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Female Dark Force faces a wounded Ballyboughal

Ladies 1sts Cup v Ballyboughal 05092018 (1)Wed 05 Sept 2018 – Two weeks on from the epic, yet heartbreaking Junior C Final, the St Brendan’s ladies 1st team, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, travelled to Ballyboughal to face the local side, whom this writer proclaimed last April as High Flying. However, that High Flying tag may not appropriate because, last Tuesday, Ballyboughal went into their Junior B Final against O’Dwyers, as hot favourites. But Shock Horror! The ladies from Balbriggan pulled off a massive upset to deny Ballyboughal a Treble Treble, having won the League, Cup and Championship in 2016 and 2017 and already the Division 5 League this year.

Still reeling from the Junior B Final Loss, Ballyboughal got the opening score of the game. After A Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly wide, Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney won the kick out and passed to Aoife Fitzmaurice to level the score for The Female Dark Force. But the home side put their noses in front with a point after a previous shot fell into the arms of Birthday Girl Karen O’Connell.

The Inishowen Combination teamed up to level the game again, with Roisin McDonald winning the kick out and passing to Aisling Newton to score the point. Another point followed by Ballyboughal. O’Connell’s kick out was won by Ballyboughal close to the sideline and was worked in and despite great work by Catherine Twomey, she could not prevent the goal being scored 1-03 to 0-02.

With the next play a sideline ball from The Courageous Deirdre Holland found McDonald who shot over the bar, a good response to the goal. Again Ballyboughal notched up another point in reply. A free in was awarded to St Brendan’s after a Ballyboughal player picked the ball off the ground while kneeling. Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney played the ball to Newton but her shot went wide. 1-04 to 0-03.

The home side, with lots of local support, hit a brace of points with 21:27 gone. The Fresh prince of Kells kept her goal line intact with a great save for a 45, which went wide. After an attempt by Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano went wide, Roisin McDonald won the kickout and popped the ball over the bar.

Indeed that would be the first point of a brace, the second point was scored by Aoife Fitzmaurice after a great catch from the Basque Superstar when preventing a Ballyboughal clearance. Aisling Newton put her side back in the game with a great goal following a pass from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly. Ballyboughal howver pegged a point back to ensure a four point half time lead.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-05 to 1-09 Ballyboughal.


With the heavens opening , James McGinley ordered his side into the changing rooms. The decision proved a good one because in the second half, St Brendan’s got the opening score through Aisling Newton after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney won the throw in. Ballyboughal had a shot that went across the face of goal and Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher ensuring the O’Neills Size 4 went across the end line and wide.

The Female Dark Force got the deficit down to two points with another Newton point. Roisin McDonald played a free in to Erin Fadian then onto The Courageous Deirdre Holland and finally onto The Carndonagh Cyclone for the point. McDonald’s bid for a one point game ended when her shot was blocked.

The home side hit four points on the spin, St Brendans responded with another Newton point after Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick was fouled when picking up the ball.

With 18 minutes to go, Ballyboughal looked like they sealed victory with a goal, after a long ball fell short to Karen O’Connell and the clearance was turned over and worked in for the second goal. But St Brendan’s responded when Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano played the ball to Roisin McDonald who found Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly in a great position to shoot over the bar. 2-13 to 1-09.

10 minutes to go and Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano played the ball to Aisling Newton whose shot hit the post but deflected off the back of the Ballyboughal goalkeeper and into her own net, to give some hope to St Brendans. 2-13 to 2-09.

But with four minutes to go, it really was game, set and match for Ballyboughal when a third goal which was well worked in. St Brendan’s responded with a carbon copy point by Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly, again with goal at her mercy, Dangermouse shot too high and over the bar. A final St Brendan’s wide in near darkness was the last action and at 8.14pm the referee blew for full time and Ballyboughal winning home advantage for the Cup Semi Final.

Another great tussle between the two sides but don’t be surprised if this is the final match up for the Division 5 Cup Final, provided St Brendan’s win the semi-final which will be next Wednesday away to Naomh Olaf.


Full Time Score: St Brendans 2-10 to 3-13 Ballyboughal.


Elsewhere, the St Brendans Ladies 2nd Team, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property advisors, could not repeat the heroics of last April and were beaten by Na Fianna C in the Division 7 Cup 2-17 to 3-4.

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