The club that dominated the Roscommon ladies football scene for over a decade will take their place back at the top table again in 2021 after St. Brigid’s overcame Boyle by 2-9 to 0-8 in this afternoon’s intermediate championship decider against Boyle, with a player of the match performance from Kate Nolan lighting up the stage at St. Aidan’s GAA club in Ballyforan.
Playing with a strong breeze at their backs in the first half, St. Brigid’s exerted huge pressure on the Boyle kickout and led by 0-6 to 0-1 at the first water break, with all six points coming from frees from Nolan.
Around the middle third of the field the workrate of Tom Lennon’s side was phenomenal as they owned the ball, and two second-quarter goals gave them a substantial half time lead. Abbi Curran fired in the first, capitalising on some great approach play from her sister Lauren and Áine O’Brien, while a stunning run and finish from Nolan made it 2-7 to 0-5 at the interval.
Nolan and captain Claire Grehan extended that lead after half time before Boyle tried to rally late on, led by Kate Harrington. However a missed penalty was a huge blow to Vinny Flanagan’s women and they never looked like getting the goals they needed after that, even while St. Brigid’s were reduced to 14 players due to a sin bin offence.
For full details and match report, pick up Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald.