Dublin Senior Hurling Championship – Quarter-Final
St Brigids V St Vincents
The quarter-finals of the Dublin Senior Hurling championship get underway this coming Friday (October 7th) when St Brigids and St Vincents clash in Parnell Park. Both sides will be glad to have avoided perennial heavyweights, Ballyboden St Endas and will be hoping that their luck will extend all the way to the final.
St Brigids qualified for this quarter-final after a five point win over fallen giants, Craobh Chiaran. In that game, goals from Stephen Callinan and Brendan McEnerney helped get them over the line.
It was something of a surprise victory for Brigids in that game as they have not regularly qualified for the latter stages of the championship and would be more recognised as a football club. However, in Daire Plunkett, they do have a player of enormous talent and potential and Brigids will need him firing on all cylinders if they are to see off the enormous challenge that they face in St Vincents.
St Vincents qualified for this quarter-final after topping group 1 of the senior championship. Among their wins in the group was a one point win over St Brigids and they will be anxious to repeat that feat this weekend.
However, with the success of the Dublin footballers and hurlers this year, they have not had a championship game in months and may be rusty coming into this game. Having said that, they do have the considerable talents of the Connolly brothers on board for this game! One brother is Dublin’s All-Ireland football winner, Diarmuid while his younger brother Tomás was a part of the Dublin under 21 hurling team that was beaten by Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final.
They also have former Dublin stars, Tomás McGrane and Ronan Fallon on board.
Although Vincents only won by a point last time out, they look to have more firepower than Brigids and should win this one.
Verdict: St Vincents