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Dark Force fall short on a very long morning in Ballinteer

1sts v Ballinteer St Johns 12052019 (4)Sun 12th May 2019 – Following Tuesday’s facile win against O’Dwyers, the St Brendans 1st XV travelled to Marley Park in Rathfarnham for what would be, a sterner test against a strong Ballinteer St Johns side. The match, played in Marley Park was due to throw in at midday by instead the ball was thrown in at 12.25pm.

Three minutes gone and John Burns had The Dark Force on the board with a 14-meter free in, after James McGee was pushed in the back. Ballinteer equalised soon afterwards, but Burns was on target once again with a second 14-meter free, this time after Niall Prenty had his arm dragged back when in a good position. Once again The Tangerines equalised.

Burns hit a third consecutive 14-meter free in after McGee’s intended hand pass to Lorcan Bannon saw him almost get a foot in the chest, the Ballinteer player was yellow carded and Burns converted the free in.

In the second quarter, Ballinteer got a foothold in the game with a brace of points, but Declan Jennings was forced to make two early substitutions, with both wing backs, Cormac ‘Skins’ Mullen (calf) and Luke ‘The Miracle Worker’ McDonagh (Facial), taken off and replaced of Adrian ‘The Abbey’ Murphy and Stephen Durkan.

Both injuries ate up a lot of time and in the last three minutes a shot by Ballinteer was adjudged to have been foot-blocked and a penalty was awarded and converted.

St Brendan’s responded well with a point from ‘The Abbey’ after a mark from a Darragh Donnelly kick-out by Ciaran Kilcullen. Lorcan Bannon reduced the gap to four points with a point after a pass from Lorcan Allen.

After 8 minutes 45 seconds of injury time, The Tangerines ensured a 5 point interval lead with a point with the last kick.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-05 to 1-07 Ballinteer St Johns.


Although Brendans started the second half with two wides, Brendan Brogan cut the gap to four with a point after a turnover from Ger Bannon and a final pass by James McGee. The Four Star from Milltown made a great solo-run and reached the penalty area when he was chopped down for a penalty. However, John Burns, with the three-step run up, kicked over for a point. 1-07 to 0-07.

Both sides traded two points, with Brogan scoring for the Dark Force after Ger Bannon played a free in to Niall Prenty after he was fouled when winning a mark and Denis ‘The Killarney Menace’ scoring the second point after Prenty gained thirty yards with a great solo-run.

The home side hit three successive points to get a foothold of the game with ten minutes of normal time to go. Adrian ‘The Abbey’ Murphy had to be taken off after falling awkwardly on his ankle and was replaced by John Quinn and the Tourlestane Terrier made the perfect impact by kicking St Brendan’s 10th point following great Kilcullen work.

With less than three minutes to go, plus injury time, Loran Bannon hit St Brendan’s 11th point of the game after Donnolly’s kick-out was won for a mark by Brendan Brogan and passed to Lorcan Bannon. Bannon executed a one-two with Prenty and shot over the bar.

The Dark Force had a great chance of drawing or even winning the game when a vertical pass by John Quinn found James McGee but he couldn’t manage to get a strong fist on the ball and it was cleared off the line by Ballinteer. John Burns recovered the ball and drew the foul which he converted to make it 1-12 to 0-12 going into injury time.

The Tangerines seemed to play too much keep ball in midfield and when a kick pass came, Ger Bannon fouled the receiver, the free in was converted and a four point lead, four minutes into injury time.

Nine minutes into injury time and a crucial turnover was won by The Rob Kearney of Knockmore Jason Clarke, which resulted in a free in after John Burns was pushed in the back. Eleven minutes into injury time and an intended long ball for Gentleman Christopher Hand by Denis ‘The Rossie Menace’ Galvin, sailed over the bar instead for a two point deficit.

There was one more twist in the game as the Ballinteer Goalkeeper was booked for time wasting and a throw ball was given on the 20-meter line. Burns won the hop ball but James McGee could not recover and was unable to force his marker over the end line.

After 14 minutes of injury time played and a minute after 2pm, it was Ballinteer St Johns who won and celebrated the win the same way Manchester City won the Premier League later in the afternoon.

It was without a doubt a matter of inches that separated defeat from victory. Next up is a home tie against Kilmacud Crokes (5-0 so far) on May 23rd.


Final score from Marley Park: St Brendan’s 0-14 to 1-13 Ballinteer St John’s

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