Su­per Saints see off county champs to reach semis


Drogheda Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

ST Brides main­tained their im­pres­sive start to the sea­son when they de­feated county champions, Sean O’Ma­ho­nys by two points on Sun­day af­ter­noon to reach the last four of the Paddy Sheelan Cup.

The Knock­bridge side had al­ready beaten the O’Ma­ho­nys in the group stages and proved that the re­sult was no flash in the pan as they re­peated the vic­tory af­ter hold­ing off a sec­ond half rally the hosts at the Point Road.

The Brides went into the game with a 100 per cent record in the com­pe­ti­tion and the con­fi­dence of that run was ev­i­dent in the open­ing half as they eased into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead by the in­ter­val. Ben McLaugh­lin scored the only point of the half for a dis­ap­point­ing O’Ma­ho­nys.

The Knock­bridge side looked to be cruis­ing to vic­tory when they kicked the first two points of the sec­ond half to go seven clear.

How­ever, the hosts fi­nally got into their stride and with Conor Fin­negan and Keith McLaugh­lin among the scor­ers they grad­u­ally re­duced the gap. En­ter­ing the clos­ing stages there was just a point between the teams, but it was the Brides who had the fi­nal say with a late point to claim vic­tory.

One of the most sat­is­fy­ing as­pects of the game for the win­ners was the fact that all of their for­wards got on the score­sheet.

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