Plain Sailing for St. Brigids in Parnell Park this afternoon in the Dublin Senior A Hurling Semi Final

Senior A Hurling Championship - Craobh Chiarain v St. Brigids

Craobh Chiarain 1-13
St. Brigids 2-17

Cian O’Sullivan and Paul Winters goals in the first half saw St. Brigids take control and coast into this year’s Dublin Senior A Hurling Final. Taking a 2-08 to 0-06 lead into the break, Craobh Chiarain struggled to contain their opponents. And indeed failed capitalise on their own attacking opportunities.

It sees the Russell Park side through to their first final since 2003, and the chance to win their first ever Senior Hurling title.

Even outscoring Brigids by a point in the second half was too little. And losing defender Eugene Farrell to a second yellow with eight minutes to go just spelled how bad a day Chiarains had.

If not for Cian Derwin the scoreline could have been a lot worse for the Donnycarney side. Likewise For Brigids, Paul Winters contribution of 1-06 aided his side to a victory manager Johnny McGuirk will savour as they wait to see who their Final opponents will be.

The early goals got St. Brigid’s off to a flying start. O’Sullivan and Winters finding the net in the 12th and 17th minute of the first session. That seemed to take the sting out of Craobh Chiarain’s attack as they certainly started the brighter of the two sides. It was certainly a half of the two Number 12’s as Winters and Derwin came to the fore for their respective sides.

Chiarain’s got some match ups right but failed to convert the attack

Derwin, who got the opening score in both halves, and Chiarain’s goal in the second, was there to capitalise on Brigid’s lapsed discipline at the back scoring three frees either side of half time. Another from play along with scores from Robbie Mahon and Gary Kelly kept the scoreboard ticking. But three wides from the Chiarain’s half forward will leave him disappointed.

For Brigids, a lot seemed to click after a slowish start. Mark Kavanagh, named at 14 ran either side of the halfway line the entire opening session. And while Chiarain’s were doing a great job keeping Johnny McGuirk quiet up front Winters and O’Sullivan were more than happy to pick up the slack.

McGuirk did manage to find space in the second half, or rather his team mates found him. He finished the day with 0-04, one of those from a free at the clubhouse side of the ground.

Brigid’s keeper Alan Nolan had to be at his best to deny James Finn from close range with five minutes remaining.

All in all there were large spells of one way traffic for Brigids. And Chiarain’s, who were unbeaten until today, will be disappointed with their performance.

Scorers for Craobh Chiarain:

12. Cian Derwin 1-06 (1-05f)
10. Robbie Mahon 0-01
15. Billy Ryan 0-01
4  Gary Kelly 0-01
8  Conor Ryan 0-01
6. Kevin Hetherton 0-01
9. Alan McCrabbe 0-01
13. James Finn 0-01

Scorers for St. Brigids:
12. Paul Winters 1-06  (6f)
15. Cian O’Sullivan 1-02
13. Johnny McGuirk 0-04 (1f)
11. Eoin Dunne 0-02 (1 sideline)
7. Mark Kavanagh 0-01
14. Kevin Callaghan 0-01
6. Daire Plunkett 0-01
Craobh Chiarain:

1. Stephen Chester
2. Sean Finnegan
3. Eugene Farrell
4 Gary Kelly
26. Damien O’Reilly
6. Kevin Hetherton
7. Derek O’Reilly
8 Conor Ryan
9. Alan McCrabbe
10. Robbie Mahon
11 Francis Usanga
12. Cian Derwin
18. Paul Kelly
14. Kieron McGouran
15. Billy Ryan

Craobh Chiarain Substitutes:

20. Aaron Kenny for 26. Damien O’Reilly (HT)
24. Stephen O’Brien for 7. Derek O’Reilly (40)
13. James Finn for 14. Kieron McGouran (49)
17. Daniel Cullen for 2. Sean Finnegan (49)
19. Stephen Kelly for 11 Francis Usanga (61)

St. Brigids:

1. Alan Nolan
2. Eoghan McKeague
3. Andrew Dunphy
4. Jack O’Neill
5. Donnacha Ryan
6. Daire Plunkett
7. Mark Kavanagh
8. Keith Mullally
9. Ciaran Kellett
10. Cathal Doyle
11. Eoin Dunne
12. Paul Winters
13. Johnny McGuirk
14. Kevin Callaghan
15. Cian O’Sullivan

St. Brigids Substitutes:

17. Luke Purtill for 14. Kevin Callaghan (HT)
18. James O’Connell for 8. Keith Mullally (47)
19. Sean Dunphy for 9. Ciaran Kellett (57)