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TIGHE ON THE DOUBLE AS BRIGID’S PRESERVE AFL1 STATUS

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St Brigid’s maintained their AFL Division 1 status for next season after defeating St Sylvester’s 3-15 to 1-9 in Sunday’s relegation play-off in Russell Park on Sunday morning.

Mal Tighe was the home side’s top-scorer with his 2-4, all from play, central to their victory. Both goals came in quick succession at the midpoint of the second-half after Syls had restarted the better after trailing 0-8 to 0-5 at the interval.

Donal Timoney got Brigid’s off the mark with two excellent points and with Sean Egan and John O’Loughlin driving their side on from the middle third Brigid’s were the more impressive side in the first-half despite playing into the wind.

With Paddy Andrews (pictured)  winning and using the ball to telling effect Brigid’s got scores from Lorcan McCarthy and two from Tighe to go in three up at the half-time break.

However, Jack Hazley began to secure more primary ball for Syls in the early part of the second-half and a converted penalty from Gavin McArdle had them in contention.

But Brigid’s responded impressively to score two well-worked goals and put themselves out of touch.

John O’Loughlin and Philly Ryan combined before Tighe applied the finish for his first goal before three minutes later raiding through on goal before striking a brilliant low angled drive to the corner of the net for his second.

Late on Philly Ryan got Brigid’s third goal to put the final gloss on the scoreboard.

The Malahide club will now join Nh Olaf and Castleknock in AFL Division 2 for the 2019 season.

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