastow, K Ryan, R Walker; M Carton, G Morris; Peadar Carton, A Morris, D Webster; P O'Donoghue, L Ryan, Paddy Carton. Sub: S O'Keeffe for O'Donoghue (51).

ST BRIGID'S: A Nolan; M Cussen, C Kenny, S Brady; C Ryan, A McEnerney, A O'Leary; C Doyle, D Plunkett; P McAvinue, J O'Loughlin, B McEnerney; J Winters, S Callinan, K Kellett. Subs: C Morris for Brady (ht), C O'Mahony for Callinan (48), P Rohan for Kellett (49), W Tyrell for O'Leary (59), D O'Mahony for Winters (61).

REF: GearĂ³id McGrath (Setanta).