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Because you are Dilworth it in Finglas

Ladies 1sts v Erins Isle 17042019 (1)Wed, 17th April 2019 - A week after their Division Four League opener, the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsborough, went into their second Division 4 League encounter (away in Finglas against Erins Isle) knowing that victory is a must to stay in contention.

The home side got the opening score after one minute, but initially the Female Dark Force could only respond with four wides in succession.

Ursula Murphy won the Erin’s Isle kick out after the fourth wide, and passed to Marina Kilduff, who made amends for her previous wide, with a good score and a level game after 10 minutes.

Erins Isle then hit five points in succession and St Brendan’s did not score their second point until the 24th minute. This was thanks to Christine Dilworth from a tight angle with the citeog. Another Isles point followed and Claire Owens played a great ball to Dilworth and from where she kicked her first score of the evening, Dilworth kicked her second and St Brendan’s third point 0-07 to 0-03.

A eighth point followed for The Farnham Drive outfit and an attempt for goal went straight into Karen O’Connell’s breadbasket and was cleared by Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. Tara Foy turned the ball over from and Erin’s Isle attack. Foy played the ball into space, Dilworth was behind her marker and was able to retrieve the ball, and Dilworth kicked her third point.

A free in by Erins Isle went miles wide and the referee blew for half time before the ball even reached the end line with Erins Isle leading


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-04 to 0-08 Erin’s Isle.


The half time team talk from Robert Kelly and Conor O’Neill must have been a good one. From the off St Brendan’s got up the field and Faye Kearney rattled the crossbar with a powerful shot. Aisling Newton won the resultant kick out and found Dilworth, who calmly palm the ball into the net. Heartened after seeing her shot hit the bar, Kearney got on the scoresheet with the next score, a fine score, the equalising score.

A short kick out was pinched by Roisin McDonald who played the ball to Sinead Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo’s low shot found the corner of the net. 2-01 inside the opening five minutes to make it 2-05 to 0-08.

That lead became four with another point by Christine Dilworth after Faye Kearney turned the ball over. However, the four-point lead did not last long, as Erin’s Isle scored a point from 25 meters. 2-07 to 0-10.

The home side followed this up with a brace of points to put one between the sides. Aisling Newton made it a two-point game with a close range point, but a minute later, Erin’s Isle responded to leave the bare minimum between the teams again. At this stage, Robert Kelly brought Shauna Fitzpatrick into the game for Marina Kilduff. Fitzpatrick was straight into the action to play a part St Brendan’s next score, which Aisling Newton converted. But once again Erins Isle came up and got a point to keep them in the game 2-09 to 0-14.

9 minutes to go and we had a level game, 2-09 to 0-15.

5 minutes to go and still the score stayed the same. Then a Sinead Morrissey shot hit the crossbar. Dilworth gathered the rebound and passed the ball back Morrissey, but the shot went wide.

Roisin McDonald won a crucial turnover and passed to Shauna Fitzpatrick. Fitzy played the ball on to Faye Kearney, who gave the St Brendan’s Ladies the lead again. Erins Isle went on the attack, but again a crucial turnover was won, this time by Erin Fadian, playing a solid game at full back. Fadian played the ball on to Kearney, who saw the pitch open up in front of her. Kearney soloed the guts of 100 meters and shot from 20 meters to nail an excellent point and give St Brendan’s a two-point lead.

One minute to go and Erin’s Isle were on the attack. The Isles got a 45. which they worked in. and with 14 St Brendan’s ladies behind the ball the shot went wide. But the Isles won the kick out and seeing glory, the Isles forward went for the shot. But it was brilliantly parried by Goalie O’Connell for a 45. The 45 was played short, but Aoife Fitzmaurice made the interception as the clock ran out.

So, a fine victory for the St Brendan’s Ladies. After three straight games in the road, the Female Dark Force finally get home game next Wednesday (24th April) and a first ever encounter against Foxrock-Cabinteely.

Final score from Farnham Drive St Brendan’s 2-11 (17) to 0-15 Erins Isle.


St Brendan’s Div8 Ladies lose out after fine effort.

Wed, 17th April 2019 - The Ladies Second team kicked off their league campaign against Na Fianna. St Brendan’s had a number of players unavailable and the fixture became a 13 aside fixture. A substantial pair of shin pads was donned by Marie T Duffy before the game. With graduation the next morning, it was better to be safe than sorry. However, the winner award for the finest alternative piece of Gaelic Football kit was full forward, Kate Reddan, who sported a delightful woolly black scarf.

The first half saw Na Fianna, strong down their central spine, gain the upper hand. St Brendan’s worked hard and Marie T Duffy and Niamh Byrne played well at the back. Agus Lazarini was solid in goal. Up front Tanya Brennan, Helen Lenihan and the ever dangerous Kate Reddan were doing well.

In the second half, Lorna Barton and Sophie Freeman gained a hold of midfield. Anne Marie Casey, Marie T Duffy and Sophie Freeman were getting more ball into our inside forwards and St Brendan’s looked dangerous when they took on their opponents.

Final Score: St Brendan’s 3-06 (15) to 4-14 (26) Na Fianna.

Next up in the league is St James’ Gaels at home.

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