Aug 28

Luke McDonagh and The Miracle of Rolestown

1sts v Fingal Ravens 27082017 (6)Sunday 27 Aug 2017 –The Dark Force travelled to Rolestown for a meeting with Final Ravens in a match that had a 10.15am throw in to allow several players from the home side beat the traffic and head to Croke Park for the Dubs showdown with Tyrone.

For the first 95 seconds, not one Fingal Raven got a paw on the ball as Phil Bannon won the throw in and 30 odd handpasses later, Marcus Brady kicked the opening point for The Dark Force. But the home side showed their claws by beating Mark Redican for goal on their first attack. On the next attack the ball hit the frame of the goal and was collected and pointed, 1-01 to 0-01 after 8 minutes.

John Burns responded with a point from an old school free-in, off the ground following a foul on Ger Bannon. Burns himself got his arm dragged when passing to Derek Brady and due to the Ravens objections the referee moved the free closer to goal and Burns duly converted.

With St Brendan’s discipline lacking Fingal Ravens hit a brace of frees, the second of which was a result of an Eoin Kavanagh sliding tackle. There was also a third consecutive free in converted as Phil Bannon was the culprit of a needless foul.

Burns made it a three point game again with a free after Derek Brady had his arm dragged back when in a good position to score. Fingal Ravens then got a stranglehold on the game by hitting a second goal. Again Brendans responded well with a point from Karl Feehan after a pass from fellow Rossie Marcus Brady. 2-04 to 0-05.

Neil Mayock played a diagonal ball to Derek Brady who due to stretching to win the ball, lost some momentum and his low shot cross the face of the goal and wide. The home side closed out the half with a brace of points from play making St Brendan’s chances of a home play-off semi-final look remote.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-05 to 2-06 Fingal Ravens

 

Justin McCormack unleashed the Prince of Ballyhaunis, Niall Prenty in the second half who made an immediate impact by pointing a free after a Ravens player handled the ball on the ground. John Dolan made it a five point game with a well taken point after John Burns played him a short free following a foul on Marcus Brady. Mark Redican saw his kick-out go over the side line. The ball was worked in for another point for the home side 2-07 to 0-07.

Neil Mayock saw a goal shot half blocked down and cleared. Derek Brady was in a good position but was penalised for over-carrying. John Burns was fouled on the 20 meter-line and the ball was moved to the 13 for Ravens dissent, Burns drove the ball low but it was deflected over the bar for a five point game again.

Derek Brady kept attacking hoping to get a goal, but drew another foul, Up stepped Burns with the free but the shot hit the upright and back into play. Burns was the only one alert and the ball came back to him so with the citeog, he swung the ball over the bar for a four point game. 2-07 to 0-09 with 15 minutes to go.

St Brendan’s hard work was undone when Fingal Ravens hit a brace of points inside 45 seconds, the second of which came straight of a Redican kick-out. Like Kerry yesterday with Darren O’Sullivan, Fingal Ravens had an influential player black carded following a cynical foul on Oisin O’Meara, it would prove to be a turning point in the match. The Ravens goalkeeper did everything he could to distract John Burns and free went wide.

Derek Brady’s intended pass to Karl Feehan was thwarted when the formers arm was dragged. Feehan took over the free taking duties and pointed to make it a five point game again 2-09 to 0-10.

Phil Bannon won the mark from the Ravens kick-out and passed to John Burns who found Lorcan Bannon. Bannon kicked to Niall Prenty who kicked a super point to cut the deficit to four points with six to go. After another Ravens point, Derek Brady finally got the goal needed to give St Brendan’s a massive lifeline. It was a super strike from the younger of the Brady brothers following a Lorcan Bannon pass. 2-10 to 1-11.

St Brendan’s showed great resilience in the closing stages and won a turn-over. Sean Herron won the ball and passed to Karl Feehan, as Herrin continued his run towards goal. The Mayo duo of Neil Mayock and Niall Prenty both combined and it was the latter’s pass to Sligoman Herron whose shot went over the bar to put one between the sides.

In Injury time, Karl Feehan won a crucial turn-over, he found Prenty and finally onto Luke McDonagh who crashed the ball into the back of the Ravens net to conclude the most miraculous of comebacks. But there was still three minutes of injury time still to play.

Final Ravens, like Kerry yesterday, were all over the place and in desperate need to snatch a victory and managed to win a free-in which sailed wide. St Brendan’s kept attacking and John Burns had a shot that went wide.

Another Ravens free resulted after Lorcan Bannon was adjudged to have pushed his marker in the back. The free was turned-over by Eoin Kavanagh, and at the end of a passing sequence, Prenty’s shot just sailed wide. Five minutes into inury time Ravens managed peg a point back but it turned out to be the last kick of the game and St Brendan’s hung in to produce another miraculous comeback, that will certainly seal a play-off spot later in the year.

But will that play off be at home or away? Victory on September 10th against the defeated Junior B finalists, St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruagh will guarantee a home play off spot.

 

Final Score from Rolestown, St Brendans 2-12(18) to 2-11(17) Fingal Ravens

 

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Aug 25

Club Open Day & Family Day 2017

StBrendansOpenDay2017Sat 16 Sep 2017 – Club Open Day

1pm to 6pm in Longmeadow’s Grounds beside the Garda Boat Club

All Ages Welcome

Fun and activities for all the Family

Don’t forget your Boots

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Aug 17

Garristown prove simply superior for gallant Female Dark Force

Ladies League v Garristown 16082017 (1)Wednesday 16 August 2017 – And so it all comes down to this, two undefeated teams, go head to head in a winner takes all battle. St. Brendan’s (15-0) and Garristown (13-0) clash in a match that will, in essence, decide the Division 8 League title.

As I said in an earlier report, this match was due to take place on July 5th but was put back due to players on both sides getting married, Garristown however lost home advantage and therefore the match this evening was played in Man o’War.

At 7.05pm, both St. Brendan’s (sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough) and Garristown were ready for the throw-up in this massive, massive game. Julie Fox had the opening effort for the Female Dark Force but her effort fell short. Sinead Reilly got a push in the back and Sinead Morrissey played the free-in short to Fox but her shot tailed to the left and wide.

Garristown, with 1983 All Ireland Football Medallist Barney Rock having two daughters playing, opened the scoring and could have got a goal but the ball fell short to Karen O’Connell. A free-in to Garristown was turner-over by Catherine Twomey, Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and Michelle Dolan were also involved in the build-up which led to Morrissey equalising the game with a great point from the middle of the D.

Garristown retook the lead after 15 minutes. Julie O’Neill played a great ball to Morrissey and beat the Garristown defence but the Skibbereen Skyrocket put too much wellie into the kick-pass and the ball went over the end-line before the Mullingar Dynamo could make it.

St. Brendan’s managed another equalising score when Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly got pushed in the back when in a good position. Morrissey duly converted the free. A Dolan free in, after  Fitzpatrick was fouled, was turned-over and moved up field. Garristown won a free kick and the free taker judged the wind absolutely spot on with a point that an All-Ireland winning player would be proud of.

It was all Garristown in the final 15 minutes of the first half, with the team opening up a 6 point to 2 lead, despite a hint of steps in the 5th of those points. In between Reilly saw a shot deflected out for a 45 which Erin Fadian took. The ball was won by Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who scooped up the ball but being under pressure, she saw her shot go wide. Claire Owens made a timely interception on the 45 meter line and passed to Reilly who got fouled. Once again, Sinead Morrissey, with her parents watching, converted.

Reilly was well marshalled after collecting a Fox pass and was forced wide, which was the last action in a low scoring defensive first half.

 

Half Time Score: St. Brendan’s 0-03 to Garristown 0-06

 

Garristown started the second half with an all-out attack, which showed when they scored the opening point and then won Karen O’Connell’s next kick-out to rattle the net. The management trio of Cunningham, McGinley and Conroy took immediate action by introducing both Christine Dilworth and Katelyn Peer into the action. The Toronto Argonaut almost making an immediate impact but saw her shot go narrowly wide.

It was the Knocknagree Knight who made the bigger impact by collecting a Peer pass and shooting over the bar to make it 1-07 to 0-04. Garristown could have ended the game as a contest with a shot on goal, but The Fresh Prince of Kells was in the right place at the right time to save. Another turnover ensued and Garristown managed to convert a consolation point.

Christine Dilworth kept the game in the balance by scoring an absolute cracker of a goal after collecting the most delicate of passes from Julie Fox.  1-08 to 1-04.

St. Brendan’s then received a double blow when Katelyn Peer was sin-binned for a high tackle and Garristown converted the resulting free-in. 12 minutes to go and Dilworth had it back to four points, following a pass from Sinead Morrissey with the ball creeping over the bar.

The immortal words of Marty Morrissey ‘The Tension was Palpable’ rang with both teams making many handling errors and having many turnovers. One of these turnovers resulted in Garristown’s 10th point. Sinead Morrissey restored the four point deficit with a point from a free-in after Michelle Dolan was fouled. Peer came back onto the field after serving her 10 minutes and Ciara Gallagher was also introduced.

Another substitute, Deirdre Holland, was fouled when in a good position and Dilworth again pointed the free-in to make it 1-10 to 1-07.

Could St. Brendan’s Ladies snatch victory, knowing a draw was not good enough giving Garristown’s superior scoring difference in the league?

Morrissey had a good chance to make it a two point game but her shot went wide. A minute later, it was Garristown who converted on the other side. Ciara Gallagher made a timely turnover but at the end Katelyn Peer’s shot went wide.

Garristown showed why they have made scoring returns of 9-15, 8-19, 7-18 and 6-22 by finishing strongly with a brace of points to lead by six. St Brendan’s had another chance of a goal when Deirdre Holland’s goal bound shot was deflected for a 45. Erin Fadian’s 45 dropped short and was cleared by Garristown. The final whistle blew with loud celebrations from the Garristown faithful.

The League title may be gone but there is still plenty for The St. Brendan’s Ladies to play for and they have 7 days to get over this psychological disappointment with a Junior F Semi Final at home to St. James Gaels. With a Final rematch against St. Monica’s on the cards should both teams prevail.

 

Final Score from Man O’War: St. Brendan’s 1-07 to 1-13 Garristown

 

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Aug 11

Noel Lane can’t stop The Setanta Clause

Hurlers v Setanta 10082017 (4)Thursday 10 August 2017 – Following the summer break, The St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by the Luas Cross City, continued their fight to keep their AHL7 status for 2018 with the rearranged fixture away to Setanta in Ballymun.

Noel Lane had the opening effort for The Dark Force but the shot went narrowly wid. Eric Shadowens took a side-line cut found Oisin Carley who slotted over the opening score. However Setanta equalised in their first attack. Lane made it 0-02 to 0-01 with the first free in after a foul on Shadowens, Lane pointed to the sky after the point dedicating it to the late Tony Keady.

Setanta grabbed the game by the neck and scored two quickfire goals in succession, the second of which saw the big Setanta Number 22 puck an ostentatious shot into the square and despite the best efforts of Aonghus Ó Conaire, the slioter was loose and ground stroked into the net. 2-01 to 0-02.

But St Brendans still kept in touch and a long ball by Carley found Declan Kearney and with a marker close, passed to Lane for a goal. The Longford Slasher hit a second free in of the first half after Rory Tynan was dragged back when going for goal.

Setanta woke up in the last eight minutes and despite a shot going wide and into the housing estate behind the goal, hit four points on the spin to lead at half time.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-03(06) to 2-05(11) Setanta

 

Any hope of a comeback were dashed in the opening two minutes of the second half when Setanta beat Stephen Brophy for goal for a third time in an attack which started with a sideline cut. The Setanta goal scorer just stood on the spot where he struck for goal to admire the appreciation from the supporters.

But Noel Lane pegged a point back from a free-in following a push in the back of Declan Kearney after collecting a Ronan Costello pass. Another Lane free-in was scored, this time from a closer range than the previous free after a foul on Trevor Purtill. The third unanswered point came from Rory Tynan after Eric Shadowens emerged with the slioter after a scramble. 3-05(14) to 1-06(09).

After two Setanta wides, Brophy’s was won by Ronan Costello and onto Ger Power whose high ball into the square was connected by the hurl of Noel Lane and one handed scored St Brendan’s second goal of the evening. Purtill had a chance to put Brendans in front but the goalkeeper saved for a 65. Oisin Carley took the 65 which dropped short, came off a Setanta hurl and out for a second 65. Carley again dropped the 65 short but this time it was cleared with Tynan fouling the full back in the process.

Football 2nd team player Padraig Pratt came on as a sub for his first taste of the small ball game in over 10 years and still showed he had the skills by winning a turnover. The turnover ended up with a Trevor Purtill wide.

Like in the 1st half, Setanta woke up from their mid half slumber by hitting six points on the spin to close out the game. Another disappointment for St Brendans who have three matches to go in AHL7.

 

Full Time Score: St Brendans 2-06(12) to 3-11(20) Setanta

 

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Aug 10

Ciara Gallagher guides Female Dark Force to a home Championship semi final

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Wednesday 09 August 2017 – After last Wednesday’s performance against Na Gaeil Oga, The St. Brendan’s Ladies Footballers sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough travelled to Perrystown, south of Crumlin to face Robert Emmets in Round 3 of the Junior F Championship, St. Brendan’s were lucky last April to come out with a 2 point victory when the two sides met in the league. The Female Dark Force travelled to Perrystown without Karen O’Connell and Erin Fadian who were both away on holiday.

The opening score went to Michelle Dolan following a turnover by Catherine Twomey , who passed to Julie O’Neill , then to Sinead Morrissey and finally to the Dromahair Dodger who put a shot from 25 meters straight between the posts.

Robert Emmets equalised moments later. Dolan had The Female Dark Force back in front with her second point following a line-ball from Claire Owens. The Emmets kick-out went straight over the side-line and Owens again took the line-ball which she passed to Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick found Julie O’Neill and the Skibbereen Skyrocket made it a two point game with a rasping shot over the bar.

Shona Daly donned the goalkeeper’s gloves this evening but couldn’t stop an Emmet’s goal which allowed them to take the lead momentarily. An Emmet’s player managed to get a fingertip to a Julie Fox shot and a 45 was awarded. Morrissey played the ball to Fox who was fouled and the Mullingar Dynamo scored the resulting free-kick to equalise the match. A chance by Emmets to retake the lead ended when Ciara Gallagher brilliantly provoked her marker into over-carrying.

St. Brendan’s retook the lead following a 40 yard solo-run by Fitzpatrick and a shot which hit the upright and over the bar. Another Emmet’s kick-out went over the sideline. Dolan took the line-ball to Fox and the Ballylander’s Bullet opened her account with a tremendous strike 0-06 to 1-01.

Another Emmets point followed and the home side had a chance to level matters with a free-in but the shot was low and cleared by Fitzpatrick who was fouled in the process. On the other side of the field a free-out was given, but that free out went straight to Fitzpatrick who once again drew the foul. Sinead Morrissey, as calm and as reliable as ever, converted the free. Another Morrissey free followed after the referee adjudged that Fox’s jersey had been tugged.

A third Emmets point followed and Ciara Gallagher ensured St. Brendan’s stayed in the lead at the half time interval with a sublime goal mouth clearance.

 

Half-Time Score: St. Brendan’s 0-08 to 1-03 Robert Emmets

 

Robert Emmets were given a life-line early in the second half when the referee spotted a foul by Anne Marie Riney and a penalty was awarded to the home side. Shona Daly managed to get her shin to the ball for the save, the ball was cleared by Catherine Twomey and Claire Owens was also involved in a move which ended with Julie Fox burying the ball with an excellent finish low into the back of net on the other side of the field. A perfectly timed morale boost for the Brendan’s team.

Despite a Fox wide on the next play, Christine Dilworth won the next kick-out and did the work herself to kick over the bar. Dilworth won the next kick-out as well and passed to Sinead Morrissey for the second St. Brendan’s goal of the evening. 2-09 to 1-03. However Emmets had Daly beaten for goal for the second time, despite pulling off a super save with her left foot, Daly could only watch as the ball took a nasty spin and rolled over the goal line.

The Female Dark force would go 18 minutes in the second half without scoring, a period which saw Emmets claw the deficit back to three points 2-09 to 2-06. Also in that period both sides were penalised twice for over-carrying, Christine Dilworth was on the wrong side of one of those decisions just as she was about to pull the trigger for a goal.

The tension was palpable in Perrystown as St. Brendan’s were seeking a win in order to set-up a home Championship semi-final, while the home side were playing for pride after losing their two matches in the Group. Julie O’Neill won Shona Daly’s kick-out and passed onto Kate Reddan who played a diagonal ball to Dilworth then onto Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and finally to the onrushing Julie Fox. From a tight angle Fox managed to score her second and St. Brendan’s third goal of the evening to significantly ease the tension in Perrystown.

But not for long!

In a second half which had more twists and turns than a rattlesnake with a hernia, Robert Emmets scored their third goal and added to the tension going into the closing stages. Christine Dilworth played a great ball into Michelle Dolan and her first time snapshot off the ground was superbly struck into the back of the net for a 4th St. Brendan’s goal.

That would be the end of the scoring but Ciara Gallagher, with her mother Nora watching on, along with the resilient Brendan’s defence made six turnovers in the final quarter to ensure that Shona Daly was not beaten for goal again as the game petered out, and a home Championship semi-final for Brendan’s was ensured.

The only question left is who would St Brendan’s play in the semi final?

In Group A St. Monica’s, St. James Gaels and Lucan Sarsfields all had two wins and a loss. St Monica’s 13-12 to 1-03 victory over Cuala was enough to top the group, Leaving St James’ Gaels and Lucan Sarsfields battling it out for the second semi-final spot and it was the ladies from the Crumlin Road who prevailed on a 4-14 to 1-07 score-line and who now must travel to Longmeadows on August 23rd.

But for St. Brendan’s on Wednesday next, it’s the big winner takes all League showdown with Garristown , also undefeated in all competitions this year. Someone’s 0 must go.

 

Final Score from Perrystown: St. Brendan’s 4-09(21) to 3-06(15) Robert Emmets

 

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Aug 03

Kate Reddan makes Na Gaeil Oga pay ‘Deerly’

Wednesday 02 Aug 2017 – After a last weeks home win against Ballyboden, the girls made the short trip to the Phoenix Park to play Na Gaeil Oga. The teams haven’t met in a competitive game until this year when St Brendans triumphed 0-10 to 0-05 at home in the league. This being Championship the Ladies expected another good tough game against their competitors.

The game threw-in with St Brendans playing into a strong breeze but the girls were on their game and attacking from the get go. They moved the ball swiftly through the hands of Julie O’Neil, Kate Reddan and Julie Fox before a foul was committed and Christine Dilworth pointed from the placed ball.

This was a familiar trait throughout the half with St Brendans attacking in waves from the back with the Connacht duo of Curley and Duffy finding pockets out wide almost at will. This period and tactic proved fruitful with goals coming from Kate Reddan, Sinead Morrissey x2 and Julie Fox. Reddan’s goal in particular followed a flowing move from half back where Ines Rubio had an interception passed to Julie O and onto Kate who solo’d all of 50yard before dropping the ball and channelling her inner Paddy Bermingham to volley home from 20 yards!

The defence stood firm at the back with a concession of just 2 points both from frees. Emma Duffy and Andrea Curley continued the form of driving forward but with Nan calling orders from full back their defensives duties were never in doubt either.

 

Half time score St Brendans 4-05 to 0-02 Na Gaeil Oga

 

Over the course of half time the wind died and the girls were now playing uphill with the aid of reduced breeze for 30mins, the girls played very well moving the ball constantly going forward which resulted in some lovely long range scoring, the pick of these coming from Morrissey, Dilworth and Fox. The defence stood firm and making life difficult for the Na Gaeil Oga forwards only conceding their first and last score from play after 53minutes

This was a good performance with a lot of the girls performing confidently. The girls showed great cohesion had played well in all lines as a team

It’s back on the road next week with a visit to Perrystown for the final group game in the championship against Robert Emmetts. All support will welcomed.

 

Final score from Phoenix Park: St Brendan’s 5-13 to 0-03 Na Gaeil Oga

St Brendans: Karen O’Connell, Shona Daly (Tracy Weldon), Annemarie Riney (Ciara Gallagher), Claire Owens, Andrea Curley (0-01), Erin Fadian, Emma Duffy (Helen Macklin), Julie O’Neil (0-01), Kate Reddan (1-01), Christine Dilworth (0-02), Julie Fox (1-04), Sinead Reilly (1-01) (Helen Lenihan), Sinead Morrissey (2-02) (Katelyn Peer), Ines Rubio Alcala-Galiano.

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Jul 31

Kyle McLoughlin reaches Twin Peaks against Whitehall

1sts v Whitehall Colmcilles 30072017 (1)Sunday 30 July 2017 – For the third time this July, St Brendans and Whitehall Colmcilles square off on the GAA field. On July 4th it was the Hurlers with Whitehall winning the final Junior B Group game, on the 16th it was the 2nd XV who travelled to Cloghran but were beaten by the home side with a strong second half. Today it was the 1st XV, sponsored by The Best Western Skylon Hotel to take on the men in white and red hoping to bounce back from the loss to Lucan Sarsfields last Tuesday.

Unfortunately, unknown this writer the throw-in time was changed to 10.30am, to allow players on both sides to watch the All Ireland Championship Quarter Finals. This writer, arriving with a minute left in the first half viewed Eoin O’Connor convert a free in with the last kick of the first half

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 2-05 to 0-06 Whitehall

 

Eight minutes were gone in the second half when the first score was recorded when John Burns converted a free in after Kyle McLoughlin was pushed in the back. Marcus Brady won the kick-out, passed to Burns and finally onto Sean Herron for a second score, Whitehall pulled a point back moments later to make it 2-07 to 0-07.

John Dolan won a turnover and then ran along the endline, hoping for a trademark score but got closed down quickly. He managed to pass to Burns for another point. Whitehall halved St Brendan’s lead with a goal when an intended pass from Coleman to Derek Brady was pinched by a Whitehall back, 25 second later, the ball ended up being fumbled into the back of Mark Redican’s net.

Another Whitehall point followed but John Dolan retrieved the three point lead again with a point following a pass from Marcus Brady. The two combined again in the move which lead to a four point lead, Dolan’s shot was going wide, Bannon kept the ball in, but only just, and straight into the path of Oisin O’Meara to score the point 2-09 to 1-08.

There was some real comical defending with a Whitehall shot hitting the crossbar, a second shot came in but blocked by Eoin Kavanagh, and a third shot deflected off the boot of Hugh Bannon for a 45. Sean Herron managed to turn over the 45 and passed to Derek Brady and then onto John Burns whose 60 meter solo run yielded a point and a five point lead.

The Brady Brothers started the next St Brendans attack, Derek won the turnover, passed to Marcus who was fouled, played the free in to Oisin Carley who came up from corner back and finally onto Lorcan Bannon to take the shot over the bar to make it 2-11 to 1-08.

Whitehall were penalised three times in the space of five minutes for over carrying. But they still managed to beat Mark Redican for goal for a second time after the third of those free outs went straight to a Whitehall player.

Coleman got fouled after collecting a Hugh Bannon pass from a turnover and passed to Aonghus Ó Conaire. Aonghus, returning from an injury, passed to Kyle McLoughin converted a super point to ease the worries of the management team of Justin McCormack and Connor O’Sullivan.

A free in from John Burns was the last act of the morning.

So St Brendan’s are back to winning ways going into the summer break, there are three games left for the team to cement a place on the play offs, starting on August 22nd with a trip to Sean Moore park in Ringsend and a meeting with Bank Of Ireland GAA

 

Final Score form Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 2-12(18) to 2-08(14) Whitehall Colmcilles

 

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Jul 28

Disappointment for 2nds as play-off chance is ended

2nds v Trinity Gaels 27072017 (6)Thursday 27 July 2017 – Without a win since May 28th, The St Brendan’s 2nd XV sponsored by Kavanaghs of Aughrim were desperate to see out the month of July with one victory that could give them a shot of a promotion play-off spot. Trinity Gaels were the opponents on this Thursday evening in Longmeadows. Passers-by could have been forgiven for thinking that this was a behind closed doors trial match as both teams wearing St Brendan’s jerseys, due to Trinity Gaels leaving their own kit behind in Donaghmeade. The game was played as a 13 a side, even though St Brendans had 21 players available for the evening.

The first score came after 20 seconds with the smooth kicking style of Graham Henry. Vincent O’Flynn kicked a second point as the game reached its 2nd minute. John Tuffy hit a shot that went wide but Alan Walsh continued the dream start with a third point. The game wasn’t even in its 4th minute when Christopher Hand made it 4 points to no score. The Dream start continued when an O’Flynn turnover was passed onto Ronan Costello for another point. 5 wind assisted points to no score.

Despite the flying start, Trinity Gaels first attack yielded a goal, but The Darkest force responded well with a sixth point thanks to John Tuffy which started with a line ball. With six different scorers, O’Flynn broke the mould to score his second and St Brendan’s seventh point which was well judged with the wind.

Trinity Gaels then raised their first white flag. Paddy McGuinn’s kick-out was caught for a mark by Ronan Costello who played a great ball towards Graham Henry who, smooth as you want put the ball into the net. 1-07 to 1-01. Christopher Hand saw a shot go inches short but the goalkeeper was forced to fist the ball over his own crossbar as Hand raised a clinched fist.

Shortly before half time St Brendan’s 2nd XV suffered a double blow. Brady was booked for dissent, and upon learning that Brady was not wearing his gumshield, the referee showed a second yellow to make it a red. Then Trinity Gaels scored a second goal. But Undeterred, full back Padraig Pratt won a turnover and made a daring raid to the forwards, then passed to Ronan Costello to score a good point.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-09 to 2-02 Trinity Gaels

 

The wind picked up in the second half and it was all Trinity Gaels in the third quarter as they made the very most of the extra man and the wind by taking the lead with six points without reply in that period. 1-9 to 2-8. Despite missing out on starting due to the game being 13 a side, Billy Kelly and Joe Kenny came on as substitutes and both contributed towards the goal that gave St Brendans the lead with 13 minutes to go, Kelly’s shot went towards the goal and Kenny got a fist to it to help the ball into the net.

Damien Mullen’s chances of getting a game ended when both Ronan Costello and Paul Farrelly were both black carded after disputing a dubious free in the referee gave to Trinity Gaels. It forced John Michael McLoughlin’s hand and had to bring on Alan Walsh and John Nugent who were both substituted at half time. Neither were able to stop a resurgent Trinity Gaels snatching victory with two late points. Christopher Hand had a chance to level with a delicate free in which hit the upright which was the last action of the match to leave John Michael McLoughlin reeling with another heartbreaking defeat.

The 2nd XV will have a chance to rectify this loss on Sunday away to St Marks.

 

Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 2-09(15) to 2-10(16) Trinity Gaels

 

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Jul 27

Michelle Dolan gets the Ladies off and running in Junior F Championship

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Wednesday 26th July 2017 – Despite losing last year’s Junior G Final, the St. Brendan’s Ladies Footballers sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, made their first foray in this year’s Junior F Championship this evening in Longmeadows with Ballyboden St. Enda’s the first opponents. It rained heavily during the warm up but gradually the rain eased and the sun came up shortly after the throw in.

The opening score came after four minutes when Sinead Reilly drew the foul and passed the free to Sinead Morrissey for the opening score much to the delight of her parents who travelled from Mullingar.

But Ballyboden St. Enda’s then took the lead after 9 minutes; the second of those points occurred when Karen O’Connell, with the sun in her eyes, kicked the ball out directly towards the Ballyboden player. When a baseball cap finally arrived for O’Connell, her next kick-out was won by Catherine Twomey.

Ballyboden, feeling they had exposed St. Brendan’s weaknesses, kicked their third point of the evening and could have got a fourth point but it fell short to O’Connell who again cleared to Twomey.

Sinead Morrissey had two chances from free kicks, the first fell short but there was illegal use of the foot in an attempt to win the ball, the second also fell short but was ruled by the referee as a square ball. Kate Reddan played a diagonal ball towards Morrissey who brilliantly kept the ball from going over the end line to kick pass a lateral ball to Deirdre Holland and finally on to Michelle Dolan for St. Brendan’s second score of the evening.

Ballyboden carried the ball up the field and scored a very well worked goal. But St. Brendan’s Ladies responded almost immediately with a well taken goal from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly after Kate Redden won the Karen O’Connell kick-out and got Julie Fox and Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick involved in the build-up.

After a laboured start, St. Brendan’s got a foothold into the game with a second goal courtesy of Julie Fox with Michelle Dolan supplying the final pass. Fox was almost in for a second goal only to shoot straight at the goalkeeper who did very well to stop the shot and clear her lines. Erin Fadian won possession, passed to Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano who found Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick solo’d up to the 20meter line and found Reilly in a good position to score a good point and give Brendan’s a three point lead.

In first half injury time, Reilly was fouled, Sinead Morrissey took the free which again fell short but the goalkeeper palmed the ball straight into Julie Fox. The Ballylanders Bullet made no mistake in burying the ball into the net.

 

Half time Score: St. Brendan’s 3-03 to 1-03 Ballyboden St. Enda’s

Three minutes into the second half Sinead Reilly won a Ballyboden kick-out and ran straight towards goal, but a Ballyboden managed to recover well and get back in time to prevent the shot. Reilly passed back to Fox who was also blocked and was forced to pass back to Reilly who made no mistake with a shot from the outside of the right boot and over the bar.

After hitting two wides, Ballyboden had Karen O’Connell beaten for goal for the second time. Despite a Fox shot going wide, Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly struck her second goal when sub Katelyn Peer passed towards fellow sub Christine Dilworth then onto Reilly who saw a gap open in the Ballyboden defence and took her shot which went over the head of the goalkeeper and into the net.

Peer won the next kick-out and passed to Fox who beat her marker with a great turn, foot-passed to Reilly who with her back was towards goal, passed back to Fox who had continued her run and finished off the move with a well taken point.

Another kick-out was won by Sinead Morrissey, Fox was also involved and once again Dangermouse herself was on hand to take the shot and make it 4-06 to 2-03.

Substitute Christine Dilworth once again made her presence felt with a great goal. The next Ballyboden kick-out was too short and Morrissey punished them by kicking the free over the bar.

Toronto Argonaut Katelyn Peer used her Ice Hockey expertise to win possession and passed to Dilworth and the Knocknagree Knight made another darting solo run for a point. Julie O’Neill entered the game in her first match as a married woman.

Ballyboden hit a brace of points near the end, and despite hitting a wide two minutes before, Julie Fox crowned off St. Brendan’s ladies performance with a point with an assist from the aforementioned Mrs. Julie O’Neill – O’Donnell.

A clearance by Anne Marie Riney was the last action of the match and St. Brendan’s ladies are off and running in the Junior F Championship with a game versus Na Gaeil Oga up next on August 2nd.

 

Final Score from Longmeadows: St. Brendan’s 5-09(24) to 2-05(11) Ballyboden St. Enda’s

 

 

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Jul 26

Another emotional rollercoaster for Paul Coleman to endure

1sts v Lucan Sarsfields 25072017 (8)Tuesday 25 July 2017 – A trip to Lucan Sarsfields home ground, awaited the St Brendan’s 1st Team sponsored by the Best Western Skylon Hotel on a sunny Tuesday evening, where the race for the AFL6 Title hots up.

Lucan held on to possession in the opening minute, only to cough it up to Paul Coleman, who passed to the returning Kyle McLoughlin and onto John Burns for the opening score for The Dark Force.

The home side got their noses in front with a brace of scores, the second of which was a free in after Oisin Carley over-carried. Burns had a shot for goal which went straight to the goalkeeper. The ball went back to Burns who passed to O’Connor who the equalising score to make it 0-2 each. John Dolan was unlucky to see a shot go wide in a move which started with a turn-over by Hugh Bannon.

A Phil Bannon 45 fell short, Kyle McLoughlin kept the ball in play and got pushed in the back. Burns shot the resulting free wide. Lucan got four points on the spin before Neil Mayock steadied the Brendan’s ship after John Dolan found Karl Feehan with a pass, and despite being cornered by two Lucan backs, Feehan passed to Mayock for the simplest of tap overs. A Lucan free was the last score of the first half in a cagey edgy affair.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-03 to 0-07 Lucan Sarsfields

 

Lucan opened the second half scoring with a point. Sean Herron won Mark Redican’s kick-out, passed onto Paul Coleman, found Phil Bannon. Bannon’s intended pass to Niall Prenty was slightly off and forced Prenty into a snapshot that went wide.

Prenty did make amends a minute later with a point following a great steal by Karl Feehan from a Lucan attack. Brendans were slowly but surely creeping back into the contest when a Phil Bannon pass found Sean Herron who kicked a great point with plenty of height to spare.

Phil Bannon won possession from a Lucan attack thanks to pressure by Neil Mayock. Niall Prenty continued the move and passed to fellow Mayo man Paul Coleman who kicked another great point. After enduring the mother and father of all emotional rollercoasters in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last Saturday, Coleman found himself on another emotional rollercoaster in Lucan.

A shot by Lucan was cleared off the line by Sean Herron, Oisin O’Meara and Karl Feehan were also involved. A Prenty pass to John Burns and a shot form 40 meters out sailed between the posts and made it a one point game. Ger Bannon won the mark and passed to Prenty who again linked with Burns. Burns then scored a spectacular shot from the same spot as minutes before to make it 0-8 each.

It was then that Lucan woke up and started playing football again, a low shot was deflected over the bar from the hand of Redican. Another turn-over by Lucan lead to the deciding goal, even though Redican got a hand on the ball, the Lucan player still managed to get to a loose ball and fist it into an open net. 1-09 to 0-08.

Lucan opened up the five point lead but John Burns had the gap back to four following a free in after a crunching tackle on Oisin O’Meara. Derek Brady came on for Karl Feehan who was applauded off the field after a tremendous shift.

Still on that emotional rollercoaster, Paul Coleman added a second point for the evening following a Burns pass. Coleman won a mark from the next kick-out, Oisin Carley got fouled and up stepped Burns again for a crucial score as the game went into injury time.

Two minutes into injury time and Carley dusted himself down to collect Niall Prenty’s final pass and hit a huge point with two minutes of injury time to go. The next kick-out was crucial.

Ger Bannon was deemed to have pushed his marker mid-air when challenging for possession in the kick-out, Ger was black-carded and Cathal McCormack took his place. The Lucan kick-out was won by Eoin Kavanagh and in a last ditch attempt to get an equalising score, McCormack was tumbled out over the side-line for the last event of the game. So a Lucan Sarsfields win and it is now between them and Ballymun Kichmans to determine who will win the AFL6 title.

For St Brendan’s though, it’s another trip to the promotion play-offs. A bid to get the number 2 seed and home advantage will commence next Sunday with a Home League tie against Whitehall Colmcilles.

 

Final score from 12th Lock: St Brendan’s 0-12 to 1-10 Lucan Sarsfields

 

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