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Sinead Reilly ‘Dilworth it’ in a Titanic Tussle

Ladies League v Robert Emmets 26042017 (1)Two weeks ago on this website we promised you that The St Brendan’s Ladies Football team sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsborough would be playing brand spanking new teams during the season. However, one of those teams, St James Gaels, gave a walkover to St Brendan’s in the league Wednesday past, but the promise was fulfilled when Robert Emmets from Walkinstown, were welcomed to Longmeadows on Wednesday 27 April.

The Female Dark Force opened the scoring after 5 minutes with a free in by Michelle Dolan after Sinead Reilly had her jersey tugged going for a score. The Away side had a shot that hit the upright and back into play, then another shot which went straight to Karen O’Connell and was subsequently cleared by Laura O’Connor.

Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano turned over an Emmet’s kick-out, went on a daring solo run and passed to Wexford lady Shauna Fitzpatrick who scored the second point of the evening. However, despite the best efforts by Claire Owens, an Emmets forward managed to finish clinically with a well taken curled shot past Karen O’Connell and into the net to put the visitors 1 point up, 1-0 to 0-2.

It was all Robert Emmets for the rest of the 1st half with the away side hitting a brace of points, with St Brendan’s introducing Julie Fox and Christine Dilworth, who had both been working late, on the approach of halftime.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-02 to 1-02 Robert Emmets.

 

The away side opened the second half by scoring from a free. Dilworth brought it back to a three point game with a free, after Shauna Fitzpatrick was fouled. Andrea Curley was introduced to sew up the St Brendan’s defence. The effect was instant, with the Rossie winning O’Connell’s kick-out, playing a neat 1-2 with Mayo woman Fadian and making a daring solo run through the middle. Her intended pass to Julie Fox was almost turned over, but luckily the Ballylanders Bullet won possession from the breaking ball and drilled a low shot into the corner of the net to put one between the sides 1-04 to 1-03.

Another Emmets point followed and Dilworth returned the score to a bare minimum with her second point from a free kick, after she was fouled collecting a pass from Eimear McKenna. A minute later and it was a level game again, after the Knocknagree Knight Dilworth, concluded her hat-trick of points with another free, after Fox was pushed in the back.

Another Emmets point put them one up. Sinead Morrissey played a great ball to Julie Fox, who got boxed up by the defence, but still managed to find Dilworth who notched up her fourth score of the evening, her first from play. But the girls from Walkinstown regrouped and came again to open up a two point lead going into the final eight minutes.

St Brendan’s flawless start to the league was in danger of being torn apart! Que the dream debut…..

A Karen O’Connell kick-out was won by Anne Marie Riney and passed to Andrea Curley who found Shauna Fitzpatrick in a great position. Fitzpatrick’s shot/pass crossed the face of goal where it was smartly collected by the on-rushing Sinead Reilly, who was on her debut, and despite the attention of 3 defenders she coolly stepped inside the cover and slotted the ball low into the Robert Emmets net for a St Brendan’s lead 2-6 to 1-8.

Reilly then turned provider and passed a great ball to Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano and the Basque Superstar opened up a two point lead with a well taken score, going into the final minute of normal time.

However, Robert Emmets won a free and the entire Brendan’s defence stood shoulder to shoulder on the goal line to prevent a smash and grab goal, but the Emmets forward fluffed it. In the process of reclaiming possession, Michelle Dolan ended up on her knees with the breaking ball, and was incorrectly penalised for handling the ball on the ground. The Emmets forward made no mistake this time.

The next play was crucial and the entire St. Brendan’s team showed great composure and experience to keep possession while playing it out the field and running down the clock. Erin Fadian did well to win Karen O’Connell’s kick-out and play the ball to Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano who played it back to Fadian. A couple of passes around the middle to settle things down and Fadian then found substitute Helen Lenihan, who found Sinead Morrissey on the run to hit a final crucial score in injury time.

Morrissey’s score proved the last action of the match, and St Brendan’s Ladies hang on to their 100% record, but only just. A victory that the team will learn an awful lot from going into three Cup matches over the next three weeks, the first of which is in Longmeadows against St James Gaels.

 

Final score from Longmeadows, St Brendan’s 2-09 Robert Emmets 1-10.

 

St Brendans: Karen O’Connell, Laura O’Connor (Andrea Curley), Anne Marie Riney, Catherine Twomney, Shona Daly, Erin Fadian, Eimear McKenna, Shauna Fitzpatrick 0-1 (Michelle Dolan), Claire Owens, Sinead Reilly 1-0 (Christine Dilworth 0-4), Ines Rubio Alcala-Galliano 0-1, Michelle Dolan 0-1 (Sinead Reilly), Sinead Morrissey 0-1, Lavina McGloin (Helen Lenihan), Sinead McCawley (Julie Fox 1-1)

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