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Erins Isle blow Darkest Force out of the water on Thursday, after great Brendan’s win on Sunday

2nds v Erins Isle 24052018 (2)Thurs 20 May 2018 – After the disappointment of losing against Cuala on May 10th, the St Brendan’s 2nd Xv were back in Grangegorman on May 20th to face Na Fianna, the team that denied The Darkest Force a first win of 2017 in April last year. This time around there would be no denying St Brendan’s 2nd team who ran out two-point winners in a 4-04 to 1-11 game. What made is victory all the more remarkable was that several 2nd team players were unavailable due to their attendance at The Royal Wedding. The Royal Wedding of the West that is, when St Brendan’s Royalty, Damien Daly married Marie Sheridan in Co. Mayo on Saturday. This writer wishes Damo and Marie good health and happiness in their new lives together.

 

Sun 24 May 2018 – With Sean Dardis spending the summer on a J1 in Canada, the rest of the St Brendan’s 2nd XV, travelled to Farnham Drive in Finglas to face Erins Isle, one of the three teams The Darkest Force defeated in Magic May last season.

It was a dream start for the away side with a point from Joe Kenny after a turnover from Paul Lynch. After Erins Isle equalised, St Brendan’s were back in the lead with Kenny again, this time with the final pass from Graham Henry.

Padraig Pratt (Son of Maurice) worked hard to win a turnover and played the ball to John Maguire who gained 60 meters, then passed to John Ryan and finally back to Kenny again for a third point and St Brendan’s 4th.

Erins Isle hit a second point and some great work from Kevin Purce prevented a brace, instead St Brendan’s restored the three-point lead with a free after a foul on Paul Farrelly. Erins Isle closed the gap back to two with a fisted point. Indeed, that point was the first of four consecutive points the home side scored to take the lead.

John Ryan, though he had the equalising score after getting a knuckle on Connor Higgins free, had the score disallowed for square ball for having his foot in the small square.

Brendan’s eventually levelled matters before half time with a free in after a foul on Joe Kenny which was the last action of the first half, where amongst the fairly big crowd watching proceedings was Joe Tarphey, the son in law of our former Cub President Ollie Flynn.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-06 to 0-06 Erins Isle

 

Erins Isle in essence, ended the game as a contest by hitting 1-03 without reply in the opening 10 minutes, the goal was a penalty following a footblock. Goalkeeper Paddy McGuinn tried to unleash his inner Jimmy Corcoran, but to no avail. 1-10 to 0-6.

The Darkest Force restored some pride with a point from play after the referee waved advantage after a foul on Paul Lynch. Another three points from Erins Isle followed, with the first and second of those points coming from hopballs.

The Home side were denied a second goal following a great save from McGuinn, the ball went back to an Isles player but Bradley Skerritt provoked the player into over-carrying and won a free out. The move ended with another score from a free after Connor Higgins had his arm dragged back.

Both sides traded points in injury time with the last score coming after Higgins was fouled and a Isles player was black carded.

Despite the defeat and the disappointing second half, Billy Kelly was only focusing on the positive first half and the excellent football played which the team can build on in two weeks, in a home tie against Lucan Sarsfields.

 

Final Score from Farnham Drive Finglas: St Brendans 0-09 to 1-14 Erins Isle

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