Garrycastle beat St Brigid’s to reach final

Updated: February 18, 2012

Garrycastle from Athlone beat Roscommon’s St Brigid’s by two points this afternoon in Longford.
Match report to follow

Garrycastle (Westmeath) 1-11 1-09 St Brigid’s (Roscommon), Pearse Park FT

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60+1 Dessie Dolan kicks a free after shocking play from St Brigid’s keeper
60min St Brigid’s still on the attack.
59min St Brigid’s on the attack.
58min Cathal McHugh leaves one between them.
57min Poor wide from Gary Dolan, that could of sealed it for Garrycastle.
56min Frankie Dolan kicks it wide.
55min St Brigid’s have a free on the 45′ yard line.
53min Some poor play from St Brigid’s.
52min Poor wide from Senan Kilbride.
51min No mistakes from Frankie Dolan,only two in it.
50min St Brigid’s with another easy free.
48min It a free infront of the posts for St Brigid’s, David Shaughnessy is sent off for Garrycastle. Its was only a matter of time.
45min Its a wide from Frankie Dolan, St Brigid’s need a score.
45min Ian Kilbride hits the post when he should of got a goal.
44min Dessie Dolan kicks his sixth point, Garrycastle now four points up.
42min Dessie Dolan gives Garrycastle a three point lead.
40min Game delayed due to a few injuries.
37min Dessie Dolan scores a free and James Dolan kicks a goal.
35min St Brigid’s with the possession but its very scrappy in the poor conditions.
32min Senan Kilbride kicks only the third wide of the match.
31min Second half underway. Garrycastle have seven players on yellow cards.
Halftime We have a small bit of a brawl, it was to be expected.
30+2 Ian Kilbride gives St Brigid’s a two point lead.
30+1 Senan Kilbride kicks a great point from play, St Brigid’s look like they will lead at half time and have the breeze in the second half.
29min The rain is getting very heavy, the seventh yellow card has been issued. It will be a miracle if the match ends with 30 players on the pitch.
28min Dessie Dolan kicks another easy free over the bar.
27min Cathal McHugh kicks a great point for St Brigid’s.
26min Gary Dolan levels up the match.
23min Dessie Dolan kicks a nice free.
22min Karl Mannion converts the penalty.
21min A penalty for St Brigid’s
20min Dessie Dolan kicks Garrycastle into the lead.
19min Very worrying for Garrycastle who have not scored for fifteen minutes and they have the breeze in the first half.
16min Nail Cregg brings St Brigids back level.
13min St Brigid’s well on top now. Three players booked in the first thirteen minutes.
11min Senan Kilbride kicks a great point from play.
9min Cathal McHugh opens the scoring for St Brigids
8min Wide from Dessie Dolan.
4min James Deignan gives the Athlone side a three point lead.
3min Paul Dillion doubles the lead for Garrycastle.
1min James Dolan gives Garrycastle the lead, with a really nice point from play.
1min The match is underway. GarryCastle have the wind in the first half.
0min The national anthem is getting underway. The buzz of excitement in the crowd is incredible.
0min Todays All Ireland Senior Club Football Championship will take the form of a local darby as the eagerly anticipated clash between Athlone outfit Garrycastle and their Roscommon neighbours St. Brigids kicks off

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Glennon Brother Pearse Park, Longford is the venue on Saturday as both sides vie for a place in the 2012 All Ireland Club Final at GAA headquarters in Croke Park.

The game will kick-off at 2pm on Saturday and the two neighbouring clubs have dominated both local and national media attention in the run up to the big day with a huge crowd expected to be in attendance.

Leinster champions Garrycastle can be described as a surprise package in this year’s last four after overcoming an eight point deficit to defeat St. Brigid’s of Dublin and claim their first provincial title in the Senior Club Championship.

Garrycastle had come close on previous occasions as provincial finalists and semi-finalists over the past two seasons.

However, just as it looked as if they would have to settle for second best once more, a late surge from the Athlone side saw Conor Cosgrave slot over the winner in injury time to hand Garrycastle their first provincial crown.

Last year’s beaten finalists St. Brigids are no strangers to the business end of the Senior Club Championship after defeating Nemo rangers at this stage in the 2011 campaign.

The Connacht champions will be hoping to go one further this year and they enter Saturday’s game as bookies favourites having impressed in recent challenge matches in the run up to the match.

Garrycastle have already defied expectations to reach the final four of this year’s All Ireland Senior Club Championship.

However the Leinster Champions have tasted glory and are hungry for more as they go in search of a victory that would secure their place in the 2012 Croke Park decider and bestow enormous bragging rights for Garrycastle in the local rivalry with the Connacht champions.

The key battle could well be between the St Brigid’s defence and the Garrycastle attack. Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists haven’t conceded a goal in their three matches of the current campaign while the newly-crowned Leinster title-holders have raised the green flag six times in the same number of outings.

The winner will set up a meeting with either reigning All-Ireland champions Crossmaglen Rangers who defeated St. Brigids on St. Patrick’s Day last year or Dr. Crokes with the two sides also meeting the other semi-final at 2pm on Saturday.

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