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Good enough for me and James McGee

1sts v Erins Isle 03072018 (4)Tues 03 July 2018 – With the pitch in Grangegorman on holiday, for the first time this year The St Brendan’s 1st XV, played a home game in Longmeadows under sweltering conditions with Erins Isle the opposition.

James McGee gave The Dark Force a dream start when a John Burns shot fell short and the Milltown Co. Galway man was the first to pounce by fisting the ball (a la Maradona Hand Of God) into the Erins Isle net. The Away side got their first score, a point after 8 minutes.

A sideline ball from The Notorious Ryan Egan was excellently caught by Phil Bannon, who found Paul Coleman and finally onto John Burns with the point. McGee added a point to the goal he got in the opening minute with Derek Brady the final pass supplier.

Another Isles point followed, then St Brendan’s really hit a purple patch. Burns again with his second point from play after an assist from the two Mayoman Paul Coleman and Niall Prenty. The Prince Of Ballyhaunis jinked this way and that to score point number four in a move which started with Mark Redican punching the ball clear. The referee then called a three minute water break.

After the waterbreak, Colin Folan snatched the ball out of the grasp of an Isles forward, the isles player retaliated and the referee gave a hop ball which Phil Bannon won and palmed to John Dolan and finally onto Derek Brady for the point, 1-05 to 0-02.

Phil Bannon was back in possession after the kickout and played the ball to Prenty and finally onto Burns who sold two great dummies to take his shot and over the bar.

Lorcan Bannon got into the action by playing a neat one two with brother Phil and his shot from 35 meters sailed over the bar. The score became 1-09 to 0-2 with Prenty the free taker with the point after drawing the foul himself, there was some great defending by Frankin O’Reilly and Conor Reilly to limit Erins Isle to just 2 point so far in the game.

However, Eris Isle played the ball in the shadow of the trees and it yielded a goal to put them back in the game.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-09 to 1-02 Erins Isle.


Both teams traded points in the opening two minutes of the second half with the boot of John Dolan for the Dark Forces. James McGee got his 2nd point of the evening after Derek Brady played his free in to the Milltown man.

The men from Finglas then got a point back. Lorcan Bannon restored the nine point lead after Phil Bannon won The Mark off Redican’s kick out. Another Isles point followed.

Like he did against St Maurs last week, John Burns hit an Animal of a Score after a long ball from Phil Bannon. 15 minutes to go and Niall Prenty was fouled in the penalty area. John Burns waited for a 3minute water break to take the penalty, then took a typical three step run up and kicked with the citeog into the top right hand corner to put The Dark Force in the driving seat.

Erins Isle hit a brace of points in what was their final scores of the game. John Dolan was desperate to get a trademark score and he got just that with seven minutes to go, Dolan skimmed the left hand side of the end line, rather then the right, and fisted over from a tight angle. That was his last action because he was substituted in place of Cathal McCormack.

Karl Feehan got on the score sheet late in the game after John Burns ran into an Erins Isle cul-de-sac and passed to Feehan. A McCormack blocked shot was the last action of the game and St Brendan’s win what is a crucial two league points to keep the team in contention for a promotion play off place with four games to go. All Games from now on will be on Sundays at 11am with The Dark Force away to Clontarf on July 15th.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 2-17 to 1-07 Erins Isle.

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