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Because you’re Dilworth it, Again!

Ladies 1sts Cup v Round Towers Clondalkin 20062018 (1)Wed 20 Jun 2018 – After a three week break, to allow for any players to sit the Leaving Certificate, St Brendans Ladies Footballers, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough were back in action in Round one of the Division 5 Cup with Round Towers Clondalkin the opposition. After hitting 12-12 in the League Fixture on May 16th, the Female Dark Force were not taking anything for granted and expected a good battle.

Half a minute was gone when the Inishowen Combination struck first blood with Roisin McDonald winning the opening throw in and passing to Aisling Newton for the opening point. The two combined for the second score with McDonald winning the Towers kick out and Newton pointing.

Three minutes in and The Carndonagh Cyclone had 1-02 to her tally already with a goal after collecting a pass from Deirdre Holland. Erin Fadian won a turnover ball and passed to McDonald who was looking without success for Aisling Newton, so instead the pass was given to Christine Dilworth who promptly scored the point.

The Home side were determined early on and managed to score a goal and a point too to make it 1-04 to 1-01 after 17 minutes. Karen O’Connell’s kick-out was won by Tara Foy who found Claire Owens, then Dilworth and finally onto Sinead Morrissey and easy as pie, The Mullingar Dynamo netted the second St Brendan goal of the evening. Morrissey then turned provider to the Knocknagree Knight to notch up her second point 2-05 to 1-01.

Round Towers Clondalkin kept attacking but Erin Fadian was just a wall between the forward and the goal with eight turnovers in a eight minute period, but they still got a second point from a free in. Another kick out from the Fresh Prince of Kells resulted in a third St Brendan’s goal, Roisin McDonald made a great catch and found Sinead Morrissey who saw her shot go off the crossbar but Aisling Newton was on hand to palm the ball into the net.

Another Towers point followed, and from O’Connell’s kick-out another point from was scored by Dilworth, her third of the evening. The Towers kick-out went straight to Newton who punished that mistake with a low shot and into the net for goal number 4.

Karen O’Connell was beaten for goal for a second time, Andrea Doherty picked up an injury when attempting to win the kick out and was replaced by Lorna Barton. The Female Dark Force took their foot off the gas momentarily which allowed Towers to score their fourth point but a great point from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly closed the half


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 4-07(19) to 2-04(10) Round Towers Clondalkin


James McGinley was not happy with the slackness of the players near the end of the first half, but in reality, it seemed like they were saving their energies for an explosive start to the second half when Newton got her fourth goal with a shot that dipped under the crossbar at the last second for a fifth St Brendan’s goal.

Sinead Morrissey’s parents made the journey from Mullingar to see their daughter in action ensured a short and happy trip to the Midlands with her second point of the evening.

Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly won the kick-out and Roisin McDonald was running beside her to collect the pass and shoot over the bar. Reilly won the next kick-out but this time with no McDonald to support her, so she took the shot herself and over the bar 5-10 to 2-05.

A Towers free in fell short to Tara Foy and was moved up the field by the two Sinead’s then by the Inishowen Combination with Newton the final pass and a point to give her a personal tally of 4-03. That was the two Sinead’s last action and they were replaced by Helen Lenihan and Enya Cody. Lenihan’s first contribution was to supply the final pass to Newton for another point.

McDonald won the Towers kick-out and passed straight to Dilworth for her second goal of the evening. Lenihan made a great catch when winning the Towers kick-out and played the ball to Newton for another point, this time with the fist. 6-13 to 2-05.

After hitting a wide earlier on, Dilworth made no mistake this time with another point, while Foy and Lorna Barton were busy defending the Brendan’s goal. Another save from O’Connell and Barton clearance and yet again the two Inishowen ladies teamed up when Newton went one on one with the goalkeeper and there was going to be one result and that was a fifth Newton goal. 7-14 to 2-05.

Aoife Fitzmaurice got into the scoring act with a good point from 20 meters with Helen Lenihan supplying the final pass. Fitzmaurice’s bid for a second point ended when her shot fell short and cleared. Helen Lenihan finally got a reward for her hard work by pointing a shot.

The St Brendan’s Ladies knew the game was over and went back into first gear going into the final minute. This allowed Towers to hit two late consolation points. The Female Dark Force need the rest up quickly because the next match is on Monday the 25th and a home Cup game against a Garristown side still reeling from the defeat in the League game last April.


Final Score from Longmeadows; St Brendans 7-16(37) to 2-07(13) Round Towers Clondalkin.


Also, the team will be in the Junior C Championship this year and will have games against Crumlin, Naomh Olaf, and will get a taste of Division 4 Football with Clontarf B and Na Fianna B in the same group. Should be a cracker.


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