ST NAUL’S held on in the face of a sturdy comeback from Naomh Bríd, who played the last ten minutes with 14 men, to reach the Intermediate final.
St Naul’s 1-9 Naomh Brid 1-8
When Tomas Gallagher was sent off, Naomh Brid were three behind.
They hit back with a late burst as Callum Gallagher and Eoin Rush took them to within a point, but St Naul’s held on to book a place in the final for the second time in three years.
St Naul’s, after being level at half-time, had a great start to the second half. Ten minutes after the re-start, Michael Coughlan clipped in a goal for the Mountcharles men to open up a six-point (1-7 to 0-4) lead.
From there to the finish, Barry Meehan’s men only hit two points and Naomh Bríd will be feeling a lot of regret as a comeback fell just shy of toppling the pre-match favourites.
Peadar Mogan (pictured) made the play for the St Naul’s goal as he fed Coughlan to net.
Sam Burgess fired in a goal for Naomh Bríd and St Naul’s, just, hung on to reach the final.
St Naul’s: Gavin Mulreaney; Caolan Gaffney, Brendan McCole, John Rose; Martin Breslin, Conor McBrearty, Michael Coughlan; Lee McBrearty, Daniel Brennan (0-1,45); Ian Campbell, Stuart Johnston (0-2), Peadar Mogan (0-3,2f); Stephen Griffin (0-3f), Barry Griffin, Shane Conneely. Subs used: Dermot Gallagher, Cathal Lowther.
Naomh Brid: Pauric McDaid, Liam Duffy, Sam Burgess (1-0), Jamie Timoney; Clint Walsh, Ross Gallagher, Eoin Quinn; Sean Gormley, Tomas Gallagher; Gary McCafferty, Gearoid Gallagher, Darragh Brogan; Ryan Brogan (0-1f), Callum Gallagher (0-43f), Declan McCafferty (0-2). Subs used: Eoin Rush (0-1), Richard Walsh, Billy Harron.
Referee: James Connors (St Eunans)Tags: