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Aoife Watters swimmingly guides Female Dark Force to 5th Successive Semi

8B3A7706_edit_smallWed 05 Jun 2019 - Following no game last week, The St Brendans Ladies 1st Xv, Sponsored my McGowans of Phibsborough, went into Round 5 of the Junior C Championship against Kilmacud Crokes with the winner going to the semi finals later in the summer.

The Female Dark Force meant business direct from the start with a point from Aisling Newton after 12 seconds when Roisin McDonald won the throw in and passed to fellow Inishowen lady Newton. The second point came two minutes later when Erin Fadian won a turnover and Christine Dilworth was on the end of the move with the shot over the bar.
Joan McNulty won a turnover in the middle third and passed to Ursula Murphy for point number 3. Point number 4 came in the next attack when Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney when she won the kickout herself and did the work herself. Five minutes gone and it was five points to no score with Newton with her second point from a tight angle with Murphy supplying the final pass.

Roisin McDonald sprinted the guts of 100 meters with a solo run, her shot fell short but Dilworth fouled the goalkeeper but her clearance went straight to Nicola Carrabine who passed to Newton and the Carndonagh

Cyclones shot dipped under the crossbar for the first goal. Sinead Morrissey, had her arm dragged back when in a good position and with her father Patrick acting a umpire, the Mullingar Dynamo took her free in over the bar. 1-06 with 9:30 on the clock.

10:15 gone and it was now 1-07 with Roisin McDonald on the scoresheet with a long range shot assisted by a huge gust of wind. Aoife Watters won the next kickout, she also applied the final pass to McDonald, and likewise to Christine Dilworth to make it 1-08 and a second point for the Knocknagree Knight.

The girls from Stillorgan finally got on the board with a point and Catherine Twomey defending heroically to ensure it was a point. Aoife Fitzmaurice made it 1-09 after Fermanagh Fingers Tara Foy won a turnover inside the 20 meter line. Ursula Murphy saw her shot go straight to the Kilmacud goalkeeper and the end result was a second point for the away side.

Eventually the second goal did come thanks to Sinead Morrissey after a Kilmacud shot fell short to Karen O’Connell and cleared by Catherine Twomey and final pass by Dilworth to Morrissey. Morrissey’s bid for a quick fire double ended when her shot was saved by the Kilmacud goalkeeper and the ball ricocheted off her father Patrick’s chest for a 45.

Aisling Newton’s tally became 1-03 with a point after The Francie Bellew of Mourneabbey Twomey was tripped making a clearance. A pass from Joan McNulty to Nicola Carrabine bounced over her head but Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatick kept the move going and Ursula Murphy got the second point to make it 2-11.

Sinead Morrissey did get her second goal after Tara Foy won a sideline ball. There was confusion amongst the Kilmacud backs and with no support, Aoife Fitzmaurice forced her marker into over carrying. Morrissey promptly kicked the free in over the bar to make it 3-12. A sideline ball form Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatick from Joan McNulty and onto Newton and the shot over the bar. 3-13 to 0-02.

Aisling Newton’s tally became 2-04 with a bullet of a shot for goal after McNulty won a turnover, despite the consistent shooting, St Brendans registered their first wide of the first from Christine Dilworth, albeit was forced out over the end line.

However, the Knocknagree Knight, with partner Sean T Ó Meallaigh watching on, did make amends with a well taken goal to round off a comprehensive first half performance with the half time score 5-13 to 0-02.

The Female Dark force were playing against the wind in the second half and didn’t expect to register 5-13, But Sinead Morrissey got the ball rolling with a point from a free in from 20 meters after Dilworth was taken out after taking a shot.

After playing great in the first half, Aoife Watters got on the scoresheet this second half with a point after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney cleared Kilmacud free in off the goal line. Another player also got in the scoresheet for the first time in Joan McNulty with a point, similar start to the move with a Kilmacud free in but this time it was Catherine Twomey with the clearance. 5-16 to 0-03.

Robert Kelly and Colm O’Neill brought on Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly into the game, replacing Fitzpatrick and made an immediate impact by rounding the defence and shooting over bar. Indeed Dangermouse would make it a brace of points after a final pass from another substitute, Michelle Dolan, replacing Newton who got a standing ovation, from Robert Kelly only!

A line ball went straight to Nicola Carrabine and onto Ursula Murphy and a third point for The Cork Kipchoge and a 30 point advantage 5-19 to 0-04. Indeed Murphy was fouled inside the 20 meter line which allowed Sinead Morrissey to point another to make it 5-21.

Karen O’Connell was determined to keep a clean sheet but there was no second half shutout with Kilmacud scoring two second half points, one from a free in. The Fresh Prince of Kells only had five kickouts all second half with Catherine Twomey and Erin Fadian providing additional defence, indeed The Pied Piper of Achill provoked her maker into picking the ball off the ground whilst on her knees.

On the other side of the pitch, Ursula Murphy rounded off the scoring with a point after both Dilworth and Aoife Fitzmaurice changed their minds at the last second by passing instead of shooting and it was the latter that passed to Murphy.

The game fizzled out and in the end St Brendan’s Ladies were in their fifth consecutive Championship Semi Final, which will be played in August, something to look forward to then, but for now, focus switched to the League and the Cup with yet another encounter with Fingallians, this time in Longmeadows in Round 2 of The Division 4 Cup next Wednesday.


Final Score from Longmeadows St Brendans 5-22(27) to 0-04 Kilmacud Crokes.

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