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Dark Force “Man Up” to give Oisin Carley the perfect send off

1sts League v Ballinteer St Johns 22052018 (2)Tues 22 May 2018 – Two games this writer missed out on involving the St Brendan’s Football 1st XV so here is what happened. On May 8th the 1sts travelled to Balbriggan for the first time since 2007 to face the local side O’Dwyers but unfortunately came out on the wrong side of a 0-13 to 0-7 score-line. The Dark Force redeemed themselves on May 20th when travelling to Ballymun to take on Ballymun Kickhams, which was originally pencilled on for March 3rd but was cancelled due to the Beast from the East and Storm Emma. Victory was secured on a 2-13 to 1-8 score-line.

Today, the St Brendan’s Football 1st team were back in Grangegorman to face Ballinteer St Johns for the first time since defeating the Tangerines 0-12 to 1-07 in July 2014, a victory which kick started the eventual successful push to promotion from Division 7.

The Dark Force got off to a dream start with John Burns pointing after 16 seconds when Phil Bannon won the opening throw in. Phil Bannon was involved in the second score when, despite being forced into a corner, he spotted John Dolan with the pass and the Westmeath man converted.

That became three points to no score after Karl Feehan scored a free in after a jersey tug. However, Ballinteer St Johns got a foothold into the game when free was moved up 10 meters and despite a great save from Mark Redican, the ball went to a Ballinteer forward who made no mistake second time round with a goal. The away side took the lead despite the forward being forced to shoot from long range with 10 St Brendan’s players protecting the D.

John Burns was guilty of pushing two 45 wide inside two minutes, the second of which saw the goalkeeper, spill the ball over the end line after a pass from Ryan Egan. Burns did however redeem himself but striking the ball over the bar for St Brendan’s 4th point in an attack which started with a Franklin O’Reilly turnover. Two more Ballinteer points at the end of the first half ensured a four-point half time lead for the away side.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-04 to 1-05 Ballinteer

 

Urgings of “Man Up” during the halftime talk were heeded when John Burns produced a carbon copy of his opening score, with a score 16 seconds into the second. 2nd team graduate Cormac Mullen won a turnover and played the ball to John Dolan and finally onto Karl Feehan for a brilliant score to halve the half time deficit. An injury picked up by Colin Folan halted proceedings as Burns was waiting to take a free in, which went wide. In the meantime, the referee spotted a Ballinteer player lash out at James McGee and gave a straight red card. Folan was fine and continued the game.

Phil Bannon kept the ball in play after a Ballinteer kick-out and passed to John Dolan who found James McGee in the corner. McGee played the ball to Cormac Mullen and finally onto Neil Mayock who, despite a kicking wide was fouled as he took his shot, and Burns converted the free in.

Ryan Egan shouldered his marker over the sideline for a line ball for The Dark Force, which he took to Folan. As Egan made his way to goal, Mayock and McGee also got a possession and it was the latter’s pass to Egan who was upended on the 20-meter line. For dissent by the away side, the referee moved the ball on the 13-meter line and Burns made no mistake with the free in and a level game again.

The Tangerines retook the lead momentarily and were on the attack again when Mullen intercepted the attack and passed to Mayock. The Foxford Charger kicked a great score over the bar to level the game. Ballinteer were accused of Cute Kerry Hoorism by the referee when trying a steal an extra few meters when taking a free out. But Ryan intercepted the attack and a potential John Dolan goal went awry when McGee’s pass went too high and went wide.

Ballinteer retook the lead again from a free in but St Brendans manged to equalise again with a point from play from Karl Feehan after Franklin O’Reilly got a sneaky dig in the ribs when passing to Colin Folan. The referee played advantage and The Stamullen Hellraiser passed to Mayock and finally to Feehan with the point.

Ballinteer had a great chance for a goal but the shot hit the post and wide. Derek Brady also had a goal chance but his shot went inches wide and Justin McCormack kicking the wire fencing out of frustration. Another Ballinteer attack was stopped between the legs of Lorcan Bannon who then made an extra 30 meters and passed to Mayock and onto John Burns who had three defenders protecting the D, however Burns shot went over the bar for the lead score for St Brendan’s.

Two minutes into injury time and Burns again was on the scoresheet to make it 0-12 to 1-7, exactly the same score when the two sides met in AFL8 on July 28th 2012, and again in AFL7 on July 28th 2014. But Burns was determined to add a 13th score to the tally but took one step too many when kicking his shot over the bar.

Derek Brady did however get the 13th score with a 20 yard fist over the bar. St Brendan’s held on to record a brilliant blood and guts victory and the perfect send off for Oisin Carley, after playing his final game in the black and amber before emigrating to Canada to start a new life.

We wish Oisin all the best.

Tonights victory puts St Brendan’s back in contention for the AFL5 title with four teams at the top of the table on 8 points, one of those teams on 8 points, Lucan Sarsfields, is next up for The Dark Force on June 5th.

 

Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 0-13 to 1-07 Ballinteer St Johns

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