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Katie Lavelle in fine Swashbuckling form in Division 8 Cup

Ladies Cup v St James Gaels 03052017 (2)Wednesday 03 May and focus was turned towards the Division 8 Cup for the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough. After giving a walkover in the League Fixture two weeks ago, St James’ Gaels had 15 players available for this evening’s Cup Fixture.

The Female Dark Force had four players from Achill Island Co. Mayo on the starting XV and one of those ladies, Martina Gallagher, marked her debut at full forward. The other three were Katie Lavelle, Erin Fadian in midfield, and Ciara Gallagher making her first competitive start for the club. Martina Gallagher was out in front for the first ball but unfortunately her opening effort tailed wide.

The away side took the lead, against the run of play when a shot was saved and bounced off the crossbar three times, evading both the keeper and Nan Riney at full-back, before the James’ forward palmed the ball into the net. Shona Daly stationed in goal for the first half and pulled off a string of good saves and her kick-outs proved very effective.

St Brendan’s got on the board thanks to Julie Fox, after a diagonal ball from Sinead Reilly found Helen Lenihan who in turn found fellow Limerick lady Fox. Fox won the ball, turned and stuck it over the black spot. Following several wayward efforts from Brendan’s, St James’ Gaels converted two free kicks to open a four-point lead. Fox managed to win a free, but continued playing and went for goal instead, but the ball was cleared by James’. This seemed to be the catalyst for what was a great finish to the half for the girls.

Ines Rubio Alcala Galiano cunningly intercepted a James’ attack and passed to Sinead Reilly, who went on a 45m solo run and despite having the two Limerick Ladies on either side, took a shot low and into the back of the net, for her second goal in as many games, 1-02 to 1-01.

Erin Fadian was in defiant form for the remaining 7 minutes of the half winning all bar 2 of the Gaels kick-outs, while sporting a new black hairstyle in homage to her musical idol Imelda May. ‘Fadge’, as she is collectively known, collected an Anne Marie Riney pass and in turn passed to fellow Islander Lavelle who set off on a Lee Keegan-esque swashbuckling solo run. Lavelle resisted the temptation to shoot on 3 occasions before her goal bound shot was blocked illegally by the James’ goalkeeper, and a penalty was awarded. Up stepped the Ballylanders Bullet Julie Fox who made no mistake with a goal from the penalty spot.

Despite the disappointment of not scoring the goal herself, Lavelle was appeased a few moments later when, after another solo-run, she hit a score from 30 yards. The girls applied more pressure to the Gaels in the closing moments of the half, but couldn’t put paid on the scoreboard leaving a goal in it at the short whistle.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-02 to 1-02 St James’ Gaels

 

Like the previous Wednesday, Christine Dilworth finished work at 7pm and headed down to Longmeadows where she was introduced as a half-time substitute. Her first contribution was to convert a free kick. The Knocnagree Knight then scored another free, after Julie Fox, who pounced on a loose ball at speed and nudged it past the full-back, was then upended by a late slide tackle resulting in a red card for the defender. 2-04 to 1-02.

For the next play, Fox dusted herself down and collected a Martina Gallagher pass to hit a third St Brendan’s goal. Shortly after, Gallagher gave another pass to her fellow Achill Islander Katie Lavelle, who notched up her second point of the evening and St Brendan’s fifth; 3-05 to 1-02.

Michelle Dolan spend a quiet second half in goal after Shona Daly was moved outfield. When moved outfield, Daly had a shot that went narrowly wide.

Lavina McGloin, the heroine against Clanna Gael Fontenoy, entered the fray and her first contribution of the match was to supply a ball to Helen Lenihan, who, fresh from a six-mile run at the Great Limerick Run last Sunday, showed no ill effects to convert a well taken point.

For the third time this year, Julie Fox hit a hat trick of goals, in a move which started with a clearance by Tracy Weldon and a solo run by Eimear McKenna, another from the team who ran the 6-miler on Sunday. Fox, the third of the Sunday runners, rounded out her personal tally to 3-02 with a point shortly after. Christine Dilworth, who supplied the final pass to Fox, was then given a rest and was replaced by Katelyn Peer, who became the first Canadian to play for St Brendan’s.

St Brendan’s continued the international diversity in the team, by bringing on Argentinian, Augustina Lazzarini, who was on hand with one of the many hand-passes which lead to team captain, and Basque Superstar Ines Rubio Alcala-Galiano popping over a 25-yard score, to make it 4-08 to 1-02 going into the final five minutes.

St James’ Gaels managed to notch a point, late in the second half to give Michelle Dolan her first of only 2 kick-outs.

The next score was made in Augher, went through Achill, onto Basque Country, into Argentina and back to Limerick before finding Canadian Katelyn Peer, who crowned her debut by scoring a nice point from 25 meters.

The game petered out with St Brendan’s off and running in the Division 8 Cup with a win. Katelyn Peer and Augustina Lazzarini, both making their debut for St Brendan’s, also had their first experience of playing in a Gaelic football match and had some excellent contributions. Great performances from the Brendan’s defence and some clever and tactical possession play towards the end of the game, mean St Brendan’s have a lot to look forward to. Indeed, this brings with it some tough times for the management who are sure to have some difficult decisions to make when picking the team with only 26 jerseys up for grabs come championship time!

Next up is another home tie in this competition against Ballyboden St Enda’s next Wednesday 10th May.

 

Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 4-09 to 1-03 St James’ Gaels.

 

St Brendans: Shona Daly, Ciara Gallagher (Christine Dilworth 0-02 (Katelyn Peer 0-01)) Anne-Marie Riney, Tracy Weldon, Eimear McKenna, Catherine Twomney, Andrea Curley, Katie Lavelle (0-02), Erin Fadian, Michelle Dolan, Ines Rubio Alcala-Galliano (0-01) Sinead Reilly (1-00)(Lavina McGloin), Helen Lenihan (0-01) Martina Gallagher (Agustina Lazzarini), Julie Fox (3-02)

 

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