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Aisling Newton’s Star shines brightly in Garristown

Ladies 1st XV v Garristown 11042018 (6)St Brendan’s and Garristown have served up some memorable games over the past three years, who could forget Garristown’s come from behind victory in the Championship Semi Final in August 2015, or The Claire Hannon Show in the Cup Semi Finals the following month, or even Eimear McKenna’s quick thinking fisted goal in April 2016.

Garristown won all their games in the 2017 season, including two games against The Female Dark Force, which was St Brendan’s Ladies only defeats last year, so how will the 2018 Division 5 renewal, between the Junior F Champions and the Junior E Champions, unfold?

It was the Junior E Champions, Garristown who drew first blood with the opening score, a point from a free in. In the next attack, St Brendan’s Ladies, sponsored my McGowans of Phibsborough, got a goal thanks to Sinead Reilly following great play from Claire Owens and Miriam Leane, who was making her debut.

Leane was on hand to give the final pass to Julie Fox for her first point of the evening. Reilly had a goal shot which was deflected for a 45 and Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano stepped up to take. The 45 was caught by Julie Fox who was fouled in the process and up stepped Roisin McDonald with the free in, to make it 1-02 to 0-01.

McDonald won a Garristown kickout and set off on a solo run and passed to fellow Donegal lady Aisling Newton for a shot over the bar. Newton crashed the ball in the net for the second St Brendan’s goal following a pass from Claire Owens. A third Garristown point followed to make it 2-03 to 0-03.

A Garristown kick out was pinched by Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and cleared by Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano who found Newton again who shot over the bar. Another turnover, this time by Miriam Leane who passed to McDonald, who lobbed the goalkeeper to score The Female Dark Force’s third goal of the night. The two Donegal ladies combined again for the fifth point with Roisin McDonald the one to raise the white flag. A point by Garristown was the final action of the first half with St Brendans leading.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 3-05 to 0-05 Garristown.


The Carndonagh Cyclone, Aisling Newton, picked up where she left off in the second half with a catch from Andrea Curley’s line ball and shot over the bar. Not to be outdone, Roisin McDonald picked up the next point following a free in by Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano.

Garristown, who looked a pale shadow from the all-conquering team of 2017, defended valiantly, but on each occasion, the likes of Eimear McKenna and Shauna Fitzpatrick would win possession and start the attack. A McKenna long ball fell short, but Newton did enough to get a knuckle on the ball and guide it to the net for her goal number 2.

St Brendan’s kept pressurising the Garristown defence and Fitzpatrick was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when her shot went wide. There was great teamwork on show for the next point with Erin Fadian turning over possession, passing to the corner back Tara Foy, then onto Miriam Leane and finally to Aisling Newton who brilliantly curled the ball over the bar; 4-08 to 0-05.

A Garristown kick out was won by Roisin McDonald who took a 50 meter solo run, followed by a calm and collected shot over the bar. That was James McGinley’s cue to bring on his two substitutes in Ellen Higgins and Claire McIntyre, 15 minutes to go and the score was 4-10 to 0-05 with Newton again the scorer following a turnover from Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher.

The Home side finally had a chance of a shot which went wide and gave Karen O’Connell her first kick out of the second half. And that kickout resulted in Newton rounding up her hat trick with a good goal, where the two subs, Ellen Higgins and Claire McIntyre, had a hand in the build-up.

The last play of the game was one where the ball was turned over by Tara Foy, who had an exceptional game at full back. She collected a ball in the half back line and drove with the ball to win a free at the halfway line, a clever free kick and a one two between Claire McIntyre and Shauna Fitz, ended with a shot blocked down the rebound was picked up by Julie Fox who calm netted to the bottom corner.

So a good victory for St Brendan’s, who probably wished for a more sterner test against the team that ended their perfect record last year, but the Female Dark Force will get that stern test next Wednesday when the team face high flying Ballyboughal, that should be some game. Given this was an excellent display by the entire team it is very hard to pick out whom was the best on the night, Tara Foy, Claire Owens, Roisin McDonald and Aisling Newton.


Final Score from John McDonnell Memorial Park; St Brendan’s 5-11(26) to 0-05 Garristown


St Brendans: Karen O’Connell, Tara Foy, Claire Gallagher, Marie Duffy (Ellen Higgins), Eimear McKenna, Erin Fadian, Andrea Curley, Roisin McDonald, Claire Owens, Miriam Leane, Ines Rubio Alcala-Galliano, Shauna Fitzpatrick, Julie Fox, Aisling Newton, Sinead Reilly (Claire McIntyre)


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