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Ladies Division8 Team continue preparations for the Junior Championship

22 July 2020 - After defeat against Na Gaeil Óga in the opening round of the Division 8 League/Cup, the St Brendan’s Ladies 2nd XV, Sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsboro, continued their preparations for the upcoming Junior G Championship, with a Round 2 Division 8 Cup encounter against Shankill at the Longmeadows grounds on the Chapelizod Road.

With St Brendan’s hosting its first ever Kelloggs GAA Cul Camp this week the Longmeadows grounds were looking well and had more St Brendan’s flags and bunting on display than ever before. Our very own Siún Brophy, became the one millionth participant of the GAA Cúl Camps under the Kellogg’s sponsorship and got a hamper from the sponsors for her achievement which was presented by Dublin Football star Ciarán Kilkenny and Dublin Ladies Football star Sinéad McGoldrick, Congratulations Siún.

Onto Wednesday evening now and Shankill started brightly with a point after 14 seconds. A St Brendan’s shot from Maria Reilly hit the side netting and another shot from Marina Kilduff went wide. On the other end of the field a shot by Shankill, hit the upright, then hit the bar, and a Shankill player got a hand to it, to guide it to the net.

A St Brendan’s shot from Claire McIntyre went wide, another shot from Shankill hit the upright and straight into the breadbasket of the Shankill forward and Agustina Lazzerini was beaten for a goal for the second time this evening.

It wasn’t until the 16th minutes when The Female Darkest Force finally got on the scoresheet when a fine shot against the wind from Kellie “Watch The Stars” Carr was held up just short. This was caught high by the Shankill goalkeeper, but the clearance was hasty, under good pressure, and went as far as Helen Macklin whose shot went over the bar. This left the score as Shankill 2-2 to St Brendan’s 0-1.

Another point from Shankill followed, St Brendan’s would hit their second point thanks to Shauna Keane after a turnover from The Choc Mallow Cáit Ní Cheallacháin. Both sides traded points before the 20th minute water break, with Marina Kilduff scoring the St Brendan’s point, from a tight angle with the citeóg after a turnover from Dextro Energy Lorna Barton and a solo run from Claire McIntyre.

Three unanswered point from the away side was all the scoring for the remainder of the half and Shankill lead at half time on a scoreline of Shankill 2-6 to St Brendan’s 0-3.

St Brendan’s thought they had a goal at the start of the second half when a ball high from a free was dropped into the 6 yard box and was volleyballed around before ending in the net. But after consideration, referee Gary Boyce ruled out the score. Applications are now open for the role of umpire as our incumbent may just be past his best.

In the 42nd minute and pretty soon after the goal mouth abated and the Shankill goalkeeper had removed her nose plug, under the referees instructions, a fourth white flag was raised after midfielder Sinéad Mc Kenna kicked a fine score. This followed on from good work from Geraldine Cleary and Claire McIntyre.

Shankill scored two more points before the second half water break and after that intake of water, really ended the game as a contest with a third goal. 3-8 to 0-4. St Brendan’s did plug away and got a 5th point of the evening and a 2nd for Sinéad McKenna, which had seen Karen Tighe and Helen Lenihan involved in the build up.

A long ball into the Brendan’s goalmouth was caught by Lorna Barton which was the last action of the match, a second defeat for the Female Darkest Force, but will still go into the start of the Junior G Championship next Wednesday on high hopes for qualification out of Group 1 with Shankill in Group 2. That first Championship game will be away to Fingallians at Balheary (Wednesday, 29th Jul2020, 7.30pm throw in). All Support is welcome. See you there.

The final score from Longmeadows, St Brendan’s 0-5 Shankill 3-9.

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