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Narrow defeat for Dark Force on return to Home grounds!

1sts v Ballyboden St Endas 18022018 (8)Sun 18 Feb 2018 – The 2018 Dublin GAA Football season began with the St Brendan’s Football 1st Team, having their first taste of Division 5 Football with a home tie against Ballyboden St Enda’s.

The venue for the game being the club’s ancestral home of Grangegorman, which last hosted The Dark Force in a 0-13 to 0-04 victory over Liffey Gaels in October 2013, a victory which secured the Division 8 League title and an undefeated League campaign.

In the 4th minute of the game, Cillian Conboy was fouled which allowed fellow Rossie, Karl Feehan to score the first point with a 20-meter free-in. Another point was added two minutes later when the two Rossies, Feehan and Conboy combined, with the former keeping the ball in play and directing it into the path of John Dolan who took the score

Ballyboden turned-over a pass which was intended for James McGee and despite the best efforts of debutant corner back Franklin O’Reilly, the away side opened their account with a point. Feehan restored the two point lead with a free-in following a foul on Dolan. O’Reilly then showed great defending to ensure a shot from Ballyboden hit the side netting.

The score became four points to one when the referee spotted Conboy being fouled off the ball, Feehan took the free from where the infringement occurred and slotted over the bar. But Ballyboden found their rhythm and scored a brace of points to make it 0-04 to 0-03 after 23 minutes.

A kick-out by St Brendan’s was caught and marked by Ballyboden, and was then worked in for a goal. Cillian Conboy was then forced to leave the field of play with an injury, and was replaced by Christopher Hand. St Brendan’s managed to get it back to a one point game thanks to a monstrous point from Ian Cahill, and Derek Brady’s had a half-chance to equalise but couldn’t keep the ball from going over the end-line after a pass from James McGee.

What could have been a level game instead became a four point lead for Ballyboden with another goal creeping into the Brendan’s net on the stroke of half-time.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-05 to 2-03 Ballyboden St Enda’s


The second half started with a shot from Feehan which went narrowly wide. However the Rossie notched up his fourth score of the morning with a free after Neil Mayock drew the foul. Mayock had a great chance for a goal which forced a great save from the boden keeper who pushed it out for a 45. Colin Folan took the 45 and Mayock, Dolan, Folan and James McGee were involved with Dolan converting for his second score of the morning, 2-03 to 0-07.

Boden then restored the three point lead with a free-in. John Burns and Ger Bannon both came on as substitutes in place of Derek Brady and James McGee.

Boden made it a four point lead but were reduced to 14 men when Colin Folan was recklessly high tackled after winning a mark from Mark Redican’s kick-out.  Despite being on the ground for a while, the Stamullen hell-raiser made it back to his feet and continued the game.

A shot from John Burns blazed across the face of goal was recovered by John Dolan and passed to Ryan Egan, who got swallowed up by the Ballyboden defence, but managed to get the ball to Karl Feehan who with the citeog, kicked his fifth point of the morning.

With two minutes to go, St Brendan’s got the deficit down to two points with a point from Christopher Hand following great play from Paul Coleman. Deep into injury time, Colin Folan passed the ball to Ian Cahill whose shot went across the face of the goal, Coleman won the ball back and passed to Ger Bannon who kicked a point to put one in it.

In the dying seconds, a last gasp shot from Oisin Carley went narrowly wide to end the game with a disappointing defeat. A very tight game which will leave the The Dark Force with the confidence to hold their own in AFL5 and also with the joy of returning to play in the new look Grangegorman.


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendan’s 0-10 to 2-05 Ballyboden St Enda’s




IN Sandyford, the St Brendan’s second team, sponsored by Kavanagh’s of Aughrim Street, went into their first AFL10 fixture of the season with high hopes of a good performance after a disappointing 2017 season.

However a dominant Naomh Olaf side crushed these hopes by hitting 4-10 in the opening 30 minutes (4-04 of which were scored in the 10mins before half-time). In reply, the Darkest Force could only manage a solidary point courtesy of Malachi Doyle with the Olaf goalkeeper also making a spectacular save to deny a certain Brendan’s goal during the first 10mins.

It was more of the same in the opening 8 minutes of the second half with six unanswered points from the home side who amazingly, were held scoreless for the rest of the match!

Paul Farrelly played a side-line ball to Graham Henry who attacked the Olaf goal, and was forced to play the ball across the front of goal where John Ryan stepped up to crash the ball into the net. Paddy McGuinn was then fouled and Ryan converted the free-in. McGuinn, playing outfield, went back into goal whilst Brian Lavelle was moved to the half forward line where he showed well for the remainder of the game.

A foul on Henry allowed Ryan to make it 1-03. The Darkest force played some of their best football toward the end of the game, and in the dying four minutes a great solo run from Graham Henry, was stopped as he was about to pull the trigger. Again Ryan converted the free in.

Damien Daly won a crucial turn-over and played the ball to Bradley Skerritt, Aiden O’Dowd was on the end of Skerritt’s long range pass and drew the foul for Ryan to finish with 1-04.

The St Brendan’s 2nd team can draw plenty of positives from today’s game, particularly in the final quarter. The team should build on that final quarter performance and with addition of a number of absent players still to return, a result in the next match at home against Na Fianna is not beyond them.


Final score from Pairc Ui Bhrain Sandyford: St Brendans 1-05 to 4-17 Naomh Olaf

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