5 Brigids Hurlers on Successful Dublin All Ireland Winning Team 2014-09-02 13:10:00

Dublins U16 Hurlers epitomised development of hurling in the county as they captured their first ever All-Ireland U16 John Doyle Perpetual trophy on Saturday in Dundrum, Co Tipperary. Well done to the 5 Brigids players involved as well as Club Coach Paul O Brien who is on the management team and to clubman Alan Beirne who was Physio.

In their first group game against Clare, 2-02 from Na Fiannas Donal Burke and two points from the influential Kevin Callaghan (St Brigids) helped Dublin to a 2-7 to 1-6 victory.

Their second game was a tight, tense affair against Wexford, and stellar displays from Eoin Foley (Naomh Olaf) and Cian O Sullivan (St Brigids), and three points from Lucan Sarsfields? Ciarán Dowling ensured a 1-07 to 1-04 Dublin win. The final group game against Offaly was more one sided and Dublin won-out well with a score of 7-10 to 0-05. Na Fiannas Colin Currie was top scorer with 2-05 while Lorcan Finnegan from Erins Isle and Johnny McGurk from St Brigids gave strong performances.

Having topped their group Dublin went on to meet Waterford in the Semi-Final. The sides were level coming up to half time, but a real purple patch from the Boys in Blue, hitting 2-02 without reply, ensured they were never in any trouble and ran out 3-9 to 1-3 winners with a Final against Kilkenny to look forward to. Colin Currie was top scorer again with 2-01 while Conor Burke from St Vincents hit 1-02.

In the final Dublin went 0-4 to 0-00 down in the first half and at half time were still trailing Kilkenny by three points. Superb second half points by Craobh Chiarains Conor Ryan and Eoin Foley of Naomh Olaf kept the Dubs in touch, but with 60 seconds left on the clock they were still trailing 0-9 to 0-6. However this is when the resilience and determination of this talented young side really came to the fore, and after a scramble in the Kilkenny goalmouth Johnny McGurk finished the ball to the net forcing the game into ten minutes of extra time. A point each from Eoin Foley, Colin Currie and Seafra Fitzgerald in extra time was enough to give Dublin a 1-09 to 0-09 victory and their first ever title in this competition. Best for Dublin in the final were captain, Seafra Fitzgerald (Na Fianna), along with Cian O Sullivan and Mark O Keeffe from St Vincents.

U16 Dublin Panel

Dara Perry St Vincents
Conor Ryan Craobh Chiarain
Daire Gray Whitehall Colmcilles
Jack O Neill St Brigids
Eanna MacDomhnaill St Vincents
Jack McVeigh Faughs
Cian O Sullivan  St Brigids
Kevin Callaghan St Brigids
Ciaran Dowling    Lucan Sarsfields
Donal Burke Na Fianna
Colin Currie Na Fianna
Eoin Foley St Olafs
Seafra Fitzgerald Na Fianna
Conor Burke St Vincents
Aidan Mellett Ballyboden St Endas
Ryan Defelice Cuala
Lorcan Finnegan Erins Isle
Jonny McGuirk St Brigids
Peter Feeney Na Fianna
Cillian Byrne Ballyboden St Endas
John Walsh St Vincents
Mark O?Keeffe St Vincents
Conor Lennon   St Finnians
Brian Moulds Kevins
Brian Dennis Naomh Barrog
Dara McHugh Na Fianna
Donnacha Ryan St Brigids
Dylan Considine Whitehall Colmcilles
Glen Doderill  Naomh Fhionnbarra
Jack McVeigh  Faughs
James Holland  Ballyboden St Endas
Kevin Elliott  Crumlin
Paddy Smyth  Clontarf
Ronan Hayes  Kilmacud Crokes
Sean Dunphy  Wild Geese
Tom O Flaherty Clontarf

Management Team

Paul O Brien Crumlin
Eoin Roche Faughs
Gar O Driscoll Naomh Mearnog

St Brigids GAA Club,
Russell Park, Navan Road, Dublin 15