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Claire McIntyre steers Ladies off any danger in Donabate

Ladies League v St Patricks Donabate 25042018 (1)Wednesday 25 April 2018

Wednesday April 10th 2013, saw the dawn of a new era within St Brendan’s GAA Club when the club fielded a Ladies Football team for the first time ever. Eight months of hard work and recruitment by Eugene Cunningham, Paul McDonough and John Michael McLoughlin came to fruition when the St Brendan’s Ladies Football team took to the field for their first ever competitive match against St Patricks Donabate, who themselves had formed only three years previously. Alas, those two seasons of experience showed for St Patricks Donabate who ran out 7-10 to 1-05 winners.

Five years on, One League title and one Junior F Championship later, the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsborough, made their first trip to Donabate since that first game in 2013, and remarkably, the first time facing St Patricks Donabate since then. The Female Dark Force had two players playing this evening who also played in 2013, Eimear McKenna and Shauna Fitzpatrick.

St Brendan’s started brightly in the opening two minutes with Claire McIntyre scoring the opening point after a pass from Sinead Morrissey, and the Mullingar Dynamo herself got the second point after Christine Dilworth won the Donabate kick-out.

Morrissey made it a personal brace with a second point after Andrea Curley won a turnover and McIntyre supplied the final pass. However despite a lot of possession, St Brendan’s were guilty of wasting opportunities, hitting five wides, as well as scoring three points in the opening ten minutes. The fifth of those wides came from a penalty miss by Roisin McDonald.

However, McDonald redeemed herself by kicking the fourth St Brendan’s point of the evening and also suppling the final pass to McIntyre for her second and her sides fifth point. 0-05 to 0-01.

After a Donabate kick-out went over the sideline, Dilworth played the sideline ball to Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly who kicked the ball over the bar. Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano missed a great goal chance, but Roisin McDonald caught the next Donabate kick-out and shot directly over the bar to make it 0-07. The Basque Superstar did however supply the final pass to Dilworth whose rasping shot, not only went over the bar, but went through the protective net behind the goal and splashed into the stream, causing a three minute delay as this writer, who umpired the goal St Brendan’s were attacking in the first half, went to retrieve the ball from the mucky stream.

It actually delayed the half time interval because the referee was determined to see the Donabate goalkeeper get her kick-out in in order to whistle up for half time. The 12 first half wides would be a cause for concern for James McGinley.

Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-08 to 0-01 Donabate

Playing against the wind in the second half, The Female Dark Force started off on a positive note with a point from Christine Dilworth after Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick won the ball and allowed the Knocknagree Knight to take her point. The wind and the rain did not help the away side who hit four consecutive wides.

Sinead Morrissey calmed James McGinley’s nerves, by pointing a free-in after Sinead Reilly was fouled collecting a Roisin McDonald pass. The score remained at 0-10 to 0-01 with nine minutes to go and St Patricks Donabate in a rare attack, got a goal, by making the very most of a huge gust of wind.

In the final minute of normal time, Roisin McDonald kicked a high ball which seemed to hang in the air forever, but still managed to sail between the posts. The score caused confusion with the ball landing in the roof of the goal and sliding down to the net, but the referee awarded a point and not a goal.

Erin Fadian, and the two subs Kate Reddan and Ellen Higgins worked hard defensively to ensure no comeback for the home side. But St Patricks Donabate, in another rare attack, had Karen O’Connell beaten for goal with a lobbing goal which went over the head of The Fresh Prince of Kells. O’Connell was disappointed with the concession, but nonetheless St Brendan’s won the game and a third victory in AFL5, which will please James McGinley. Next up is a home tie against Ranelagh Gaels.

Final Score from Donabate: St Brendan’s 0-11 to 2-01 St Patricks Donabate.

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