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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Aug 13

Things looking up for our hurlers

hurlSun 12 August 2018 – The Transdev sponsored hurling team made the journey out to the superb facilities of St. Pats in Donabate, in the latest instalment of AHL7. Things got off to the worst possible start when Vince O’ Flynn forgot all the team water bottles. Luckily enough, things on the pitch fared a lot better.

Early points from Shane Foley and Darren “The White Feather” Callinan settled the team and thanks to good pressure from all the forwards, there was lots of Donabate possession overturned. The fullback line of Brian Larkin, Mark Kinsella and man of the match Padraig Pratt, gave a superb display in defence, with the only real blot in proceedings being a well worked Donabate goal. That was as good as things got for St. Pats in the first half however. Good pressure from Rory Tynan in the full forward line resulted in a turnover with Gavin Muldoon hitting the back of the St. Pats net.


Halftime score:  St. Brendans 1-06 to 1-02 St Pats Donabate


The second half started with some well taken points for the Dark Force, however there was a stalemate for large periods of the second half. With the sides stuck at 1-11 to 1-05, St. Pats were putting the Brendan’s defence under severe pressure with Richie Barry required to save two certain goal chances.

Indeed had St. Pats converted some of their point chances, the result may have been totally different. However, as they did in the first half, the defence held firm. Sean Beatty started to get a stranglehold in mid-field and Cian Walsh made a couple of changes with Vince O’Flynn and Shane Muldoon introduced to add fresh impetus to the Brendan’s attack. Further points followed and another goal by Darren Callinan put some gloss on the final scoreline and a much needed, well deserved 2 points for the hurlers with the final two league fixtures coming up are against St. Brigids and Round Towers Lusk.


Final Score from Donabate: St Brendans 2-15 to 1-05 St Pat’s Donabate

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Aug 09

Mina Alkunkaya goal not enough as Ladies 2nds exit Championship

Ladies 2nds v Erins Isle 08082018 (2)Wed 08 August 2018 – While the decision by the St Brendan’s GAA Committee to field a 2nd Ladies Football team this season has been, without doubt, a huge success, one of the problems facing this writer is the fact that both the 1sts and 2nds are playing games simultaneously on Wednesday evenings and the 1sts get the lions share of the coverage on this website. But once in a while, the Ladies 2nds, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property Advisors, do play a game when the 1sts are not and this Wednesday evening is the exception. With the 1sts having a bye in the final round of the Junior C Championship, The 2nds are in action in the final round of group games in the Junior G Championship against Erins Isle at Farnham Drive in Finglas.

The home side opened the scoring after four minutes with a point. In return two wides were recorded by the Female Dark Force and Erins Isle went up to get a goal to make it 1-02 to no score.

But Kilduff then managed to get her first score of the evening, a point after a turnover by Anne Marie Casey. Helen Lenihan won the Isles kick out and played the ball to Kilduff who ensured that Erins Isle would get a fight to the end by hitting a great goal to make it 1-02 to 1-01. Indeed Kilduff could have given her side the lead when Tanya Brennan played a great ball to Kilduff but an unlucky bounce prevented her from getting a clean contact and the ball went wide.

Kilduff eventually got her second score after a turnover by Anne Marie Casey and final pass by Aideen Brophy. That would be the Half time tally for St Brendans 2nds as Erins Isle notched up a brace of points to lead by 3 at half time.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-02 to 1-05 Erins Isle


After Erins Isle got the opening score of the second half, Helen Lenihan had a shot that went straight to the Isles goalkeeper but her clearance went straight to Mina Alkunkaya and the Turkish Delight stunned onlookers with a tremendous goal to put one between the sides.

But it was all Erins Isle for the next ten minutes with a brace of points and a sideline ball that went to their nippy centre half back who rounded the defence and Augustina Lazzerini and scored a great goal to make it 3-08 to 2-02.

After another Isles point, Mina Alkunkaya had a shot that went wide. But Marina Kilduff scored another point after Helen Macklin won the kickout and passed to her fellow Rossie. Indeed Kilduff increased her tally with another point with Mina Alkunkaya supplying the final pass.

But Erins Isle finished strongly and a fourth goal ensured a home semi-final for the Finglas outfit in the Junior G Championship, but the season is not yet over for The Female Darkest Force because in a new initiative, The LGFA have introduced Shield competitions for those teams who failed to make the semi-finals of the Junior Championships. St Brendans 2nds will be facing St Finians Newcasle in the Junior G Shield next Wednesday the 15th.

For the St Brendans Ladies 1st XV, who had a bye this evening, the semi-final pairing are now known with The Female Dark Force travelling to Pairc De Burca in Stillorgan to face a top quality Kilmacud Crokes outfit, that will be some game!


Final Score from Farnham Drive Finglas: Erins Isle 4-11(23) to 2-04(10) St Brendans 2nds.


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Aug 03

Winless July but hope for an August win

2nds v St Sylvesters 02082018 (2)Thurs 02 August 2018 – After defeats against Trinity Gaels and Cabinteely in recent days, The St Brendans 2nd XV faced the daunting task of knocking St Sylvesters off their perch in AFL10. Once again the Grangegorman pitch is still unavailable and in fact, this writer was watching The Galway Races on RTE television when spotting the Grangegorman pitch behind Brian Gleeson in the betting ring at Ballybrit. The pitch must be enjoying the craic in the West.

So once again the game was played in Longmeadows and the crack Malahide outfit showed why they are top of the AFL10 table with a ruthless exhibition of forward attacking play and hit 2-09 by half time. Admittedly they also hit 11 wides. In response, the Darkest Force goalkeeper, Brian Feeney, kicked out the ball an astonishing 26 times in the first half alone. St Brendan’s seconds in response only scored two points and got the opening score with Ger Power after Joe Kenny moved this way and that before giving the final pass.

The roles were reversed for the second score this time Power whipped in a long ball into the square where Kenny almost got the goal but with too many Syl’s bodies in the way had to settle for a point.


Half time score: St Brendan’s 0-02 to 2-09 St Slyvesters


There was a bright start to The Darkest Force in the second half when Brian Feeney cleared a short Syl’s shot to Damien Daly, then onto Padraig Pratt, then Power and onto Kenny for the third St Brendans point.

But there was a huge blow for the home side when they were reduced to 14. Sylvesters then scored 1-01 and they threatened to go to town with more scores.

But they didn’t.

This allowed St Brendan’s to play with much more fluency despite the unassailable deficit. Paul McIntyre had a shot blocked but only as far as Joe Kenny for his third and his sides fourth point. 3-10 to 0-04.

Despite the away side hitting three points on the spin, a Brian Feeney kick out was won by Cathal McCormack and onto Johnny Nugent who made a 60 meter solo run and shot from 30 meters from the outside of the right boot and over the bar.

Nugent’s bid for a brace of points ended when his shot was saved for a 45 after a great Mark from Christopher Hand, and it was The Gentleman from Cavan who took the 45 which sailed directly into the St Sylvester’s net. After another Syls point, Feeney played a short kick out to Damien Daly who played the ball to John Maguire, fresh from a 24 hour cycle where he covered 453km and finally onto fellow Cavan man Christopher Hand who was told to bury the ball and The Gentleman did just that to put some respectability on the final scoreboard.

The Darkest Force have two more games against opposition from the bottom half of the table so both winnable games.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 2-06(12) to 3-14(23) St Slyvesters.

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Aug 02

Faye Kearney leads the successful raid out of the Clontarf Fortress

Ladies 1sts Champo v Clontarf 01082018 (1)Wed 01 Aug 2018 – St Annes Park Pitch 34. A notoriously difficult place to get a result, just ask any St Brendan’s player regardless of the code.

What made this Junior C Championship Round 4 encounter all the more unique is that both St Brendan’s and Clontarf, share the same sponsor, McGowans of Phibsborough. So who would emerge victorious in this Battle of McGowans at Fortress St Annes Park Pitch 34?

Despite an early wide from The Courageous Deirdre Holland, Karen O’Connell got the opening score for The Female Dark Force after Roisin McDonald won the kick out, passed onto Sinead Morrissey and finally onto The Fresh Prince of Kells who got the ball over the bar.

The scored doubled thanks to Holland after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney won the kick out, passed to Christine Dilworth who found Holland for the point.

Erin Fadian won a turnover, and played the ball to Nicola Carrabine and on towards Sinead Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo made it three with a great point. Despite the lion’s share of the possession St Brendan’s hit a brace of wides.

Clontarf went on the attack and a long ball was batted down by Michelle Dolan but only into the path of the Clontarf forward who rounded Dolan to hit the ball into the net, in response, Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney had a shot that fell short. But St Brendan’s did regain the lead when Andrea Curley-McCormack, her first game as a married woman, won possession and played the ball to Roisin McDonald and the Malin Head Giant made a 40 meter solo-run and shot over the bar.

A Kearney line ball found Sinead Morrissey, who produced a ‘Carlos Alberto pass’ to Christine Dilworth and onto Karen O’Connell to volley the ball over the bar with the citeog. A point by Clontarf was the last action of the half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-05 to 1-01 Clontarf


After being out for three weeks with a calf injury, Aisling Newton was unleashed in the second half by James McGinley. At the start of the second half, The Courageous Deirdre Holland hit a brace of wides. Newton tried ‘The John Dolan Special’ but her fisted effort hit the upright.

Eventually the first St Brendans point of the second half came thanks to The Mullingar Dynamo herself Sinead Morrissey after collecting a Christine Dilworth free in. A vertical ball by Clontarf was intercepted by O’Connell who went on the run herself then passed to Claire McIntyre and the Tub O’Curry notched up The Female Dark Force’s seventh point.

19 minutes to go and with a semi -final at stake, James McGinley decided to put back on Julie Fox, and put Karen O’Connell in goal replacing Michelle Dolan, whose parents travelled from Dromohair Co. Leitrim, to watch her in action. Clontarf notched up their second point as the game went into the final quarter.

A Karen O’Connell kick out found Aoife Fitzmaurice who found Newton who attempted to fist the ball over the bar but the ball was blocked and then collected by Morrissey, who found Dilworth for The Knocknagree Knight to reclaim a three point lead with the citeog.

A shot from Clontarf hit the upright and another shot went straight to O’Connell and was cleared by Her Highness Orla King. Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano, Andrea Curley and Faye Kearney were also involved in the move which led to Aisling Newton going one on one with the goalkeeper with only one outcome certain. A goal for The Carndonagh Cyclone. 1-08 to 1-02.

Despite another Holland Wide, Dilworth won the kick out and passed to Newton then onto Morrissey for her third point of the evening and a seven point buffer with eight minutes to go. The St Brendan’s defence held firm in the Fortress with Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano and Her Highness Orla King winning crucial turnovers inside the 20 meter line. But eventually Clontarf had to settle for a third point.

In the final minute another block by The Basque Superstar and clearance by Erin Fadian. In the end, Julie Fox made her presence felt by hitting the point to put the lead back to seven points. A wide by Newton was all immaterial as St Brendan’s win The McGowans Derby against Division 4 opposition and now have a Championship Semi-Final to look forward to later this month. We won’t know who the opponents will be until next Wednesday with the final round of matches with the 1sts having a bye in the final round, but the 2nds will be facing Erins Isle next Wednesday in the final round of the Junior G Championship.


Final score from St Annes Park Pitch 34: St Brendan’s 1-10 to 1-03 Clontarf


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Jul 30

Conor Reilly keeps the score down and hopes up

1sts v St Brigids 29072018 (1)Sun 29 July 2018 – Two Weeks ago, July 15th, The St Brendans Football 1st XV, travelled to St Annes Park, a notoriously difficult place to obtain a result, to face Clontarf in a crucial AFL5 match. Despite St Brendans leading 1-14 to 0-10 going into injury time, Clontarf scored two late goal from St Brendan’s kickouts to give The Dark Force a one point victory. Despite the victory, the concession of those two late goals could have a huge bearing in the final table, should three sides be on equal points, scoring difference comes into play.

So into Round 11 and a meeting with St Brigid’s, with the Grangegorman pitch still on holidays (Climbing the Reek, that’s Crough Patrick to those not from Co. Mayo, today is Reek Sunday), the game took place in Longmeadows.

The away side were on the attack and dropped the ball into the small square, where it was caught by their forward and with six St Brendans players swarming, the Brigids player lost the ball. Hugh Bannon cleared to John Burns and onto Lorcan Bannon, who played a diagonal ball into the corner to Ger Bannon and found John Dolan, looking for a trademark score, but his path was blocked and Karl Feehan was on hand to put the ball over the bar for the opening score.

The lead was doubled and likewise Feehan’s tally with a free in after Derek Brady was pushed in the back. A shot from John Burns was disputed when one umpire waved wide and the other with the hand up indicating a point, but the referee ruled wide which drew the ire of St Brendans coaching team which was calmed when Feehan notched his and his sides third point of the morning also from a free in.

Conor Reilly ensured St Brigid’s were kept scoreless up to the 20th minute with a fine turnover and pass to Colin Folan and onto John Dolan who kicked the ball from 30 meters over the bar.

Karl Feehan then hit ‘An Animal of a score™’ after another Conor Reilly turnover found Niall Mayock and a strong carry from The Foxford Charger found Feehan. St Brigids were on the attack and Derek Brady, giving his marker a 25 meter advantage, managed to run up and pinch the ball on the St Brigid’s players blind side and went on the attack with James McGee in support. He played the ball to The Milltown man and continued his run to goal, where Brady collected the ball off McGee and tried for a goal but the ball went loose. McGee was on hand to side foot the ball into the net and to make it 1-05 to 0-00.

Eventually, St Brigid’s did get on the board with a brace, the second score coming after winning Mark Redican’s kick out. Another  Conor Reilly turnover from inside the 45 was played to Ger Bannon and then onto Niall Mayock to get his name on the scoresheet with a lopsided shot that sailed between the posts. A point from the away side was the last action of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-06 to 0-03 St Brigid’s.


The opening effort  of the second half was a wide for The Dark Force but Lorcan Bannon produced a spectacular Mark borrowed from Aussie Rules from the kick-out. Lorcan played the ball to James McGee who drew the foul and Karl Feehan converted his fifth and St Brendan’s seventh point. That became sixth and eighth respectively for the Boyle man with Lorcan Bannon again being fouled.

Paul Coleman played a free out to Ger Bannon then onto John Dolan, his bid for a trademark score ended when he ran into a red cul de sac, but McGee was on hand to collect the ball and kick over the bar and a fist pump celebration to boot. Phil Bannon was taken out in mid-air when trying to win the Mark, but managed to get a hand on the ball and break it to Lorcan Bannon who played it to Niall Mayock then onto Karl Feehan for another ‘Animal of a score™’

Lorcan Bannon was in the wars again and was fouled as he went for a score. Feehan decided that John Burns would take the free in instead and duly converted in what was the last action for The Pride of Longford and he and Ger Bannon were taken off in place of Paul Farrelly-Cavan and Cormac ‘Skins’ Mullen.

St Brigids lost their first six consecutive kick-outs and although they won their seventh, Hugh Bannon turned the ball over and worked the ball to Derek Brady and made 60 meters before passing to Niall Mayock for a second point for The Foxford Charger to make it 1-12 to 0-03.

After seeing a previous shot go wide, John Dolan ensured that there was no way back for St Brigid’s when after a James McGee turnover and a gain in yardage by Cormac Mullen, Mcgee passed to Dolan who rounded the goalkeeper and kicked the ball into the net to make it 2-12 to 0-3 with 15 minutes to go.

Redican got his first kickouts of the second half as St Brigids managed to hit a brace of points but with 12 St Brendan’s players behind the ball to prevent a third point, the away side somewhat frustrated with Hugh Bannon turning over possession.

Five minutes to go and Lorcan Bannon finally got the point he craved with Niall Mayock supplying the final pass. Eoin O’Connor was given an opportunity to shine by Declan Jennings and he ruthlessly tried to barge his way through the Brigid’s defence and was penalised for over-carrying, but the free out went straight to James McGee who punished the mistake with a point.

O’Connor was given a late black card but it mattered little as ST Brendan’s registered another significant win to keep the promotion play-off hopes alive. With the Summer break on the horizon and a huge game against Round Towers Clondalkin on August 19th.


Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 2-14 to 0-05 St Brigid’s


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Jul 27

St Judes just too strong for Hurlers

Hurlers v St Judes 26072018 (2)Thurs 26 July 2018 – Despite losing to top of the table Raheny 0-15 to 1-7, three days after their emphatic win against St Maur’s Rush. The St Brendans Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, picked up a second win of the League. However it was a walkover as Naomh Mearnog were unable to field a team for their July 23rd encounter. Because that was Naomh Mearnog’s second walkover, they are out of the League. Also out after giving two walkovers were Setanta, which means that St Brendan’s will not be relegated this season, even if they lose all their remaining games in AHL7 by a gazillion points, as long as they field a team, that’s more important.

But Cian Walsh doesn’t see it like that and was determined to win more games and build on those victories for the 2019 season, starting with a tough assignment on Tymon North away to St Jude’s.

The home side opened the scoring with a brace of points. Ritchie Barry’s puckout was won by Trevor Purtill and pass to Shane Foley and The Dark Force were on the scoreboard. Foley made it a level game when winning the Jude’s puckout and from the spot, pucked it over the bar. Then Jude’s seized the momentum with another brace, the second of which was worked in from a sideline cut. Mark Kinsella prevented a third point on the spin with a turnover inside the 45 and played the ball to Darren Callanan, then onto Paul Lynch and onto Paul Hyland but his shot went wide.

The score became 0-04 to 0-03 with Vincent O’Flynn pointing after Callanan emerged with the slioter in hand after a scramble. Sean Beatty tried the same trick Foley did of winning the puckout and hitting from the spot, but his shot went wide.

A sideline cut from St Judes was deflected by Purtill for another sideline cut, despite Padraig Pratt putting hurl to ball, he was nudged off the ball went loose and Ritchie Barry was beaten for goal. The Dark Force did respond with Paul Hyland winning Barry’s puckout and passing to Foley and the point. 1-05 to 0-04.

It was all St Jude’s for the remainder of the first half hitting five points in a row, with Beatty and Foley both hitting wides.


Half time score: St Brendans 0-04 to 1-10 St Judes.


Both sides traded points in the opening four minutes with Conor Browne pointing for St Brendan’s. Another brace of points followed with Foley again pointing a free in after a foul on Sean Beatty.

St Jude’s sealed the outcome with the ball went into the large square and from a ground stroke, the slioter lobbed over Ritchie Barry for a goal. 2-13 to 0-6.

Another free in was scored by Ballincollig’s Finest as Shane Muldoon got into the game, hoping to score a late goal as he did against Raheny in May, as St Jude’s hit another point after winning the puck out. Muldoon’s first contribution was supplying the final pass to Michael Heffernan to score St Brendan’s eighth point.

After another brace of points for the Home Side, Darren Callanan struck St Brendan’s ninth point in a move which started with a block from Brian Larkin (Eanna’s brother), near the end of the game. Shane Foley had a free in from 25 meters and played it low and hard but blocked by the St Jude’s backs. Substitute Chris Canty tried to pounce but was tripped and a penalty was awarded. However, the goalkeeper produced an excellent save and deflected it over the sideline.

It just wasnt St Brendan’s evening as St Jude’s win and keep up the pressure on Raheny at the top of AHL7. For the Dark Force, two more games in August and both against teams at the bottom third of the table, St Paticks Donabate and St Brigids, both winnable and something Cian Walsh will hope to build in going forward.


Final score from Tymon North: St Brendans 0-09 to 2-18 St Jude’s

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Jul 27

So was it in or out?

Ladies 1sts Championship v Na Fianna B 25072018 (2)Wed 26th July 2018 – After two victories in The Junior C Championship, the St Brendans Ladies Football 1st XV, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, would give their championship credentials the sternest test thus far by facing Division 4 team Na Fianna B. With the Grangegorman pitch still on holidays (the injured Aisling Newton made herself useful by giving the Grangegorman pitch a tour of the Inishowen Peninsula section of the Wild Atlantic Way), the game was played at a sunny Longmeadows.

It looked like Normal Service Resumes for The Female Dark Force as an early Na Fianna shot fell shot and Michelle Dolan played the ball to Tara Foy, then onto Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and then Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly, who then played a cross field ball to Sinead Morrissey and The Mullingar Dynamo gave her side, and her parents watching, a dream start with an excellent goal.

Dangermouse had her jersey tugged but the referee waved advantage, none came so the referee bought play back and Roisin McDonald decided to leave the free-in to Erin Fadian and the Pied Piper of Achill made no mistake with the point. Roisin McDonald won the next kick-out and played the ball to Morrissey in the corner, who found The Courageous Deirdre Holland in the centre and onto Christine Dilworth and The Knocknagree Knight showed her worth with a good point from the citeog. 1-02 to no score.

The Mobhi Roaders suddenly woke up and scored a goal in a move which started by a sideline ball. Another Na Fianna free in was stopped by Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher and passed to Eimear McKenna, then onto Dilworth, who played a great ball to Morrissey, whose intended lateral pass to Dangermouse found The Courageous Deirdre Holland and the shot over the bar. Morrissey then turned scorer of the fourth point following a neat pass from Erin Fadian.

Na Fianna hit a marvellous point on the 13th minute then we had the first of two water breaks, 1-04 to 1-01. An attempted shot by Karen O Connell fell short and then Na Fianna unleashed their powerful running game to yield a second point. Erin Fadian then won a turnover but double hopped whilst making a break. That free in only went as far as Catherine Twomey and then onto Aoife Fitzmaurice who played a great ball to Christine Dilworth, then onto corner forward O’Connell and The Fresh Prince of Kells did the business with a shot over the black spot. Na Fianna responded with a point to make it a two point game.

After 22 minutes we had the second of the two water breaks in the first half. Both sides traded wides after the break with Sinead Reilly hitting The Female Dark Force’s wide. A Michelle Dolan kick out was won by Na Fianna, and after a gazillion hand passes, Na Fianna had Dolan beaten for goal for the second time and the lead for the away side.

However, O’Connell hit her second point to level matters and a Na Fianna wide from a free in, after The Francie Bellew of Mourneabbey tried to wrestle possession away, was the last action of the first half and a level game.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-06 to 2-03 Na Fianna B


Na Fianna opened the second half scoring two minutes into the second half.

Then the controversy started.

A shot from Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney was stopped by the goalkeeper, but her clearance ricocheted off Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and the ball spun towards the goal-line and stopped dead on the line, was it a goal or not? James McGinley says ‘yes’ but the umpire said ‘no’, the referee agreed with the umpire and awarded a free out, much to McGinley’s annoyance. In fact it was all Na Fianna for the next 10 minutes as they hit 1-02 without reply to give St Brendans a big mountain to climb.

But the team have the expertise to chip into this deficit; can they do it this time?

Karen O’Connell had a great chance after collecting Sinead Morrissey’s pass but her shot went into the side netting. Christine Dilworth had her jerey tugged when in possession, the referee gave advantage and Dilworth took her shot but hit the upright, the referee pulled back play and allowed Morrissey the chance to reduce the deficit with a free in and she duly did. 3-06 to 1-07.

The Mobhi Roaders continued their strong running game but could not get the scores, with one shot cleared by Claire Owens. The Knocknagree Knight did make amends when a goal shot by Dangermouse was blocked down and rebounded to Dilworth and with the citeog, swung the ball over the bar. Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney’s bid narrow the deficit to three points ended when she ws deemed to have overcarried.

Chances were at an absolute premium for the remainder of the game, Na Fianna also over carried, when in a good position.

In the final minute, a Sinead Morrissey free in was played short to The Couragous Deirdre Holland whose low shot was deflected for a 45. Erin Fadian took the 45 to fellow Achill lady Holland and was fouled on the 20 meter line. Morrissey played the free in short. With 6 Na Fianna players on the line, it was the goalkeeper who cleared the ball but straight into the path of Christine Dilworth, who volleyed the ball into the net. The referee disallowed the goal because of a square ball and whistled up for full time immediately afterwards.

So disappointment for St Brendans against a side whose Division 4 experience showed throughout the game. Victory in the final Championship game away to Clontarf is vital to guarantee a semi-final berth in the Junior C Championship.


Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 1-08(11) to 3-06(15) Na Fianna B.


In the Junior G Championship, The St Brendan’s 2nd XV, sponsored by Martin and Moran property advisors picked up a second draw of the competition against St Jude’s with a score of 4-09 to 3-12.

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Jul 19

Shauna Fitzpatrick Flying without Wings

Ladies 1sts Champo v Naomh Olaf 18072018 (5)Wed 18th July 2018 – With the Grangegorman pitch on the last few days of its holidays, I understand the pitch is touring the Wild Atlantic Way up near James McGinley’s homestead in Milford Co. Donegal, The St Brendan’s Ladies 1sts XV, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough were back in Longmeadows for Round 2 of the Junior C Championship with Naomh Olaf the opposition.

After showing raw Achill Island courage last Wednesday, it was more of the same for Deirdre Holland as the Achill Islander scored the opening point for The Female Dark Force when Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick won the turnover and Aoife Fitzmaurice supplied the final pass. Roisin McDonald played a one two with Fitzmaurice with her shot falling short, but the clearance only went as far as Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly, who despite her first shot being blocked, stuck a low shot into the Naomh Olaf net.

That score became 1-02 following another turnover, this time from Erin Fadian and a final pass from Claire Owens to Sinead Morrissey for the score. Olafs saw their first shot hit the bar and cleared by Orla King, another shot went wide thanks to great defence by The Queen of Kings.

A shot from Fitzpatrick dropped to the Olaf’s goalkeeper but her clearance only went as far as Sinead Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo made no mistake with her second point of the evening. A shot from Dangermouse hit the bar, and the ball fell to Morrissey but her shot went straight to the goalkeeper.

The Away side got their opening score of the game and after 15 minutes, the referee ordered a 3 minute water break. Aisling Newton, injured last week against Crumlin, acted as Maor Uisce for the evening. A sideline ball for Naomh Olaf, went straight to Roisin McDonald and played a long ball into the corner where Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly competed in a race for possession, but somehow won the ball back and played a cross field ball were Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick made no mistake by kicking the ball over the bar.

Olaf’s pulled another point back, but Fitzpatrick had a second point on the board after The Tub O’Curry Claire McIntyre turned over possession after Olaf’s won a Brendan’s kick-out. Roisin McDonald won Karen O’Connell’s kick-out, and on the other side Morrissey had her third point of the evening. That score became 1-07 when Morrissey made it a brace with her fourth point after a pass from Dangermouse.

The two Sinéad’s combined again and it was the Mullingar Dynamo who added a goal alongside her four points after Dangermouse won a long ball. A free in converted by Naomh Olaf was the last action of the first half and a lead for The Female Dark Force. , Among the spectators was former St Brendan’s ladies full back and Ironman Triathlete extraordinaire Claire Gorman, fresh from doing the Ironman Triathlon in Austria, click here to read a full account of this massive achievement. On behalf of everyone in St Brendan’s GAA, well done Claire.


Half time Score: St Brendan’s 2-07(13) to 0-03 Naomh Olaf


Naomh Olaf got the opening score of the second half. After coming on as a substitute in the second half, Julie Fox made her return with a point after a long kick-out by Karen O’Connell found Roisin McDonald who played a long ball towards Sinead Morrissey then onto the Ballylanders Bullet.

After seeing so many of her teammates on the scoresheet with two points or more, Deirdre Holland got her second point, and St Brendan’s ninth and a top class one at that, after an interception from The Queen of Kings, Orla King. Another Olaf’s point followed. O’Connell’s kick-out was caught by Roisin McDonald who played a long ball to Julie Fox, but with a wall of sky blue in front of her she passed to Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who collected Fox’s pass drove through the wall and buried the ball in the Olaf’s net to make it 3-09 to 0-05.

Another kick-out was won by McDonald, which resulted in a point for Julie Fox. After limping off training with a bruised finger, Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano was fit to play and came on as a second half substitute.

After a brace of points from the away side which sandwiched a water break, The Ballylanders Bullet Julie Fox hit another point, again McDonald catching a kick-out and this time Deirdre Holland supplying the final pass.

It wasnt long for the fourth goal was scored. Christine Dilworth won a turnover and after initially losing Karen O’Connell’s kick-out, played the ball to The Courageous Deirdre Holland and finally onto Nicola Carrabine who shot dipped under the crossbar, hit the inner frame of the goalmouth and went in for a goal. Such was the low sun in her eyes, Carrabine didn’t realise it was a goal until 20 seconds later. 4-11 to 0-07.

St Brendans were not finished yet and yet another kick-out was caught by The Malin Head Giant Roisin McDonald and in the end, Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly went one on one with the goalkeeper but had to be content with the point.

Dangermouse had a case of déjà vu two minutes later when the same scenario occurred and again the same result of a point, this time it was The Basque Superstar Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano who got the ball rolling with a turnover.

Karen O’Connell was determined to keep a clean sheet and saw an Olaf’s shot go across the face of goal with Catherine Twomey ensuring the ball went wide. But Olaf’s nevertheless did hit an eighth point. After a Carabine shot went wide, the goalkeeper’s kick-out went straight to Sinead Morrissey who passed onto Julie Fox for the fifth St Brendans goal.

The referee called a halt to proceedings and a second Junior C Championship victory was secured. But sterner tests await for the rest of the Championship as The Female Dark Force now face two teams with Division 4 experience, Na Fianna B, next Wednesday and Clontarf B the following Wednesday away in St Annes Park Pitch 34.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 5-13(28) to 0-08 Naomh Olaf.

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Jul 17

Improving, but not quite there!!!

2nds v St Patricks Palmerstown 16072018 (4)16 July 2018 – After losing the bragging rights of El North Inner City Classico, The St Brendan’s 2nd XV, were due to play their AFL10 encounter away to St Patricks Palmerstown on Sunday Afternoon the 15th July. However, due to players being interested in either watching and cheering on Croatia in, The World Cup Final or catching the first wkend of the super 8’s in Croker, the game was played at the far pitch of Glenauline park at 7.30pm the following day, Monday 16 July 2018. Sadly, for those who invested heavily on those iconic red and white chequered jerseys, France won 4-2. Football’s coming home, they said, Footballs actually taking French Leave!

To start the game Padraig O’Reilly made a darting solo run but had his jersey tugged in a move more likely to be seen in the WWE, not the GAA. Up stepped John Ryan with the free in and the point. A minute later, Pat’s had the ball in the back of the Brendan’s net, despite a good save from Morgan Young.

In fact, it was all Pats for the next 15 minutes with four points on the spin, the fourth of which resulted when a pass to Malachi Doyle went awry after Cathal McCormack caught a well taken Mark.

Billy Kelly got his brother in law Pearse Ryan on the field and made an impact with a Mark from a Pat’s kickout and played the ball to Malachi Doyle, who made a 50 meter solo run. His shot was good but the goalkeeper got a slight hand to the ball but only as far as Paul McIntyre who palmed the ball in the net. Another Pat’s point followed to see halftime.


Half time Score: St Brendans 1-01 to 1-05 St Patricks


In the second half St Pat’s Palmerstown scored a goal in their first attack.

Did Annihilation wait?

The Darkest Force, threw everything and the kitchen sink at the opposition (or in Padraig Pratt’s case, a 40 year old giant metal Quinnsworth sign) in fact it was The Son Of Maurice who got the ball rolling with a crucial turnover, passed it to Conor Coyle, then to John Ryan and finally onto Kevin Henry with the point. Coyle won the Pat’s kickout, got fouled and Ryan converted. Another Pat’s kickout was won, this time by Kevin Henry, who hand passed the ball across the face of goal, where Paul McIntyre palmed another ball into the net to put two between the sides.

After that pulsating opening five minutes, breathe.

Another turnover this time from The Bonkers from Yonkers, Kevin Purce, played the ball to Pratt who made a bursting solo run, then onto Pearse Ryan, then onto Kevin Henry, who was hit with a thunderous shoulder, but still found Michael Devine and the big Tyrone impact sub got his first score in the black and amber to put one between the sides.

The sides were level with 15 minutes to go when Brian Lavelle played a great ball to Coyle who got the equalising score. But Palmerstown started to fight back and the level game did not last long with a lead point being kicked by St Pat’s, after a move which had 50 consecutive handpasses and a Brian Lavelle turnover.

Alas, the Brendan’s comeback did not last long as Palmerstown beat Morgan Young for a third time for a goal and the fizz went out of the game completely. Despite another free in from John Ryan, after Conor Coyle was pushed, Pats got back up the field to hit another point.

In the final minute, Cathal McCormack played a ball across the face of goal, but John Ryan could not make the perfect fist and the ball went wide. So another disappointment for the St Brendan’s 2nds, although Billy Kelly was pleased to see some good football played throughout the game. The team have two more chances to secure that July victory starting this Thursday against Trinity Gaels and a chance to avenge last year’s controversial encounter.


Final Score from Glenauline Park. St Brendans 2-06 (12) to 3-08 (17) St Patricks Palmerstown.

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