St Brendan’s 7-8
Four Masters 3-1
ERIN go Bragh will return to Division One of the Warwickshire Football League next season, after St Brendan’s came away from Coventry with seven goals and a victory over Four Masters which greatly eases their own relegation fears.
Missing a number of players, Masters needed a win to maintain a chance of catching Go Bragh at the top of the table. However, it was the visitors who hit a hot streak in front of goal, particularly in the closing half hour, to join them on six points in mid table and heap more pressure on St Finbarrs and St Marys as the league campaign reaches its climax.
It wasn’t until the second-half that Brendan’s pulled away from their opponents, with the sides going into the interval level. Michael McGettrick, who put in an excellent shift for his side, added a goal to corner-forward Sean Mills’ flicked effort into the back of the net as well as midfielder Dan McAndrew’s longer range looped effort which also landed under the crossbar.
Returning after a two-year absence, Masters’ Joe Smith responded with a fine goal of his own to add to his four-point haul. Steve Monahan grabbed a further goal for the home side, who were buoyed by a couple of points apiece from Declan Keogh and Liam Connolly, leaving the sides on level terms at the change of ends.
It was Brendan’s second-half performance - which has been a feature of many of their games so far this season - and their four additional goals, which saw them return back up the M6 with both points.
Shane Kelly featured prominently for the visitors, and his brace of goals helped galvanise his side. Moss Hartnett raced through to add a further goal along with Jack Doyle who could have had a second goal late on only to miss a last-ditch penalty opportunity.
Monahan added a third goal for the home side but with Jack Jeffcott keeping the scoreboard ticking over as the game wore on Brendans saw out the game to record a third win as they gear up for the 'Come on Eileen' charity event this Saturday, May 9 at Highgate Football Club on Tythe Barn Lane in Solihull, which gets underway at noon.