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Ladies get Championship hopes back on track

Ladies 1sts v Fingallians 22052019 (7)Wed 22nd May 2019 – Earlier in the year the St Brendan’s Ladies 1st Xv let an 8 point lead slip away on the opening game of the Ladies League against Fingallians. That was a tough lesson and with that in mind the St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsboro, travelled to Balheary to right some wrongs.

The match, played on the pitch closer to Balheary Road, started brightly for the Female Dark Force with a goal from Aisling Newton following a great pass from Aoife Fitzmaurice. But Fingallians attacked gamely despite the early setback, but their shot fell short and was ably dealt with by Karen O’Connell. The ball was worked up the field through Faye Kearney and Roisin McDonald with the final pass to Ursula Murphy for the shot over the bar.

That became 1-02 with a Sinead Morrissey free kick after Shauna Fitzpatrick was fouled collecting the Fingallians kickout. Tara Foy won the next kickout and passed to Roisin McDonald who made it 1-04 to 0-00.

Not content with the point, McDonald added a goal after playing a one-two to Morrissey who finished with a low delicate shot into the net. However, there was no first half shut out because Fingallians got their opening score from a free in 15:30 into the first half. Joan McNulty won O’Connell’s kickout and passed onto Ursula Murphy who found Aisling Newton. Newton proceeded to put the ball between the posts.

A precise sideline kick from by Aoife Fitzmaurice found Newton who played the ball to Sinead Reilly. Reilly danced along the end line and took her shot from an acute angle. The shot was of the highest quality and found the back of the net 3-05 to 0-01.

Reilly notched up a point a minute later after collecting a pass from Faye Kearney, who had won the Fingallians kickout. Fingallians added a second point but in the next attack St Brendan’s hit a fourth goal.

Back from the US, Erin Fadian’s trojan work at the back ensured Fingallians were limited to two first half points. Fadian began a move by intercepting a Fingallians attack and in the end, Shauna Fitzpatrick propelled the ball up and over the bar.

St Brendan’s crowned off a marvellous first half when Sinead Morrissey’s free in was initially going wide, but Roisin McDonald leaped up and did a Diego Maradona Hand Of God to punch the ball in the net for the half time advantage.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 5-07 to 0-02 Fingallians.


The second half began with a point from Roisin McDonald following a turnover by Aoife Watters. Any thought of second half collapse, were promply quashed when Aoife Watters won another turnover which ultimately saw Ursula Murphy in for her first goal.

Karen O’Connell’s bid for a clean sheet ended with Fingallians found the back of her net. However, any thoughts of a quick brace of goals ended with a turnover from Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano. This timely interception lead to the ball making its way Sinead Reilly. Reilly kept the ball in play and passed to Shauna Fitzpatrick who shot through the Fingallians players legs and into the net for the seventh goal to make the score 7-08 to 1-02.

That became 7-09 with another Newton point following another Joan McNulty turnover. After doing tremendous work in the middle of the field, Aoife Fitzmaurice bid for a score ended when she shot wide, but the referee spotted a foul on her and up stepped Sinead Morrissey with the score from a free to make it 7-10.

Another Newton score made it 7-11 after she turned on a sixpence to beat her marker and shoot over the bar. After watching her brother Sean play for Sligo against Galway in the Connacht Semi-Final last Sunday, Nicola Carrabine won possession and passed to Joan McNulty, who found Kearney. Kearney found McDonald and McDonald completed her hat trick with a goal which went over the head of the goalkeeper.

We still had 12 minutes to go in the game and after another Newton point, from a tight angle, The Fingallians goalkeeper was beaten for a ninth time with Sinead Morrissey getting the goal. With Conor O’Neill absent, Robert Kelly emptied his bench and bought on Christine Dilworth, Catherine Twomey and Cora Travers, replacing Aoife Watters, Shauna Fitzpatrick and Tara Foy.

Five minutes to go and Aisling Newton increased her personal tally to 2-06 with a brace of points, winning the kick out herself for the second point. But there was no tenth goal after Ursula Murphy was fouled in a good position, Sinead Morrissey converted the free in.

A final attack from Fingallians went wide and Karen O’Connells kickout, only her 4th all second half, was the last action of the game with St Brendan’s finally getting a win against the North Siders.

The Female Dark Force are back in Championship action next Wednesday with another road trip this time to Parnells.


Final Score from Balheary: St Brendan’s 9-15 (36) to 1-03 (6) Fingallians.

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