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Julie Fox nets a hat trick faster than pouring a pint of Guinness

Ladies Cup v St Monicas 21062017 (5)

WED 21 Jun 2017 – After a three week break, the St. Brendan’s Ladies Football team, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, were back in Cup action in Edenmore with the latest chapter in the long rivalry with St. Monica’s. Played in sweltering heat following high temperatures in the afternoon, there was a lot at stake with both teams safely through to the semi-final. The winner of this evening’s game would gain home advantage.

The opening five minutes were very cagey but then Katelyn Peer won a Karen O’Connell kick-out and played a diagonal ball towards Christine Dilworth with the Knocknagree Knight opening the scoring with a point which skimmed the upright.

The Monettes took the lead momentarily with a goal and a point inside a minute and could have added to the tally but for a player getting distracted by a ferry blaring its horn at nearby Dublin Port. The Female Dark Force responded when a Dilworth shot went across the face of goal, Sinead Reilly won the race to keep the ball in play, played a one-two with Sinead Morrissey and passed back to Dilworth for her second point of the evening.

Morrissey then pointed a free after Julie Fox was dragged back whilst in possession. Katie Lavelle won the Monica’s kick out, Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano was also involved and passed back to Lavelle, then onto Peer, who over-hit a pass to Morrissey, but luckily Christine Dilworth was on hand to collect the ball and rattle the back of the net.

Katelyn Peer put the disappointment of the over-hit pass behind her by winning the Monica’s kick-out and passing to Sinead Reilly, who found Morrissey. Morrissey tried to barge her way through the defence, and after losing possession managed to back-heel it towards the Toronto Raptor who obliged by hitting the ball over the bar. 1-04 to 1-01.

That became 1-05 with a point from Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano after a Sinead Reilly pass. Dilworth increased her tally to 1-03 when pointing a 20 meter free after Morrissey was fouled. Shauna Fitzpatrick won the next Monica’s kick-out and Sinead Reilly supplied the final pass to Julie Fox for the next point.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-07 to 1-01 St Monica’s


St Brendan’s well and truly put the outcome beyond doubt two minutes into the second half when  Tracy Weldon won turnover ball and passed to Katie Lavelle, who, with a trademark swashbuckling solo run, passed to Katelyn Peer who ‘ooh’d’ and ‘aah’d’ about taking the shot herself but selflessly passed to Christine Dilworth for the second goal of the evening. Peer eventually raised a green flag of her own with a low shot into the net after a pass from Reilly.

Christine Dilworth won possession from the Monettes kick-out and passed to Morrissey and her shot from 25 meters hit the top of the upright and over the bar. After the home side pulled a point back, Sinead Reilly made it 3-09 to 1-02 by passing a forest of Monica’s players to put herself in a good position to shoot over the bar.

Dilworth won another Monica’s kick-out and passed onto Julie Fox for her first goal of the evening. The subsequent kick-out went over the side-line, Katie Lavelle played a long ball into Marina Kilduff and then onto Fox and The Ballylander’s Bullet made it two goals inside 40 seconds.

Lavelle won the next Monica’s kick-out and played a quick ball into Fox and her bid for a hat trick inside a minute was thwarted by the St Monica’s goalkeeper who saved for a 45. St. Brendan’s, despite the unassailable lead, were in a rush to take the 45. Lavelle played the 45 into Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano and finally onto Julie Fox for her third goal and rounded off her hat trick in 110 seconds (compared to the 119.5 seconds required to pour a pint of Guinness).

The game then fizzled out in the last ten minutes as a clap of thunder could be heard nearby and a very brief light rain shower in Edenmore. St. Monica’s were awarded a penalty near the end of the game. Karen O’Connell saved three penalties during last year’s five match anthology between the sides, but this time the St. Monica’s player finally beat The Fresh Prince of Kells with a well taken goal.

It was the only a blotch in an otherwise perfect victory in the latest chapter between the sides that should please team manager Eugene Cunningham. With Reilly running riot in the forwards, Fitzpatrick commanding the midfield and an excellent display from the entire defence, the pressure continues to mount on the management to try and select the starting fifteen!


Final score from Edenmore St. Brendan’s 6-09 to 2-03 St. Monica’s


It will come as no surprise to either team if they were to cross swords again this year, possibly in the business end of the season.

The championship draw also took place during the week with The Female Dark Force facing Ballyboden St. Enda’s (July 26th), Na Gaeil Oga (August 2nd) and Robert Emmett’s (August 16th) in a bid to win their first championship trophy.

It’s back to Longmeadows in the League and a meeting with St. Finian’s Newcastle next Wednesday(June 28th). All support will be welcomed.


St. Brendan’s: Karen O’Connell, Claire Gallagher, Catherine Twomey, Tracy Weldon (Ciara Gallagher), Emma Duffy (Helen Macklin), Erin Fadian, Andrea Curley, Shauna Fitzpatrick, Katie Lavelle, Christine Dilworth 2-03 (Nele Grehn), Ines Rubio Alcala-Galiano 0-01, Katelyn Peer 1-01 (Helen Lenihan), Julie Fox 3-01 (Marina Kilduff), Sinead Morrisey 0-02, Sinead Reilly 0-01.


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