The seniors faced Belcoo of Fermanagh in the quarter final of Ulster Championship on Saturday evening in Celtic Park Derry. The Bridge played against the strong breeze in the first half and trailed by 2 after the opening minutes. The Bridge pegged back the lead by the 6th minute via points from Sweeney and McColgan then in 8th minute a superb floating pass from Brooks was plucked mid air by Eamon Burke who turned and drove the ball to the back of the net to open up a 3 point lead. Belcoo responded strongly with 2 quick points and in the 11th minute a high dangerous ball was flicked to the net to restore their earlier 2 point advantage. In the 14th minute Kevin Sweeney converted a free and a minute later the game was levelled with a Mark McGrogan point on his weaker left foot. Over the next 12 minutes the teams exchanged 3 points apiece, the Bridges coming via CD, Sweeney and Paudie McGrogan and deep in injury time Belcoo slotted over to go into the break 1 ahead. With the wind at their backs in the second half, the Bridge quickly levelled the game via Mark McGrogan and took the moments after with a Sweeney free, a lead which they would maintain for the remainder of the game. In the 37th minute CD superbly converted a 50 yard free off the ground and minutes later quick hands from Eamon Burke saw him offload to Kevin Sweeney who ran in and drilled the ball to the back of the net. This was followed up with a Danny Mulholland free in 42nd minute and in the 45th minute the win was all but secured when a brave challenge by Michael Bateson saw the ball break to Burke who raced in to score his second goal of the game and more importantly increase the lead to 9. Paddy McGuigan curled over in the 46th minute and a lung busting run by Odhrán McGlone was finished off with a great point by the same player to increase the lead to 11. Belcoos only score of the second half was a converted free in the 53rd minute with the Bridge finishing strongly with further points from Bateson, Mulholland and CD to run out comfortable winners on a scoreline of Newbridge 3-16 Belcoo 1-09.
Newbridge scorers were; E Burke (2-00), K Sweeney (1-04), C Doherty (0-03), D Mulholland & M McGrogan (0-02 each), D McColgan, P McGrogan, P McGuigan, O McGlone and M Bateson (0-01 each).
The team will now face Moy of Tyrone in the Semi Final with exact date (either 11 or 12th Nov) and venue yet to be finalised.
The committee wish to offer our deepest sympathies to the Bradley family circle on the recent passing of Mary. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
This week’s lotto numbers are 11, 17, 25 & 28 – there were no winners Muldoon Boys, Mickey Stewart, Larry Young and LMN c/o Pat Rabbi each win £25. Next weeks jackpot is £2,600.
Bingo resumes this Saturday at 8.30pm in the Hall.
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