Sep 07

Simply, CHAMPIONS!!!!

Ladies Champo Final v St Monicas 06092017(6)Wednesday 06 Sep 2017. In a repeat of last year Junior G Final, St. Brendan’s Ladies Footballers Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough and St. Monica’s battled it out in the final of the New Ireland Assurance Junior F Championship, played in superb conditions at St. Margaret’s.

St. Brendan’s got to the final courtesy of a 3-18 to 1-4 victory at home against St. James’ Gaels played on August 23rd and on the same night St. Monica’s hit 11-11 against Ballyboden St. Enda’s.

It was the Monettes who drew first blood with a point after only one minute.  Sinead Morrissey was fouled while in a good position, composed herself, took the free and equalised the match. Morrissey also had a chance to give the Female Dark Force the lead but her shot was smothered for a 45. The 45 was broken down by Monica’s, but was subsequently turned over by Kate Redden who passed to Julie O’Neill and onto Andrea Curley for a point.

The next Monica’s kick-out was won by Christine Dilworth and passed to Julie Fox and the Ballylanders Bullet’s bullet hit the St. Monica’s net for a dream start for St. Brendan’s. But St. Monica’s exposed some vulnerability in the backs by scoring a goal a minute later to make it 1-02 to 1-01.

The Monettes equalised the match before an injury break halted their charge. A second Monica’s goal was thwarted by the shoulder of Anne Marie Riney and cleared by Julie O’Neill. The passing sequence continued to the other end, where Fox had a chance for goal number two, but was dragged down outside the penalty area. Up stepped Morrissey, and with her parents watching on scored the free to give Brendan’s the lead. St. Monica’s levelled things with a skimming shot over the crossbar.

Claire Owens passed to Christine Dilworth, played a diagonal ball to Morrissey and despite having Fox in support the Mullingar Dynamo ran along the end line and kicked over the bar. Fox had another goal chance saved by the Monica’s goalkeeper.

St. Brendan’s opened a two point lead thanks to a point from Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick in which Catherine Twomey started the move with a turnover. Morrissey showed some great smart thinking when finding Dilworth in open space but the Knocknagree Knight saw her shot go wide. But Dilworth did manage to get her name on the scoresheet when a pass from Morrissey to Fox was broken down, but only as far as Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano who found Dilworth and her shot crept over the bar.

Karen O’Connell kept St Brendan’s in front before half time with a tremendous save. At the end of the half St. Brendan’s won two 45s the first, taken by Alcala Galiano, went towards Andrea Curley, who took a shot knowing that she had advantage after a foul. Unfortunately the free was hit wide.

The second 45 occurred after a Fox goal bound shot came off a Monica’s foot and out. Again The Basque Superstar took the 45, played a one-two with Morrissey but her shot went wide, for the last action of the first half.


Half-Time Score: St. Brendan’s 1-06 to 1-03 St Monica’s


Like in the first half St. Monica’s opened the scoring in the second half with a free in as the St. Margaret’s floodlights were switched on. Sinead Morrissey ensured the three point lead again after Julie Fox was tripped up on the 20 meter line.

But the lead was back to two when the Monettes full forward with pace to burn, beat Anne Marie Riney and drove her shot high and over the bar. That lead was cut to one and in a matter of minutes the sides were level at 1-07 each with the equalising score coming from a free in.

The Brendan’s management trio of Eugene Cunningham, Thomas Conroy and James McGinley were feeling a sense of déjà vu especially when their side saw three shots all fall short.

There was also some penalty area pinball as St. Brendan’s tried to get a second goal, but the Monettes goal keeper got her boot to it to clear, but only as far as Ines Rubio Alcala Galiano who saw her shot go wide.

St. Brendan’s took the lead with 18 minutes to go thanks to another Julie Fox point following a pass from Sinead Morrissey. A hop ball was won by Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano after Dilworth and her marker struggled for possession.  After winning the hop ball, Galiano passed to Shauna Fitzpatrick for her second point of the evening which doubled St. Brendan’s lead.

The tension in St. Margaret’s was palpable but the Female Dark Force began to believe and with last year’s Junior G Final still hurting them, the team upped their game. A Fitzpatrick free in found Julie Fox for a point and a three point lead.

At the other end Karen O’Connell produced a super save to keep the three point lead. St. Brendan’s were still goal hungry and Morrissey was pushed off the ball when completing a pass to Michelle Dolan. Up stepped Morrissey to convert the free and gain a semi-comfortable four point lead.

Five minutes to go and Achill’s Strongest Woman Ciara Gallagher came on in place of an exhausted Catherine Twomey who was practically carried off the field (to the rapturous applause of several of the St. Brendan’s mens team who were watching proceedings). A shot from St. Monica’s went wide and the team could breathe again.

The Sneem Supreme Anne Marie Riney won a crucial turnover. Michelle Dolan saw a goal shot go across the face of goal, Sinead Reilly kept the ball in play and passed to Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and then towards Julie Fox to hit another point and a five point game 1-12 to 1-07.

Ciara Gallagher used her brute Achill Island strength to win possession and passed onto Andrea Curley who was then fouled. The Creggs Crusader played to ball to Sinead ‘Danger Mouse’ Reilly whose shot hit the upright and it was The Dromahair Dodger Michelle Dolan who was the first to react by winning possession and kicking over the bar for a six point lead with two minutes to go.

A free for Monica’s was turned over by Erin Fadian who clattered into her marker whilst playing the ball to Sinead Reilly, the referee then stopped play. There was a three minute break in play as Fadian and her marker got treatment but The Pied Piper of Achill was not injured badly and was able to continue. The ref awarded an indirect free to Brendan’s and indicated that there were 35 seconds to go.

Sinead Morrissey played the free towards Christine Dilworth who put her head down despite having eight players between her and the goal, her 20 meter low shot rattled the back of the St. Monica’s net to send the St. Brendan’s faithful into sporting nirvana.

St. Monica’s held possession of the ball when the referee blew for full time and all the players, those who played and unused substitutes (12 of them) ran onto the centre of the field to celebrate the ladies first ever Championship and the club’s first championship win since 1993.

Despite their defeat St. Monica’s were very upbeat and had a cause to celebrate when their goalkeeper won The Player of the Match accolade. The Chairperson of the Dublin LGFA presented the cup to team captain Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. In her acceptance speech she thanked the Monettes for a good tough game and gave the customary three cheers. Inés also thanked the St. Brendan’s Management trio and the sponsors McGowans of Phibsborough, where the party continued well into the wee small hours.


Final score from St. Margaret’s: St. Brendan’s 2-13 to 1-07 St. Monica’s

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Nov 13

Club News – Recruitment, AGM & Awards


In order to have a hand in the plan for next year and to have your say in the review the year gone, all members are called to attend our AGM. Please forward any interest in Club positions/roles to current club officers who’s details can be found on the contact page.

  • ·         The Back Page – 7pm - Thursday 23rd November



The annual St Brendan’s awards night will take place on Saturday 25th November to celebrate another successful year for the Club. All are welcome! Come along to

  • ·         Mc Gowan’s Phibsboro (Upstairs) – 8pm to late - Saturday 25th November



Following another successful year which included an Adult Ladies Championship win and promotion for the Men to Adult Division 5 football, recruitment begins in earnest to build on the current success of the club.

All standards catered for and all new members are welcome

  • ·         Men’s Adult Hurling – Division 7 & Junior B
  • ·         Ladies Adult Football – Division 7 & Junior E
  • ·         Men’s Adult Football – Division 5, Junior A
  • ·         Men’s Adult Football – Division 10 & Junior D
  • ·         Juveniles Football & Hurling  – U8, U10, U12 & U14

Call/Text 089 208 6747 or email for more details.

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Oct 16

Colin Folan gives St Jude’s Hell

1sts Promo Semi Final v St Judes 15102017 (2)Sun 15 Oct 2017 – For the third consecutive year, The St Brendan’s 1st XV, Sponsored by the Best Western Skylon Hotel, found themselves in the AFL6 promotion play-off semi-finals. In 2015, The Dark Force, as Number 1 seeds, came unstuck against Fingallians. Last year, as Number 4 seeds, the team pushed Skerries Harps to extra time, only to lose in the 2nd period to a Skerries team who, not only went on to win the AFL6 Promotion play-off final, but also this year, won the AFL5 title outright.

This year St Brendan’s went into the play-offs as Number 2 seeds with a home tie against St Jude’s, victors when the two sides met in an early league game last March. It was the away side that got the opening score after 58 seconds after winning the throw-in and not allowing any St Brendan’s player to get a touch on the ball.

Phil Bannon won the mark from a St Jude’s kick out, but the referee penalised Bannon and awarded a hop ball! Bannon won this and passed to Eoin Kavanagh, who found John Burns. The Burns shot fell short but James McGee was on hand to palm the ball over the bar and level the game after 3 minutes.

Karl Feehan won the Jude’s kick-out and played a good ball to John Dolan whose shot sailed over the bar. Derek Brady intercepted a Jude’s attack, went on a 60 meter solo-run and was fouled 30 meters from the goal, but John Burns free-in sailed inches wide. Moments later James McGee was also fouled when in a good position, but the Burns free-in hit the upright and was collected by Kyle McLoughlin whose shot hit the knee of a Jude’s defender and was cleared.

That clearance went as far as Lorcan Bannon who then got fouled and at the third time of asking, Burns was successful in converting his free. The next Jude’s kick-out was too short and a hopball ensued. Despite Jude’s getting a fist on the ball it only went as far as James McGee, but his first time shot went wide.

Scoring chances were few and far between during the first half. Jude’s had a free-in which was punched clear by Mark Redican. A St Jude’s player got black carded for a high tackle on Lorcan Bannon.

A short St Jude’s kick-out was stolen by Karl Feehan and played to Derek Brady who found Burns for the score. 0-04 to 0-01. Burns had another chance for a free-in after a foul on Luke McDonagh but played it to Colin Folan and The Stamullen Hellraiser took his point extremely well which was the last kick of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-05 to 0-01 St Judes


St Brendans started bright in the second half with a point from Lorcan Bannon, in an all-Bannon move which started with Gerard bring fouled and Phil passing to Lorcan. The other Bannon brother, Hugh, also got in on the act by winning the next Jude’s kick-out and passed to Folan. Folan found John Dolan who drew the foul and sensibly placed the ball on the ground for Burns to strike, and the Longford Leader duly did to make it 0-07 to 0-01.

13 minutes to go and the score was still 0-07 to 0-01 when Luke McDonagh was given a black card for a late tackle and John Tuffy took his place. Oisin Carley came up from corner back to collect a pass from John Dolan but his shot went wide.

St Jude’s won a free-in and took it quickly but straight to Phil Bannon, who moved it forward to Colin Folan. Folan went on a solo-run and played the ball to Carley who passed to Phil Bannon who he seen from the corner of his eye and cool as you like, Phil slotted the ball into the back of the net to seal the deal for St Brendan’s to wild celebrations on the side-line.

A quick kick-out was snapped up by Ronan Bergin, but he was deemed to have picked the ball off the ground with his shot was going wide anyway. St Jude’s finally registered their second point of the morning, 54 minutes after their first.

Brendans finished the game strongly with Kyle McLoughlin hitting a wonderful point to make it 1-08 to 0-02. 28 of the 30 players on the field were inside the St Brendan’s half, only the Jude’s goalkeeper and Ronan Bergin were the exception, Eoin Kavanagh won a turn-over and played a quick ball into Bergin who was forced towards the side-line. Support came in the shape of Derek Brady who received Bergin’s pass and took the shot himself to shoot over the bar.

Seconds later the final whistle blew and St Brendan’s can look forward to one more game in the 2017 season, a play-off final against St Vincent’s who shocked #1 seeds Lucan Sarsfields by one point in the other semi-final. The good news for the Dark Force is that the Final will be in Longmeadows.


Final Score: St Brendan’s 1-09 to 0-02 St Jude’s


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Sep 11

St Brendan’s reach AFL6 play-off Semi Final

1sts v Plunketts 10092017 (5)On 10 Sep 2017, the 15th and final round of the AFL6 campaign saw the footballers of St Brendan’s, sponsored by The Best Western Skylon Hotel, take on our near neighbours from St. Oliver Plunkett’s & Eoghan Ruadh GAA clubs (SOPER). A victory for The Dark Force would see St Brendan’s finish third in the league and guarantee a home semi-final in the promotion play offs for the 2nd to 5th place teams. The winner of the playoff final is guaranteed a sought after spot in AFL5 for 2018.

The game threw in at 11am at Longmeadows on the Chapelizod Road. After 7 minutes St Brendan’s had built up a 3 point to no score lead. But SOPER pulled back level when they grabbed an early goal. St Brendan’s Phil Bannon won a mark from the resultant kick-out. Phil passed onto his brother Lorcan who found Colin Folan. Folan kicked St Brendan’s 4 point for the lead score. Phil Bannon won the next SOPER kick-out, but was fouled in the process. St Brendan’s pointed the free to give a 2-point lead back to St Brendan’s.

After a shot by John Dolan that went wide, Dolan won the next kick-out and went for the goal but saw his effort blaze across the face of goal. Lorcan Bannon won the ball back but got fouled in the process, Up stepped John Burns  to convert the free. Karl Feehan turned over another ball and passed to Lorcan Bannon who saw his shot deflected by the goalkeepers hand and over the bar. 0-07 to 1-00.

That became eight points to one goal thanks to Dolan after Hugh Bannon turned over a SOPER 45. St Brendan continued their form using the wind assistance for Neil Mayock to kick from long distance.

The SOPER kick-out trailed over the sideline, Ger Bannon played the ball to John Dolan who produced a trademark score by skimming the end line and fisting over the bar.

Another Hugh Bannon turnover found Derek Brady who passed to fellow Rossie Feehan for the 11th point of the morning. Feehan made it a brace by receiving a pass from Kyle McLoughlin after McLoughlin showed great selflessness after selling a dummy.


Half time score: St Brendans 0-12 to 1-00 St. Oliver Plunkett’s & Eoghan Ruadh


SOPER had the wind in the second half but it took them until the 40th minute to register their first point of the match. They then made it 1-02 with a point from a free in. SOPER were enjoying a purple patch and made it four points without reply. Conor O’Sullivan brought in John Maguire to replace Pearse Ryan.

Kyle McLoughlin’s last action of the match was to kick the ball over the bar for The Dark Force’s first point of the second half. McLoughlin was replaced by Christopher Hand, whose first contribution was passing the ball to Colin Folan, but the Stamullen Hellraiser could not add a second point to his tally.

A SOPER shot fell short to Mark Redican. Maguire was also involved and Ger Bannon made a 65 meter solo run and passed to Karl Feehan. Feehan picked out Chris Hand and the Cavan man gave St Brendan’s a 7 point comfort zone again with a tremendous point. John Dolan won the next kick-out, went on a solo run and passed to Lorcan Bannon for a skimming shot over the bar 0-15 to 1-04.

After fisting the ball away from John Burns to prevent a mark, the fledgling Plunketts attack was turned over by Phil Bannon, who passed to Neil Mayock. Burns also had a possession but his pass to Karl Feehan was intercepted by a Plunkett’s hand only to break as far Ger Bannon, who passed to his brother Lorcan. Lorcan bisected the posts for another point.

Feehan added another score to his tally. Cathal McCormack came on in place of Derek Brady and played a great ball to Burns and a shot against the wind sailed over the bar.

After this a Plunkett’s shot hit the upright and over the bar, Karl Feehan rounded off a great team performance by converting from a very tight angle in a move started with an Eoin Kavanagh turnover.

St Brendan’s end the regular league season with a 12 win and 3 loss record, but must now wait until mid-October to play the promotion play off Semi-Final


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 0-19 to 1-05 St Oliver Plunkett’s & Eoghan Ruadh



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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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