In a sporting year that has thrown up so many surprises, St Brigid’s of Westmeath produced yet another one as recorded a sensational victory over reigning Westmeath champions Clonkill in the Westmeath Senior Hurling Championship.
The Daleystown club who draw the bulk of their players from footballing strongholds of Tyrellspass, Rochfortbridge and Miltownpass have been on the end of some hammerings in the hurling championship, but they turned the tide in Cusack Park in Mullingar with a 4-05 to 0-15 win over the county champions. Clonkill, were priced at 1/100 in some bookmakers, while St Brigid’s could have been got at a tasty 50/1 to win the tie.
Paddy Carroll, was the hero as he made a superb save, while also bagging a goal which wouldn’t be far off a goal of the year contender. Selector of St Brigid’s, Joe Faulkner, commenting on the terrific win to Midlands 103 radio said that he would have been happy with a 5 or 6 point defeat before the game.
Social media went into shock as people described the game as the shock of the century. The win will surely Ger Gill’s charges a boost as they look to retain their top flight status for 2017.