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Darragh Donnolly Keeps Brendan’s in game until the end against Kilmacud Crokes

1sts v Kilmacud Crokes 21052019 (1)Tues 21 May 2019 – The St Brendans 1st XV, went into their AFL5 Round 6 game against Kilmacud Crokes, short of several high profile players including Franklin O’Reilly, Paul Coleman, Luke McDonagh and Cormac Mullen. The latter two injured against Ballinteer St Johns nine days ago. Kilmacud Crokes are sitting nicely at the top of AFL5 with the brother of Dubs star Paul Mannion starting today.

Indeed it was the team that gave us Paul Mannion who opened the scoring after five minutes but John Burns gave The Dark Force a level game with a free in after a foul on Ger Bannon. Kilmacud Crokes showed why they are 5 from 5 in AFL5 with a superb exhibition of attacking play, and were on the verge of crowning off a glorious 45 hand pass move with a goal but the forward was penalised for over-carrying. Crokes led 0-03 to 0-01 after 18 minutes.

A goal was inevitable for the away side and after turning over Darragh Donnolly’s kick-out, the ball was worked in and and Donnolly was beaten for goal. But St Brendans did respond when Kilmacud tried to hand pass the ball out of defence, buta hospital pass was hit straight to the Notorious Ryan Egan who passed onto fellow Sligo Man Ciaran Kilcullen (who earlier won a Mark) for a shot over the bar.

Kilmacud hit another brace of points, and again were on the verge of crowning off another glorious 40 hand pass move with a goal, but the forward shot straight into the breadbasket of Darragh Donnolly. St Brendan’s hit a third point from a free in by John Burns, this time it was James McGee who drew the foul.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-03 to 1-05 Kilmacud Crokes.

 

Kilmacud Crokes started the second half brightly with a brace of points, seven minutes into the second half and it Kilcullen who shot his second point, this time from a free in after a foul on Niall Prenty. Kilmacud almost ended the game as a contest in the next minute but the shot rasped over the bar, much to Donnolly’s relief.

St Brendans 5th point came thanks to another free in from John Burns after James McGee was tripped collecting a Niall Prenty pass, but was forced off the field with a hamstring injury and replaced by Colin Folan.

17:38 gone in the second half and another Burns free in this time it was Egan who was pushed in the back. That was as good as it got for the home side as another Burns free in drifted wide which summed up St Brendan’s evening.

One positive was the return to action of Hugh Bannon after suffering a nasty concussion in the Championship on April 14th.

Kilmacud hit three unanswered points in the last 10 minutes but finished the game with 14 men when one of their players received a straight red card for a high tackle on Lorcan Bannon.

Next Sundays away encounter against Templeogue Synge Street is now a must win.

 

Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 0-06 to 1-12 Kilmacud Crokes.

 

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