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Relief as Senior Footballers retain Div1 status

AFL1 St Brigids 2-12 St Sylvesters 3-10 Although we led from start to finish, sometimes by 7 or 8 points, we were again happy to scrape over the line by the minimum margin and ensure we avoid the relegation lottery. We played some lovely deciisive football, especially in th efirst half where Jack opened with a goal and a point, Barry replaced Gary very early (I didn't see what happened), Michael, Dave Sexton, Nockser all hitting good points. Gavin and Ross were excellent in the middle while a new look defense had to cope with a very talented Brigids forward division.

We gave up a soft goal mid foirst half and when Brigids immediately broke through for a second they were thwarted by an excellent brave save from the brilliant Michael Shiels, one of many brave saves by the ever improving keeper. Overeall I have to give great credit to the defense, Conor Quinn, although out mussled by the still excellent Kevin Bonner, still stook stubornley to his task and made some great blocks and interceptions to keep Brigids out in a tense last 10 minutes. Conor was well supported by an also excellent Aiden Lalor, tasked with holding Dubs hero Paddy Andrews and Aido did a Philly McMahon cameo hitting two excellent points on top of his marking duties. John Peacock finished the season on the field after a long injury and played his part along with Glenn, Beano and Ronan Palmer who also warrents a special mention for a very industrious display.

Ross was probably my most consistent palyer this year again taking the brunt of the formidable physical challenge in the middle of the field and today well supported by Gavin who was litterally everywhere supporting and linking. Of course I would to see quicker more consistend distribution to challenge the opposing backline, I think we give away more ball in the midle which costs us.

Collie Mc was efficient droppng back as a sweeper, Barry Ryan worked his socks off, Mark Finnerty looked very lively when introduced,  and the forwards were good except for the last 10 minutes where we need a bit more composure to close ort the game and yet again we got nervous and missed easy chances, a flaw we really must address, we have to learn to kill a game.

Well done to all for retaining our status and hopefully it will give us a platform to challenge for the top again next year. Although I should'nt make excuses we were hit bad by injuries and absenteeism to established players this year, Scooby, Eoin Fanning, Gary, Conor Meaney, Jockser, David Galvin, Dominic the ones I can think of. We did manage to blood a lot of young players, Alan Kavanagh, Scrappy Cunningham, Karl Archibald, Conor Quinn, Paul Connolly, Finnerty, and this will stand to us next year.

Final word of thanks to all the club members who have given good support to the team throughout the year, we had good support and a good Syls shout out in Russle Park again today and I'm sure it helps.

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