Jul 19

One Relegation battle eases but another relegation battle looms.

Hurlers Champo v Kevins 18072017 (3)Tuesday 18 July 2017 –
The St Brendan’s Hurlers sponsored by The Luas ross City, continued their fight against AHL7 relegation by taking on bottom of the table Thomas Davis in a must win game on last Sunday 09 July 2017. The Decision by player manager Cian Walsh to ban this writer from going to Longmeadows (despite being in Salthill for the Connacht Football final, and Mayo not playing!) paid off in spectacular fashion as the Dark Force recorded a 4-21 to 3-17 victory. The first victory under the Luas Cross City sponsorship which was celebrated by a Luas Driver ringing his bell on the Luas from Heuston to Museum.

As one relegation battle eased, another one took place on sunny Dolphin Park as the Hurlers faced Kevins in a Junior B Relegation Playoff Semi-Final.

But it was the home side who out of the blocks early with 1-02 in the opening 8 minutes. Gavin Muldoon had a shot that went wide. St Brendans did get on the board a minute later with a free from Oisin Carley following a foul on Cian Walsh.

Carley had another free which fell short but was not collected property by the Kevins backs and dropped into the net. Rory Tynan made a bee line towards goal after collecting a long Carley pass, but his shot went wide.

Kevins hit a brace of points the first from a 65 and the second from a free in. Kevin’s then got a second goal, from a free after a foul by Eddie Hearne. Hearne then made amends by pointing a long distance point from play 2-06 to 1-02.

A shot from Gavin Muldoon was saved for a 65 which Carley converted. Conor Browne turned on a sixpence to beat his marker and Rory Tynan made a great catch from the pass but got fouled in the process. Carley again converted the free.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-04 to 2-9 St Kevins


There were high hopes of a comeback in the second half but those hopes were but brilliantly and brutally shot down by Kevins with 1-02 in the opening two minutes of the second half. A puck-out from Shane Foley found Wexican Eddie Hearne but his shot went wide.

A pass from John Maguire found Rory Tynan whose hope of breaking the Wexican stranglehold on the score sheet were dashed when he was dragged back when heading for goal. The free  from Wexican Oisin Carley was driven low and deflected off a Kevins Hurl and over the bar.

More Kevin’s scores, including a goal followed, Muldoon was then wrestled to the ground when attacking the Kevin’s goal. Carley shot low but the ball was caught by the goalkeeper who then decided to come off his line and try to attack from defence, only to lose the ball and a Ronan Costello snapshot was blocked by Kevins and cleared.

Carley ensured an all Wexican St Brendan’s score sheet by pointing another free in the final minutes. St Brendan’s Hurlers now need to win the Relegation play-off final to ensure Junior B Hurling in 2018


Final Score from Dolphin Park: St Brendan’s 1-06 to 4-16 St Kevins


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Jul 17

Crumlin Crumble under Cathal McCormack

1sts v Crumlin 16072017 (7)Sunday 16 July 2017 – Another Sunday Morning in Longmeadows for the St Brendans 1st XV Sponsored by The Best Western Skylon Hotel were up against Crumlin as the teams bid for the Division 6 League title continued. Parnells are out of the League and have giving walkovers to the rest of the teams in the Division and where due to face top o’the table Ballymun Kickhams today.

The mornings match had a 10.30am throw in due to the Leinster Football final later in the day. Crumlin won their first kick-out but the player over carried. Cathal McCormack played the ball to John Burns and his shot went over the bar for the opening score. Crumlin then took the lead with two free in’s.

Phil Bannon won a mark from Mark Redican’s kick-out and played the ball to Paul Coleman who found Burns and in turn found Neil Mayock to kick the ball straight between the posts and level the game again. The Dark Force retook the lead with a point from Karl Feehan following a great solo run by Niall Prenty.

Crumlin retook the lead with a goal following a short kick-out and 100 meter solo-run from the corner back, and a pass to their wing back, who produced a shot which was too hot for Redican and trickled over the line for a goal. Brendan’s responded well with a Burns shot that was saved for a 45. Phil Bannon took the 45, Marcus Brady kept the ball in play and passed to Karl Feehan who put his shot over the bar to make it 1-02 to 0-04.

Another Crumlin point from a free followed. The two Rossies, Brady and Feehan combined to allow John Burns to put another score on the board and it was Brady moments later who levelled matters with a point after a John Dolan shot hit the crossbar.

St Brendan’s took the lead thanks to another Burns free after McCormack’s jersey was tugged when he was bursting through on goal. Another two Crumlin points followed to put the home side back in front. Sean Herron made a tremendous solo-run through the heart of the midfield, played the ball to John Dolan for a point

Neil Mayock made it a two point game with a leisurely kick over the bar in a move which started with a turnover from Oisin O’Meara. That became a three point game when Feehan comfortable in possession made a calm pass to Brady who found Niall Prenty for a point. Crumlin then pegged a point back from a long distance shot.

It was all Cathal McCormack at the end of the first half with a brace of points for the Galwayman. The first point started with a mark from Phil Bannon from a Redican’s kick-out. The second started with a mark by John Burns from a Crumlin kick-out. Marcus Brady supplied the final pass to McCormack to score the second of his brace shortly before half time.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-12 to 1-05 Crumlin.


Due to a 2nd XV’s AFL10 match against Whitehall Colmcilles the second half of the match is not documented in full.

Cathal McCormack scored a goal and a point in the second half as St Brendan’s ran out comfortable winners, in a result which leaves The Dark Force in 3rd place in AFL6 with a game versus 2nd place Lucan Sarsfields away on 25 July next on the  cards.


Full Time Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 1-20 to 1-07 Crumlin


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Jul 17

When you needed a strong bench

2nds v Whitehall Colmcilles 16072017 (5)Sunday 16 July 2017 – The St Brendans 2nd XV sponsored by Kavanagh’s Bar Aughrim Street, under the guidance of father to be Eugene Cunningham, travelled to Cloghran to face Whitehall Colmcilles. Both teams agreed to play the match as a 14 a side, which meant this writer, at least, played the full first half. The home side lead at half time with 1-01 from John Moore, the goal deflected off the goalkeepers hand and a point from play by Malachi Doyle.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-02 to 3-05 Whitehall Colmcilles


John Ryan replaced Damien Mullen’s at half time, where The Darkest Force hit 1-02 in the opening four minutes with the goal coming from Billy Kelly and points from John Moore and Christopher Hand.

But that was as good as it got for St Brendan’s 2nd XV as Whitehall bought on a number of strong substitutes who were all eager to get game time which showed when all contributed by scoring five goals in the final twenty minutes.

Despite that, Emmet Kelly played a good ball to Paul Farrelly and onto Padraig Pratt who palmed the ball into the path of John Moore for St Brendan’s third goal.

Christopher Hand had the final say of the match by converting a free with the last kick of the game.


Full Time Score from Cloughan: St Brendans 3-07 to 8-08 Whitehall Colmcilles


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Jul 12

Winning streak continues for Karl Feehan

1sts v Fingallians 11072017 (7)Tuesday 11 July 2017 – Another  Tuesday and another road trip for the St Brendan’s 1st XV sponsored by The Best Western Skylon Hotel, this time to Lawless Park in Swords and a match against Fingallians.

The home side won the throw in but the pass went awry and went straight to Ger Bannon who passed to the brother Phil and finally onto Niall Prenty, who, like Mayo in this year’s Football Championship, took a scenic route round Lawless Park to choose a position to shoot and score the opening point of the evening.

Neil Mayock then played a great ball to John Dolan and in a move which has been reported on many times before, skimmed the end line before fisting the ball over the bar from a tight angle. Prenty had a chance on goal but instead passed to Eoin O’Connor whose shot was blocked, the ball went back to Prenty but his shot went wide.

Eoin Kavanagh turned-over a ball and got fouled in the process. He played the ball to Marcus Brady who was also fouled. Brady played the ball to his brother Derek who found Dolan for his second point of the evening. A Mayock shot for goal was saved for a 45, which subsequently went wide.

The home side got their opening score of the game and almost took the lead but their forward was deemed to have taken too many steps. The Dark Force punished that mistake with a point from Derek Brady to make it 0-04 to 0-01 after Paul Coleman made a 70 yard solo-run.

Mayock got his second point of the evening thanks to great work from The Brady Brothers. Ger Bannon cleverly deflected a ball off a Fingallians player’s leg and over the side-line. He took the side-line ball himself and passed to Eoin O’Connor. A point from play for the Kerryman.

Niall Prenty made a great solo-run through the Fingallians defence and his low shot found the net 1-06 to 0-01. Mark Redican cleared a Fingallians shot to Sean Herron, Ger Bannon was also involved to ensure John Dolan got his third point of the evening with a shot from 30 meters out.

Fingallians gave themselves a lifeline when the referee adjudged Herrin to have foot-blocked a shot. Redican had four consecutive clean sheets to date but his dream of a fifth, ended with a goal from the penalty spot. A point from the home side was the last action of the first half and a five point half time lead for St Brendan’s.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-07 to 1-02 Fingallians


Declan Jennings wanted the opening score of the second half and he got it thanks to Neil Mayock after Eoin O’Connor supplied the final pass. An intended pass from Feehan to Marcus Brady accidently hit the referee, and a hop-ball ensued, which Phil Bannon won. Bannon was dragged down while doing so. Eoin O’Connor’s free in was kept in play by Feehan but he mis-kicked the ball directly to a Fingallians back.

Ger Bannon won Redican’s kick-out and played a great ball into Niall Prenty who shot over the bar. Marcus Brady thought he was Cian Connolly for Roscommon at last Sunday’s Connacht Final when attempting a goal shot, but unlike Connolly, Brady’s effort sailed wide.

Fingallians found themselves back in the game when a free in which went over the bar and through a hole in the net was mistakenly given as a goal by both umpire and referee, much to the displeasure of Brendans. 1-09 to 2-02.

Redican played a short kick-out to Neil Mayock who played the ball onto Derek Brady, still on a high after Roscommon’s Connacht Final triumph. Multiple hand passes later, O’Connor used his citeog to guide the ball over the bar. The six point lead was back again, when Sean Herron turned-over a Fingallians attack and passed to Feehan who went on his bike to the 20 meter- line and passed to Ger Bannon who as cool as you want, kicked his point. 1-11 to 2-02.

The club that gave us Paul Flynn scored a point and then got a fairly lucky goal to put two points in the game. A free in was on its way wide when it took a deflection from a players fist from a very tight angle and into the net.

Karl Feehan steadied the Brendan’s ship with a well taken point. Neil Mayock was cynically fouled with the guilty party black carded. Eoin O’Connor managed to nail his only genuine chance of a score from a free to give Brendan’s a 4 point lead.

In injury time Derek Brady won a crucial mark and passed to Karl Feehan who found Niall Prenty and with his parents travelling from Ballyhaunis to watch proceedings in Swords, kicked a crucial score. Brendan’s played keep ball until the final whistle and a 7th and crucial win was secured.

Another home League tie this Sunday against Crumlin at the earlier time of 10.30am to allow for those travelling to Croke Park for the Leinster Final.


Final Score from Lawless Park Swords: St Brendan’s 1-14 to 3-03 Fingallians


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Jul 05

Oisin Carley Wonderpoint can’t stop Whitehall Whitewash

Hurlers Championship v Whitehall Colmcilles 04072017 (3)Tuesday 04 July 2017 – The final round of matches in the Dublin Junior B Hurling Championship and a final chance for the St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by the Luas Cross City, to salvage some pride in a disappointing campaign.

This writer arrived 5 minutes into the game with the score 1 point each. Both sides traded points in the next 5 minutes with Shane Foley pointing a free in and Ritchie Barry a point from play for The Dark Force. Foley pointed a free in to make it 4 points to 3 after Oisin Carley was chopped down whilst at full speed.

Foley was fouled and took the free but it was turned over. Ronan Costello won possession and passed to Noel Lane who shot over the bar for a two point lead. That lead did not last long, the next two plays saw Whitehall Colmcilles get a point and the take the lead with a goal despite great defence from Mark Kinsella and Eanna Larkin.

Whitehall got a second goal and yet again St Brendan’s were playing catch up for the rest of the match and responded well with a point from Rory Tynan. Another Whitehall point followed after the player pucked the ball over the head of Mark Kinsella and back to himself to shoot over the bar. Another Lane point followed and Conor Browne played a ball into open space. Ritchie Barry and his marker raced for possession but Barry was tripped and Foley converted the free in. A brace of Whitehall points rounded off the first half.


Half time Score: St Brendans 0-08 to 2-8 Whitehall


The away side hit four points on the spin in the opening five minutes of the second half despite Noel Lane seeing a goal chance go narrowly wide. The Longford Slasher did eventually find the net to make it 2-12 to 1-08. After watching his father’s native Galway win the Leinster Hurling Championship Lane was on fire with another point following great work from Ronan Costello.

Oisin Carley gave St Brendan’s some hope with 18 minutes to go by puting 6 points between the sides with a point from a free after Rory Tynan was fouled. Another Foley free dropped short and was cleared. Carley had a free in blocked which dropped to Tynan who pucked his shot wide. In Whitehall’s next attack they yielded a goal to settle the outcome.

Carley hit a long distance free after a foul on Eric Shadowens to make it 3-15 to 1-11. Cian Walsh ensured no 4th goal was conceded when he saved a goal bound shot off his rear end which was cleared away by Sean Dardis, but only as far as a Whitehall player who’s’ shot went wide. Walsh’s next puck out went to Carley, who made a tremendous solo run, roped the ball over the head of the defender and continued his solo run up as far as the 13 meter line to hit a score.

A Noel Lane shot that went wide ended proceedings and it was safe to say, Junior B Hurling is a bridge too far for this Hurling team who now have a relegation play-off later in the year to determine if they drop down to Junior C for 2018.


Final Score form Longmeadows: St Brendans 1-12 to 3-16 Whitehall Colmcilles


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Jul 03

Neil Mayock unveils his inner Aidan O’Shea against St Vincent’s

1sts v St Vincents 02072017 (1)Sunday 02 July 2017 – Another Sunday morning in Longmeadows and the St Brendan’s 1st XV sponsored by The Best Western Skylon Hotel continued the quest for a promotion play-off spot (or even The AFL6 Title since St Judes and Ballymun Kickhams have both dropped points) with St Vincent’s the visitors, the team who were beaten in the promotion play-off final last year.

This writer turned with up 6 minutes gone in the first half with The Dark Force leading 2 points to no score. St Vincent’s levelled matters after 9 minutes with two close range frees. Derek Brady pulled St Brendan’s back in front, with a point set-up by the Bannon brothers Phil and Ger.

Mayoman Paul Coleman (who’s heart like this writers must have been beating beyond 180bpm yesterday in Castlebar) held his nerve score a point and opened up a two-point lead after collecting Karl Feehans kick-pass when two St Vincent’s players were in front of him.

Feehan the Roscommon man got on the scoresheet himself in a move which started with a 45 from John Burns. After seeing their counties exit the Championship yesterday Sean Herron (Sligo) and John Burns (Longford) combined in a move which lead to the next point, with Eoin O’Connor suppling the final ball to Ger Bannon who stuck it over the bar and resulted in high five’s.

St Vincent’s then pointed a free. Phil Bannon won a mark from Mark Redican’s kick-out, Lorcan Bannon was goal bound when he was dragged down and the St Vincent’s’ player receiving a black card. O’Connor had the simplest of tap-overs to make it 0-07 to 0-03.

Phil Bannon turned over a Vincent’s kick-out and passed to John Dolan and finally to Burns who scored another point for a five-point lead. A final St Vincent’s free was pointed for the last action of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-08 to 0-04 St Vincent’s


The away side opened the scoring in the second half. Lorcan Bannon made a 40meter solo-run following a pass from Ger Bannon, he was looking for options but found no one, so took the shot himself and over the bar. O’Connor then converted a free-in after Burns had his jersey tugged.

Vincent’s saw a goal bound shot deflected off the hand of Redican and over the bar. Oisin Carley turned over a Vincent’s attack. O’Connor got swallowed up by three Vincent’s forwards but still found Neil Mayock, another relived Mayoman from yesterday, and his 30 meter shot found the target. 0-11 to 0-06.

Both Mayomen, Mayock and Coleman, unveiled their inner Aidan O’Shea to combine and put St Brendan’s six-points up with Coleman pointing his second. The away side hit three points without reply to set-up a grandstand finish with five minutes to go.

A third relived Mayoman, Niall Prenty, came on as a substitute and saw his shot fall short, the move went up the field and was thankfully turned over by Oisin O’Meara, the ball went back to Prenty who spotted John Dolan who, in a trademark move of skimming the edge of the end-line, fisted a point from a tight angle.

Oisin Carley won a turn-over ball and passed to Feehan, Marcus Brady made his presence felt after coming on as a substitute to supply the ball to Lorcan Bannon whose shot rattled the net to settle the outcome and give St Brendan’s a seventh AFL6 victory of the season.

A great performance ahead of two more rounds of League, one in two weeks’ time away to Fingallians and another at home to Crumlin.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 1-13 to 0-09 St Vincent’s


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Jul 03

John Michael McLoughlin in the greatest comeback since Lazarus

2nds v St Sylvesters 02072017 (4)Sun 02 July 2017 – In May, The St Brendan’s 2nd Team, sponsored by Kavanagh’s of Aughrim Street, went through the whole month undefeated. A remarkable achievement. Unfortunately in June, in what turned out to be their only match in the month on the 18th, the 2nds went down to Ballyfermot De La Salle 1-14 to 0-2.

With 5 matches to play this July, The Darkest Force travelled to Malahide for the first of those matches against St Sylvesters, but any hope of a Magic July was quickly forgotten about by half time was St Sylvester’s lead 2-06 to 0-01 with Malachi Doyle getting St Brendan’s sole score of the half. This writer played the full 1st half and was replaced by John Michael McLoughlin at half time.

The Malahide outfit opened the second half scoring with a point. Billy Kelly was fouled and up stepped John Michael McLoughlin for the free, making a Lazarus style comeback after a serious neck injury and subsequent operation could have ended his playing career. Lazarus may have been a good man but he couldn’t kick a point quite like John Michael McLoughlin. 2-07 to 0-02.

After Syl’s scored two more points, John Michael’s jersey was tugged, so up stepped Christopher Hand with the 30-meter free which crept over the bar. Alan Walsh had a shot that just went wide.

John Michael McLoughlin’s Lazarus style resurrection continued when he scored a goal after a long range free in by Hand bounced over several heads and into Eugene Cunningham close to the end line, he then passed to McLoughlin to side foot the ball into the net. 2-11 to 1-03.

Another long-range Hand free found John Nugent and the Tyrone man made no mistake with a point from close range. A brace of Syl’s pointed followed and Cunningham himself got on the board with a point which stared with a Padraig Pratt turnover and a final pass from John Maguire.

Like the Mayo v Derry All Ireland Qualifier yesterday both sides scored goals late in the game. St Brendan’s goal came from a long range shot by John Moore fell short into the arms of the goalkeeper who managed to lose control and the ball went into the net. St Sylvester’s goal was something out of the Conor Loftus textbook.

So another defeat, but a much more encouraging second half nonetheless, surely a victory or two this July is inevitable.


Final score from Malahide: St Brendan’s 2-05 to 3-14 St Sylvester’s


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Jun 29

Karen O’Connell finally gets the clean sheet she longed for

Ladies League v St Finians Newcastle 28062017 (1)Wednesday 28 Jun 2017 - It was back to the League and round 7 of Division 8 for the St. Brendan’s Ladies Football team, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough and a home tie against St. Finian’s Newcastle. There was a delay in the match for 10 minutes because the away side only had 11 players available with one player on her way and at 7.41pm, as the evening started to get drizzly, the game started as a 12 v 13 a side.

Erin Fadian won the throw in and passed to Christine Dilworth who had acres of space in front of her and went through that space to score The Female Dark Force’s opening point. A shot from Julie Fox hit the upright and into the hands of the Finian’s full back but she threw the ball which resulted in a free in and which Sinead Morrissey happily converted.

Both Morrissey and Julie Fox were the main protagonists in the next two goals with the Mullingar Dynamo passing to the Ballylander’s Bullet for her two goals, the second of which Fox sold a dummy to the Finian’s goalkeeper to kick into an empty net. However there would be no repeat of the 110 second hat trick like last Wednesday. It was Morrissey with the third goal following an excellent play from Helen Macklin and Christine Dilworth. Morrissey then increased her personal tally to 1-2 with a point for which Dilworth supplied the final pass.

Shauna Fitzpatrick won Karen O’Connell’s kickout (her only one for the whole of the 1st half!) Katelyn Peer was also involved and it was her pass to Sinead Morrissey that set her up for her 2nd goal of the evening making it 4-03 for St. Brendan’s. Like what she did in the corresponding Cup fixture last month, Katelyn Peer raised a green flag, Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano supplied the pass to the Toronto Raptor and her shot dipped under the crossbar for what was universally agreed was ‘A Julie Fox Special™’ (© 2017 Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano)

Anything Julie Fox can do Sinead Morrissey can do better when she went one on one with the Finian’s goalkeeper, sold the dummy, and side footed the ball into the net for her hat trick 6-3 to 0-0. Eugene Cunningham then unleashed yet another Achill Islander to the St. Brendan’s set up in Deirdre Holland and she almost made an immediate impact but saw her goal bound shot trickle inches wide.

It was raining in Longmeadows all evening and it was also raining goals as Sinead Morrissey notched up her fourth goal of the evening in a carbon copy of her third. Helen Macklin supplied the ball to Kate Reddan and the Sixmilebridge Sharpshooter got herself onto the scoresheet with a long distance point which proved to be the last score of the half and Karen O’Connell was half way towards her dream of not conceding any score in a full match.


Half time score: St Brendans 7-04 to 0-00 St. Finian’s Newcastle


Like the cup fixture last month, Katelyn Peer would have a tally of 1-01 with a good point following a pass from Deirdre Holland. Both Holland and Peer then turned supplier to set up The Knocknagree Knight Christine Dilworth for another point. Holland marked her debut win the black and amber with a good point with Dilworth the supplier. St. Finian’s were awarded a free in from 30 meters out and luckily for O’Connell, Anne Marie Riney cleared her lines. Deirdre Holland wasn’t content with just one point on her debut she managed to get a goal following a 30 meter solo run and low shot into the net followed by a big leap and a shout of ‘Up Mayo!’ 8-06 to no score.

Seconds after coming on as a substitute, Marina Kilduff was on the scoresheet with her first touch after Martina Gallagher had possession stolen off her but managed to toe poke the ball to Kilduff and her rasping shot over the bar followed by two fists in the air and her own shout of ‘Up The Rossies!’ Karen O’Connell was back living on her nerves with another St. Finian’s free in, but she could breathe again for a short moment because that free in went wide.

A goal bound shot from Nele Vindeutjuin produced a fine save from the Finian’s keeper and went over the line for a 45. (Nele almost had her “Traumtor” moment for Brendan’s which would have qualified her for the title of “Joker”). The 45 was taken quick and passed short to Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano, who passed onto Helen Lenihan and then a lateral pass to Martina Gallagher for St. Brendan’s 8th point of the evening.

St. Finian’s Newcastle were determined to get out of Longmeadows with at least one score and shatter Karen O’Connell’s dream. One shot fell short and was punched away by O’Connell and cleared by Augustina Lazzarini, to wild applause from her supporters who were visiting Ireland from Argentina.

Then in the final minute, Karen O’Connell could only look on as a final St. Finian’s shot headed towards the posts, the Fresh Prince of Kells whispered a silent prayer to herself hoping the ball goes wide. Her prayers were answered as the ball hit the upright and straight into the hands of Laura O’Connor, who had the last possession as the referee blew his whistle for full time. Delight for Karen O’Connell as she finally got through an entire match without conceding a score.

Now all focus turns to ‘The Big One’ and the winner takes all match away to Garristown next Wednesday. This will be epic!


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 8-08 to 0-00 St. Finian’s Newcastle.


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Jun 28

Derek Brady keeps his cool in Balgriffin Heat

1sts v Innisfails 27062017 (3)Tuesday 27 Jun 2017 - This writer cycled to Balgriffin for the next 1st teams AFL6 match away to Innisfails, just day after 3-18 to 0-04 home victory over Parnell’s which went unreported. This was The Dark Force’s first trip to Balgriffin since an extremely painful evening in October 2009 when the team lost to Wild Geese in the Junior E Final. Only Karl Feehan was the only survivor from that evening playing today.

The home side raced into a two point to no score lead. Brendan’s leveled minutes later, the first coming after Derek Brady was nutmegged with a fierce shoulder but won possession and passed to Lorcan Bannon who got fouled in the process for Eoin O’Connor to step up and convert.

Ger Bannon won the Innisfails kick-out and passed to John Burns, who found Lorcan Bannon and finally O’Connor who’s lopsided kick sailed between the posts only for Innisfails then hit the lead again. Burns won Mark Redican’s kick-out and went on a Ciaran Duff style solo-run but unlike that shot form 1989, Burns shot went over the bar. John Maguire won the next kick-out and played a great ball towards Ronan Bergin who shot over the bar for a St Brendan’s lead. 0-04 to 0-03.

Innisfails levelled matters again with a free. John Burns then went on a similar solo-run as Bergin, and scored the fifth point of the evening. Lorcan Bannon played a great ball into Eoin O’Connor who passed to Karl Feehan for a sixth Brendan’s white flag.

The Dark Force opened up a seven point lead thanks to Bergin again in a move which started with a turnover by Paul Coleman. That lead became four with a point from Sean Herron after Derek Brady won a spectacular mark.

Innisfails had another free go over the bar. Bergin had his jersey tugged and was dragged down as he passed to John Dolan, who went on a blitzing solo-run, but the referee called back play to show a black card to the Innisfails player. Another converted Innisfails free rounded off the first half.

Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-08 to 0-06 Innisfails.

Innisfails hit the ground running early in the second half by winning the first of two Redican kick-outs for their opening two scores and then hit the lead with a point from a free. Derek Brady levelled matters again after a John Dolan breaking ball was played to John Burns who passed to Brady the younger for a point to level game at 9 points each.

Dolan made up for the mistake of picking the ball of the ground by clearing the subsequent Innisfails free, and John Burns then saw a goal attempt saved for a 45 which fell short and was cleared. Eoin O’Connor restored the lead for St Brendan’s with a free after Derek Brady was fouled.

Eoin O’Connor and his marker were involved in an off the ball tussle which saw both see yellow. While that was going on, Dolan turned over another Innisfails free and Burns was on the other end to kick the ball over the bar for a two point lead. The Innisfails marker continued dragging O’Connor as Sean Herron won a mark and a red card was issued to the Innisfails player. O’Connor converted the free. O’Connor scored another free from almost the same spot following a foul on Eoin Kavanagh.

Innisfails pressured the brendan’s backline to get the goal to snatch victory, but their frustrations boiled over and they were reduced to 13 men when a forward was sent off for lashing out at Hugh Bannon. Innisfails prostrations were in vain and Hugh Bannon took his free out. Neil Mayock received the pass and passed to Burns. Marcus Brady was fouled but O’Connor’s free in went wide.

A Mayock shot fell short but out of nowhere, John Burns, with his jersey half ripped, got a fist on Mayock’s shot to help the ball over the bar.

One final Redican clearance was the last action of the match and another victory for St Brendan’s ahead of another crucial home League match this Sunday against St Vincent’s.

Final score form Balgriffin: St Brendan’s 0-14 to 0-09 Innisfails






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Jun 26

Improved Performance for Hurlers

Hurlers v Round Towers Clondalkin 25062017 (3)Sun 25 Jun 2017 - Things got a little bit better on Sunday for St Brendan’s Hurlers sponsored by the Luas Cross City, as the team debuted their new jerseys for an AHL7 clash away to Round Towers Clondalkin.

However due to injuries, only 14 players were available for this match. One of which was football player Christopher Hand who would bring much steel into the defence. The game was played as a 13 a side match with Ronan Costello making up the substitutes bench.

The game was 8 minutes old when this writer arrived late and was told by one of the umpires that the home side were leading by 1-04 to 0-01. Ritchie Barry attempt for a point fell short but the goalkeeper missed the catch and the slioter went over the end line for a 65 which Shane Foley converted.

Conor Browne played a long ball into Ritchie Barry and he was tackled after delivering the pass. Foley converted the ensuing free. The home side slotted over a brace of points the second of which was played in following a side line cut.

Cian Walsh made a clearance to Conor Browne, Foley received, made a darting solo-run and despite having Ritchie Barry to his right, Ballincollig’s finest took a low shot pass the goalkeeper and into the net. Towers hit three more points but Foley had the final say of the half with another 20 meter free following a foul on Christopher Hand.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-04 to 1-09 Round Towers


Towers hit the ground running in the second half by scoring four points in six minutes, the second of which was a 65. Johnny Walsh took a free out to Christopher Hand who found Foley to shoot over the bar 1-13 to 1-05. Ritchie Barry had a chance for a goal following an Eric Shadowens pass, but with has back to goal, Barry could not make the right connection with the hurl and the effort went wide.

Round Towers Clondalkin settled the match with a goal forcing The Dark Force to play catch-up again. Ronan Costello came on as a substitute in place of Jack McCabe/O’Connor and collected Trevor Purtill’s pass to sweep the slioter over the bar. 2-13 to 1-06.

Another Foley free followed after a foul on Hand. That would turn out to be the last score for St Brendan’s as Round Towers Clondalkin emptied their bench and finished strongly, with a number of their subs having roles in the team’s final eight points.

So, another defeat for the St Brendan’s Hurlers, despite a number of good performances.  A very important July awaits The Dark Force with winnable matches coming up in both League & Championship.


Full Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-07 to 2-20 Round Towers Clondalkin


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