St Brigid’s bet Ballymun Kickhams in dramatic circumstances after Frankie Dolan snatched a 61st-minute winner before 28,928 spectators at Croke Park this afternoon.
St Brigid’s (Roscommon) 2-11 Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) 2-10
First time finalists Ballymun Kickhams looked hungrier in the opening stages and led by 2-2 to 0-1 in the seventh minute, with Philly McMahon and Dean Rock bagging goals inside 90 seconds.
St. Brigids rallied back with Senan Kilbride firing their first goal after 11 minutes, after the full-forward slid the ball to the net past Ballymun Kickhams goalkeeper Sean Currie.
This cut the gap to five points, but Ballymun continued to work hard, with Jason Whelan firing a 12th-minute point.
Brigid’s bagged four of the next five scores, with Richard Blaine, Frankie Dolan and Karol Mannion helping to leave just a goal between the sides in first half injury time.
The second half was a gallant performance, Rock and Kilbride traded points inside the opening four minutes of the second half, but the Roscommon side found that extra bit required in the closing 30 minutes.
Brigid’s piled the pressure on late on in the half and in extra time and it was Frankie Dolan who delivered the winning score, with referee Paudie Hughes signalling the full-time whistle soon after.
Both finals went the way of the west today as the club football championship goes up to Roscommon.