Brigid’s ladies chasing their own three-in-a-row milestone

Senior Ladies Football Championship Final St. Brigid’s v Padraig Pearses Knockcroghery, Saturday at 4.00 pm Old rivalries will be renewed on Saturday evening in Knockcroghery where St. Brigid’s and Padraig Pearses will contest the County Ladies Senior Championship Final. The two teams, who competed in a very entertaining county senior league final earlier this year, will both be seeking to depart from Knockcroghery with landmark achievements on Saturday evening.   Victory for St. Brigid’s will ensure that the GAA community in Roscommon will remember this Kiltoom for decades. Champions in 2005 and again last year, St. Brigid’s have dominated ladies’ football in this county in recent years and are determined to win the championship for the third consecutive year.   The 2007 championship would be special for Padraig Pearses too; this is a renewed, refreshed, reinvigorated Taughmaconnell team and success at Knockcroghery will represent significant progression on its road to the top of ladies’ club football in the West of Ireland.   St. Brigid’s won the league final by a comfortable five points and experienced Ladies’ football enthusiasts in the county expect that the Kiltoom club will win by a similar margin on Saturday.   Padraig Pearses’ manager Padraig Kelly believes that his team is in with a very strong chance of surprising the patrons in Knockcroghery and expects that his team will challenge strongly for superiority in the final.   ‘We played them in the league final and they beat us by five points but we’ve certainly improved since. The league started in May and we didn’t do any work until after the Leaving Cert. We’re in a re-building process and a lot of our players were doing state exams until that stage.   ‘St. Brigid’s are probably ahead of us but we think that we do it,’ Kelly told Roscommon People.   St. Brigid’s joint manager Patsy O’Connor similarly refused to accept that the result of the match is a foregone conclusion and explained that, while he and his players are confident in advance of the game, they expect a strong and sustained challenge from Padraig Pearses.   ‘We beat Pearses by five points in the league final but that was some time ago. We’re very confident going into the game but we know that we’re playing a very good team and the result will depend largely on the way the breaks go on the day,’ said O’Connor.   Padraig Pearses’ loss of Jenny Downey through injury is of massive significance in the context of this game. Downey is one of the leading footballers in the county and her absence deprives Pearses of its most potent scoring threat. Without her Kelly will look to Steffi Carty, Suzanne Costello and defenders Olivia Keogh and Ursula Brooks for stability. Claire Grehan, Catherine Kilcommins, Mary Beades and newcomers Cliona McHugh will be important for St. Brigid’s.   Expect a tremendously exciting contest, with St. Brigid’s likely to emerge with the trophy.   Prediction: St. Brigid’s.