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Neil Mayock unveils his inner Aidan O’Shea against St Vincent’s

1sts v St Vincents 02072017 (1)Sunday 02 July 2017 – Another Sunday morning in Longmeadows and the St Brendan’s 1st XV sponsored by The Best Western Skylon Hotel continued the quest for a promotion play-off spot (or even The AFL6 Title since St Judes and Ballymun Kickhams have both dropped points) with St Vincent’s the visitors, the team who were beaten in the promotion play-off final last year.

This writer turned with up 6 minutes gone in the first half with The Dark Force leading 2 points to no score. St Vincent’s levelled matters after 9 minutes with two close range frees. Derek Brady pulled St Brendan’s back in front, with a point set-up by the Bannon brothers Phil and Ger.

Mayoman Paul Coleman (who’s heart like this writers must have been beating beyond 180bpm yesterday in Castlebar) held his nerve score a point and opened up a two-point lead after collecting Karl Feehans kick-pass when two St Vincent’s players were in front of him.

Feehan the Roscommon man got on the scoresheet himself in a move which started with a 45 from John Burns. After seeing their counties exit the Championship yesterday Sean Herron (Sligo) and John Burns (Longford) combined in a move which lead to the next point, with Eoin O’Connor suppling the final ball to Ger Bannon who stuck it over the bar and resulted in high five’s.

St Vincent’s then pointed a free. Phil Bannon won a mark from Mark Redican’s kick-out, Lorcan Bannon was goal bound when he was dragged down and the St Vincent’s’ player receiving a black card. O’Connor had the simplest of tap-overs to make it 0-07 to 0-03.

Phil Bannon turned over a Vincent’s kick-out and passed to John Dolan and finally to Burns who scored another point for a five-point lead. A final St Vincent’s free was pointed for the last action of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-08 to 0-04 St Vincent’s


The away side opened the scoring in the second half. Lorcan Bannon made a 40meter solo-run following a pass from Ger Bannon, he was looking for options but found no one, so took the shot himself and over the bar. O’Connor then converted a free-in after Burns had his jersey tugged.

Vincent’s saw a goal bound shot deflected off the hand of Redican and over the bar. Oisin Carley turned over a Vincent’s attack. O’Connor got swallowed up by three Vincent’s forwards but still found Neil Mayock, another relived Mayoman from yesterday, and his 30 meter shot found the target. 0-11 to 0-06.

Both Mayomen, Mayock and Coleman, unveiled their inner Aidan O’Shea to combine and put St Brendan’s six-points up with Coleman pointing his second. The away side hit three points without reply to set-up a grandstand finish with five minutes to go.

A third relived Mayoman, Niall Prenty, came on as a substitute and saw his shot fall short, the move went up the field and was thankfully turned over by Oisin O’Meara, the ball went back to Prenty who spotted John Dolan who, in a trademark move of skimming the edge of the end-line, fisted a point from a tight angle.

Oisin Carley won a turn-over ball and passed to Feehan, Marcus Brady made his presence felt after coming on as a substitute to supply the ball to Lorcan Bannon whose shot rattled the net to settle the outcome and give St Brendan’s a seventh AFL6 victory of the season.

A great performance ahead of two more rounds of League, one in two weeks’ time away to Fingallians and another at home to Crumlin.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 1-13 to 0-09 St Vincent’s


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