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Saturday 18 August 2018

Nemo have the know-how and class to kill off St Brigid's bid

ALL-IRELAND SENIOR CLUB FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS:

NEMO RANGERS v ST BRIGID'S

(Gaelic Grounds, Tomorrow, 2.30)

AT half-time in the delayed Munster club football final, you wouldn't have gotten a bet on Nemo Rangers winning through to an All-Ireland club final or, for that matter, a decent price on them capturing national honours on St Patrick's Day.

Then, without any indication that it might be coming, Dr Crokes staged a near miraculous recovery to close a chasm of 13 points down to a mere two.

Everything, it seemed, had come up Nemo in the first half. They accumulated 1-13 and everything they kicked turned to scores in a performance as sublime as any produced by a club team in recent memory. But Crokes' ability to put them on the back foot and keep them there for an entire half hour suggested there were flaws in what looked an otherwise impeccable display.

Five of Nemo's forwards scored from play in that first half and James Masters produced the sort of finishing which once raised his status to that of one of the best forwards in the country.



Idle

Still, that game should serve Nemo well in Limerick tomorrow.

They have played an ultra competitive match this year whilst St Brigid's have been largely idle since securing another Connacht championship back in December.

Ambition, however, is not something the Roscommon team will lack. And though they lack the sort of blue chip experience Nemo possess at this stage of the competition, Brigid's were semi-finalists in 2007 and their manager, Noel O'Brien reckons that is something they can call on tomorrow.

"To get out of your own county is hard enough. You've got to seize the moment because it could be the last time for some of our lads get this opportunity," he warned.

Their evergreen captain, Frankie Dolan (pictured above), also reckons this current crop of Brigid's footballers are the most likely to go the next step. "This is probably the best team the club ever had," he stressed. "With plenty of young lads and a good mixture of youth and experience."

Nemo though, have the form, the class and the experience and should seal yet another final berth.

ODDS: Nemo 1/3, Draw 15/2, St Brigid's 3/1

VERDICT: Nemo Rangers

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