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Joe Kenny revels in his own Seamus Darby Moment

2nds v Lucan Sarsfields 23052019 (6)Thurs 23 May 2019 – Rooted to the bottom of AFL10 and with one win to their name (albeit a walkover victory), The St Brendans 2nd XV, in partnership with Stoneybatter Pride of Place, were facing the possibility of relegation, going into the teams first Thursday evening fixture of the season away to Lucan Sarsfields at 12th lock, which is not a happy hunting ground for St Brendan’s teams in recent times.

But The Darkest Force started brightly with the two opening scores both scored by the Brady Brothers. Marcus scored first after a Cathal McCormack pass. Derek scored the second after a Lucan player double hopped. Ciaran O’Shea took the free and passed to Brady the younger.

However, the home side scored four points on the spin to make it 0-04 to 0-02, but the bare minimum was restored thanks to a point from Graham ‘The Million Euro Citeog’ Henry after Damien Daly made his 2nd turnover of the evening and Henry received the final pass from Malachi Doyle.

Lucan took a lead that they thought they never surrender after a goal made it 1-06 on the board going into the second 15 minutes of the first half. McCormack took a shot narrowly wide, but the ref spotted a foul on the Galway man, so up stepped Offaly man Joe Kenny to slot over Brendan’s fourth point of the evening.

After another Lucan brace, Derek Brady ensured the game was still in the mix by hitting a goal after Damien Daly won his fifth turnover and drove the ball into the full-forward line. Daly would win a sixth turnover before the half time break with Lucan leading.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-04 (07) to 1-08 (11) Lucan Sarsfields.

 

Billy Kelly introduced Gentleman Christopher Hand in the second half. Fresh from taking part in a Double Continuous Ironman Triathlon in Hampshire England over the weekend (i.e. started the Swim at 9am Saturday and finished the 52.4 mile Marathon at 9pm Sunday) John Maguire was still full of running and it was the Cavan Ironman who supplied the final pass to his fellow Breffni Countyman Hand for the shot over the bar, but Lucan had the four point lead back a minute later.

17:11 gone in the second half and it was 1-11 to 1-06 to the home side. Hand again took a score after Graham Henry was pushed in the back when winning a hopball. The hopball occurred when a Lucan player placed his standing leg in play when taking a sideline ball.

Billy Kelly then introduced Lorcan Walsh to the game in place of McCormack and Walsh made his impact known by winning a mark from Mark Redican’s kick-out. Walsh hit the next point with both Brady brothers involved in the build-up.

St Brendan’s had a great chance of a goal when Derek Bradys shot fell short and the goalkeeper palmed the ball straight to Joe Kenny, caught by surprise, Kenny didn’t make the most of the golden opportunity and the ball was cleared, but only as far as Pearse Ryan and another St Brendan’s attack started. In the end Marcus Brady had a hand on his back 20 meters out for a free in. Spotting Christopher Hand unmarked, Derek Brady took the free quickly, but Hand couldn’t get his body in the right position to get the ball in the net and the ball was cleared. The move ended with a Lucan point on the other side. 1-12 (15) to 1-7 (10).

To make matters worse, The Darkest Force went down to 14 men when full back Rory Walsh was sent-off after two bookable offence, both being sickening tackles that were borderline yellow. St Brendan’s were sinking quickly, time to get the shovels out and start work. And work is what the side did. A point came from Joe Kenny, who was desperate for a goal but his rasping shot cleared over the bar instead to make it a four point game.

Two minutes to go and the team were still working hard. Kenny again gave his side some hope when winning a 13-meter free after being fouled catching a Graham Henry long ball. His bid for a goal was scuppered with too many Lucan bodies on the goal line, but Kenny was content to tap over the bar to make it a three-point deficit.

Six minutes of injury time were announced. In the third minute of injury time, Lorcan Walsh played a great diagonal ball to Joe Kenny but his marker dived on the ball and in the process handled the ball on the ground. Calls for Kenny to be penalised for a hand on the back were soundly ignored by the referee and with shades of Seamus Darby in 1982 ringing in his ears, Kenny went for goal. His free in dipped under the crossbar with the goalkeeper three meters off his line to make it a level game with two minutes of injury time to go.

The adrenalin got to the Lucan goalkeeper and his kick out went straight over the sideline. The sideline ball was taken by John Maguire towards Marcus Brady and the Cootehall Midfield Mastero went for the glory, his shot went straight over the bar for a one point St Brendan’s lead.

There was one final opportunity for Lucan to smash St Brendan’s hearts but a crossfield ball was robbed by Damien Daly and the referee whistled up for full time. A miraculous comeback and victory for the St Brendan’s 2nd XV.

A Tremendous victory where Billy Kelly praised the player’s work ethic and never give up attitude. No doubt this will give the team a massive shot in the arm and don’t be surprised if competition for places on the starting XV for the next game at home to Naomh Barrog is just as intense as the on field of battle this evening.

 

Final Score from 12th Lock: St Brendans 2-10 (16) to 1-12 (15) Lucan Sarsfields.

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