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Derek Brady keeps his cool in Balgriffin Heat

1sts v Innisfails 27062017 (3)Tuesday 27 Jun 2017 - This writer cycled to Balgriffin for the next 1st teams AFL6 match away to Innisfails, just day after 3-18 to 0-04 home victory over Parnell’s which went unreported. This was The Dark Force’s first trip to Balgriffin since an extremely painful evening in October 2009 when the team lost to Wild Geese in the Junior E Final. Only Karl Feehan was the only survivor from that evening playing today.

The home side raced into a two point to no score lead. Brendan’s leveled minutes later, the first coming after Derek Brady was nutmegged with a fierce shoulder but won possession and passed to Lorcan Bannon who got fouled in the process for Eoin O’Connor to step up and convert.

Ger Bannon won the Innisfails kick-out and passed to John Burns, who found Lorcan Bannon and finally O’Connor who’s lopsided kick sailed between the posts only for Innisfails then hit the lead again. Burns won Mark Redican’s kick-out and went on a Ciaran Duff style solo-run but unlike that shot form 1989, Burns shot went over the bar. John Maguire won the next kick-out and played a great ball towards Ronan Bergin who shot over the bar for a St Brendan’s lead. 0-04 to 0-03.

Innisfails levelled matters again with a free. John Burns then went on a similar solo-run as Bergin, and scored the fifth point of the evening. Lorcan Bannon played a great ball into Eoin O’Connor who passed to Karl Feehan for a sixth Brendan’s white flag.

The Dark Force opened up a seven point lead thanks to Bergin again in a move which started with a turnover by Paul Coleman. That lead became four with a point from Sean Herron after Derek Brady won a spectacular mark.

Innisfails had another free go over the bar. Bergin had his jersey tugged and was dragged down as he passed to John Dolan, who went on a blitzing solo-run, but the referee called back play to show a black card to the Innisfails player. Another converted Innisfails free rounded off the first half.

Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-08 to 0-06 Innisfails.

Innisfails hit the ground running early in the second half by winning the first of two Redican kick-outs for their opening two scores and then hit the lead with a point from a free. Derek Brady levelled matters again after a John Dolan breaking ball was played to John Burns who passed to Brady the younger for a point to level game at 9 points each.

Dolan made up for the mistake of picking the ball of the ground by clearing the subsequent Innisfails free, and John Burns then saw a goal attempt saved for a 45 which fell short and was cleared. Eoin O’Connor restored the lead for St Brendan’s with a free after Derek Brady was fouled.

Eoin O’Connor and his marker were involved in an off the ball tussle which saw both see yellow. While that was going on, Dolan turned over another Innisfails free and Burns was on the other end to kick the ball over the bar for a two point lead. The Innisfails marker continued dragging O’Connor as Sean Herron won a mark and a red card was issued to the Innisfails player. O’Connor converted the free. O’Connor scored another free from almost the same spot following a foul on Eoin Kavanagh.

Innisfails pressured the brendan’s backline to get the goal to snatch victory, but their frustrations boiled over and they were reduced to 13 men when a forward was sent off for lashing out at Hugh Bannon. Innisfails prostrations were in vain and Hugh Bannon took his free out. Neil Mayock received the pass and passed to Burns. Marcus Brady was fouled but O’Connor’s free in went wide.

A Mayock shot fell short but out of nowhere, John Burns, with his jersey half ripped, got a fist on Mayock’s shot to help the ball over the bar.

One final Redican clearance was the last action of the match and another victory for St Brendan’s ahead of another crucial home League match this Sunday against St Vincent’s.

Final score form Balgriffin: St Brendan’s 0-14 to 0-09 Innisfails






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