Following on from their ground-breaking victory last Wednesday against Clanna Gael Fontenoy, The McGowans of Phibsborough Ladies Football team immediately began focusing on their first home League match of the season against St Monica’s, a team St Brendan’s thought they had left behind in Division 9.
Last season in Division 8, three teams, Innisfails, Garda Westmanstown Gaels and St Sylvester’s, withdrew from the League. Innisfails withdrew before the start of the League whilst the latter two only played one match, struggled to get 15 players during the course of the season and eventually pulled out. Wanderers were relegated to leave three slots open in the Division. St Brendan’s won promotion on merit, 2nd placed Garristown (whom we play away on July 5th) and 3rd placed St Monica’s also got promotion to ensure a 10 team Division 8.
So the latest chapter of the Brendan’s – Monica’s rivalry began at 7.05pm on Wed 12 April. One minute later, Sinead Morrissey, who learned the many tales of great matches between the sides all week, opened the scoring for The Female Dark Force after a Julie O’Neill turnover. Michelle Dolan won the resulting kick-out and developed the play herself to score a point.
Erin Fadian turned over a Monette’s attack and played the ball to Christine Dilworth, who found Julie Fox to raise the first green flag of the match. Two Minutes later, Fox had a second raised, this time courtesy of a Morrissey pass. However the away side were quick to close with a goal and a point, the goal coming from a quick free which surprised Karen O’Connell and found itself to the net.
But St Brendan’s bounced back with another point from Julie Fox and then with a point from Christine Dilworth after a great catch from Katie Lavelle to win the Monettes kick-out. Fox made a personal tally of 2-3 with another point following good work from fellow Limerick lady Helen Lenihan. Dilworth doubled her tally with another point after a pass from Sinead Morrissey. Moments later the Mullingar Dynamo Morrissey notched up her second score of the evening, after winning a Monica’s kick-out.
Making her seasonal bow, The Skibbereen Skyrocket Julie O’Neill opened her scoring account for 2017 after collecting a pass from Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano who had gotten bottled up by the Monica’s defence. Morrissey then made it 0-3 to her credit when her goal bound shot skimmed the crossbar and over the bar. A final Monica’s point closed proceedings for the first half.
Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-09(15) to 1-02(5) St Monica’s
Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano won possession from a St Monica’s kick-out and passed to Julie O’Neill who found Julie Fox, to round off her second hat trick of the season with a low shot into the net.
Christine Dilworth scored a great goal after collecting an Eimear McKenna free-in. Unfortunately St Monica’s managed to peg a goal back in the next attack. 4-09 to 2-02.
Again St Brendan’s responded well, with Michelle Dolan’s second point, after Julie Fox was foiled trying to barge her way through the Monica’s defence looking for yet another goal.
Indeed Dolan would get her third point of the evening, after a move which she herself started with a side-line ball to Julie O’Neill. O’Neill played a one-two to Dolan and then found Shauna Fitzpatrick, who’s shot hit the crossbar and back into play to be reclaimed by Katie Lavelle who gave the ball back to Dolan for the point.
St Monica’s then hit a brace of points. Julie Fox was replaced with Ciara Gallagher, making it three Achill Island women on the pitch, two of which, Gallagher and Lavelle contributed to St Brendan’s next score, with the latter raising the white flag. Sinead Morrissey won the next Monette’s kick-out and despite having options, went for the shot herself to get her 4th point to make it 4-13 to 2-04.
The next point had ‘Made in Achill Island, Co. Mayo’ written on it, when Erin Fadian turned over a Monica’s attack, both Ciara Gallagher and Katie Lavelle got involved and finally Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano, picked the ball and placed it over the bar.
Another Monica’s point followed but Sinead Morrissey continued her five star performance with a fifth point after collecting a free in from The Basque Superstar Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. But Morrissey was not finished and made it a six star performance moments later after a Alcalá-Galiano pass from play.
A free-in from St Monica’s was the last action of the match, and the end of another chapter to this long running rivalry, which will have another chapter written on June 21st in Edenmore in the final round of the Division 8 Cup.
But not to worry, the St Brendans Ladies Footballers will have new exciting teams to play this year including St James’ Gaels (next Wednesday), Robert Emmetts, ST Finians Newcastle, Ballyboden St Endas and Na Gaeil Oga.
Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 4-16 (28) to (14) 2-08 St Monica’s.
St Brendans: Karen O’Connell, Andrea Curley, Claire Owens, Catherine Twomney, Shona Daly (Helen Macklin), Erin Fadian, Eimear McKenna, Julie O’Neill (0-1) (Ciara Gallagher), Katie Lavelle (0-2) (Michelle Ryan), Michelle Dolan (0-2), Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano (0-1), Sinead Morrissey (0-6), Helen Lenihan (Shauna Fitzpatrick (0-1)), Julie Fox (3-2) (Laura O’Connor), Christine Dilworth (1-2)