Late heartbreak for Brigid’s in dramatic final

Heartbreak for St Brigid’s at the final whistle of this afternoon’s All-Ireland Club SFC Final. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

St Brigid’s suffered a heartbreaking one-point defeat in a thrilling AIB All-Ireland club senior final at Croke Park on Sunday. The Roscommon champions turned in a magnificent display and led until the 56th minute only to see the Derry men score 1-2 to snatch the title in a welter of excitement.

Brigid’s were by far the better team in the opening half and with Ben O’Carroll and Ruaidhri Fallon outstanding they forged into a 0-7 to 0-3 lead by the 25th minute. It could have been even more as Ben O’Carroll and Robbie Dolan had great goal chances blocked by the Glen defence.

Glen scored a goal against the run of play in the 28th minute from Jody McDermott and an Ethan Doherty point meant that the sides were level at half-time. Glen 1-5 St Brigid’s 0-8.

Brigid’s had a dream start to the second half when Brian Derwin fisted home a great goal after a brilliant team move and the Roscommon men looked set to take the Andy Merrigan Cup back across the Shannon when they led by 1-11 to 1-7 by the 55th minute. But Glen finished strongly and when Brigid’s gave the ball away in the 57th minute Conor Glass pounced for a great goal.

Then a point from Conleth McGuckian saw them go two ahead. Brigid’s narrowed the gap in injury-time with a Shane Cunnane free. Brigid’s had a chance to level with the last kick of the game but missed a 45 metre free and the title had been snatched by Glen. Final score: Glen 2-10 St Brigid’s 1-12