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Ladies Div8 Footballers Up and Running in Junior H Championship

Ladies 2nds Champ v St Judes 24072019 (1)Mon 22 July 2019 – The St Brendan’s Ladies Div4 Footballers, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsboro travelled to Killinarden Park in Tallaght for a top of the table league clash against the Robert Emmett’s / Croi Ro Naofa (RECRoN) amalgamation. Despite The Female Dark Force winning the Cup Fixture 9-12 to 1-04 on July 3rd, in reality, RECRoN were seriously depleted that evening and they had their big hitters back for this league fixture. RECRoN started at a blistering pace and went in leading at half time 4-07 to 1-06 with three of those goals coming in the opening quarter whilst the fourth goal was as a result of a short kicked being pinched. Claire McIntyre getting the St Brendan’s major.

Despite Aisling Newton hitting the opening score of the second half, RECRoN, got a fifth goal when a free in hit the upright and then fisted into the net. The home side, marked tightly and fought for every ball, won the contest 5-11 to 1-12, ending St Brendan’s hopes of winning Division 4, but there is still a Cup Final and Junior C Championship Semi Final to look forward to in August.

Wed 24 July 2019 – The St Brendan’s Div8 team, started their Junior H Championship campaign with a home tie in Grangegorman against St Jude’s.

The Female Darkest Force got off to a dream start with a goal from Marina Kilduff. Kilduff bust through the St Jude’s defence with a sensational solo run and low shot in the net, this was followed by a point from the Bundoran poacher Tanya Brennan after a turnover from Geraldine Cleary.

The game settled down and despite a brace of Kilduff wides, she did supply Emma Duffy with the final pass to allow Duffy make it 1-02 to no score after 11 minutes. Then a minute later Catriona Clerkin made it 1-03. In the St Brendan’s defence, Enya Cody ensured Augustina Lazarini was the only St Brendan’s player with no ball possession after 12 minutes, as she blocked a St Jude’s pass in to a dangerous area, the ball was cleared by Full Back Anne Marie Riney.

15 minutes gone and a Brennan free in found Lorraine Carrabine, who shot over the bar. Cleary turned over another ball in the middle third and passed to Brennan. The ball was played to Marina Kilduff, and her shot from a tight angle sailed over the bar. Kilduff’s next bid for a score was not allowed as the referee called the play back for a St Brendan’s free. Kilduff despite having the material of her, fine looking Mc Gowan’s of Phibsboro sponsored Azzurri manufactured, jersey well tested as she had driven the ball over the bar at the Phibsboro end of the park. Brennan converted the free to make it 1-06 to no score after 20 minutes and such was the humid night, the referee gave a three minute water break, or in Lorna Barton’s case, a Dextro Energy break (Please note that all Sponsorship is gratefully accepted ).

After a water break, St Jude’s got on to the score board with a point, and Lazarini got her hands on the ball for the first time. She then found Anne Marie Casey with the kick out. Casey started the move that lead to a point from Karen Tighe, on as a sub in place of the injured Nicola Carrabine. Another St Jude’s point followed, and despite an accidental fist pass into the net, Kate Reddan made amends by winning possession in the next play, passing to Kilduff and finally Emma Duffy for another point

Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-08 to 0-02 St Jude’s.

St Brendan’s were quick to put the issue beyond doubt early in the second half with a goal from Karen Tighe, after her initial shot was saved by the goalkeeper, but Tighe tucked the ball away from a rebound. The referee adjudged that a St Jude’s goal bound shot was foot blocked by a St Brendan’s defender standing 4 – 5 yards away from the kicker and a penalty was awarded. But fine work from young Augustina Lazarini ensured that she was not to be beaten. This was the tenth time in the famous Black and Gold of St Brendan’s, that Lazarini was not beaten from the penalty spot.

The Argentine’s kick-out was the catalyst for the next St Brendan’s point scored by Catriona Clerkin. Brennan continued her fine scoring form with a point from a free after an unsatisfactory tackle on Helen Macklin.

The St Brendan’s defence were playing well and the dynamic Helen Lenihan was winning a lot of ball at wing back. But special mention must go to substitute Cait Ni Cheallachain who showed super resolve to pull harder in a game of chicken as St Jude’s runner from the middle attempted to pull on a loose ball. Missing a toenail was not going to leave Cait hesitating. After a St Jude’s kick-out went over the side-line, Lorna Barton, fresh from consuming another pack of Dextro Energy tablets, won possession and passed to Geraldine Cleary. Cleary picked out Clerkin, whose shot was saved but the ball came back to Emma Duffy who made no mistake as she volleyed her first goal of the evening. The score now was St Brendan’s 3-11 to St Jude’s 0-02.

Augustina Lazarini’s dream of a second half shut out was almost derailed, when a free in was awarded to St Jude’s. The quickly taken free, with all the Brendan’s backs on the goal line, went low and hard but the Argentine collected and was fouled in the process. The free out ended with Karen Tighe. Tighe weaved this way and that in a Maradona like fashion and then tapped the ball over the bar.

Emma Duffy rounded off proceedings with a goal after some aerial ping pong in the penalty area which saw Tighe have goal shots saved by the goalkeeper and rebound off the post. Duffy’s initial shot also was saved by the goalkeeper but made no mistake second time around with a straightforward side step into the net.

Karen Tighe’s bid for a second goal ended when her shot was cleared off the line but it mattered little and the St Brendan’s Ladies got their Championship campaign up and running with a tremendous victory. Next up is a trip to Erin Go Bragh next Wednesday, 31 Aug2019.

Final score from Grangegorman St Brendan’s 4-12(24) to 0-02 St Jude’s.

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