Apr 28

St Brendan’s GAA presents: “D’OSCARS”

D'OscarsPoster.jpg*****St Brendan’s GAA presents “D’OSCARS”*****


Calling all aspiring actors & performers!


We are looking for people across all teams, friends & family to join together to recreate iconic scenes from movies and tv-shows.


You’ll be provided with the script & direction for your chosen scene and we will take care of the shooting and editing.


Your scene will be produced and your debut will be premiered at “D’OSCARS” fundraising event on Friday, 19 July 2019 in McGowans of Phibsboro


I want to Participate

1.     All scenes will be premiered at our “D’OSCARS” fundraising event on Friday, 19th July in McGowans of Phibsboro. Attendees on the night will cast their votes to decide who should win a “D’OSCAR” award, across a number of categories including best film, best actor, etc.

Voters will be automatically entered in the raffle on the night.


2.     Interested participants can submit their name(s) and possible scene to:

  • First Team:                                          Phil Bannon – (085 126 7766)
  • Hurlers & Second Team:                     Damien Daly – (087 783 9633)
  • Ladies:                                                 Enya Cody – (087 969 2209)
  • Ladies:                                                 Helen Lenihan – (087 761 1877)
  • Juveniles:                                             Mark Smyth – (086 816 3646)
  • Email:                                                   pro.stbrendans.dublin@gaa.ie
  • Friends & Families are welcome & encouraged to participate


3.      Participants will be asked to attend the INFO meeting on Thursday 02nd May 2019 and will be asked to make themselves available for 2-3hours of filming at some stage during the 5-week period below. (Any lines will need to be memorised/rehearsed in advance of the filming)

Date Activity Details
Thur 25th April Deadline for Submissions Interested persons & their suggested scene
Thur 02nd May Info Meeting Casting & Scripts assigned
6th May to 10th June(5 wk Period) Filming Dates and times within this period will be assigned based on cast/crew availabilityShooting to take approx. 2-3hours / scene
Fri 19th July “D’OSCARS” 19:00 to 20:30 Drinks20:30 to 22:00 Scenes premiered (intervals between each)22:00 to 23:00 Judging / Voting23:00 to 23:30 Winners & Raffle(1)23:30 to LATE Late Bar in McGowans

(1) Voters will be automatically entered in raffle


4.      Scenes chosen will have minimal costume & props. Some sample of scenes that meet this criteria are listed below and can be added to based on your own preference.


How do I Sponsor/Donate


Register your interest to the following contacts:

Please make your final submission before Friday, 28 June 2019.


Cheques should be made payable to:

St Brendan’s GAA Club


Bank Transfer via:

BANK NAME:  AIB Drumcondra
ADDRESS: 140 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9
IBAN:  IE94 AIBK 932205 5566 9334



Option 1.             Quarter page €75

Option 2.             Half Page: €100

Option 3.             Full Page: €150



Option 4.             Award: €250 each

Option 5.             Raffle Prize


Note: Sponsorships and Advertisements will be endorsed on our website and social media pages.


Guidelines for Award Sponsor / Advertising:

  • PDF of an already formatted corporate logo/message.


  • A logo of the business, contact information, brief description and a best wishes message.
Company Name:
Contact Person:
Phone Number: Email:

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/doscars/

Feb 06

GAA Initiative – Cluichi sa Chathair (Games in the City)

Slide1Calling all schools in the Northwest Inner City! 

Exciting News! 


St. Brendan’s GAA Club are launching a Northwest Inner City Schools GAA initiative called “ Cluichí sa Chathair” (Games in the City). 


This initiative aims to build participation in Gaelic Games in this part of the city and improve the physical and mental well-being of everyone who takes part. We believe all school children should have access to Gaelic games and that participation in the GAA can provide health benefits and enjoyment that can last a lifetime. 


This programme involves holding GAA coaching sessions on site in schools from Junior Infants to 2nd class.  The sessions are run each week by our full-time qualified Games Promotion Officer (GPO) and involve a mixture of hurling and football drills along with fun games and plenty of physical exercise. 


If your school would like to apply, please contact secretarybng.stbrendans.dublin@gaa.ie as soon as possible as there are a limited number of slots available.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/gaa-initiative-cluichi-sa-chathair-games-in-the-city/

Sep 05

Second Championship Final in 5 days sees St Brendan’s continue winning ways.

JuniorHFinalWed 4th Sept 2019 – Only five days after the St Brendan’s Division 4 Ladies Team defeated a physical Crumlin team to win the Junior C Championship in Swords, the St Brendan’s Division 8 team faced Erin Go Bragh in the Junior H Final. The St Brendan’s Ladies, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsboro, had been working hard under Michael Connolly all summer. Going in to the game it was hoped that the fact that the match took place in St Margaret’s was a good omen. This was the same ground where the St Brendan’s Ladies won the Junior F Championship 2 years previous.

The Female Darkest Force got off to a good start, but a Marina Kilduff shot was saved for a 45. Emma Duffy took the 45 to Karen Tighe and Tighe shot over the bar for the opening score.

Three minutes into the game and Erin Go Bragh took the lead with a brace of points, the second of which saw Augustina Lazzarini forced to punch the ball over the bar. Siobhan Maloney levelled matters with a point, after a great solo run, and shot over the bar from 25 meters. This was followed by a converted free in from Kilduff after Duffy drew the foul.

However, Erin Go Bragh began to exert a stranglehold in this final, and a cross field ball found an unmarked Erin go Bragh forward. Her shot trickled into the back of the net. With their tails up the team from greater Clonee showed no little pace as they upped the tempo and won the resultant kick out. Erin go Bragh then worked it in for a point and a four point lead.

Amazingly, Erin Go Bragh would not score again for the rest of the half, as St Brendan’s upped their performance in the last 18 minutes of the first half. St Brendan’s responded well with a point from Emma Duffy after Geraldine Cleary won a turnover and Roisin Toomey moved the ball on to her. Soon, it was all square again with Siobhan Moloney winning possession and passed onto Karen Tighe. Tighe slotted the ball into the back of the net 1-04 each.

There was an exciting passage of play with turnovers galore in the Erin go Bragh half with Helen Macklin and Lorna Barton getting two turnovers each with the former shooting wide.

Enya Cody was playing brilliantly in corner back and won a particularly fine turnover and passed to Helen Macklin. Macklin passed on to Tighe. Tighe was about to pass to Kilduff, but never got the chance, as she was fouled in the penalty area. Roisin Toomey played it safe and her kick raised the white flag.

A two point lead was opened with Emma Duffy drawing the foul, and converting the free in herself. The floodlights came in after 20 minutes. St Brendan’s really took the game by the scruff of the neck, with a goal by Marina Kilduff. The goal was a carbon copy of Aisling Newton’s first goal in last Friday’s Junior C Final, which dipped under the crossbar at the last moment. Marina then helped herself with a point to open a six point lead 2-07 to 1-04.

In the final minute of the first half, Kilduff was at it again, she scored second and her sides third major which took a wicked deflection on its way to goal. This ensured a 9 point half time lead with the St Brendan’s team decided to go into the dressing rooms at half time.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 3-07(16) to 1-04(7) Erin Go Bragh


The second half started as a cagey affair and there was no score in the first 10 minutes. St Brendan’s did get chances though. Kilduff and Macklin saw their efforts head wide. Eventually, the second half deadlock was broken with a goal from Erin Go Bragh with a hint of a square ball, but the referee gave the goal.

Another point from the Dublin 15 outfit followed and thought they were getting on top of the game when winning a free in, only to lose it when not retreating 13 meters, Helen Lenihan took the free and in the end it was Marina Kilduff for the most priceless of points to ensure a six point lead with nine minutes to go.

Six and a half minutes to go and The Female Darkest Force would end the game with 14 ladies with Lorna Barton being sin binned for a tired tackle, all the Dextro Energy tablets must have been used up! Marina Kilduff also had a free in that went wide.

Three minutes to go and Erin Go Bragh won a penalty, but like in the first half, a point was the result from the penalty. Another attack from Erin Go Bragh resulted in another point as St Brendan’s began to thread water.

In injury time another free in from Erin Go Bragh was dropped in. Enya Cody tried to shield the ball over the end line, but the ball was kept in play. St Brendan’s picked up the break and moved the ball up the field, where a intended pass from Sophie Freeman to Niamh Nestor was blocked down. There was, however, no time left. The final whistle saw absolute jubilation for the St Brendan Ladies 2nd XV, who in only their second season are County Junior H Champions!

After the match the trophy was presented to Captain Anne Marie Riney. Riney eloquent as always provided a fine speech and raised three cheers for the excellent and courageous Erin Go Bragh.
A fine night was had in McGowan’s and this was well deserved after a good nights work.


Final Score from St Margaret’s St Brendan’s 3-08(17) to 2-07(13).


Hopefully in the coming weeks, as the evenings get short, we will see these St Brendan’s Ladies back to their best as they face neighbours St Oliver Plunkets / Eoghan Rua in the cup Semi-Final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/second-championship-final-in-5-days-sees-st-brendans-continue-winning-ways/

Aug 31

St Brendan’s Ladies win Junior C Championship

JuniorCFinalFriday, 30th Aug 2019 – After the heartbreak of last year’s Junior C Final loss in extra time to Na Fianna, the ladies of St Brendan’s were back in the final. This year the management team of Robert Kelly and Conor O’Neill had replaced excellent James McGinley, who had returned to Donegal to take up parenting duties and the management of the Donegal Minor Ladies team. The Kelly/O’Neill combo had been proving most capable, and coupled with the determination of the players, St Brendan’s were well set up in their chase for silverware.

In 2018, St Brendan’s lost the Junior C Final in one of the most epic matches this writer had the privilege to report on. So on Friday August 30th 2019, the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsboro, took to the field in Lawless Park, Swords, to take on a physical Crumlin side who had come out on top in their Group Stage match last May.

The Female Dark Force went into the game with only 17 available players. However, 27 seconds into the Junior C Final and St Brendan’s got off to a dream start with Christine Dilworth finding the Crumlin net, following from an Aisling Newton pass, after Faye Kearney had won the throw in. Pretty soon after that, Roisin McDonald was chopped down when on a great solo run saw her dance through the middle of the Crumlin rearguard. With last year’s player of the final carried off, things were not looking so good. Sinead Morrissey converted the free. Erin Fadian came into the half forward line. With 5 minutes gone the score was St Brendan’s 1-01 Crumlin 0-00.

Gradually, the game settled down and Aisling Newton opened her account on the night with a point after a turnover from Tara Foy and a free in off Nicola Carrabine. Newton made it a brace of points after Nicola Carrabine won a breaking ball off a Crumlin kick out.

Christine Dilworth fisted the ball in the Crumlin net for her second goal, after Ursula Murphy had deftly weaved through several robust Crumlin challenges. This made the score 2-03 to 0-01.

The progress continued when Erin Fadian played a sweet ball to Sinead Morrissey to kick the ball over the bar. This move started with a turnover by Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. The game went into injury time, which there was loads, with a blood injury to a Crumlin player. A Morrissey free in fell short, Shauna Fitzpatrick had a shot blocked and eventually a free out given. But Tara Foy was on hand to win the turnover and pass to Joan McNulty and in the end, Aisling Newton tapped over the bar to make it 2-05 to 0-02. A Crumlin point was the last action of the game and at half time,


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-05 (11) to 0-03 Crumlin.


The biggest 30 minutes in 7 year history of the St Brendan’s Ladies Club threw in after a brief break. The Female Dark Force had early second half wides from Newton and Morrissey, but the Morrissey did redeem herself by scoring a point from play after winning the kick out and passing to Claire Owens, who returned the ball back.

The game was turning in Crumlin’s favour. The referee was unhappy as St Brendan’s stood their ground (with their hands in the air) as a Crumlin rolling maul pushed its way into the penalty box. A penalty was awarded a penalty to Crumlin. The referee produced from his pocket a yellow card for Aoife Watters with about 11minutes gone. Crumlin made no mistake and the shot went low and hard into the corner of the net giving Karen O’Connell no chance.

St Brendan’s bounced back with a free in from Newton from 40 yards, which fell short, but Christine Dilworth was there again to finish the ball to the net for a third St Brendan’s goal and the nine point lead opened again 3-06 to 1-03.

One of the floodlit pylons went out and after consultation with both sets of managers the game continued on the promise that the pylon will be back on after a period of cooling down. Both sides traded points with Crumlin getting theirs first and then Ursula Murphy pointing for Brendan’s after a great pass from Erin Fadian. 3-07 to 1-04 with 17 minutes to go.

19minutes and 54 seconds gone in the second half and that nine point lead became 12 when Shauna Fitzpatrick, the architect of many good plays, placed a great ball into Aisling Newton. Newton drifted an angled shot from 30 meters towards the far corner of the goal, after spotting the goalkeeper 10 meters off her line, the ball dipped under the crossbar at the very last minute. The crowd went wild. The St Brendan’s supporters were enjoying this. This eased the tension amongst the support, to a certain extent, as decisions had been going against the girls in Black & Gold and the pressure from the opposition had been increasing in robustness.

The Crumlin team were not cowed by the sublime football St Brendan’s were exhibiting and pegged a point back to make it 4-07 to 1-05. The referee produced a yellow card for hard running Nicola Carrabine out around the middle of the field on the dug-out side. This left St Brendan’s down to 13 players with 10 min to go. It was taking super work from the St Brendan’s defense to keep the opposition out. Joan McNulty was in exceptional form and was ably assisted by Ines Rubio and Tara Foy.

With 12minutes in sinbin up Aoife Watters rejoined the fray.

Eight minutes to go and whatever anxieties the stoic Robert Kelly and nerveless Conor O’Neill had were evaporated with a fifth St Brendan’s goal. The scorer was Aisling Newton, it was well worked with the dynamic duo of Catherine Twomey and Claire Owens, as well as the excellent Aoife Waters involved in the build-up. Crumlin final began to look rattled and the resultant kick out went over the side line.

Four minutes to go and great ball by Crumlin saw them go one on one with Karen O’Connell, but the Crumlin forward had her hopes of a goal arrested thanks to the cat like reflexes of Karen O’Connell. KOC cleared the ball, but Crumlin did get a point back to make it 5-07 to 1-06.

Into injury time and Crumlin got a point and then a goal back. But St Brendan’s also picked up a point after hard work by Aoife Watters.

Four minutes into injury time and at 9.50pm the referee blew the final whistle and for the second time in three years, St Brendan’s were County Champions. The 17 St Brendan’s players celebrated in the middle of the field. It was a great display and a great night. The St Brendan’s players, Management, supporters and our underage girl’s teams really enjoyed their tremendous achievement. The trophy was presented to Captain Aisling Newton who also won the Player of the Match and thanked everyone from the management, the players, and this writer. There were many contenders for MVP on the night but in truth it was a team, management, club & community wide effort that all can be proud of.

No doubt the celebrations will be only top class in McGowan’s later that night.

But that is not all folks, to paraphrase a great man we should not misunderestimate our St Brendan’s Ladies as, on the 4th of September, they also take on Erin Go Bragh in the Junior H Championship Final.


Final score from Lawless Park Swords, St Brendan’s 5-08 (23) to 2-07 (13) Crumlin.






Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/st-brendans-ladies-win-junior-c-championship/

Aug 15

Helen Lenihan gives Female Darkest Force their own Miracle Match

Wed 14th Aug 2019 – With the Ladies Division 4 team training ahead of next Wednesdays Junior C Semi Final against Naomh Olaf of Balally, the St Brendan’s Ladies Division 8 team were in action against St Jude’s in the Division 8 Cup.
The task confronting the Female Darkest Force was a herculean one, as they needed to win the game by 27 points or more in order to get into the semi-finals of the cup competition. Missing a number of key players, sickness and work caused the absence of others late in the day.
From the beginning, the miracle looked like it was very much on, when Emma Duffy crashed the ball into the St Jude’s net twice inside the first five minutes. Marina Kilduff supplied the final pass for both goals. In fact for the first goal, Kilduff had a shot that was half blocked down, but the excellent Duffy scored from the rebound.
However, St Jude’s settled down and scored four consecutive points from the next four attacks. Duffy’s bid for a first quarter hat trick were thwarted when her shot rattled the crossbar, but she made amends by closing down an out coming St Jude’s defender, which lead to her over-carrying. Duffy kicked the free in herself. Another St Jude’s attack yielded a point to leave the score as St Brendan’s 2-01 to St Jude’s 0-05.
Duffy remained St Brendan’s scorer in chief and increased her tally to 2-02 with a point from play after a pass from Helen Macklin. Sabrina Fleming donned the goalkeepers gloves for the evening but was unlucky not to stop a St Jude’s shot from going into the net. However, St Brendan’s responded immediately with a third goal. This time Duffy was the provider for Kilduff. Helen Macklin then made it 3-03 with a close range point.
With six minutes to go in the first half, a turnover from Niamh Byrne started a move that lead to Kilduff scoring her second goal. This made the score 4-04 to 1-05. Then Tanya Brennan got her name on the score sheet with a point following a good turnover from Anne Marie Riney.
In the closing stages of the first half and Kilduff added another point following good work from Geraldine Cleary, a brace of St Jude’s points ensured a half time lead for Sr Brendan’s.

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 4-06 (18) to 1-7 (10) St Jude’s.

It was a first half that was full of running and end to end action. One where the Female Darkest Force were playing into a very strong wind as they defended the city end. So with an eight point lead could St Brendan’s get the scores necessary to get into the semi finals?
As the second half threw in, St Jude’s made the task a lot more onerous by scoring a goal in the opening minute. Sabrina Fleming’s kick-out was won by Geraldine Cleary and onto Kilduff for a point to make it a six point game. Six became nine with Kilduff netting her hat-trick, after a move involving Emma Duffy and Helen Macklin 5-07 to 2-07.
Indeed nine became twelve with Kilduff netting her fourth goal after Enya Cody intervened, to ensure that Fleming wasn’t beaten for a third time, with a super turnover. Kilduff could have got a fifth goal but had to settle for a point after some great work by Duffy. This made the score 6-08 to 2-07.

The Female Darkest Force then hit a hot purple patch with points inside a minute from Helen Macklin and Siobhan Maloney. Michael Connolly ordered his side to really go for it and they did with another point to Brennan despite tigerish defence by St Jude’s. 6-11 to 2-07
Niamh Nestor then came on as substitute in place of Kilduff, who got a standing ovation for her fine efforts. Nestor however got in the scoresheet after only a minute on the field with a point. Brennan, Cleary and Maloney won St Jude’s kick outs with catches and all score wind assisted points to make it 6-16 to 2-07, a 21 point lead, but will they get the 6 more points needed to prevail?
Helen Lenihan was doing fine work in midfield and St Brendan’s continued to push on and a succession of points from the two Helen’s, Macklin with one and Lenihan with two made it 6-19, Tanya Brennan then added to her tally with a point following a turnover from Romy Madden. 6-20 to 2-7, a 25 point lead
Emma Duffy got the first and second goals and almost got her hat trick in the 15th minute, unfazed the unselfish Duffy assisted well as Marina Kilduff scored four goals. But deservedly, Duffy finally got het hat trick with a tremendous strike, now there was a 28 point lead.
However, in a rare attack, St Jude’s pegged a point back and St Brendan’s needed to get one more point to overhaul Na Gaeil Oga’s points difference in the Cup table. St Brendan’s pushed back on again to get another point from Siobhan Maloney.
With only minutes to go and it was local lady, Mairead Scollan, who rounded off the scoring. The referee in the fading daylight blew the final whistle.
So like the many St Brendan’s teams of the past, The Ladies Division 8 team showed great spirit and have their very own miracle result. They can look forward to a Cup Semi Final but before that, there is a Junior H Championship Semi-Final to be played against St Brigid’s on August 28th.
For the 1st team, it’s a Junior C Championship away to Naomh Olaf next on the horizon on Wednesday the 21st, away in Balally (@7.30pm).

Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 7-22 (43) to 2-08 (14) St Jude’s.



Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/helen-lenihan-gives-female-darkest-force-their-own-miracle-match/

Jul 25

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/ladies-div8-footballers-up-and-running-in-junior-h-championship/

Jul 17

The Price is Right for Philip Madine

1sts v Craobh Chairain 16072019 (5)Tues 7th July 2019 – The St Brendan’s Football 1st XV travelled to Finglas to face Erins Isle looking for a third consecutive win in AFL5 and build momentum ahead of the final Junior 1 Club Championship encounter against St Kevins Killians on September 15th.

The Dark Force won on a 6-10 to 1-07 scoreline, what made the scoreline all the more remarkable was that fact that the half time score was only 3 points each! Unfortunately, this writer was away and according to Justin McCormack, one of the six St Brendan’s goals was scored by Brendan Brogan, whose goal was as equally as spectacular as the goal scored by James Carr for Mayo against Galway in the All Ireland Qualifiers the day previously.

Tues 16th July 2019 – The momentum building continued this Tuesday evening in Grangegorman when the team played Craobh Chairain in Round 12 of AFL5.

The away side got the opening score but it could have been a goal but for Mark Redican deflecting the ball over the bar. Ger Bannon won Redicans first kick-out with a mark, played it onto John Burns and finally onto Philip ‘Come On Down’’ Madine for the equalising score for The Dark Force.

After a turnover from Jason Clarke inside the 20 meter-line, the ball made its way to Madine who kicked from the outside of his right boot to Dennis ‘The Killarney Menace’ Galvin, to kick The Dark Forces point #2. Craobh then equalised and an intended move from Lorcan Bannon to his brother Ger did not materialise when an intended flick caught Lorcans hand badly and the ball was turned over. Nothing materialised in that Craobh attack and Phil Bannon won the kickout, again with a mark, played the ball to Lorcan Allen and finally onto John Burns for the lead score for St Brendan’s 0-03 to 0-02.

Craobh Chairain hit a brace of points to retake the lead, but Burns replied with a screamer of a point from 35 meters that cleared the protective net and into the playground. The next kick-out was broken down by Ger Bannon to Philip Madine and went onto find Brendan Brogan to kick another lead score 0-05 to 0-04.

18:45 gone and after another equalising score by Croabh, St Brendan’s retook the lead thanks to Ger Bannon after great work from Galvin. Lorcan Bannon had a good opportunity for a goal but it hit the crossbar. Philip Madine then converted the first free in of the evening after Burns got his jersey tugged. Paul Coleman was on fire at centre half back with three consecutive mark’s from Craobh’s kickout, the third of which was the start of the move which lead to point number 8 from Brendan Brogan.

A Croabh short kick-out was pinched by Ger Bannon and the mistake was well punished by Galvin by pointing his second point of the evening and St Brendan’s ninth. Philip ‘Come On Down’’ Madine barely held onto the ball after a pass from Lorcan Bannon, but get the time to compose himself and score his third point of the evening, 0-10 to 0-05.

Madine’s bid for a third point ended when he was high tackled outside the penalty area and John Burns converted the free in, the last action of the first half.

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-11 to 0-05 Craobh Chairain.

In the second half, Modine won a turnover and playing the ball into the corner where Ger Bannon won the sprint for possession and got fouled. He then played the ball to Brendan Brogan for the shot over the bar. That became 0-13 points with a point from Lorcan Bannon whose goal bound shot was deflected by the goalkeeper and over the bar and Lorcan knew himself that chould have been a goal. Croabh then got their first point of the second half to make it 0-13 to 0-06.

Sean Feeney won Redicans short kick-out and passed to Ger Bannon and finally onto Denis ’The Killarney menace’ Galvin for the 14th point of the game. Afer a wayward wide from John Burns, he made amends by getting a hand on the Craobh kick out and giving Ger Bannon easy possession to pass to The Stamullen Hellraiser Colin Folan for the 15th point 0-15 to 0-06.

The screw began to turn and a 10 point lead was finally opened thanks to Denis Galvin. Judging by his body language, he badly wanted a goal but settled for the point with Madine supplying the final pass. Phil Bannon won a mark off the Croabh kick-out and passed to Brendan Brogan for the point to make it 17. The trick was repeated again for the 18th point, another Phil Bannon mark, another pass to Brogan but this time Brogan passed to Madine for the 18th point 0-18 to 0-06.

Croabh Chairain did try to make a game out it despite the unassailable lead, but did mange to score 1-02 in four minutes of action with 10 minutes to go. But St Brendan’s responded with a point from Paul Coleman who got his just reward after winning three Craobh Chairain kickouts with marks. Justin McCormack and Declan Jennings then bought on Stephen Durkan as a substitute and made an immediate impact palming the ball into the net after a long range Ciaran Kilcullen shot fell short.

With the outcome settled, Hugh Bannon, John Maguire and Sean O’Donnell call came on as substitutes, Craobh went on to score a 10th point. Into injury time now and John Burns made it 1-20 with a point after taking the shot himself despite Kilcullen in a good position.

Declan Jennings was hopping mad when Craobh Chairain exposed some loose making a beat Mark Redican in goal for a second time this evening. But soon Burns had Jennings calm again with ‘An Animal of a Score(TM)’ with the ball changing hands several times.

Craobh Chairain had the final say with a final point as St Brendan’s win a fourth consecutive AFL5 game and continue to build up a head of steam with September 15th and Championship against St Kevins Killians in mind. Next up is a July 28th meeting in Tom Russell Park against St Brigid’s.

Final Score from Grangegorman, St Brendan’s 1-21(24) to 2-10(16) Craobh Chairn.


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Jul 11

Explosive action at the Magazine Fort between the St Brendan’s Div8 Ladies and NGO

Ladies 2nds v Na Gaeil Oga 10072019 (5)Wed 10 July 2019 – The St Brendan’s Ladies Div 4 team got a walkover and were not in action this Wednesday. It was up to the Div8 team to take the limelight. On the back of a three point victory in the Division 8 Cup against St James Gaels, hopes were high going into this cup game away to the Conradh Na Gaelige sponsored Na Gaeil Óga. The match was played on the Park Rangers GAA pitches at the back of the magazine fort in the Phoenix Park.

Getting to the pitch was complicated by a large section of the Phoenix Park being closed off by the Gardai for a cycling / jogging combo type race. This meant Marina Kilduff and Kate Reddan did not make the throw in. The game was played in a freshly cut pitch. Unfortunately, the cuttings were still on the ground and the heavens opened an hour before throw-in, making conditions difficult for both teams.

The grass cuttings and pitch surface contributed to the opening goal by Na Gail Óga. A long distance punt / shot bounced onto a large pile of grass cuttings, changed the direction of the ball and the ball skidded just inside Augustina Lazarini’s goal post, when it looked like it was heading about 3 foot wide, to give the NGO side the lead.

The Female Darkest Force did settle into the game and after getting to grips with the ground conditions, got their opening score from The Bundoran Star Tanya Brennan. This came after full forward Emma Duffy picked out Helen Macklin in a good position, who in turn picked out Brennan in an even better position to pop the ball over the bar.

A NGO shot was cleared by Niamh Byrne and onto Anne Marie Casey, the move also involved Emma Duffy, Helen Macklin and Tanya Brennan and in the end it was Lorraine Carrabine hit the ball over the bar. NGO were strong around midfield and Anne Marie Casey and Lorraine Carrabine worked hard to push up the field as well as curtail the opposition.

Geraldine Cleary made a mockery of the 10 metre head start given by the NGO half forward by making the meters and snatching the ball of the opponents grasp and winning a free out. However, NGO did manage to hit a brace of points. Making use of the small pitch and consistantly pushing right into the area where the small parallelogram should be, NGO then almost got a goal, but of an off the line clearance by Niamh Byrne was both timely and brave. Niamh was defending heroically all evening.

Emma Duffy had a shot that went wide and Tanya Brenna saw her free in hit the upright and it was subsequently cleared by NGO, despite fine pressure from the St Brendan’s forwards. Karen Tighe’s bid to give St Brendan’s a third score, ended when she was strangely penalised for barging, the free out was the last action of the first half. Kate Reddan was introduced for Anne Marie Casey just before half time.


Half Time Score from the Phoenix Park: St Brendan’s 0-02 to 1-02 NGO.


The second half began with wides from Niamh Nestor and the Enniscrone Tiger Karen Tighe, but those wides were quickly forgotten about as St Brendan’s manged to get the equalising goal thanks to Tanya Brennan from 3 meters and a tight angle. Cue wild cheering and relief that St Brendan’s hard work was being reflected on the scoreboard.

The Female Darkest Force then took the lead thanks to Marina Kilduff with a shot similar to something Pat Spillane would score in his heyday with the turning of the hip. That one-point lead became two when Helen Macklin won a turnover, passed to Crossmolina woman Emma Duffy and finally onto Roisin Fitzmaurice. This made the score 1-04 to 1-02.

Going into the final quarter and NGÓ hit a brace of points to set up a tense nervy finish for both teams. It really was anyone’s match at this stage. NGÓ did take the lead with 5 minutes to go, but then there was a stoppage for an injury whilst the players stocked up on water.

The whatever water was consumed did the trick because Roisin Fitzmaurice won a NGÓ kickout, went on a 20metre solo run and kicked over the bar for another level score 1-5 each, but the home side got their noses out in front again with a point going into the final minute.

It looked like NGÓ were going to close out the game with a one point win, but Helen Lenihan brilliantly kept with her opponent forcing her into overcarrying. This gave St Brendan’s a lifeline, and they certainly made the most of it. Romy Madden caused havoc in the NGO backline and played an excellent ball into Karen Tighe and as calm as you like, The Enniscrone Tiger kicked the size 4 O’Neills over the bar for yet another level game 1-06 each.

NGÓ had one more opportunity to snatch it at the end, but fine work from Eimear Norton and the St Brendan’s defence shut out the NGO forward. She then was penalised for overcarrying. There was no time to take the free out because the referee whistled up for full time and with the scores level. To be honest it was a game, neither side deserved to lose.

However, St Brendan’s Ladies 2nd Xv are now on a three match unbeaten streak, something Eugene Cunningham and Michael Connolly will be happy about as preparations for the Junior H Championship continue.


Final Score from the Magazine Fort at the Phoenix Park: St Brendan’s 1-06 to 1-06 Na Gaeil Óga.



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Jun 06

Aoife Watters swimmingly guides Female Dark Force to 5th Successive Semi

8B3A7706_edit_smallWed 05 Jun 2019 - Following no game last week, The St Brendans Ladies 1st Xv, Sponsored my McGowans of Phibsborough, went into Round 5 of the Junior C Championship against Kilmacud Crokes with the winner going to the semi finals later in the summer.

The Female Dark Force meant business direct from the start with a point from Aisling Newton after 12 seconds when Roisin McDonald won the throw in and passed to fellow Inishowen lady Newton. The second point came two minutes later when Erin Fadian won a turnover and Christine Dilworth was on the end of the move with the shot over the bar.
Joan McNulty won a turnover in the middle third and passed to Ursula Murphy for point number 3. Point number 4 came in the next attack when Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney when she won the kickout herself and did the work herself. Five minutes gone and it was five points to no score with Newton with her second point from a tight angle with Murphy supplying the final pass.

Roisin McDonald sprinted the guts of 100 meters with a solo run, her shot fell short but Dilworth fouled the goalkeeper but her clearance went straight to Nicola Carrabine who passed to Newton and the Carndonagh

Cyclones shot dipped under the crossbar for the first goal. Sinead Morrissey, had her arm dragged back when in a good position and with her father Patrick acting a umpire, the Mullingar Dynamo took her free in over the bar. 1-06 with 9:30 on the clock.

10:15 gone and it was now 1-07 with Roisin McDonald on the scoresheet with a long range shot assisted by a huge gust of wind. Aoife Watters won the next kickout, she also applied the final pass to McDonald, and likewise to Christine Dilworth to make it 1-08 and a second point for the Knocknagree Knight.

The girls from Stillorgan finally got on the board with a point and Catherine Twomey defending heroically to ensure it was a point. Aoife Fitzmaurice made it 1-09 after Fermanagh Fingers Tara Foy won a turnover inside the 20 meter line. Ursula Murphy saw her shot go straight to the Kilmacud goalkeeper and the end result was a second point for the away side.

Eventually the second goal did come thanks to Sinead Morrissey after a Kilmacud shot fell short to Karen O’Connell and cleared by Catherine Twomey and final pass by Dilworth to Morrissey. Morrissey’s bid for a quick fire double ended when her shot was saved by the Kilmacud goalkeeper and the ball ricocheted off her father Patrick’s chest for a 45.

Aisling Newton’s tally became 1-03 with a point after The Francie Bellew of Mourneabbey Twomey was tripped making a clearance. A pass from Joan McNulty to Nicola Carrabine bounced over her head but Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatick kept the move going and Ursula Murphy got the second point to make it 2-11.

Sinead Morrissey did get her second goal after Tara Foy won a sideline ball. There was confusion amongst the Kilmacud backs and with no support, Aoife Fitzmaurice forced her marker into over carrying. Morrissey promptly kicked the free in over the bar to make it 3-12. A sideline ball form Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatick from Joan McNulty and onto Newton and the shot over the bar. 3-13 to 0-02.

Aisling Newton’s tally became 2-04 with a bullet of a shot for goal after McNulty won a turnover, despite the consistent shooting, St Brendans registered their first wide of the first from Christine Dilworth, albeit was forced out over the end line.

However, the Knocknagree Knight, with partner Sean T Ó Meallaigh watching on, did make amends with a well taken goal to round off a comprehensive first half performance with the half time score 5-13 to 0-02.

The Female Dark force were playing against the wind in the second half and didn’t expect to register 5-13, But Sinead Morrissey got the ball rolling with a point from a free in from 20 meters after Dilworth was taken out after taking a shot.

After playing great in the first half, Aoife Watters got on the scoresheet this second half with a point after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney cleared Kilmacud free in off the goal line. Another player also got in the scoresheet for the first time in Joan McNulty with a point, similar start to the move with a Kilmacud free in but this time it was Catherine Twomey with the clearance. 5-16 to 0-03.

Robert Kelly and Colm O’Neill brought on Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly into the game, replacing Fitzpatrick and made an immediate impact by rounding the defence and shooting over bar. Indeed Dangermouse would make it a brace of points after a final pass from another substitute, Michelle Dolan, replacing Newton who got a standing ovation, from Robert Kelly only!

A line ball went straight to Nicola Carrabine and onto Ursula Murphy and a third point for The Cork Kipchoge and a 30 point advantage 5-19 to 0-04. Indeed Murphy was fouled inside the 20 meter line which allowed Sinead Morrissey to point another to make it 5-21.

Karen O’Connell was determined to keep a clean sheet but there was no second half shutout with Kilmacud scoring two second half points, one from a free in. The Fresh Prince of Kells only had five kickouts all second half with Catherine Twomey and Erin Fadian providing additional defence, indeed The Pied Piper of Achill provoked her maker into picking the ball off the ground whilst on her knees.

On the other side of the pitch, Ursula Murphy rounded off the scoring with a point after both Dilworth and Aoife Fitzmaurice changed their minds at the last second by passing instead of shooting and it was the latter that passed to Murphy.

The game fizzled out and in the end St Brendan’s Ladies were in their fifth consecutive Championship Semi Final, which will be played in August, something to look forward to then, but for now, focus switched to the League and the Cup with yet another encounter with Fingallians, this time in Longmeadows in Round 2 of The Division 4 Cup next Wednesday.


Final Score from Longmeadows St Brendans 5-22(27) to 0-04 Kilmacud Crokes.

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May 30

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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May 24

Joe Kenny revels in his own Seamus Darby Moment

2nds v Lucan Sarsfields 23052019 (6)Thurs 23 May 2019 – Rooted to the bottom of AFL10 and with one win to their name (albeit a walkover victory), The St Brendans 2nd XV, in partnership with Stoneybatter Pride of Place, were facing the possibility of relegation, going into the teams first Thursday evening fixture of the season away to Lucan Sarsfields at 12th lock, which is not a happy hunting ground for St Brendan’s teams in recent times.

But The Darkest Force started brightly with the two opening scores both scored by the Brady Brothers. Marcus scored first after a Cathal McCormack pass. Derek scored the second after a Lucan player double hopped. Ciaran O’Shea took the free and passed to Brady the younger.

However, the home side scored four points on the spin to make it 0-04 to 0-02, but the bare minimum was restored thanks to a point from Graham ‘The Million Euro Citeog’ Henry after Damien Daly made his 2nd turnover of the evening and Henry received the final pass from Malachi Doyle.

Lucan took a lead that they thought they never surrender after a goal made it 1-06 on the board going into the second 15 minutes of the first half. McCormack took a shot narrowly wide, but the ref spotted a foul on the Galway man, so up stepped Offaly man Joe Kenny to slot over Brendan’s fourth point of the evening.

After another Lucan brace, Derek Brady ensured the game was still in the mix by hitting a goal after Damien Daly won his fifth turnover and drove the ball into the full-forward line. Daly would win a sixth turnover before the half time break with Lucan leading.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-04 (07) to 1-08 (11) Lucan Sarsfields.


Billy Kelly introduced Gentleman Christopher Hand in the second half. Fresh from taking part in a Double Continuous Ironman Triathlon in Hampshire England over the weekend (i.e. started the Swim at 9am Saturday and finished the 52.4 mile Marathon at 9pm Sunday) John Maguire was still full of running and it was the Cavan Ironman who supplied the final pass to his fellow Breffni Countyman Hand for the shot over the bar, but Lucan had the four point lead back a minute later.

17:11 gone in the second half and it was 1-11 to 1-06 to the home side. Hand again took a score after Graham Henry was pushed in the back when winning a hopball. The hopball occurred when a Lucan player placed his standing leg in play when taking a sideline ball.

Billy Kelly then introduced Lorcan Walsh to the game in place of McCormack and Walsh made his impact known by winning a mark from Mark Redican’s kick-out. Walsh hit the next point with both Brady brothers involved in the build-up.

St Brendan’s had a great chance of a goal when Derek Bradys shot fell short and the goalkeeper palmed the ball straight to Joe Kenny, caught by surprise, Kenny didn’t make the most of the golden opportunity and the ball was cleared, but only as far as Pearse Ryan and another St Brendan’s attack started. In the end Marcus Brady had a hand on his back 20 meters out for a free in. Spotting Christopher Hand unmarked, Derek Brady took the free quickly, but Hand couldn’t get his body in the right position to get the ball in the net and the ball was cleared. The move ended with a Lucan point on the other side. 1-12 (15) to 1-7 (10).

To make matters worse, The Darkest Force went down to 14 men when full back Rory Walsh was sent-off after two bookable offence, both being sickening tackles that were borderline yellow. St Brendan’s were sinking quickly, time to get the shovels out and start work. And work is what the side did. A point came from Joe Kenny, who was desperate for a goal but his rasping shot cleared over the bar instead to make it a four point game.

Two minutes to go and the team were still working hard. Kenny again gave his side some hope when winning a 13-meter free after being fouled catching a Graham Henry long ball. His bid for a goal was scuppered with too many Lucan bodies on the goal line, but Kenny was content to tap over the bar to make it a three-point deficit.

Six minutes of injury time were announced. In the third minute of injury time, Lorcan Walsh played a great diagonal ball to Joe Kenny but his marker dived on the ball and in the process handled the ball on the ground. Calls for Kenny to be penalised for a hand on the back were soundly ignored by the referee and with shades of Seamus Darby in 1982 ringing in his ears, Kenny went for goal. His free in dipped under the crossbar with the goalkeeper three meters off his line to make it a level game with two minutes of injury time to go.

The adrenalin got to the Lucan goalkeeper and his kick out went straight over the sideline. The sideline ball was taken by John Maguire towards Marcus Brady and the Cootehall Midfield Mastero went for the glory, his shot went straight over the bar for a one point St Brendan’s lead.

There was one final opportunity for Lucan to smash St Brendan’s hearts but a crossfield ball was robbed by Damien Daly and the referee whistled up for full time. A miraculous comeback and victory for the St Brendan’s 2nd XV.

A Tremendous victory where Billy Kelly praised the player’s work ethic and never give up attitude. No doubt this will give the team a massive shot in the arm and don’t be surprised if competition for places on the starting XV for the next game at home to Naomh Barrog is just as intense as the on field of battle this evening.


Final Score from 12th Lock: St Brendans 2-10 (16) to 1-12 (15) Lucan Sarsfields.

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May 23

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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