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“It was like playing 15 Cora Staunton’s out there!”

Ladies 1st XV v Ballyboughal 18042018 (1)Wed 18 Apr 2018 After winning convincingly against Garristown last Wednesday, the St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, were without doubt, going to get a much sterner test against high flying Ballyboughal, who have only been beaten once in over two years of competition.

And when I said that Ballyboughal are high flying, I genuinely mean it, because between 2:30 and 3:00 minutes into the first half, the Boughal had Karen O’Connell beaten for goal twice, the first was a frighteningly fast well worked build up and the second the result of a lost kick out.

But the Female Dark Force were not here to watch in awe and were determined to make a match of it. It showed when Aisling Newton crashed the ball in the Ballyboughal net after a turnover by Andrea Curley. The game was barely four and a half minutes old when Ballyboughal had the ball in the O’Connell’s net for a third time. 3-00 to 1-00.

The away side settled into the game in the next 15 minutes with seven straight points with the range of points that even Mayo great Cora Staunton would have been proud of. But Ballyboughal also hit the upright twice, Eimear McKenna claimed possession at the first time and Andrea Curley the second. Roisin McDonald had a chance for a point but fell short, the clearance went only as far as Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano, who passed to McDonald but the shot went wide.

The Carndonagh Cyclone Aisling Newton’s bid for a second goal, ended when her goal attempt went straight to the goalkeeper. Roisin McDonald produced a great flick pass to Julie Fox and the Ballylanders Bullet made a raid onto the Ballyboughal defence and a pass to Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and a shot over the bar. Two more Ballyboughal points followed.

Tara Foy won Karen O’Connell’s kick out and made a solo run and played the ball to Newton on the square who rounded the goalkeeper and kicked into the net for a second goal, a final Ballyboughal point rounded off tough first half.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 2-01 to 3-10 Ballyboughal.

 

The floodlights came in at half time, marking the first ever St Brendans home match in Grangegorman where the lights were switched on. There was a very encouraging start to the second half from St Brendan’s with Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly’ scoring the third goal of the evening after a pass from Claire Owens. Christine Dilworth marked her seasonal reappearance with a point in the very next attack. The Knocknagree Knight was almost in for a fourth goal but her shot hit the side netting. Ballyboughal increased the gap to nine points with their first second half point.

The Creggs Crusader Andrea Curley defended very well to keep Ballyboughal scoreless over the next nine minutes. A Dilworth shot also hit the upright, a Julie Fox shot was saved for a 45 with the 45  going wide. Ballyboughal ended all hope of a St Brendan’s comeback by scoring a 4th goal to make it 4-12 to 3-02 as the game entered the final quarter.

With nothing but pride at stake, St Brendan’s began to play with much more freedom and Sinead Reilly added a point to the goal she got a few minutes earlier. Aisling Newton made it a brace of points for the home side with an effort from 25 meters. Julie Fox won the next kick out and played the ball to Newton and despite three Ballyboughal players around her, Newton buried the ball in the net for a fourth goal.

The home side were on the lookout for a fifth goal when Newton was dragged down for a penalty. Christine Dilworth’s penalty was saved for a 45, and the 45 was cleared by Ballyboughal but only as far as Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano whose shot was dropped short and batted down by the goalkeeper.

St Brendan’s pulled another point back thanks to Roisin McDonald late in the game but at the end of the day, Ballyboughal simply had too much, even Erin Fadian was quoted at the end of the game saying that it was playing 15 Cora Staunton’s out there, such was the talent at Ballyboughal’s disposal this evening.

Next Wednesday, St Brendan’s Ladies footballers return to the place where it all began for the team in April 2013, when St. Patrick’s Donabate provide the opposition in the first meeting between the sides since that evening five years ago.

 

Final score from Grangegorman St Brendans 4-05(17) to 4-14(26) Ballyboughal.

 

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