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Erin Fadian heads to the Big Apple with a solid defensive performance

Ladies League v Clontarf 01052019 (5)Wed 01st May 2019 – On April 3rd, the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers commenced their 2019 Season at St Annes Park Pitch 35 against Clontarf in the Cup competition. The Female Dark Force prevailed on the evening with a score line of 0-8 to 0-5.

On May 1st, at the same venue, with both sponsored by McGowans of Phibsboro, St Brendan’s squared up against Clontarf for the second time this year, this time in the Division 4 League. In super conditions for football, even with an 8.15 pm throw in the first half was played in natural daylight.

It was St Brendan’s who got off to a flying start with four points inside five minutes. Point one, Sinead Morrissey saw her shot hit the crossbar and Sinead Reilly was quick to react to keep possession, to pass to Aisling Newton for the opening score. Point two and Morrissey made amends with the point from a free.

Point three, and Aoife Watters won a turnover and played the ball to Faye Kearney and onto Sinead Reilly for the point. Point Four, a Clontarf free out went straight to Aoife Fitzmaurice who passed to Kearney for the point.

Ten minutes gone and St Brendan’s got the fifth and sixth points through Faye Kearney. The fifth following good work from Ursula Murphy and the sixth with the ball regathered after her initial shot was blocked down by three Clontarf players. After a wide by Clontarf, Karen O’Connells kick out was won by Nicola Carrabine, and passed on to Murphy. Murphy found Sinead Reilly who kicked her second point. Aisling Newton would get the next point following fine work from Joan McNulty in centre half back, who broke up a Clontarf attack.

Clontarf would hit a brace of points but St Brendan’s kept dominating possession. St Brendan’s were less than clinical and hit a number of wides, however selector Cian Walsh was not too anxious about the wides. Sinead Morrissey would score her second point, another free in after a foul on Newton.

After Aoife Fitzmaurice saw a shot go wide, she would go on to win the next Clontarf kick out and pass to Newton who would crash the ball into the back of the Clontarf net.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-09 (12) to 0-02 Clontarf.


Faye Kearney won the second half throw in and went on a solo run and passed to Newton for the opening score of the second half from a shot 25 meters out. Still showing no ill effects from the previous Sunday’s London Marathon, Ursula Murphy made it 1-11 to 0-02 with a point after collecting a Newton free in.

Indeed, Murphy would add a goal after a turnover won by Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano and pass by Tara Foy. Not content with 1-01, Murphy made her personal tally 1-02 with a point from play with Joan McNulty supplying the final pass.

On the other end of the pitch, the St Brendan’s backs defended heroically to ensure Clontarf were shutout for the whole second half. None more so than Erin Fadian who, despite heading to Dublin Airport after the game to catch an early morning flight to JFK Airport to support Mayo in The Bronx, demonstrated excellent defending including a flying block-down on the Clontarf full forward.

As for the forwards, well the scores kept on coming with a third goal from a penalty by Sinead Morrissey after Aisling Newton was pushed while taking a shot. At this stage, Manager Colm O’Neill introduced his two substitutes with a debut for Cora Travers and a return to action for Fadian’s fellow Achill woman Deirdre Holland, replacing Aoife Fitzmaurice and Aoife Watters.

More heroic St Brendan’s defending saw Fadian force her opponent to shoot wide. Karen O’Connell’s kick out found Fadian. Fadian picked out Corra Travers, who found Aisling Newton. Newton shot low and into the back of the net for a fourth goal.

But St Brendan’s were not finished yet and Faye Kearney soloed through the middle and passed to Newton who shot over the bar.

The Clontarf kick out ended the contest. Hopefully this game leaves the Ladies in good stead for next Wednesday’s game which is the Championship opener against Crumlin. Throw in is at 7.30pm in Longmeadows on the Chapelizod Road (08May2019). All support is welcome.


Final Score from St Anne’s Park Pitch 35, St Brendan’s 4-13 (25) to 0-02 Clontarf.


Erins Isle hang on to deny St Brendan’s Ladies

Wed 01st May 2019 – On the 1st of May, St Brendan’s took on Erin’s Isle at Longmeadows on the Chapelizod Road. On a fine evening for football, St Brendan’s, kicking into the town end, got off to a poor start and were 1-04 to no score behind before they really got going. It took St Brendan’s a while to get to grips with the robust tackling style employed by Erin’s Isle but that they did.

St Brendan’s fought back to close the gap, but after kicking a few wides at the end, St Brendan’s saw Erin’s Isle take their chances and hang on against a strong finishing by St Brendan’s.

From the back to the front there were fine displays from Agus Lazarini in goal, Siobhan Maloney, Enya Cody and Marie T Duffy in defense, Lorraine Carrabine, Sophie Freeman and Lorna Barton around the middle of the field. Helen Lenihan, Tanya Brennan, Kate Reddan and goal scorer Niamh Nestor.


Final Score from St Brendan’s Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 3-01 (10) to 1-08 (11) Erin’s Isle

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