Nov 26

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Aug 23

Extra time Heartbreak in Ladies Junior C Thriller

Ladies Junior C Final v Na Fianna 22082018-TeamWed 22 Aug 2018 – The Decision by the Competitions Control Committee of The Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association to move St Brendan’s up three divisions from Junior F to Junior C, raised a few eyebrows amongst many observers. However, that decision became truly justified when the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, reached the clubs third consecutive County Championship Final against Na Fianna, played in Lawless Park in Swords. What you are about to read totally justifies that decision to go to Junior C with two hours of true pulsating football, with the result in the balance all the way to the end.

Aisling Newton, absent when the sides met in the Round Robin Series, showed her presence with the opening score of the game inside two minutes, when Sinead Reilly won a turnover and played the ball to Newton. Nicola Carrabine was unlucky when she saw her next shot go wide after good work from Roisin McDonald.

The Dream start continued for The Female Dark Force, when Catherine Twomey was fouled making her clearance. She played the ball to Christine Dilworth, then onto Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly then onto Newton, and the Carndonagh Cyclone made no mistake with her low shot into the net 1-01 to no score with 5:45 gone.

The Mobhi Roaders got their opening score with a point from play after a Carrabine pass to a double marked McDonald was turned over. Sinead Morrissey settled her side with a free in from 20 meters after an initial jersey tug whilst on a solo run, she got fouled again and took her free from that spot.

Na Fianna got their second score in the same way they got their first, a free in. Then Na Fianna got a foothold in the game by collecting a stray ball, working it in nicely and Karen O’Connell was beaten for goal when the ball lobbed over her head. A shot by Morrissey went off a Na Fianna boot for a 45, which Aoife Fitzmaurice took and played to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney but her shot went wide.

The Kickout was won by Na Fianna who went on the attack for a second goal to open a three point lead 2-02 to 1-02 after twenty minutes. James McGinley made a forced change with Her Highness Orla King coming in to replace Claire McIntyre.

The Female Dark Force however responded very well when Nicola Carrabine blocked a Na Fianna free in, played onto Aoife Fitzmaurice and onto Aisling Newton for a well taken score from 35 meters. Both sides traded wides with five minutes to go as both sides struggled to come to terms with the very firm Lawless Park pitch which saw the ball bounce abnormally high.

It was back to a one point game with another free in from the Mullingar Dynamo Sinead Morrissey, a carbon copy of her first, after the referee played advantage for a Fitzmaurice jersey pull. It was Fitzmaurice who won the Na Fianna kick out and played to Aisling Newton who was tackled high. Up stepped Morrissey with the point and a level game with a minute to go in the first half. That was Fitzmaurice’s last contribution of the game as she was replaced by Shauna ’Jet’ Fitzpatrick.

Na Fianna looked for a lead score but a super block from Erin Fadian, a shot falling short by Karen O’Connell and a clearance by Andrea Curley, after Ines Rubio Alcala Galiano was penalised for overcarrying, ensured a level game at Half Time.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-05 to 2-02 Na Fianna


After wides from Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and Roisin McDonald, St Brendan’s found themselves three points down again with a third Na Fianna goal. Aisling Newton had her jersey tugged when catching a McDonald pass. Sinead Morrissey again pointing the free in to make it 1-06 to 3-02 after four minutes. However, Na Fianna hit another point to push the lead back to three points.

The Mobhi Roaders had a four point buffer momentarily, but Roisin McDonald hit a crucial point to restore the three point deficit after 70 yard solo run following a pass from Aoife Fitzmaurice who in turn won a turnover.  Na Fianna could have slammed the Championship door in the face of St Brendan’s but their shot rattled the crossbar, much to the relief of Karen O’Connell. Her Highness Orla King played the ball to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney and played a low ball to Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and onto Roisin McDonald, who managed to get her toe tap in before being pulled for overcarrying and took her shot which sailed over the bar to keep her side in touch. 1-08 to 3-04.

St Brendan’s were given a serious lifeline when a Morrissey shot was about to go wide but somehow, The Knocknagree Knight, Christine Dilworth kept the ball in play and doing her best Diego Maradona Hand of God impersonation, fisted the ball into the net for the lead score, 2-08 (14) to 3-04 (13) with 12 minutes to go.

The lead was then two points with a Sinead Morrissey free in after drawing the foul herself when collecting a Newton pass. Another shot from Fitzpatrick went wide as the game went into injury time.

In injury time, the ball was turned over by Na Fianna in midfield and worked in. The Na Fianna player was on the 13 meter fine when she fell on her backside, everybody looked at the referee, looking for a whistle, including the player, who got up and lobbed her shot over Karen O’Connell’s head for a goal and a one point lead for Na Fianna.

Heartbreak waited for the Female Dark Force. Or Was it?

There was still over 90 seconds of normal time to play; Roisin McDonald was fouled 30 meters out. He free-in went to Aisling Newton, who was fouled 20 meters in front of goal. Up stepped The Malin Head Giant to show tremendous nerves of steel to kick the free over the bar for a level game with 20 seconds to go. Claire Owens turned over a Na Fianna attack and the referee blew for full time.


Full Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-10 (16) to 4-04 (16) Na Fianna


At 10.05pm, the referee threw in the ball to start the first period of extra time. The Junior C Title will be decided on the night with a 20 meter free taking competition if the sides are still level after 20 minutes extra time.

Roisin McDonald won a hopball and passed to The Courageous Deirdre Holland, on as a substitute at the start of extra time, who returned the ball to McDonald via a foot pass. McDonald found fellow Inishowen lady Aisling Newton who was pushed in the back, Newton took the free in herself towards Sinead Morrissey and The Mullingar Dynamo had St Brendan’s in the lead once again with a point followed by a fist pump and a shout of ‘Come On.

That lead was doubled when Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick came up to hold her nerve and hit a crucial score. But as in injury time of normal time, the same number 12 from Na Fianna came up to score her third and Na Fianna’s fifth goal of the night which could be the crucial score.

After being two points up, St Brendan’s found themselves two points down when another Na Fianna point was converted. In the final minute of the first period, Na Fianna opened up a three point lead with a free in after a nudge by Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher, also on as an extra time substitute.


Half Time of Extra Time: St Brendan’s 2-12 (18) to 5-06 (21) Na Fianna


A big push was needed in the final 10 minutes and Aisling Newton gave St Brendan’s a glimmer of hope with a point in the opening minute of the second period thanks to a Sinead Morrissey pass. 3:42 gone in the second period and Morrissey pointed yet another free in after Aisling Newton drew the foul, to put one between the sides.

In extra time, you can use an additional three subs and Na Fianna put two young players to use to close out the game. Both players contributed to the scores that left Na Fianna up by two more points as the game reached the closing stages.

But the drama was not over yet. Any chance of Na Fianna putting the game beyond reach was thwarted by Andrea Curley as the Creggs Crusader made a vital turnover. In the final few seconds, the Na Fianna goalkeeper almost went for the juggler and attempt the fly keeper tactic but her clearance went straight to Julie Fox, with the goalkeeper on the 45, Fox’s attempted pass to Aisling Newton went too high and cleared by Na Fianna and at 10.30pm, the referee bought this epic, epic Junior C Final to an end.

Elation for Na Fianna, utter dejection for The Female Dark Force who came so close to winning both in normal and extra time, but the young legs of the Na Fianna substitutes won it in the end. However, when the dust settles and the disappointment eases over the next few days, one can genuinely appreciate that this was a true epic game. When people look back at some of the greatest matches played in Dublin Club Ladies Football, surely this game will go down as a classic.

For Roisin McDonald, the pain of losing was eased somewhat when she was awarded the Player of the Match accolade but could only look on as Na Fianna were presented with the Cup.


Final score from Lawless Park Swords: St Brendans 2-14 (20) to 5-08 (23) Na Fianna


It was not all doom and gloom for the St Brendan’s Ladies, because in Newcastle, the 2nd XV, Sponsored by Martin and Moran Property Advisors, defeated St Finian’s Newcastle 7-09 to 1-09 to advance to the final of the Junior G Shield where they will face Scoil Ui Chonaill in the Final next Wednesday. That game ended at 8.30pm and the team travelled up the M50 to catch the start of the 2nd half in Swords.

Team Sheet: 1. Karen O’Connell, 2. Andrea Curley, 3. Catherine Twomey, 4. Ines Rubio Alcala-Galliano, 5. Claire Mc Intyre, 6. Erin Fadian, 7. Nicola Carbine, 8. Faye Kearney, 9. Claire Owens, 10. Aoife Fitzmaurice, 11. Roisin McDonald, 12. Shauna Fitzpatrick, 13. Sinead Reilly, 19. Aisling Newton, 15. Sinead Morrissey.

Subs: 16. Michelle Dolan, 17. Eimear McKenna, 18. Tara Foy, 20. Christine Dilworth, 21. Orla King, 22. Claire Gallagher, 23. Julie Fox, 24. Deirdre Holland, 25. Ellen Higgins, 26. Andrea Doherty, 27. Siobhan Maloney.

Management: James Mc Ginley, Cian Walsh, Eugene Cunningham

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Oct 01

Men’s Football End of Season Round Up


AFL5 Round 12 and AFL10 Round 14

Fadó, Fadó, Fadó, well August 19th to be precise, The St Brendans Football 1st XV, went into their second last game of AFL5 against Round Towers Clondalkin, knowing that a win would keep hopes of a promotion play-off spot alive. The Dublin CCC changed the rules of promotion and relegation in the 2018 season, with the top two going up automatically and 3rd and 4th playing off for the final promotion spot, whereas the bottom two are relegated and 12th and 13th (no relegation this year from 14 team AFL5) play off with the loser relegated.

St Brendan’s chances of getting fourth spot all but ended with Round Towers Clondalkin recording a 0-11 to 0-10 victory.

There was better news in McGee Park in Tallaght as the St Brendans 2nd team recorded at 0-10 to 0-09 victory over St Marks in AFL10, to keep their chances of avoiding a relegation play-off alive.


Junior 1 Club and Junior 5 All County Championships Rounds 3

The final round of the Junior Championships took place on September 16th with St Brendan’s 1st Xv needing a win against Wanderers in Junior 1 Club Championship and needing St Finians Newcastle to beat Geraldine P Morans. While The Dark Force did defeat Wanderers 0-13 to 0-06 in Cornelscourt, St Finians Newcastle suffered a surprise 1 point defeat against Geraldine P Morans after leading by 5points when entering stoppage time, which put both clubs in the Junior 1 Quarter Finals at St Brendan’s expense.

A 4-16 to 2-12 defeat at the hands of Naomh Barrog ended the St Brendans 2nd XV interest in the 32 team 8 group Junior 5 All County Championship.


AFL5 Round 13 and AFL10 Round 15

On September 30th, the Junior Quarter Finals and Relegation play offs took place. With St Brendan’s Championship interest over, finishing third in Junior 1 Club, the Dublin CCC decided that because The Dark Force and St Peregrines ( third in Junior 1 All County Group 3) will play the only AFL5 game of the day.

Only 15 players turned up for St Brendan’s against the already relegated Blanchardstown outfit who had already lost all their games and could only muster up three points compared to St Brendan’s 2-14.

The 2nd Xv were up against St Brigids, who also finished third in their group in the Junior 5 All County Championship and therefore this AFL10 game was played today. St Brigid’s got the opening score with a goal and were leading 1-04 to 0-06 after 20 minutes when Gentleman Christopher Hand game up to score a goal and the lead for The Darkest Force, who led 1-09 to 1-05 at Half time.

After some great ball movement, St Brendans went 2-10 to 1-05 after 8 minutes in the second after Malachi Doyle waved his Wicklow Magic to raise a second green flag. It was 2-11 to 1-06 with 19 minutes to go when St Brigid’s opened the floodgates to hit 2-01 without reply, aided in part by an increasingly strong wind. St Brendans notched up 2 more points (2-13 to 3-08) before finally running out of steam in the final ten minutes as St Brigids hit 5 points on the spin to win the game on a 3-12 to 2-13 scoreline.


Its October 1st as I write, and the Mens Gaelic Football season 2018 is officially over! One or two different results during the season could have seen the 1st team playing in the Junior 1 knockout stages and promoted to the Division 5 league for 2019.

After the season just played the men’s teams will feel that with some small adjustments, League & Championship Titles are not beyond them in the 2019 Season. We will relax, regroup and push for these adjustments in the coming months.

Brendans Abú!



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Sep 28

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Sep 13

Seven day turnaround not enough in Cup Exit

Ladies Cup Semi Final v Naomh Olaf 12092018 (4)Wed 12 Sep 2018 – Just seven days after losing to Ballyboughal in the final group stage game in the Division 5 Cup, The St Brendans Ladies Footballers, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough only had a week to prepare for the trip to Sandyford to face Naomh Olaf in the Division 5 Cup Semi Final with a 6.30pm throw in.

Despite the early start. The Female Dark Force got off to a good start after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearmey won the throw in, played the ball to Roisin McDonald and onto Christine Dilworth for the opening point after just 23 seconds. McDonald won the Olaf’s kickout and passed to Dilworth, who returned the ball back to The Malin Head Giant and who after a 25 meter solo run, tapped the ball over the bar for a two point lead after only 70 seconds.

Olafs replied with an opening score, but the lead was back to two points when Ines Rubio Alcala Galiano won a turnover, passed to The Courageous Deirdre Holland then onto Aisling Newton who found Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly for the point.

After a second score for Olafs, they started to get a strong foothold in the game by winning three consecutive Karen O’Connell kick outs. The first two attacks went wide, and the third saw brave defending by Erin Fadian who was knocked down when winning possession, the free out went staright to Olafs but again the shot went wide.

With all their possession, the home side deservedly took the lead with a well worked goal following another turnover. There was a bit of respite for St Brendans in the 19th minute when Naomh Olaf had a player sin binned for a high tackle on Aisling Newton, however both of the Inishowen Combination hit wides in successive minutes. Newton also had a goal chance but shot straight to the goalkeeper.

Sinead Morrissey had a great chance for a goal but went for placement rather than power and the ball was cleared, and passed all the way for a fourth Naomh Olaf point. Newton then played great ball to Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo made amends by going for power instead of placement and a goal to put St Brendans back in the game 1-04 to 1-03.

After a fifth St Brendans wide, McDonald won the kickout and passed to fellow Inishowen lady Newton with a rasping shot fromm a tight angle, over the bar and a level game. Both sides traded points in the final minute with a Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick pointing after great work from Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano and The Courageous Deirdre Holland. That was the last kick of the first half and a level game.


Half Time Score: St Brendna’s 1-05 to 1-05 Naomh Olaf.


There was no score in a cagey opening five minutes of the second half with Andrea Curley and Claire Owens defending valiantly. Naomh Olaf had a close range shot but did not connect properly and Karen O’Connell cleared for a 45, this 45 was worked in and buried in the corner of the net. A foul on Roisin McDonald gave St Brendan’s advantage with Sinead Reilly seeing her shot go wide. Sinead Morrissey duly converted and a two point game which didn’t last long because Naomh Olaf hit a point to make it 2-06 to 1-06 with 18 minutes to go.

Aisling Newton went for goal but had three Naomh Olaf players on her back and managed to tumble into the penalty area. A penalty was called for St Brendan’s and up stepped Morrissey to convert and level the game again.

Naomh Olaf got their noses in front once again with two successive free in’s. The Fresh Prince of Kells kept the Female Dark Force in the contest with a save after a great shot from an Olafs forward.

The home side had 13 ladies behind the ball and Christine Dilworth, McDonald and Newton were all hassled when in possession, eventually it was Shuana ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who won possession and shot over the bar to make it a one point game again.

Another Olafs point followed as the game went into injury time and in near darkness there was a final chance to snatch victory when St Brendan’s won a sideline ball inside the 45. Sinead Morrissey’s sideline ball was won by Naomh Olaf and that was that. St Brendans were out of the Division 5 Cup at the Semi Final stage.

While James McGinley could not fault the players he was disappointed that this semi-final was arranged seven days after losing to Ballyboughal, considering that the other Cup semi-final will be played next Wednesday giving the other teams two weeks to prepare.

St Brendan’s now have one game left in the season and that is the League fixture against Whitehall Colmcille with a win or draw needed to confirm second spot. Time and date to be announced.


Final score from Pairc Ui Bhrain Sandyford: St Brendans 2-07 to 2-09 Naomh Olaf

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Sep 10

Hurlers face play off to stay in Junior C

Hurlers v Ballyboden St Endas 09092018 (2)Sun 09 Sep 2018 – Fresh from their League win against St Brigid’s, the St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, were back in Junior C Championship action with a Round 5 encounter against Ballyboden St Enda’s on Sunday Morning. Both teams having lost all four games in Group 1 were playing to determine which team would face the Relegation play off against the bottom side in Group 2.

The game took place in Knocklyon park, with some players making their way to Ballyboden’s main pitch at Ballycullen, but all arrived in time for the 11am throw in. It was The Dark Force force who got the opening score when Shane Foley whipped in a free in towards The White Feather Darren Callanan, who was tackled and spilled the sliotar to John Maguire but it was a fresh air shot, then the sliotar went to Michael Heffernan to drive it over the bar.

Ballyboden dominated the next ten minutes with four points on the spin, two points were from turnovers and one 65. Cavan and Monaghan combined with John Maguire and Damien Daly combining in a move that allowed Paul Hyland to win possession and puck St Brendan’s 2nd point.

Ballyboden got another four points on the spin, with two free in’s, one from 99 meters. Noel Lanes puckout went to Michael Heffernan and onto Paul Hyland for his second point. After a Rory Tynan wide, Ballyboden showed great ruthlessness with a goal following a turnover. In response St Brendan’s responded with two free in’s from Shane Foley, the first after Vincent O’Flynn was fouled and the second from a foul on Damien Daly after he picked up a Sean Dardis pass.

A fluffed sideline cut from the home side was the last action of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-05 to 1-08 Ballyboden.


Ballyboden quickly put the game to bed with 1-02 in the opening 9 minutes. A turnover by Hyland went onto find Padraig Pratt and the Corkman tipped over the sixth point of the morning. Another goal followed for Ballyboden and Aidan Melia came on for Rory Tynan and his first contribution was to collect Michael Heffernan’s pass and puck it over the bar. 3-11 to 0-07.

Another Boden point followed, but St Brendan’s kept plugging away and got an eighth point thanks to a free in from Paul Hyland after a foul on Darren Callanan. Another Boden point from the big full forward (his last action of the day) followed, and Hyland again returned with a point from a free in, he could have got a goal but had to settle for the point.

Hyland went for a hat trick of free in’s after a foul on Aidan Melia, this time he struck low and although the goalkeeper got a hand on it, Dave Lowey was on hand to puck the slioter in the net for a consolation score. Lowey’s bid for a second goal ended when his shot sailed across the face of goal in the final action of the game.


Final score from Knocklyon Park: St Brendan’s 1-09 to 3-13 Ballyboden St Enda’s.

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Sep 06

Female Dark Force faces a wounded Ballyboughal

Ladies 1sts Cup v Ballyboughal 05092018 (1)Wed 05 Sept 2018 – Two weeks on from the epic, yet heartbreaking Junior C Final, the St Brendan’s ladies 1st team, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, travelled to Ballyboughal to face the local side, whom this writer proclaimed last April as High Flying. However, that High Flying tag may not appropriate because, last Tuesday, Ballyboughal went into their Junior B Final against O’Dwyers, as hot favourites. But Shock Horror! The ladies from Balbriggan pulled off a massive upset to deny Ballyboughal a Treble Treble, having won the League, Cup and Championship in 2016 and 2017 and already the Division 5 League this year.

Still reeling from the Junior B Final Loss, Ballyboughal got the opening score of the game. After A Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly wide, Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney won the kick out and passed to Aoife Fitzmaurice to level the score for The Female Dark Force. But the home side put their noses in front with a point after a previous shot fell into the arms of Birthday Girl Karen O’Connell.

The Inishowen Combination teamed up to level the game again, with Roisin McDonald winning the kick out and passing to Aisling Newton to score the point. Another point followed by Ballyboughal. O’Connell’s kick out was won by Ballyboughal close to the sideline and was worked in and despite great work by Catherine Twomey, she could not prevent the goal being scored 1-03 to 0-02.

With the next play a sideline ball from The Courageous Deirdre Holland found McDonald who shot over the bar, a good response to the goal. Again Ballyboughal notched up another point in reply. A free in was awarded to St Brendan’s after a Ballyboughal player picked the ball off the ground while kneeling. Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney played the ball to Newton but her shot went wide. 1-04 to 0-03.

The home side, with lots of local support, hit a brace of points with 21:27 gone. The Fresh prince of Kells kept her goal line intact with a great save for a 45, which went wide. After an attempt by Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano went wide, Roisin McDonald won the kickout and popped the ball over the bar.

Indeed that would be the first point of a brace, the second point was scored by Aoife Fitzmaurice after a great catch from the Basque Superstar when preventing a Ballyboughal clearance. Aisling Newton put her side back in the game with a great goal following a pass from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly. Ballyboughal howver pegged a point back to ensure a four point half time lead.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-05 to 1-09 Ballyboughal.


With the heavens opening , James McGinley ordered his side into the changing rooms. The decision proved a good one because in the second half, St Brendan’s got the opening score through Aisling Newton after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney won the throw in. Ballyboughal had a shot that went across the face of goal and Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher ensuring the O’Neills Size 4 went across the end line and wide.

The Female Dark Force got the deficit down to two points with another Newton point. Roisin McDonald played a free in to Erin Fadian then onto The Courageous Deirdre Holland and finally onto The Carndonagh Cyclone for the point. McDonald’s bid for a one point game ended when her shot was blocked.

The home side hit four points on the spin, St Brendans responded with another Newton point after Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick was fouled when picking up the ball.

With 18 minutes to go, Ballyboughal looked like they sealed victory with a goal, after a long ball fell short to Karen O’Connell and the clearance was turned over and worked in for the second goal. But St Brendan’s responded when Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano played the ball to Roisin McDonald who found Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly in a great position to shoot over the bar. 2-13 to 1-09.

10 minutes to go and Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano played the ball to Aisling Newton whose shot hit the post but deflected off the back of the Ballyboughal goalkeeper and into her own net, to give some hope to St Brendans. 2-13 to 2-09.

But with four minutes to go, it really was game, set and match for Ballyboughal when a third goal which was well worked in. St Brendan’s responded with a carbon copy point by Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly, again with goal at her mercy, Dangermouse shot too high and over the bar. A final St Brendan’s wide in near darkness was the last action and at 8.14pm the referee blew for full time and Ballyboughal winning home advantage for the Cup Semi Final.

Another great tussle between the two sides but don’t be surprised if this is the final match up for the Division 5 Cup Final, provided St Brendan’s win the semi-final which will be next Wednesday away to Naomh Olaf.


Full Time Score: St Brendans 2-10 to 3-13 Ballyboughal.


Elsewhere, the St Brendans Ladies 2nd Team, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property advisors, could not repeat the heroics of last April and were beaten by Na Fianna C in the Division 7 Cup 2-17 to 3-4.

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Aug 30

Female Darkest Force given an education by Scoil Ui Chonaill in Junior G Shield

Ladies 2nd Shield Final v Scoil Ui Chonaill 29082018 (6)Wed 29 Aug 2018 – Last week, while the St Brendans Ladies 1st Team were involved in an epic Junior C Final. The St Brendans 2nd XV, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property Advisors were playing 15 miles away in Newcastle and defeated the local side St Finian’s Newcastle to advance to this evenings Final of the Junior G Shield, where Scoil Ui Chonaill were the opposition. This was the third meeting between the sides with the ladies from Clontarf Road winning both previous encounters by three points.

St Brendans got off to good start with the opening score going to Sharon Lynskey following great play by The Turkish Delight Mina Alkentaya to pass to Marina Kilduff and onto the Aughamore Avenger Lynskey for the point.

A free in by Scoil Ui Chonaill hit the upright and was cleared by Emma Duffy, who played the ball to Alkentaya and finally onto Kilduff and the Roscommon lady doubled St Brendans lead with a tight angled point. The dream start continued when Tanya (number 11) found the net after a pass from Lynskey. 1-02 to no score after five minutes.

Scoil Ui Chonaill, with half of their panel not yet reaching 20 years of age with almost 100% possession, scored six points on the spin, the sixth of which was hit in the 19th minute. But Scoil also hit six wides and three shots falling short to Augustina Lazzerini. Helen Macklin and Anne Marie Riney also provoked their markers into overcarrying.

A long ball from Alkentaya was intended for (Tanya Number 11) but the Turkish Delight was fouled when disposing of the ball and Tanya took the free from where the ball landed, but the free in fell short and Marina Kilduff couldn’t get her hand to it. The game was slipping away from The Female Dark Force when Scoil got a brace of points to make it 0-08 to 1-02.

St Brendan’s needed the next score to stay in the contest and they got just that with a goal from (Jean Number 13) after a tremendous solo run. But no sooner had St Brendans gotten back in the match than Scoil Ui Chonaill responded with a goal of their own to reopen the three point lead. Indeed they went to town in the closing stages of the first half with another goal and two points but could have got a third goal in the first half but for a timely interception from Shona Daly.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-02 to 2-10 Scoil Ui Chonaill.


Scoil Ui Chonaill added two more points in the opening three minutes of the second half, but Sabrina Fleming played the ball to Marina Kilduff to score a third St Brendan’s point to make it 2-12 to 2-03.

Scoil’s dominance of the game continued with three more points going into the final quarter of the game. After another point, Augustina Lazzerini’s quick kickout went straight to a Scoil forward to went starlight and although her shot was saved by the Argentinian, another player got the rebound to score the third goal of the evening.

But St Brendans did respond when a long ball by Mina Alkentaya found Marina Kilduff whos low shot beat the goalkeeper for a third goal for Brendans. 3-15 to 3-03.

In the closing stages, Kilduff had a shot that went wide, bizarrely, St Brendans only wide of the whole match! But Scoil Ui Chonaill would take the Junior G Shield to their Clontarf Road clubhouse.


Full Time Score: St Brendans 3-03 to 3-17 Scoil Ui Chonaill.

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Aug 29

Michael Heffernan says “There’s nothing dead about a dead rubber”

Hurlers v St Brigids 28082018 (2)Tues 28 August 2018 – In a game moved forward to Tuesday evening, due to the All-Ireland Football Final, The St Brendan’s Hurlers, Sponsored by Transdev, continued their bid to add another ascent to their upward curve with a AHL7 encounter with St Brigids. For the first time since June 12th, we were back in Grangegorman and the pitch looked immaculate after its holiday. Following the win against St Patrick’s Donabate on August 12th, ensuring AHL7 survival, this game was a dead rubber. Or so you thought?

The Brigid’s players took to the field wearing no a variety of jersey’s after leaving the team kit in the wash, but togged out properly for the second half.

4:20 gone in the game and we got the opening score for The Dark Force thanks to Michael Heffernan after a Trevor Purtill sideline cut found Rory Tynan who, despite being heckled, got the slioter to Heffernan for the shot over the bar.

The lead was doubled thanks to Rory Tynan following a pass from Phil Hyland. Brendans dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes with those two points but also struck three wides as well. St Brigids took hold of possession for the next six minutes but only scored one point and were guilty of six wides. Brian Larkin, Clive Kennedy and Padraig Pratt also won many turnovers inside the 45 meter line.

St Brendans reopened the two point lead thanks to a free in by Shane Foley after a foul on Paul Lynch. St Brigids levelled matters with a brace of points with 17:32 gone on the clock. The away side then took the lead with a goal and a point much to the consternation of Cian Walsh, who was concerned that the game was slipping away.

St Brendan’s did hit a brace to halve the deficit thanks to another Foley free in after a foul on Tynan, and the second point was scored by Darren Callanan following an excellent turnover by Vincent O’Flynn. However, St Brigids then pucked another brace to reopen the four point lead.

Both sides traded points as the first half entered its final quarter, with Foley scoring a Brendan’s point from play. After the Brigid’s point, Ritchie Barry’s puckout was caught by Eric Shadowens and the man from Grand Rapids Michigan made a 50 meter solo run and pucked into the square. Paul Lynch and Rory Tynan missed the slioter but Shane Muldoon didn’t and rattled the Brigid’s net with a rasping shot to put one between the sides in the 27th minute.

Rory Tynan levelled matters with a point after Muldoon kept the slioter in play after a shot from Darren Callanan looked like going wide. A sideline cut by Foley found Paul Lynch, who did brilliantly to hold onto possession when on the ground and passed to Callanan who found Muldoon. Muldoon was chopped down outside the penalty area to earn a 13 meter free, which Ballincollig’s finest duly converted to ensure a St Brendan’s lead at the break.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-08 to 1-07 St Brigids


Eric Shadowens got the second half up and running with a point and a two point lead as ST Brigid’s finally got to wear their red jerseys and even got to level the game with a brace as the game entered the 40th minute.

Brendan’s were determined to go undefeated in August and Rory Tynan grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with a brilliant goal after collecting a long ball off Trevor Purtill and going on a 40 meter solo run with almost all of the Brigid’s full back line on his back. 2-09 to 1-09.

Brigid’s had a free in that went wide, despite their player trying some Cute Kerry Hoorism by sneaking an extra few yards, but did pull a point back in the next play. Dan Curran came on as a sub and played the ball to Rory Tynan, looking for a second goal but drew the foul instead, up stepped Shane Foley with the free in and the three point lead again 2-10 to 1-10.

Both sides traded points again, this time it was Eric Shadowens with the Brendan’s point from a Ritchie Barry puck out to his right and Shadownes working his way to the 45 meter line and pucking the slioter over.

2-11 to 1-11 with eight minutes to go.

Clive Kennedy produced a triple block to get the ball clear but only as far as a Brigid’s player to puck over the bar and hitting the metal post holding the protective nets, that point put two between sides. That became one with a free in following a Kennedy foul.

Three minutes to go and Brigids fluffed a side-line cut straight to Paul Lynch who passed to Michael Heffernan who pucked the ball over the bar to put 2 in it again. Ritchie Barry had his heart in his mouth when a rasping shot hit the black spot of the crossbar and Clive Kennedy was on hand to puck the slioter away for a sideline cut. Brigid’s worked the sideline in for a point and the bare minimum once again.

A long ball from Shane Foley which fell short was the last action of what was a truly entertaining game which made a total mockery of the ‘dead rubber’ tag that was attached to his game. Another step in the upward curve and after not winning a match from season start to the beginning of July, the St Brendan’s Hurlers have themselves a Magic August with two matches and two wins. Will the upward curve continue on September 9th in the final Championship Group game against Ballyboden St Enda’s?


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 2-12 (18) to 1-14 (17) St Brigid’s

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Aug 16

Captain Fantastic Claire Owens leads Ladies to 3rd Consecutive Final

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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