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Michelle Dolan gets the Ladies off and running in Junior F Championship

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Wednesday 26th July 2017 – Despite losing last year’s Junior G Final, the St. Brendan’s Ladies Footballers sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, made their first foray in this year’s Junior F Championship this evening in Longmeadows with Ballyboden St. Enda’s the first opponents. It rained heavily during the warm up but gradually the rain eased and the sun came up shortly after the throw in.

The opening score came after four minutes when Sinead Reilly drew the foul and passed the free to Sinead Morrissey for the opening score much to the delight of her parents who travelled from Mullingar.

But Ballyboden St. Enda’s then took the lead after 9 minutes; the second of those points occurred when Karen O’Connell, with the sun in her eyes, kicked the ball out directly towards the Ballyboden player. When a baseball cap finally arrived for O’Connell, her next kick-out was won by Catherine Twomey.

Ballyboden, feeling they had exposed St. Brendan’s weaknesses, kicked their third point of the evening and could have got a fourth point but it fell short to O’Connell who again cleared to Twomey.

Sinead Morrissey had two chances from free kicks, the first fell short but there was illegal use of the foot in an attempt to win the ball, the second also fell short but was ruled by the referee as a square ball. Kate Reddan played a diagonal ball towards Morrissey who brilliantly kept the ball from going over the end line to kick pass a lateral ball to Deirdre Holland and finally on to Michelle Dolan for St. Brendan’s second score of the evening.

Ballyboden carried the ball up the field and scored a very well worked goal. But St. Brendan’s Ladies responded almost immediately with a well taken goal from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly after Kate Redden won the Karen O’Connell kick-out and got Julie Fox and Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick involved in the build-up.

After a laboured start, St. Brendan’s got a foothold into the game with a second goal courtesy of Julie Fox with Michelle Dolan supplying the final pass. Fox was almost in for a second goal only to shoot straight at the goalkeeper who did very well to stop the shot and clear her lines. Erin Fadian won possession, passed to Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano who found Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick solo’d up to the 20meter line and found Reilly in a good position to score a good point and give Brendan’s a three point lead.

In first half injury time, Reilly was fouled, Sinead Morrissey took the free which again fell short but the goalkeeper palmed the ball straight into Julie Fox. The Ballylanders Bullet made no mistake in burying the ball into the net.

 

Half time Score: St. Brendan’s 3-03 to 1-03 Ballyboden St. Enda’s

Three minutes into the second half Sinead Reilly won a Ballyboden kick-out and ran straight towards goal, but a Ballyboden managed to recover well and get back in time to prevent the shot. Reilly passed back to Fox who was also blocked and was forced to pass back to Reilly who made no mistake with a shot from the outside of the right boot and over the bar.

After hitting two wides, Ballyboden had Karen O’Connell beaten for goal for the second time. Despite a Fox shot going wide, Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly struck her second goal when sub Katelyn Peer passed towards fellow sub Christine Dilworth then onto Reilly who saw a gap open in the Ballyboden defence and took her shot which went over the head of the goalkeeper and into the net.

Peer won the next kick-out and passed to Fox who beat her marker with a great turn, foot-passed to Reilly who with her back was towards goal, passed back to Fox who had continued her run and finished off the move with a well taken point.

Another kick-out was won by Sinead Morrissey, Fox was also involved and once again Dangermouse herself was on hand to take the shot and make it 4-06 to 2-03.

Substitute Christine Dilworth once again made her presence felt with a great goal. The next Ballyboden kick-out was too short and Morrissey punished them by kicking the free over the bar.

Toronto Argonaut Katelyn Peer used her Ice Hockey expertise to win possession and passed to Dilworth and the Knocknagree Knight made another darting solo run for a point. Julie O’Neill entered the game in her first match as a married woman.

Ballyboden hit a brace of points near the end, and despite hitting a wide two minutes before, Julie Fox crowned off St. Brendan’s ladies performance with a point with an assist from the aforementioned Mrs. Julie O’Neill – O’Donnell.

A clearance by Anne Marie Riney was the last action of the match and St. Brendan’s ladies are off and running in the Junior F Championship with a game versus Na Gaeil Oga up next on August 2nd.

 

Final Score from Longmeadows: St. Brendan’s 5-09(24) to 2-05(11) Ballyboden St. Enda’s

 

 

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