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Classy Crumlin sweep aside depleted Female Dark Force

Wed 05 May 2019 - This year, 2019, The Dublin LGFA decided to play the Round Robin games of the Junior Championships (A to F) in May and June so yes it’s a bit early but the St Brendans Ladies Footballers, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough went into the Junior C Championships with high hopes after three successive League Victories.

Goalkeeper Karen O’Connell hasn’t been beaten for goal in those three games, but any chance The Fresh Prince of Kells had of a fourth consecutive clean sheet, ended 90 seconds into this evenings game, when a Crumlin shot was deflected by Tara Foy for a 45, which was played short. Then the Crumlin player played a pin point kick pass to her team mate in front of O’Connell, who could do nothing as the ball went into the goal.

A Crumlin free in fell short and was cleared by Claire Owens but Crumlin won the ball back in the middle third and the end shot went wide. Aisling Newton went on a lung busting solo run but her shot hit the upright and into a Crumlin hand, but was played straight to Newton who got fouled, unfortunately, Sinead Morrissey shot wide. The Mullingar Dynamo made amends when supplying the final pass to Roisin McDonald for the opening point for The Female Dark Force.

Aisling Newton hit the second point after collecting a long range Morrissey free in, but soon Crumlin would have another point to maintain the two point lead. But Morrissey retained the one point deficit from a free in after Newton had her jersey tugged when on a solo run. 10 minutes to go and the sides were level, 0-04 to 1-01, thanks to Christine Dilworth, after arriving in Lonmeadows with a minute to throw in, The Knocknagree Knight collected a pass from Aoife Fitzmaurice and shoot over the bar with the citeog.

But in the final five minutes, the away side hit three on the spin to lead at half time.


Half Time Score St Brendans 0-04 to 1-04 Crumlin.


Despite wides shot by Sinead Morrissey and Roisin McDonald, St Brendan’s started the second half brightly and in a move which started with a Nicola Carrabine scrum half style pass to Joan McNulty, Dilworth played the final pass to Aisling Newton who crashed the ball into Crumlin net and a level game.

Despite the encouraging start to the second half, Crumlin hit a brace of points, the second of which came from the wrong side of the outside of the left boot but curled perfectly between the posts.

Soon, The Female Dark Force would hit their own brace. Making her seasonal reappearance, Claire McIntyre played a free in to Newton for another score. The second came from Morrissey from a free in from 13 meters after McIntyre found a loose ball but the angle was getting tight for a shot for goal but McIntyre was pushed in the back. 1-06 each.

That was as good as it got for the St Brendans Ladies when Crumlin ‘went all 1990’s’ and played a sweeper in the full back line and who vacuumed many a loose St Brendan’s ball. Crumlin would hit a further four points in the final 15 minutes.

Despite the defeat, Robert Kelly and Colm O’Neill praised the never say die spirit amongst the player’s but would definitely rue the absence of several key players this evening. These players will no doubt be back in two weeks time (St Brendan’s have a bye on match day 2 of the Junior C Championship) when the team bid to avenge the April 11st League loss against Fingallians, but for this writer, it’s a first chance to see the Ladies 2nd XV in Division 8 League action at home against St Judes.


Final Score from Longmeadows St Brendan’s 1-06 to 1-10 Crumlin.

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