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Smart Thinking from Róisín McDonald

Ladies 1sts v Round Towers Clondalkin 16052018 (4)Wed 16 May 2018 – On a warm Wednesday evening, the St Brendan’s ladies footballers, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, made the trip to Monastery Road to play Round Towers Clondaklin, only to be told when they arrived that the game would be played on the Community pitch 600 meters away. James McGinley was back in the manager’s hot seat, with his wife Sarah the Maor Uisce for the evening.

The home side got the opening score after 5 minutes. Despite hitting four wides, the Female Dark Force equalised after Eimear McKenna turned-over possession and passed to Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano, who found Christine Dilworth and finally Aisling Newton with the point. Newton would then score goal number One after a sideline ball from Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick. The two combined for the next point with Newton supplying and Fitzpatrick pointing. The Carndonagh Cyclone would be next on the scoresheet with a point after an Andrea Curley turnover.

The Basque Superstar supplied a pass to Dilworth who then found Sinéad ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly to score the second goal of the evening. Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher defended valiantly to prevent a second RTC point. The Heat won Karen O’Connell’s short kick-out and played the ball to Roisin McDonald who found fellow Inishowen lady Aisling Newton to bury the ball into the net. 3-03 to 0-01.

Newton made it 3-04 after Claire Owens won the Clondaklin kick out. A sideline ball from McDonald went over the sideline but then that sideline ball from RTC also went over the sideline again. McDonald demanded a new ball to take the sideline ball and her decision proved vital when Newton won the ball and popped it over the bar.

If there was a Mark in the Ladies game, Sinéad Morrissey’s catch would have been the greatest Mark taken, the Mullingar Dynamo played the ball onto Newton and with just 20 minutes gone in the second half, Newton had her hat trick. 4-05 to 0-01.

The Inishowen Combination struck again when McDonald won Karen O’Connell’s kick-out and played a great long ball into Newton who made a 40 yard gain to shoot and into the net for a fifth time. McDonald would score the next point where the Francie Bellew of Mourneabbey, Catherine Twomey, thwarted a Towers attack.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 5-07 to 0-02 Round Towers


Despite two wides in the opening two minutes, The Female Dark Force got the opening score of the second half with Newton skimming the end line and fisting over the bar. A long ball from Erin Fadian found Sinead Morrissey who then selflessly passed to Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick to score the point. The Sixth goal had ‘Made in Co. Sligo’ written all over it, when with a turnover from Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher, she used tremendous strength to pass to Roisin McDonald and onto Claire McIntyre for the goal.

Six became Seven and goal Five for Aisling Newton with a low drive into the net. Seven became Eight with an Uber Cool goal from Sinead Morrissey after collecting a long ball from Fitzpatrick, The Mullingar Dynamo, lobbed the Towers goalkeeper with a finish as uber cool as Jürgen Klopp.

The Joy of Six was all Aisling Newton’s as be scored her sixth, and St Brendan’s ninth goal overall after a pass from Aoife Fitzmaurice following a 50 meter solo run. Another Gallagher turnover resulted in a tenth St Brendan’s goal this time it was Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly with the green flag.

Karen O’Connell’s dream of a clean sheet ended when Towers scored a late consolation goal. After being taken off at half time, Christine Dilworth came back on in place of Newton who got a standing ovation.

Whilst on honeymoon, James McGinley told his subs bench he lit a candle in a church in Portugal, praying for even more silverware for his team. Will his prayers be answered? in the meantime Sinead Reilly pointed to make it 10-10 to 1-03 in a move which started with a sideline ball.

The Knocknagree Knight made the most of her second coming by scoring both the eleventh goal and eleventh point, the first was the goal, a low shot with the right boot after collecting Claire McIntyre’s pass and the point came from her citeog.

With Round Towers Clondalkin totally outclassed, the referee made the sensible decision to blow the full time whistle on the 25 minute mark of the second half, but after St Brendan’s Ladies had time to add to their tally. Morrissey scored her second goal as uber cool as her first when from an awkward angle, she kicked the ball towards the butt of the far post and into the net and Claire McIntyre added a point to the goal she got following a pass from Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano.

This win gives St Brendans a sixth win in AFL5 as the battle for second place in the League with Whitehall Colmcilles intensifies. Next up is a home tie against Naomh Olaf.


Final Score from Clondalkin: St Brendans 12-12(48) to 1-03(6) Round Towers Clondalkin

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