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Sinéad Reilly comes good in entertaining Grangegorman encounter

Ladies 1sts v Thomas Davis 09052018 (4)Wed 09 May 2018 After the disappointment of last Wednesday’s cancelled match, The St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough were back in action in Grangegorman this Wednesday evening when the team faced last year’s beaten Junior E Finalists Thomas Davis. With team manager James McGinley on honeymoon, Cian Walsh donned the Bainisteoir bib for the evening.

Fresh from running the Half Marathon at the Great Limerick Run last Sunday, Julie Fox got The Female Dark Force off to a dream start with a goal after 16 seconds after Claire Owens won the throw in. Roisin McDonald won the first Davis kickout and passed to fellow Inishowen lady Aisling Newton and scored her point, 1-01 to no score and the game barely a minute old.

Fox then unveiled he inner Andy Moran when scoring a point from an impossible acute angle after a pass from Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. 6 minutes 50 gone in the first half and Sinead Morrissey was next on the scoresheet after receiving a great ball off Eimear McKenna. The Inishowen combination of McDonald and Newton started the move which lead to the former giving a quick flick pass to The Ballylanders Bullet Julie Fox to score her second and St Brendan’s fourth point.

Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano’s evening however ended prematurely when she limped off with a facial injury and was replaced by Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick. A shot from the aforementioned Jet went wide but Fox added a third point with the two Sinead’s, Morrissey and Reilly, combining in the build-up.

Claire Owens, won the next Davis kickout and passed to Aisling Newton for her second point of the evening, indeed the Carndonagh Cyclone would make it a hat-trick of points after winning the kickout herself and popping the shot over the bar.

Julie Fox was back scoring when hitting her second goal of the evening after playing a neat one two with Christine Dilworth, 2-07 to no score. A Thomas Davis sideline ball was pinched by McDonald and on towards Sinead Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo made no mistake with her second and St Brendan’s eighth point.

The away sides first shot for a score was parried by Erin Fadian for a 45, this was played short but the referee spotted a foul somewhere which allowed The Tallaghtfornians to finally get on the scoresheet with a point. They made it a brace two minutes later. Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher turned over possession then passed to McDonald, who just about managed to get a solo in after taking seven steps, she played a great long ball into Newton to add a fourth point to her tally.

Another turnover, this time from McDonald, resulted in The Knocknagree Knight, Christine Dilworth scoring a good point which was the last action of the first half.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 2-10 to 0-02 Thomas Davis.

 

The score remained the same for the first ten minutes of the second half with The Female Dark Force being guilty of three wides, and Thomas Davis two wides. But St Brendan’s managed to make amends with a goal from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly after a pass from Dilworth who saw Reilly in a much better position than her. In response, Thomas Davis hit back with a point.

After another Davis point, St Brendans started the attack which lead to the fourth goal with a Karen O’Connell clearance to Claire Gallagher, after possession from Andrea Curley and Shauna Fitzpatrick, Aisling Newton made a daring solo run but saw her path blocked, but Sinead Morrissey was on hand to sidefoot the ball into the net.

The away side put a lot of pressure on the Brendan’s goal with The Fresh Prince of Kells the busier of the two goalkeepers and saving a shot towards the post and clear, but the Davis pressure did pay off by hitting two goals in the last ten minutes, the second of which went over O’Connell’s head and into the net.

Any chance of a shock Thomas Davis victory were put to bed in injury time when substitute Nicola Carrabine blocked a Davis sideline ball and played the ball to Newton with a low shot into the net. That was the last action of a very entertaining game and a fifth St Brendan’s victory who still have to play second placed Whitehall Colmcilles on a date to be determined. Next up for the Female Dark Force is a trip to Clondalkin and a game against Round Towers.

 

Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 5-10(25) to 2-05(11) Thomas Davis.

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