Glen 2-10 St Brigid’s 1-12: Glen wins first All-Ireland Club title in thrilling Croke Park decider

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Despite Glen’s breakthrough late in the first half to restore parity, Brigid’s were not fazed and immediately regained control after the restart when Brian Derwin raised a green flag after being found by O’Carroll, who was marked for Ryan Dougan in the second half after giving way. Warnock a bad headache in the first.

Derwin then scored a brilliant goal with the outside of his right boot to put the Connacht team four ahead.

While Glass responded to bring Glen back within three, Glen’s cause was damaged when Cathal Mulholland received a black card in the 48th minute following a confrontation with Bobby Nugent.

Ruaidhri Fallon and Eddie Nolan scored either side of an Emmett Bradley free for Glen which ensured the Roscommon club maintained a four-point lead with six minutes remaining.

However, after a much-needed goal from Michael Warnock brought Glen back into striking distance, Glass collected a pass from McGuckian in the air, beat his man and unleashed an unstoppable right-footed shot past the goalkeeper. of Brigid, Cormac Sheehy, who had strayed from his line.

Glen was given a slight respite thanks to goals from Bradley and McGuckian at the start of five extra minutes, and although Cunnane gave St Brigid’s hope, his final free-kick proved to be the final act of a gripping final that had everyone on edge. from their seats until the final whistle.

There were notable scenes at full time as the Glen players released all the emotions they had felt over the past 12 months as they realized they had completed their mission and become All-Ireland champions.

Canada: Connlan Bradley; Connor Carville, Ryan Dougan, Michael Warnock (0-1); Jody McDermott (1-0), Ciaran McFaul (0-1), Cathal Mulholland; Conor Glass (1-2, 1’45), Emmett Bradley (0-4, 3f); Eunan Mulholland, Conleth McGuckian (0-1), Ethan Doherty (0-1); Tiernan Flanagan, Danny Tallon, Alex Doherty.

Substitutes: Conor Convery for E Mulholland (27 minutes), Stevie O’Hara for Carville (44 minutes), Cahir McCabe for A Doherty (55 minutes).

Saint Brigid: Cormac Sheehy; Robbie Dolan, Brian Stack (0-1), Pearse Frost; Ruaidhri Fallon (0-2), Alan Daly, Ronan Stack; Eddie Nolan (0-2), Shane Cunnane (0-1f); Bobby Nugent (0-1), Paul McGrath, Conor Hand; Ben O’Carroll (0-3, 2m, 1m), Brian Derwin (1-1), Ciaran Sugrue (0-1).

Substitutes: John Cunningham for Derwin (45 minutes), Conor Gleeson for Nugent (56 minutes).

Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare).

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