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Marina Kilduff’s Roscommon Spirit of 1986 not enough for Female Darkest Force

Ladies 2nd League v Shankill 29052019Wed 29 May 2019 - The St Brendans Ladies 1st XV were due to play Parnells on Round 4 of the Junior C Championship, but unfortunately, the ladies from Coolock gave a walkover to The Female Dark Force and ensuring the next Wednesday’s Round 5 fixture against Kilmacud Crokes will be a de facto Quarter Final.

With the 1sts not playing, it’s the 2nds once again to embrace the limelight when the team, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property Advisors took to Shankill in Division 8, hoping for a repeat of the emphatic victory against St Judes two weeks ago.

The Female Darkest Force wore the 1st XV jerseys, as extra motivation to get on that team for later in the season. It took all of 11 minutes to get the first score and that went to the away side, who was playing into a strong breeze blowing from Chapelizod and hit three wides beforehand. But a stray pass was worked in by Shankill and Augustina Lazzerini was beaten for goal.

But St Brendans did respond well and Marina Kilduff got the opening score from a free in after being pushed in the back collecting a long ball off Lorraine Carrabine (sister of Nicola). Dextro Energy Lorna Barton won the next Shankill kick out and passed to Anne Marie Casey and a second point of the evening.

15:14 gone and we had a level game thanks to a point from Emma Boland. Helen Macklin won the turnover and passed to Barton then onto Boland for the level score. Indeed St Brendan’s Ladies 2nd XV would take the lead thanks to a point from Marina Kilduff, showing great Roscommon spirit her fellow county men showed in defeating Mayo in Castlebar for the first time since 1986 last Saturday evening, after collecting a free in from Boland. Indeed Kilduff snatched the ball in mid-flight off the Shankill goalkeeper, but her goal bound shot went across the face of goal and wide.

Kilduff did make amends however with her third point of the evening, following a long ball by Helen Lenihan. Shankill managed to get the ball over the bar with a point from close range after seeing too many shots drift wide or fall short, such was the strong breeze blowing this evening.

Anne Marie Casey got her second point of the evening from a tight angle. Shankill was almost in on goal but the referee spotted a clear push in the back on Anne Marie Riney and a free out ensued.


Half time score: St Brendan’s 0-06 to 1-01 Shankhill.


But the breeze blew much strongly in the second half and St Brendans were unable to add to the six points they got in the second half, whilst Shankill went on to score six points throughout the second half. Roisin Fitzmaurice had a chance in injury time but the ball went with the wind and wide. Even Marina Kilduff admitted that it was difficult to shoot into the strong breeze. Disappointment was the mood at the final whistle but the team played quite well besides and now have to wait until June 10th for their next game.
For the 1st Xv, it’s the De Facto Quarter Final of the Junior C Championship against Kilmacud Crokes in Longmeadows next Wednesday.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 0-06 to 1-07 Shankill.

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