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A new Year, a new Season and a new Venture for Ladies

Ladies 2nd XV v St James Gaels 28032018 (1)Following the regrading and structuring of the leagues by Dublin LGFA Board in early 2018, St Brendan’s found themselves in the unusual situation where after last season competing in Division 8 of the All County League to being graded in Division 5. This is a big step up for the ladies and all concerned are looking forward to the challenges it will involve.

In other exciting news the club for the first time in its history have not one but TWO ladies teams in action for the season, with the ladies second team being placed in Division 7 of the league. This bodes well for the club and all ladies within the club.


28 Mar 2018 – Ladies 1st Team Vs Crumlin

The first team made the trip across the Liffey to play a much-depleted Crumlin GAA Ladies Team in Pearse Park at a scheduled throw in time of 6.30pm.

The game threw in at 6.50pm and St Brendan’s started in their normal 15 on 15 style attacking each ball and trying to apply pressure where possible. The girls got off to a great start playing with the wind and had early scores from Sinead Reilly and Sinead Morrissey. This trend continued when a few minutes later the returning Eimear McKenna fed Ines Rubio Alcala Galliano who found Morrissey in space who popped off to Aisling Newton and onto Reilly who found the corner of the net.

The half started excellently but then petered out a little as the ladies managed to accumulate 6 wides and 4 short balls in a 10-minute period without a score, thankfully the girls at the back were on form and outstanding displays from all 6 defenders and a great save under pressure from Karen O’Connell kept the game to nil. Following a near scare of conceding, the girls upped it for the last 5 and managed to tack on some late scores in the half through Shaunna Fitzpatrick, Aoife Fitzmaurice and Reilly.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-07 to 0-00 Crumlin


The second half started where the first finished with Claire Gallagher commanding at full back the half back line of Fadian, Curley and McKenna holding strong and attacking from deep The midfield and forwards kept the score board ticking over. The score of the game came in the form of a Sinead Morrisey goal where, a short ball from the Crumlin forwards was kept in play by Karen, passed onto Tara Foy, who took the ball coolly through traffic and found Shauna Fitzpatrick out wide. Shauna fed Aisling Newton who passed to Morrisey on the run, who calmly finished to the bottom corner. 3 kick passes, 2 solo’s, and 1 hand pass led to the back off the net.

The girls came away winners against the weakened Crumlin side who were missing several key players due to injure and midterm holidays.

All in all, this was a good start to the league campaign in the girl’s quest in Division 5 and a vital 3 points. Stand out performers on the night were Claire Gallagher, Erin Fadian, Roisin McDonald, Aisling Newton and Sinead Reilly but it must be said the entire team played with great calm and commitment throughout with no one having a bad day at the office.


Final Score from Crumlin: St Brendan’s  5-14 to 0-02 Crumlin.

Team: Karen O’Connell, Marie Duffy, Claire Gallagher, Tara Foy, Eimear McKenna (Ellen Higgins), Erin Fadian, Andrea Curley, Roisin McDonald, Claire Owens, Shauna Fitzpatrick, Ines Rubio Alcala Galliano, Aoife Fitzmaurice, Sinead Morrisey, Aisling Newton, Sinead Reilly.


28 Mar 2018 – Ladies 2nd Team VS St James Gaels

With the 1st Team away to Crumlin, the 2nd Teams historic first ever match in LAFL7 was in Longmeadows against St James Gaels.

Unfortunately the occasion was not to be for the Female Darkest Force as St James Gaels scored two goals inside the opening three minutes, the first of which was scored inside 25 seconds. A third goal was converted in the 13th minute, which ended the game as a contest, but the St Brendans side settled and were rewarded with their first ever point after 15minutes, with Tara McCabe passing onto Marina Kilduff who finished the move with the score.

Two players from the Junior F winning panel of last year, Augustina Lazzerini and Michelle Ryan upped their defensive work in their full back line and averted a James attack, on the other end, shots from Lauren Prenderville and Mina Altunkaya, both went wide.

A fourth James Gaels goal and then a fifth followed, to make it 5-01 to 0-01. But Kilduff ensured a second point for her side which left just goals between the sides.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-02 to 5-02 St James Gaels


From the start of the second half an improved Brendan’s emerged, and the team was rewarded when scorer in chief, Marina Kilduff, scored the teams first ever competitive goal in the 42nd minute with Tara McCabe again supplying the final pass. In fact Kilduff notched up another point in the next attack thanks to good work from Mina Alkunkaya and Claire McIntyre.

St James Gaels however managed to add a sixth goal to their tally. Eimear Norton produced a great tackle to turnover possession. Alkuntaya and Kilduff combined to produce St Brendans fourth point of the evening with the Roscommon lady scoring.

The game ended with a final St James Gaels point. Despite the defeat, it was a good experience for the ladies who showed periods of strength and will build on that for upcoming games.


Full Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-04 to 6-05 St James Gaels


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1 comment

  1. Luke

    It is great to see so many of my constituents doing so well. Keep up the good work.

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