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Captain Fantastic Claire Owens leads Ladies to 3rd Consecutive Final

Ladies Junior C Semi-final v Kilmacud 15082018 (9)Wed 15 August 2018 – On August 15th 2016, The St Brendan’s Ladies Football team qualified for the teams first ever County Championship Final, a Junior G final which was won by St Monica’s. The tables were turned the following year in the 2017 Junior F Final, when The Female Dark Force defeated The Monettes by 9 points to take the clubs first Championship in 24 years.

Two years on from the first final and the St Brendan’s Ladies, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, are in the Junior C Championship Semi Final. Standing in the way is Kilmacud Crokes who topped Section B, hence it is that the game be played in Silver Park In Stillorgan.

The Female Dark Force got off to a dream start with a goal by Roisin McDonald in the opening minute. McDonald turned over a Crokes free in and got fouled herself. There was only one lady MdDonald was going to pass the ball to and that was her fellow Inishowen lady Aisling Newton, who then passed to Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and finally onto Sinead Morrissey and a second goal of the evening.

The Dream start continued, when Dangermouse won the Kilmacud kickout and passed to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney whose shot dipped under the crossbar at the last moment for a third St Brendan’s goal. After those three goals, Morrissey raised the first white flag of the evening with a free in after Aoife Fitzmaurice was fouled.

Another Kilmacud free in was turned over by Kearney on towards Dangermouse and onto Newton and The Carndonagh Cyclone to open her scoring account with a rasping shot over the bar 3-02 to no score. Eventually the home side did get in the board with a point from a free in, initially it looked like a goal because the ball landed in the goalmouth but there is a hole in the net and the ball went through the hole after going over the bar.

Another free out by Crokes was won again by Kearney, this time passing Roisin McDonald and again onto Aisling Newton for the point. Wonderful link play from the Inishowen Combination.

After another Crokes free in, Nicola Carrabine played the ball to Sinead Morrissey who hit her second goal and St Brendan’s fourth after going one on one with the goalkeeper. Morrissey completed her hat trick after taking a free in, after she was fouled herself, which hit the net to make it 5-03 to 0-02 after 22 minutes.

St Brendan’s kept on motoring and another Carrabine turnover resulted in a fourth point by Aoife Fitzmaurice. Another Crokes point followed, Karen O’Connell’s kickout was won by Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who played a great ball to Aisling Newton and the shot over the bar. A shot by Crokes hit the upright and was cleared by Andrea  Curley and Erin Fadian then played a great ball to Newton, who passed to the onrunning Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly. Reilly found Morrissey for another point.

Dangermouse played a lateral ball to Fitzpatrick who worked hard to win the ball and pass to Newton for a point. Newton hit a brace of points after receiving the ball from McDonald and shot over the bar. Both points saw the ball hang in the air for an eternity before just dropping over the bar.

Claire Owens played like the influential captain that she is and passed a ball to Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who despite slipping, managed to find Aoife Fitzmaurice and Fitzmaurice passed to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney who took her shot with the citeog over the bar.

Catherine Twomey unleashed her inner Francie Bellew by preventing the Kilmacud player from taking a shot for goal by laid a hand on her back for a free in, which was converted and that was the last action of the first half.

 

Half Time score: St Brendans 5-09(24) to 0-05 Kilmacud Crokes

 

The home side were determined to create the greatest comeback of all time by hitting 1-01 in the opening four minutes of the second half, whilst Aisling Newton saw her goal bound shot saved by the legs of the Kilmacud goalkeeper who unfortunately fouled the keeper when trying to follow up. James McGinley then put Her Highness Orla King and Christine Dilworth into the game and the impact was felt when The Knocknagree Knight scored a great point to make it a 16 point lead.

That lead became 17 with another point by Aisling Newton after an Erin Fadian turnover and a 50 yard solo run by Claire McIntyre. Her Highness Orla King put the disappointment of Monaghan’s defeat behind her by defending brilliantly and winning a free out for her side.

After a wide by Newton, The Carndonagh Cyclone notched another point after receiving a pass from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly who in turn won the Crokes kick out. Crokes hit point number 7 from a free in. A Crokes long ball was well looked after by Orla King and clearance by Andrea Curley. St Brendan’s continued putting on the pressure and McDonald scored point number 13 after a Dilworth pass.

The home side hit a brace to move their tally to 1-09. Christine Dilworth saw her goal bound shot saved and cleared but only as far as Eimear McKenna who found Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and finally onto Newton who shot from an impossible angle hit the upright and over the bar.

Kilmacud wanted to end the game on a high but a hard shot rattled the crossbar and cleared by Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher and onto Tara Foy then onto Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick. In the end it was Aisling Newton who increased her personal tally to 0-09 with a point which, like her fourth and fifth point, hung in the air like forever and dropping over the bar.

The Female Dark Force saved the best til last when a line ball by Dangermouse found Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney whose 30 yard shot dipped under the crossbar for what can safely be called ‘A Julie Fox Special™’ (© 2017 Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano) Speaking of The Basque Superstar, she had the last possession as the referee blew the whistle for full time and for the third consecutive season, the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers have a County Championship Final to look forward to.

The opponents will be Na Fianna B (who defeated Fingallians 6-12 to 0-06 in the other semi) in a rematch of the Section A encounter on July 25th. The Final will take place in Lawless Park in Swords on Wednesday August 22nd at 8.30pm. Don’t Miss It!

 

Final Score from Silver Park Stillorgan: St Brendan’s 6-15(33) to 1-09(12) Kilmacud Crokes.
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