Apr 18

St Brendan’s Clubnotes – 17 Apr 2017


The Ladies Football had a comfortable victory in Round 2 of the League at home St Monica’s. Round 3 of the League takes place next Wednesday at 7.15 with an away tie against St James Gaels.

Both football teams are in Championship action this Sunday with the 1st team away to Garda Westmanstown Gaels at 11am in the Junior C Championship and the 2nd team away to St Monica’s at 3pm in the Junior D Championship.

Training continues for all Adult teams. For both Football teams are training this Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm and for the Hurlers at 7pm at Longmeadows. Ladies Football team are training at 7.30pm on Monday evening.

St Brendan’s GAA Saturday Kidz Club continues this Saturday Morning at 9.30am.. Any parents interested in enrolling their children to play for St Brendan’s please contact Paul McDonagh (087) 6701064 or Malachi Doyle (086) 3322076. Details can be found on our Facebook page, also Twitter @stbrendansdub7

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Apr 14

Sinead Morrissey stars in her first taste of Monica’s Rivalry

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Following on from their ground-breaking victory last Wednesday against Clanna Gael Fontenoy, The McGowans of Phibsborough Ladies Football team immediately began focusing on their first home League match of the season against St Monica’s, a team St Brendan’s thought they had left behind in Division 9.

Last season in Division 8, three teams, Innisfails, Garda Westmanstown Gaels and St Sylvester’s, withdrew from the League. Innisfails withdrew before the start of the League whilst the latter two only played one match, struggled to get 15 players during the course of the season and eventually pulled out. Wanderers were relegated to leave three slots open in the Division. St Brendan’s won promotion on merit, 2nd placed Garristown (whom we play away on July 5th) and 3rd placed St Monica’s also got promotion to ensure a 10 team Division 8.


So the latest chapter of the Brendan’s – Monica’s rivalry began at 7.05pm on Wed 12 April. One minute later, Sinead Morrissey, who learned the many tales of great matches between the sides all week, opened the scoring for The Female Dark Force after a Julie O’Neill turnover. Michelle Dolan won the resulting kick-out and developed the play herself to score a point.

Erin Fadian turned over a Monette’s attack and played the ball to Christine Dilworth, who found Julie Fox to raise the first green flag of the match. Two Minutes later, Fox had a second raised, this time courtesy of a Morrissey pass. However the away side were quick to close with a goal and a point, the goal coming from a quick free which surprised Karen O’Connell and found itself to the net.

But St Brendan’s bounced back with another point from Julie Fox and then with a point from Christine Dilworth after a great catch from Katie Lavelle to win the Monettes kick-out. Fox made a personal tally of 2-3 with another point following good work from fellow Limerick lady Helen Lenihan. Dilworth doubled her tally with another point after a pass from Sinead Morrissey. Moments later the Mullingar Dynamo Morrissey notched up her second score of the evening, after winning a Monica’s kick-out.

Making her seasonal bow, The Skibbereen Skyrocket Julie O’Neill opened her scoring account for 2017 after collecting a pass from Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano who had gotten bottled up by the Monica’s defence.  Morrissey then made it 0-3 to her credit when her goal bound shot skimmed the crossbar and over the bar. A final Monica’s point closed proceedings for the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-09(15) to 1-02(5) St Monica’s


Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano won possession from a St Monica’s kick-out and passed to Julie O’Neill who found Julie Fox, to round off her second hat trick of the season with a low shot into the net.

Christine Dilworth scored a great goal after collecting an Eimear McKenna free-in. Unfortunately St Monica’s managed to peg a goal back in the next attack. 4-09 to 2-02.

Again St Brendan’s responded well, with Michelle Dolan’s second point, after Julie Fox was foiled trying to barge her way through the Monica’s defence looking for yet another goal.

Indeed Dolan would get her third point of the evening, after a move which she herself started with a side-line ball to Julie O’Neill. O’Neill played a one-two to Dolan and then found Shauna Fitzpatrick, who’s shot hit the crossbar and back into play to be reclaimed by Katie Lavelle who gave the ball back to Dolan for the point.

St Monica’s then hit a brace of points. Julie Fox was replaced with Ciara Gallagher, making it three Achill Island women on the pitch, two of which, Gallagher and Lavelle contributed to St Brendan’s next score, with the latter raising the white flag. Sinead Morrissey won the next Monette’s kick-out and despite having options, went for the shot herself to get her 4th point to make it 4-13 to 2-04.

The next point had ‘Made in Achill Island, Co. Mayo’ written on it, when Erin Fadian turned over a Monica’s attack, both Ciara Gallagher and Katie Lavelle got involved and finally Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano, picked the ball and placed it over the bar.

Another Monica’s point followed but Sinead Morrissey continued her five star performance with a fifth point after collecting a free in from The Basque Superstar Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. But Morrissey was not finished and made it a six star performance moments later after a Alcalá-Galiano pass from play.

A free-in from St Monica’s was the last action of the match, and the end of another chapter to this long running rivalry, which will have another chapter written on June 21st in Edenmore in the final round of the Division 8 Cup.

But not to worry, the St Brendans Ladies Footballers will have new exciting teams to play this year including St James’ Gaels (next Wednesday), Robert Emmetts, ST Finians Newcastle, Ballyboden St Endas and Na Gaeil Oga.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 4-16 (28) to (14) 2-08 St Monica’s.


St Brendans: Karen O’Connell, Andrea Curley, Claire Owens, Catherine Twomney, Shona Daly (Helen Macklin), Erin Fadian, Eimear McKenna, Julie O’Neill (0-1) (Ciara Gallagher), Katie Lavelle (0-2) (Michelle Ryan), Michelle Dolan (0-2), Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano (0-1), Sinead Morrissey (0-6), Helen Lenihan (Shauna Fitzpatrick (0-1)), Julie Fox (3-2) (Laura O’Connor), Christine Dilworth (1-2)


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Apr 10

Hurlers show improvement against Plunketts

Hurlers v Plunketts 09042017 (4)Two weeks on from their loss against St Jude’s, The Aughrim Street Credit Union Hurlers went into their Round 3 AHL7 encounter with St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh full of confidence after a very positive week of training.

But it was the home side that drew first blood and lead 2 points to no score after 5 minutes, the second of those points being a free in. Shane Foley was playing as a goalkeeper for the first time in his career but could not stop a thunderous Plunketts shot on the next attack from going into the net.

However, with the support of his sons Iarla and Cian on the side-lines, Foley did make a great catch to deny Plunketts a second goal and Mark Kinsella made the clearance, onto Eric Shadowans and finally onto Oisin Carley for the Dark Forces first point of the match.

After another Plunketts point, Noel Lane stepped up to point a free, after Shadowens was fouled. Playing with the breeze in the first half, Carley played a long ball into the square but the goalkeeper managed to prevent it from going over the bar and cleared away, only for Carley to win the ball back and bang it over the bar, 1-3 to 0-3.

Another Plunketts point followed, and then had a rasping shot that went wide. From the resulting Foley puck out, Carley caught and sent it into the square where both Lane and Shadowens contested but it was Richie Barry who picked and stroked the slioter into the back of the net.

After a brace of Plunketts points, Noel Lane notched up his second point thanks to an assist from Sean Dardis. The match was then a one point game again, following a super point from Vincent O’Flynn.

Another brace of Plunketts points followed but Oisin Carley ensured a two point half time deficit by converting a free after Ger Power was fouled.


Half time score: St Brendan’s 1-06 to 1-08 Plunkett’s.


The home side got the opening score of the second half but the Brendan’s side responded with a Noel Lane free after Ronan Tynan was fouled. Both sides traded points, and after great pressure from Tynan he managed to win possession getting fouled again in the process. Tynan began to fire up his troops and as Plunketts protested, the free was moved up an extra 10 meters which allowed Lane to point the free to leave a two point game 1-10 to 1-8.

The home side again tried to pull way in the final quarter with three points in five minutes, Eric Shadowens however was eyeing the goal. Unfortunately his shot hit the helmet of his marker and out for a 65 which fell shot and was cleared. Richie Barry also had a goal chance, but his shot hit the boot of the goalkeeper and was cleared, but only as far as Carley, who passed to Rory Tynan and onto Shadowens who put the finishing touch to a well worked move.

Plunketts again tried to pull away with five minutes to go, opening up a six point lead. Carley had the collar of shirt tugged when on a solo run but the free in fell short. After another Plunketts point, Johnny Walsh spectacularly caught a Foley puck out, and passed to Vincent O’Flynn who passed to Shadowens for his second point of the afternoon.

But that was St Brendan’s lot as a point from Plunketts from 95 meters out was the last action of the match. The fact that Plunketts had a strong subs bench to call on at will and St Brendan’s were limited to one sub in an aging Damien Daly (who came on and played reasonably well despite limping off in the final minutes), was the winning of the game for Plunkett’s. A vast improvement by “The Dark Force”, who can now look forward to Championship action after the Easter break


Final Score form Martin Savage Park: St Brendan’s 1-10 to 1-17 St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh


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Apr 10

St Brendan’s Clubnotes – 10 Apr 2017


The 2017 Ladies Football Season got underway last Wednesday with the Ladies Football team getting off to a flying start with a win over Clanna Gael Fontenoy. Round 2 of the League lakes place next Wednesday at 7pm with a home tie against St Monica’s.

Hurlers were beaten away to St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh on Sunday.

Training continues for all Adult teams. For both Football teams are training this Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm and for the Hurlers at 7pm in Longmeadows. Ladies Football team are training at 7.30pm on Monday evening.

St Brendan’s GAA Saturday Kidz Club continues this Saturday Morning at 9.30am.. Any parents interested in enrolling their children to play for St Brendan’s please contact Paul McDonagh (087) 6701064 or Malachi Doyle (086) 3322076. Details can be found on our Facebook page, also Twitter @stbrendansdub7

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Apr 07

Ladies Footballers commence Season 5


And so the clocks spring forward for 2017 and that extra hour of daylight in the evening can only mean one thing; the start of the Ladies Football Season.

The St Brendan’s Senior Ladies Team Sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsborough commenced life in Division 8 of the Ladies Adult Football League with a trip to Sean Moore Park in Ringsend and a meeting with old foes Clanna Gael Fontenoy. A team that gave the Female Dark Force much heartache in 2015, with the second of those three defeats, in the League that July, still very much talked about. The defeat almost 2 years ago was a promotion decider in which the girls came out on the wrong side of the result. The match was moved to an 8pm start under floodlights, even though the lights didn’t get switched on until shortly after throw in.

The girl’s lined out missing 7 of last year’s starting 15. Claire Hannon has relocated for love to Inverness with Sarah Doherty, much the same, moving home to Donegal. The other 5 out through injury and work commitments were Julie O’Neil, Claire Owens, Shauna Fitzpatrick, Eimear ‘Frisky’ McKenna and Karen ‘The Rooster’ O’Connell. The St Brendan’s side had as many as 5 debutants, Catherine Twomney at corner back, Katie Lavelle at midfield, Michelle Dolan and Sinead Morrissey at wing forward with Lavina McGloin at corner forward.

Following a dominant start from the girls, scores just weren’t happening. From the first attack Julie Fox took one step too many when going for a shot on goal. It was the home side opened the scoring with a point after 10 minutes. With Karen O Connell injured, Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano donned the goalkeeper’s gloves. A Brendan’s kick out was turned over a short time later resulting in a 2nd Clann Point.

A flowing dark force move lead to the evening’s first score for the girls, a Julie Fox long ball found Helen Lenihan, who passed to Christine Dilworth who shot for goal and had her shot saved, but corner forward Lavina McLoone retrieved and side-footed the ball into the net.

From the resulting kick out Katie Lavelle, having a dominant display with Kate Reddan in midfield, won possession, and found Fox who rattled the roof of the Clanna Gael net for a second time.

St Brendan’s were not finished, Erin Fadian won a turn-over, and passed to Morrissey (Sinead, not the ex-Smiths frontman and solo artist!) and played a diagonal ball to the edge of the square where Fox and her marker competed for the ball which broke over both heads, but Lavina McGloin pounced to palm the ball into the net for her second goal and Brendan’s third. (3-00 to 0-02).

From here Clanna Gael Fontenoy scored a brace of well worked points. Following an Anne Marie Riney turnover a move involved 5 passes ended up on the boot of Christine Dilworth who calmly slotted the ball into the net. Despite hitting a long range wide earlier in the match, Dilworth made no mistake second time round, winning a Clanna Gael kick-out the centre forward slotted over from 25 meters out for a good point. Brendan’s could have got a 5th goal but Dilworth was penalised for a throw ball to Fox when in a good position.

A trio of points from Clann saw out the half and meant that St Brendan’s held a six point advantage


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 4-01(13) to 0-07 Clanna Gael


The home side dominated possession in the third quarter, and despite hitting a dozen wide’s managed to score four to put two points between the sides 4-01(13) to 0-11.

At this point, the author of this piece feared the nightmare of July 1st 2015 was about to strike again. But was it?

A few changes from the side-line appeared to shake things up and Helen Lenihan, who played that fateful evening two years ago, collected a cross field ball from Kate Redden, turned and ran at the Clann defence soloing 50 meters, Lenihan put the head down and got the point she deserved, but a short time later, following two seething attacks, Clann had the deficit back to two again, 4-02 to 0-13.

Following a turnover in defence Shona Daly found space, accelerated into midfield and  laid  it off to Katie Lavelle who at pace found Julie Fox. Fox turned and accelerated into space when she was caught late and high by the Clann corner back, the back coming off second best to the Ballylanders Bullet. The break in play was much needed for St Brendan’s with Eugene Cunningham rounding up his troops and urging them to regroup and once again reminding them of July 1st 2015. Sinead Morrissey took the free but it tailed went wide.

Andrea Curley put in a vital hand to thwart a promising Clann attack but the attack continued and the ball blazed across the face of goal and wide. Despite her miss three minutes earlier, Sinead Morrissey put daylight, under floodlights, between the sides with a crucial score.

Any thought of a Clanna Gael recovery was eased when Shona Daly won yet another kick-out, made ground and passed to Julie Fox who rattled the net with a powerful swing of her right leg. This fifth goal of the night, made it 5-03 to 0-12 with two minutes to go.

Twenty seconds to go in normal time and the three wise men of Cunningham, McGinley and Conroy relaxed as Julie Fox collected a long ball of fellow Limerick Lady Helen Lenihan before turning and striking her third and St Brendan’s sixth goal of the evening.

Despite a late Clanna Gael consolation score, Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano was delighted that no goals were conceded and thanked her backs for their heroic defending.

So Brendan’s Ladies Footballers begin life in LAFL8 with a victory, and a victory out of the hurt locker which will give the team a huge psychological lift going into the season ahead.


Final Score from Sean Moore Park in Ringsend: St Brendan’s 6-03(21) to 0-13 Clanna Gael Fontenoy


St Brendans: Ines Rubio Alcala-Galliano, Helen Macklin (Tracey Weldon), Ann-Marie Riney, Catherine Twomney, Andrea Curley, Erin Fadian, Shona Daly, Katie Lavelle, Kate Reddan, Michelle Dolan, Christine Dilworth (1-1), Sinead Morrissey (0-1), Lavina McGloin (2-0), Julie Fox (3-0), Helen Lenihan (0-1)


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Apr 06

Na Fianna Foil elusive Darkest Force Win

2nds v Na Fianna 02042017.jpg (2)After losing their last match 3-12 to 0-08 to Naomh Barrog two weeks ago, the Kavanaghs of Aughrim Street 2nd team travelled to Collinstown Lane, next to the Starlights and Ballymun Kickhams grounds, full of hope and optimism that a victory would come their way against Na Fianna.

The home side opened the scoring, but John Tuffy equalised for The Darkest Force in a move which started with a Padraic Pratt turn-over. Tuffy would get the second score shortly afterwards, from a free after a foul on Eugene Billy Kelly. Seamus Murphy brilliantly seized possession from the opposition and passed to Rory Tynan for his first score. 0-03 to 0-01.

A Na Fianna shot dropped in the box and Paddy McGuinn slipped as he was making the save, luckily Aidan Melia, Damien Daly and Sean Dardis all tracked back to prevent the goal and Na Fianna were content with the point. Tynan saw a shot drift narrowly wide against a strong breeze.

The Mobhi Roaders hit 1-01 without reply in the following 5 minutes, but St Brendan’s did not bend the knee and battled on. Paul Farrelly played a free to Pearse Ryan who with support of his daughters Leigha and Isla on the side-line, made a nice solo run. He passed to Rory Tynan who found Tuffy in a good position, who attempted to round the goalkeeper but saw his shot blaze over the bar.

Tuffy was on hand again with his fourth and St Brendan’s fifth point when Bradley Skerritt passed to Eugene Billy Kelly, whose shot hit the goalkeeper and back out, but Tynan won possession back and passed to Tuffy for the point.

Another Na Fianna point followed. Pratt turned-over the possession yet again and found Seamus Murphy who passed to Kelly, who passed to Tynan, who passed to Tuffy who converted for his fifth point.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-06 to 1-04 Na Fianna


After a rousing half time team talk from John Micheal McLoughlin, St Brendan’s started the second half brightly and had the game levelled after a score from Fergal Comiskey.

Despite the good start, St Brendan’s were back to square one when Na Fianna fired home for a second goal. 2-04 to 0-07. The Darkest Force replied when Bradley Skerritt saw his goal bound shot saved but Eugene Billy Kelly recovered and tapped the ball over the bar in a good response.

A Na Fianna point followed and Kelly saw another goal bound shot saved. Thanks to an advantage following a foul on Seamus Murphy, the ball was taken back for a free-in but Tuffy saw his shot go wide.

On the other side Paddy McGuinn made a clearance into space; Sean Dardis collected the ball and sent it towards Tuffy and then on to Rory Tynan who was happy to throw it over for his second point of the afternoon. 2-05 to 0-09

But that was as good as it got for St Brendan’s as Na Fianna were dominant during the final 5 minutes of the game, scoring 1-03 without reply, with the goal being the final score of the match.

So another disappointing defeat for the St Brendan’s second team who ultimately ran out of gas in the closing stages, but many positives can be taken especially in the first half.

Final Score from Collinstown Lane: St Brendan’s 0-09 to 3-08 Na Fianna.


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Mar 28

1st Team make it 2 from 3 in Cup, while Hurlers given 2nd Half Masterclass

1sts-cup-v-liffey-gaels-26032017-5Stacy Cup Rd 3:

Sunday 26 Mar 2017 and the Best Western Skylon Hotel 1st team travelled to Liffey Park in Inchicore to face Liffey Gaels without a number of key players but with the addition of 2nd team players Padraig Pratt, Bradley Skerritt and Paul Farrelly.

All four Bannon brothers stared the match and it was the eldest of these, Hugh who scored the opening point from a free, after Ronan Bergin was pushed in the back. Bergin was in the wars again moments later when another foul was committed against him, and Hugh Bannon found Eoin O’Connor who put a short chip over the bar.

Hugh again made the scoreboard to make it three points to no score, after Phil Bannon had his arm dragged back when in a good position. The Home side then had a chance to get on the board, but the shot went wide. Paul Coleman played a good ball to Gerard Bannon and who saw his wind assisted shot sail over the bar from 40 yards. Coleman was also on hand for the next score when his pass found Sean Hanan who hit a tremendous score.

Following a point blank save from Mark Redican, the ball was carried to the other end and Bradley Skerritt saw his shot flash across the face of the goal. Ronan Bergin retrieved the ball and notched up point number six.

John Dolan showed real Champagne Football with a brilliant shot after Bergin again supplied the pass. Ruairi O’Grady managed to break down a Liffey Gaels attack and passed to fellow Mayo Man Paul Coleman who went on a super solo run and passed on to Hugh Bannon whose rasping shot went over the bar. After 20 minutes the score stood at 8 points to no score.

The Home side then managed to get themselves on the scoreboard. Following this, Ger Bannon had his arm dragged back while in a promising position and Hugh Bannon again stepped up to convert. Liffey Gaels finished the half strongly scoring 1-03 without reply.
Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-9 to 1-4 Liffey Gaels.
Liffey Gaels opened the second half scoring after five minutes. Ruairi O’Grady played the ball to Ronan Bergin who had to work hard to win possession. He then played the ball vertically to Ger Bannon, who passed onto Bradley Skerritt and finally to John Dolan whose shot went over the bar.

With Twelve minutes to go and all still to play for, Liffey Gaels clawed the deficit back to one.

Bergin then had a goal chance, but his shot was blocked, Hugh Bannon won possession and played the ball back to Bergin who despite six players standing between him and goal managed to get his shot away for a score.

Bergin again came close to a goal, but a super save from the Gaels goalkeeper prevented this. The corner back fouled by picking the ball off the ground and Eoin O’Connor converted with a tap over the bar. Bergin threatened goal yet again, but his shot went across the face of the goal. The ball was brilliantly caught by Skerritt who found Hugh Bannon in the right place to pop the ball for another score.

Paul Coleman played the ball to Eoin O’Connor, who with two players hounding him, gave a great pass from his knees to Coleman who converted for St Brendan’s 13th and last point of the match.

Like the end of the 1st half, Liffey Gaels finished strongly, but brace of points was not enough. A great mark caught by Phil Bannon from Redican’s kick-out was the last action of the match.

Final Score from Liffey Park: St Brendan’s 0-13 to 1-08 Liffey Gaels.



hurlers-v-st-judes-26032017-1Hurling Division 7:

After a positive start against Erins Isle two weeks ago, the Aughrim Street Credit Union Hurlers went into their Round 2 AHL7 match at home to St Jude’s with optimism in the air.

However it was the away-side who got the opening score when a long ball was sent in to a Jude’s forward who rushed in on goal and due to a slip and great covering from Mark Kinsella was content to put it over the bar. St Jude’s continued their strong start and hit a further 1-02 in the opening 10 minute and a second goal was averted due to a great save form Conor Walsh.

But the Dark Force did not let the heads drop and a long ball from Ronan Costello was caught on the end line by Noel Lane who then rattled the Jude’s goal with a bullet of a shot. It galvanised the home team and despite an Oisin Carley shot going wide, Eddie Hearne pointed in the next attack.

The gap was back to one a minute later when Carley was chopped down and Shane Foley stepped up to convert the free. Another brace of points followed for St Jude’s until Costello was chopped down while in a good position and Foley stepped up again with a straight forward tap over.

Both sides traded points before the half time interval with St Brendans score again coming from a Shane Foley free after Eric Shadowens was dragged back after collecting an Aidan Melia pass.
Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-04 to 1-06 St Jude’s.
St Jude’s started brightly in the second half with a point after 15 seconds and turned the screw three minutes later with a second goal. Shane Foley kept St Brendans in the game with another free in after a foul on Noel Lane.

However, St Jude’s ended the game as contest a with 20 minutes to go when a free in from 70 meters dropped into the danger area and past Conor Walsh. Jude’s went on to hit another 2-05 before the end of the game.

The only bright spark for St Brendan’s was another free in from Shane Foley. Noel Lane was then awarded a free in and using the energy coming from the enthusiastic support of his daughter on the sideline, drove his free towards goal. Although the shot was half blocked down, the slioter did cross the goal-line, but unfortunately the Umpire, who was standing five meters away and presumably thinking that The Longford Slasher would tap over the bar, did not see the score. Despite prostrations from Ritchie Barry, the referee did not give the goal.

Despite shots from both Barry and Shadowens, a puck out going over the side-line was the last action of the match which proved a disappointing outcome for the Hurlers, despite an encouraging first half performance. But there is scope to live and learn from this St Jude’s masterclass, and the team will look to the next outing in two weeks, away to St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh.

Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 1-06 to 5-15 St Judes

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Mar 27

St Brendans Clubnotes – 27 Mar 2017

Hurlers were beaten at home to St Judes last Sunday in AHL7, while the 1st team were in Stacy Cup action and posted a two point victory away to Liffey Gaels.

Both football teams are in League action this Sunday with the Football 1st team at home to Wanderers in AFL6 at 11am and the Football 2nd team are away to Na Fianna at 3pm.

Training continues for all Adult teams. For both Football teams are training this Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm and for the Hurlers at 7pm at Longmeadows. Ladies Football team are training at 7.30pm on Monday evening

St Brendan’s GAA Saturday Kidz Club continues this Saturday Morning at 9.30am.. Any parents interested in enrolling their children to play for St Brendan’s please contact Paul McDonagh (087) 6701064 or Malachi Doyle (086) 3322076. Details can be found on our Facebook page, also Twitter @stbrendansdub7 or check out our website www.stbrendansgaa.org

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Mar 15

Ger Power’s Hurlers over the Isles, while seconds show improvement.

Hurling Division 7:

Eoin O’Connor swapped the big ball for the small ball today as the Aughrim Street Credit Union Hurlers commenced their 2017 Season with a home advantage against Erins Isle due to an unplayable pitch in Finglas.

There was drama at the warm up when goalkeeper Ritchie Barry had to limp off with a bruised thumb thanks to some over exuberating from Shane Foley. But Noel Lane stepped up to the plate to cover.

Playing with the wind in the first half, The Dark force racked up a four-point half time lead of 0-9 to 0-5, with Shane Foley getting the majority of scores, two of which were from free in’s. The Grand Rapids Goal King, Eric Shadowens, now playing on the 40, also scored two first half points from that position, despite his unfamiliarity with being such a distance from goal.

After two more Foley second half frees were converted, the breakthrough came midway into the second half when Ger Power collected a long ball from Ronan Costello who rattled the Erins Isle net. Despite the Finglas side hitting a goal back a short time later, Noel Lane had a solid game in goal with a string of saves late on to ensure the Hurlers earned this hugely important early season victory. A solid full back line performance from Johnny Walsh and Aonghus Ó Conaire were also huge contributing factors to this. Mark Kinsella and Stephen Brophy, who were both absent, will find competition for a starting place after this game.

Also making their debuts in the black and amber was Sean Dardis and Rory Tynan, who both impressed the eye of manager Cian Walsh. The Hurlers are back in action in two weeks’ time at home to St Judes.

Full Time Score: St Brendans 1-12 to 1-08 Erins Isle



Duffy Cup Round 3:

With the 1st teams match away to Ballyboden Wanderers postponed, (hence O’Connor’s appearance in Finglas), the Kavanagh’s of Aughrim Street 2nd team provided big ball activity for the weekend with an away trip to a newly developed Ballyfermot De La Salle clubhouse. The interior was absolutely superb with a tea room, well lit dressing rooms and even a 42” HD TV in the home dressing room (but you can only get TG4).

The Darkest Force opened the scoring after four minutes thanks to Paddy McGuinn, after Padraig Pratt won a turnover ball, padded onto Padraig Rowland who found McGuinn for the score.

Ballyfermot then went up the field to equalise. Despite some good defending by Bradley Skerritt, a Ballyfermot player got a pass away to one of his forwards, who fluffed his lines and kicked the ball wide. On the next kick-out, the home side won a mark and eventually got through to beat Mark Redican for goal.

A second goal chance was averted when Padraig Pratt pinched the pocket of the forward and the ball was cleared by Redican. Paul Farrelly (the Cavan native not to be mixed up the the Monaghan stalwart) then seen a chance of a point from a side-line ball fall short.

The home side hit a brace of points before St Brendan’s were back on the board thanks to Derek Brady who took advantage of the wind to guide the ball over from 35 meters. Paul Farrelly (Cavan), with some assistance from his Monaghan namesake and John Nugent, would eventually get on the scoresheet with a good point.

Ballyfermot De La Salle hit another brace of points to go into the half time break with a six point advantage.

Half Time Score: StBrendans 0-03 to 1-6 Ballyfermot.

Club Chairman Malachi Doyle was penalised for overcarrying two minutes into the second half, the resultant free out ended with a seventh Ballyfermot point. Despite the bulk of the possession and good defensive work, the Brendans side found it hard to break down the Ballyfermot defence. The home team controlled the scoreboard, scoring three more points with the aid of the wind.

Paul Farrelly (Monaghan) was on the receiving end of a cynical foul, which seen a Ballyfermot man black carded. As Malachi Doyle prepared to take the free in, an ice cream van passed by the neighbourhood playing a very loud jingle. The Wicklow Wizard got distracted and the free in fell short.

There was a spark for the Darkest Force late in the game when Pearse Ryan made a 110 meter solo run and his shot bounced off the crossbar and between the uprights for the only St Brendan’s score of the second half.

At the end of the game as Ballyfermot celebrated victory, the ice cream van drove onto the pitch, playing his jingle, and did a spectacular hand break turn on the 65 meter line and drove off again.

A much improved performance nonetheless, and a first victory of 2017 should be on the cards sooner rather than later. Possibly next Sundays league opener at home versus Naomh Barrog.

Final score from The Downs: Ballyfermot De La Salle 1-10 to 0-04 St Brendans


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Mar 13

St. Brendans Clubnotes – 13 Mar 2017


The Football 1st team’s Stacy Cup match away to Wanderers was called off but the Football 2nd team did taste some action away to Ballyfermot De La Salle in the Duffy Cup but were defeated to a good home side.

The 2017 Hurling League got underway last Sunday with the Hurlers posting a 4 point victory over Erins Isle at 3pm.

Both Juvenile teams are in action this  Saturday Morning with the Under 9’s away to Naomh Fionnbarra at 10am and the Under 10’s away to Erin Go Bragh at 11am.

Both Football teams are back in League action next Sunday with the 1st team away to St Judes in AFL6 at 12pm and the 2nd team at home to Naomh Barrog at 3pm in AFL10.

Training continues for all Adult teams. Both Football teams are training this Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm and for the Hurlers at 7:15pm on Tues at Longmeadows. Ladies Football team are training at 7.30pm on Monday evening.

St Brendan’s GAA Saturday Kidz Club continues this Saturday Morning at 9.30am.. Any parents interested in enrolling their children to play for St Brendan’s please contact Paul McDonagh (087) 6701064 or Malachi Doyle (086) 3322076

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