Rain can’t dampen St Brigids’ spirits

By Staff Reporter

St Brigid’s sent two teams to compete in the annual Jack McCartan tournament at St Paul’s recently and, despite terrible weather conditions, both the girls and boys performed very well on the day.

The St Brigid’s girls started the group stages with a very tough encounter against local neighbours Carryduff.

St Brigid’s were in front at the halfway stage, however, they were pegged back in the second half and the game finished in a draw.

Next up were Bredagh. This time the girls were behind at the break but a superb second half saw the girls score three times to take the points. Wins over Ardoyne and O’Donnell’s meant that St Brigid’s were in the final against the hosts St Paul’s.

In the first half St Brigid’s fell behind to a couple of early scores to an impressive St Paul’s side, who were hot favourites for the title.

However, the young ladies from Malone, reeling from the early scores, set about their fight back and early in the second half they were soon level.

Indeed it looked like the momentum was with the South Belfast team, as they put a couple of chances wide.

St Paul’s, however, managed to weather this storm and cleared their lines and in the last couple of minutes fired over two unanswered scores to take the trophy. A disappointing end to a long day for the girls, who played fantastically all day to reach the final.

 

One better

The St Brigid’s boys managed to go one better than the girls as they took home the Jack McCartan trophy for the first time in the club’s history.

The boys managed to come through a group containing Bredagh and Lámh Dhearg with maximum points to enter the knock out stages. In the quarter-final they played one of the two St Paul’s teams in the competition.

St Brigid’s quickly took a hold on the game with a number of early scores and despite the backing of a great home support the hosts could not respond.

In the semi-final the boys once again faced another St Paul’s side who had come through the other half of the draw.

This game was a much tighter affair, played out on a very heavy pitch, which drained the energy from both sides.

Once again the Malone lads raced into the lead and were ahead at the break. In the second half St Paul’s pulled out all the stops and threw everything at the visitors, however, St Brigid’s resolute defence held out and they eventually ran out winners.

In the final the boys faced a tough Davitt’s side and it was a cracker.

With a couple of minutes to go it was all square, until a well worked ball out of defence ended up coming off the post to a St Brigid’s forward, who calmly hand passed it over the bar.

A point from a free quickly followed and it was enough to take the title for St Brigid’s.

Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, all the boys and girls from St Brigid’s had a great day and really enjoyed the well organised tournament and hospitality from St Paul’s.

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