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St Brendan’s reach AFL6 play-off Semi Final

1sts v Plunketts 10092017 (5)On 10 Sep 2017, the 15th and final round of the AFL6 campaign saw the footballers of St Brendan’s, sponsored by The Best Western Skylon Hotel, take on our near neighbours from St. Oliver Plunkett’s & Eoghan Ruadh GAA clubs (SOPER). A victory for The Dark Force would see St Brendan’s finish third in the league and guarantee a home semi-final in the promotion play offs for the 2nd to 5th place teams. The winner of the playoff final is guaranteed a sought after spot in AFL5 for 2018.

The game threw in at 11am at Longmeadows on the Chapelizod Road. After 7 minutes St Brendan’s had built up a 3 point to no score lead. But SOPER pulled back level when they grabbed an early goal. St Brendan’s Phil Bannon won a mark from the resultant kick-out. Phil passed onto his brother Lorcan who found Colin Folan. Folan kicked St Brendan’s 4 point for the lead score. Phil Bannon won the next SOPER kick-out, but was fouled in the process. St Brendan’s pointed the free to give a 2-point lead back to St Brendan’s.

After a shot by John Dolan that went wide, Dolan won the next kick-out and went for the goal but saw his effort blaze across the face of goal. Lorcan Bannon won the ball back but got fouled in the process, Up stepped John Burns  to convert the free. Karl Feehan turned over another ball and passed to Lorcan Bannon who saw his shot deflected by the goalkeepers hand and over the bar. 0-07 to 1-00.

That became eight points to one goal thanks to Dolan after Hugh Bannon turned over a SOPER 45. St Brendan continued their form using the wind assistance for Neil Mayock to kick from long distance.

The SOPER kick-out trailed over the sideline, Ger Bannon played the ball to John Dolan who produced a trademark score by skimming the end line and fisting over the bar.

Another Hugh Bannon turnover found Derek Brady who passed to fellow Rossie Feehan for the 11th point of the morning. Feehan made it a brace by receiving a pass from Kyle McLoughlin after McLoughlin showed great selflessness after selling a dummy.

 

Half time score: St Brendans 0-12 to 1-00 St. Oliver Plunkett’s & Eoghan Ruadh

 

SOPER had the wind in the second half but it took them until the 40th minute to register their first point of the match. They then made it 1-02 with a point from a free in. SOPER were enjoying a purple patch and made it four points without reply. Conor O’Sullivan brought in John Maguire to replace Pearse Ryan.

Kyle McLoughlin’s last action of the match was to kick the ball over the bar for The Dark Force’s first point of the second half. McLoughlin was replaced by Christopher Hand, whose first contribution was passing the ball to Colin Folan, but the Stamullen Hellraiser could not add a second point to his tally.

A SOPER shot fell short to Mark Redican. Maguire was also involved and Ger Bannon made a 65 meter solo run and passed to Karl Feehan. Feehan picked out Chris Hand and the Cavan man gave St Brendan’s a 7 point comfort zone again with a tremendous point. John Dolan won the next kick-out, went on a solo run and passed to Lorcan Bannon for a skimming shot over the bar 0-15 to 1-04.

After fisting the ball away from John Burns to prevent a mark, the fledgling Plunketts attack was turned over by Phil Bannon, who passed to Neil Mayock. Burns also had a possession but his pass to Karl Feehan was intercepted by a Plunkett’s hand only to break as far Ger Bannon, who passed to his brother Lorcan. Lorcan bisected the posts for another point.

Feehan added another score to his tally. Cathal McCormack came on in place of Derek Brady and played a great ball to Burns and a shot against the wind sailed over the bar.

After this a Plunkett’s shot hit the upright and over the bar, Karl Feehan rounded off a great team performance by converting from a very tight angle in a move started with an Eoin Kavanagh turnover.

St Brendan’s end the regular league season with a 12 win and 3 loss record, but must now wait until mid-October to play the promotion play off Semi-Final

 

Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 0-19 to 1-05 St Oliver Plunkett’s & Eoghan Ruadh

 

 

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