Bridge Junior As Qualify for Junior A league Final.
(Report by Patrick Punch)
The 'Bridge faced Ballyea on Saturday last in Shannon with a place in the Junior A league final awaiting the winners.
Ballyea against a strong breeze started the brightest and quickly went into a 3 point lead. The Bridge then replied with 2 frees from Tommy Liddy to leave just 1 point between the sides with 15 minutes gone. Then the only goal of the game was scored by Ballyea and this put them into a 4 point lead. This sprung the 'Bridge back into life and they quickly replied with 2 points in quick succession. In the final 5 minutes of the half the 'Bridge scored 2 more points to leave them leading by a point at half time. The half time score was SMB 0-07 Ballyea 1-03.
The 'Bridge knew they would be up against it in the second half and were going to be playing against a strong breeze. The 'Bridge started the brightest in the second half and scored 2 points in a row from frees. Ballyea responded with a point of their own. Ballyea then started to dominate but found it hard to break through a resolute 'Bridge defence. Near the end of the match the 'Bridge went into a 4 point lead. Ballyea fought hard to close the gap. Near The end Ballyea were awarded a free 50 yards out. The free was pointed to leave the gap at 3 points. This turned out to be the final score of the match. Final score was SMB 0-15 Ballyea 1-09.
The 'Bridge will now face a very strong Doorabarefield team in the Junior A league final.
1) Richard Drake
2) D O Meara 3) Rory Liddane 4) Mark Quinn
5) Seanie Murry 6) Mush 7) A. Chaplin
8) Duck 9) Kieran Liddane
10) Stevie Mulready 11) Stiofan Fitz 12) Shane McInerney
13) Tommy Liddy 14) Kevin Phelan 15) Errol Tuohy
Subs: Colm Noonan, Johnathan Hayes, Jamie Keogh, Eoin Flynn (Replaced K.Phelan), Robert Conlon (Replaced Errol Tuohy), Martin Conlon, Daniel Collins
Management: Alan White (Manager), Pat Corbett, Patrick Punch, Brian o Loughlan and Keith Walker.