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The Irish News Archive - Aug 3 1998: Down titleholders Burren dumped by Bryansford

Down's Brian Burns
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Down SFC: Bryansford 1-10 Burren 0-9

BURREN’S reign as Down champions came to an end in Hilltown last night when they were beaten by their great rivals Bryansford.

It was also a game of two penalties.

One scored for Bryansford by county star Brian Burns five minutes before half-time and one sent wide by Louth star Stefan White just on the stroke of half-time.

Bryansford won this game with sheer guts and determination allied to some terrific football.

Their interpassing and ability to take scores was in marked contrast to Burren who were slow and laboured and throughout were always in a catching up position.

Star of the Bryansford defence was centre half-back Aidan Shields along with his wing half partners Gareth Toner and Paul Boden while Damien Musson at full back was very sound.

Burren were but a pale shadow of the side that has dominated Down championship football for the past decade.

Bryansford led from the start but the sides were level at 0-3 each at the end of the first quarter with Paul Burns getting all three Bryansford points and Gavin Murdock two and Aidan Woods one for Burren.

Bryansford really opened out in the second quarter taking the lead with a Simon Gribben point and when Brian Burns slotted home from the penalty spot they led by 1-6 to 0-3 at half-time.

The winners increased their lead with points from Declan Murray and Paul Burns within three minutes of the restart and although Aidan McGivern and Aidan Woods came back with Burren points Bryansford still held the upper hand with two pointed frees by Paul Burns which left them secure.

Bryansford: P Travers, J Burns, D Musson, G Morgan, G Toner, A Shields, P Boden, B Burns (1-0), A Carville, P Rooney, G Bailie (0-1), B Lundy (0-1), P Burns (0-6), D Murray (0-1), S Gribben (0-1).

Burren: P Fegan, B McKieran, M Doyle, C Byrne, L Magee, C Doyle, R McGovern, S Ward (0- 1), G Murdock (0-2), P Bradley, P McGovern, B Heaney, S White (0-1), A McGivern (0-1), A Woods (0-2).

Subs: G McFerran for B Heaney, J Trainor (0-2) for P McGovern; P J McAlinden for C Doyle.

Referee: J A Gribben (Clonduff)

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Women’s Ulster Junior Football final: Tyrone 1-11 Down 0-9

TYRONE collected their fourth Ulster title in-a-row at Clones yesterday in a thrilling ladies football final.

Down, playing against the breeze in the first half, had contained a lively Tyrone attack and trailed by four points.

However with five minutes of the half remaining a high ball in by Michaela Doherty evaded the best attempts by Down custodian Elaine McCourt.

Doherty’s goal on 25 minutes opened a seven-point lead for the champions and the last score of the half was started, as well as taken by, Castlewellan’s Lisa Morgan.

Michaela Doherty and Tyrone’s Elaine Kelly exchanged points early in the second half, but the next 20 minutes was dominated by the challengers who were rewarded with points by Martina McCaffery, Marriana Devlin, Michael Downey and Brenda Russell.

With Down’s challenge tiring, Doherty and Denise Hetherington added two vital points to break

Down hearts. Tyrone: H Boyle, A Gildernew, M Kelly, J Poyntz, N McCartan, C Donnelly captain, C McGarvey, D Hetherington (0- 1), N Scott, E Kelly (0-1), C Strain, M Doherty (1-7), C Kelly (0-1), S McGirr, K McGoldrick (0-1).

Sub: L Hughes for S McGirr, A McKernan for N Scott Down: E McCourt, S McKibben, B Russell (0-1), P Miller, M McNeill captain, M Gavin, A Downey, M Downey (0-4), M McCabe, A Keary, J Lavery, M Devlin (0-1), L Morgan (0-1), M McCafferty (0-2), M Feron.

Sub: J Clarke for P Millar

Referee: O McNally (Monaghan)

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Bank of Ireland Leinster SFC final: Kildare 1-12 Meath 0-10

A FABULOUS blot of white lightning, timed at 68 minutes and 50 seconds, by substitute poacher Brian Murphy sparked a firestorm finish by Kildare yesterday for a first provincial win in 42 years before a captive audience of 62,504.

Murphy’s golden goal ended a generation of failed pan-handling, tapping riches only dreamed of to deliver, what for Kildare, had proved an unattainable grasp on the ‘holy grail’ of Leinster senior football.

Glen Ryan raised this most covetted of silver trophies to a delirious sea of white-clad support. Ryan did not need to put too fine a point on the immensity of victory, simply stating five famous words all Kildare craved to hear: “The long wait is over...”.

Kildare: C Byrne; B Lacey, R Quinn, S Dowling; J Finn, G Ryan (capt), A Rainbow (0-1); N Buckley, W McCreery (0-2); E McCormack (0-2), D Kerrigan (0-1), D Earley; M Lynch, K O’Dwyer (0-2), P Graven (0-4).

Sub: B Murphy (1-0) for Kerrigan (concussed) 50 mins.

Meath: C Martin; M O’Reilly, D Fay, D Curtis; E McManus, B Callaghan, H Traynor; N Nestor, J McDermott (0-1); T Giles (0-3), G Geraghty, S Dillon; R Magee (0-3), Brendan R (capt), T Dowd (0-1).

Subs: O Murphy (0-1) for Giles (injured) 61 mins, J Devine (0-1) for Dillon (injured) 63 mins.

Referee: John Bannon (Longford).

Attendance: 62,504

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