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.

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Mar 11

Sin Sceal Eile for Hurlers in Grangegorman

Hurlers v Na Gaeil Óga 10032019 (15)ZSunday 10 Mar 2019 – Last July on this website we reported on a AHL7 clash away to Na Gaeil Óga, who went on to run out 4-19 to 0-05 winners. Today in Grangegorman, the two sides locked horns again for the first time since that fateful July Morning in St Catherine’s Park.
The thought of a similar result was feared when Na Gaeil Óga raced into an eight point to no score lead halfway into the first half as both teams struggled with the greasy underfoot conditions following Saturdays Higher Education Ladies Football finals which took place in Grangegorman, plus the heavy rain shower half an hour before throw in.
The Dark Force were finally on the board thanks to a Shane Foley free in after a NGO player emerged with the slioter after a scramble but was penalised for over carrying.

Rory Tynan was beaten for goal, despite blocking the initial goal bound 13 meter free-in, which rebounded and went into the net. Both Stephen Brophy and Conor Browne shot wides with the latter shooting wide with a goal bound shot as the away side seen half time with a sizable lead.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-01 to 1-11(14) Na Gaeil Óga

 

It was a classic case of Sin Sceal Eile in the second half with St Brendan’s, now with wind advantage, hitting the opening two scores, first with Shane Muldoon from close range and then from Oisin Carley from long range. St Brendan’s went full attack in the second half when a free in by Shane Foley fell short and Stephen Brophy played a cross field ball to Noel Lane whose first-time snapshot was saved inches from the goal-line.

Another point from the away side followed but Stephen Brophy took perfect advantage of a strong gust of wind blowing at the time by guiding the slioter between the sticks from 105 meters out. Indeed that would be the first of a brace of points with Shane Muldoon hitting a snapshot over the bar. After only getting 1 point in 30 minutes of the first half, St Brendan’s scored 6 points in 10 minutes of the second half after Aidan Melia emerged with possession and passed to Carley for the sixth point.

The next Na Gaeil Óga point was a heartbreaker for the home side after Brophy had a great goal opportunity but could not get onto his favoured right-hand side and instead hit a ground stroke to Aidan Melia who struggled under pressure to get the slioter onto is hurl. Four Na Gaeil Óga backs swarmed around him, won possession and worked it up the field for the point.

Brophy made up for that disappointment by hitting his sides seventh point as the heavens opened with a hail shower and crossfield winds. Nothing much happened scoring wise until the hail shower stopped and Na Gaeil Óga hit their 17th point despite herculean defending from Sean Dardis and the Brendan’s backline.

As weather conditions deteriorated, the referee called a halt to the game 15 seconds into injury time. So after the highs of victory two weeks comes the disappointment of defeat, the weather and ground conditions did not help matters but St Brendan’s never gave up and competed well in the second half. The team now move on to Tom Russell Park and a Division 7 Round 3 fixture with St Brigids in two week’s time.

 

Final score from Grangegorman: Na Gaeil Óga 1-17(20) to 0-07 St Brendan’s

 

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Mar 05

A Four Star showing from James McGee

1sts v Ballymun Kickhams 03032019 (VI)Sun 03 March 2019 – Two weeks ago, the St Brendan’s Football 1st XV, commenced their 2019 AFL5 League campaign with an away tie against Ballyboden St Endas. Last year it was the Boden who emerged with a one point victory, but this year and playing in very windy conditions, St Brendan’s emerged with the two League points and a two point victory 0-08 to 0-06.
Onto the 2nd game of the season and the first home game of the season against Ballymun Kickhams, played at Grangegorman. After training for this game in lovely mild spring weather, the heavens opened in abundance and a bitter cold breeze blew throughout the game.
The Dark Force was dealt a blow 30 seconds into the game when The Notorious Ryan Egan was sent to the line with a black card, and the away side got the opening score. John Burns then hit a brace of points, the first from a free in and the second from open play after Niall Prenty made the most of a poor Ballymun kickout.
The Prince of Ballyhaunis then collected a long ball from Luke McDonagh and sent a shot goalward, but the ball dropped and found James McGee who calmly palmed the ball into the Ballymun net on what was the beginning of an unforgettable morning for the Milltown Goal King.

The score became 1-03 to 0-01 with a Burns free in from 13 yards as St Brendan’s after a Ballymun player was black carded for a pull down on Philip Kilcullen. Burns stepped up again with another close range free, with Adrian ‘The Abbey’ Murphy drawing the foul. Burns made it a hat trick of free in’s with a third free in a move that was started and ended by full back Jason Clarke.

The away side hit a brace of points from open play and Burns bid for a fourth consecutive score from a free ended when the kick from the wrong side for a left footer went wide and the last action of the first half.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-05 (08) to 0-03 Ballymun Kickums

 

The Dark Force hit the ground running in the second half, playing with the wind and not having to cope with the rain in their faces. Firstly Adrian ‘The Abbey’ Murphy hit a sweet point from 30 yards and secondly, Philip Kilcullen hit one from the other side of the pitch. A shot from Colin Folan was heading for the endline when Kilcullen played a spectacular blind back pass towards John Burns and onto James McGee whose low shot gave him his second goal of the game.

 

John Dolan may have retired from St Brendan’s GAA but his legacy lives on in the shape of ‘The John Dolan Special’ this time it was Burns who skimmed the endline and fisted over the bar in a move which started with a turnover ball from The Rob Kearney of Swinford, Jason Clarke. McGee got his hat trick when Frankin ‘Kepa’ O’Reilly played a great ball to Phil Bannon and onto McGee whose shot hit the butt of the post and rolled into the net. 3-08 to 0-04.
Lorcan Bannon came on to replace Niall Prenty and his first contribution was to supply the final pass to his brother Phil to pop the ball over the bar. Lorcan Bannon tried to pick up the ball off the greasy surface but managed to find James McGee who saved his best til last with a spectacular volley into the top right hand corner of the net and his fourth goal. Even Ryan Egan in the dugout got so excited that he hit his head on top of the dugout in celebration.

Following another point from the away side, Denis Galvin was brought on for James McGee who got a standing ovation from all the players in the dugout. Galvin picked up where McGee left off by notching up the next point 4-10 to 0-05.

Five minutes to go and Ballymun beat Mark Redican for goal. St Brendan’s responded when Lorcan Bannon tried to go for placement but was fouled outside the penalty area. Burns stepped up to convert the free and then won the next kick out and passed to Philip Kilcullen to raise St Brendan’s fifth green flag of the morning.

In reply, Ballymun hit a second goal in what was their best move of the game. Cormac ‘Skins’ Mullen won possession and played to Colin Folan who scored his first point of the day. Jason Clarke ensured Ballymun remained at 2-05 with another clearance to Gerard Bannon and onto Denis Galvin who despite being tackled, played a scrum half-esque pass to John Burns who finally found Luke McDonagh for a shot over the bar.

Galvin crowned off a tremendous Brendan’s performance by scoring the final point of the morning and the referee whistled up for full time. So two from two in AFL5 but now the team must wait four weeks till the next AFL5 outing with a short trip to Martin Savage Park in Ashtown and a clash against St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh.

 

Final score from Grangegorman: St Brendan’s 5-15 (30) to 2-05 (11) Ballymun Kickhams

 

 

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Mar 05

Great fighting spirit shown on a wet Mobhi Road day.

2nd XV v Na Fianna 03032019 (9)ISun 03rd March 2019 – Like the 1st XV two weeks ago, the St Brendan’s 2nd XV also commenced their League campaign, and like last year, their first opponents were the same in Naomh Olaf, this time played at Longmeadows finishing 0-14 to 0-06 to the visitors.
So onto Round 2, Na Fianna was the opposition and after playing Na Fianna in Collinstown Lane, near the Airport, on so many occasions, today’s game was played at St Mobhi Road in probably the worst day imaginable for football with arctic winds and rain and most of the players on both sides wearing long sleeved tops and Under Armour.

4 minutes were gone when the Mobhi Roaders got the opening score with a goal from a 45 after a save from Dara Donnolly in goal. Donnelly’s next kickout went over the sideline. It would take 10 minutes before The Darkest Force got on the score sheet thanks to a point from Ciaran O’Shea (a player from 2013 AFL8 winning side) after a turnover from Niall ‘Takedown’ Rynne and The Wicklow Wizard Malachi Doyle.

Na Fianna added three more points before St Brendan’s got back on the board with the second point this time from Cian Glennon after Graham ‘The Meath Adonis’ Henry won a hopball and passed to Sean ‘The Dream Maker’ Dardis who found Glennon for the point. A 45 from Na Fianna was stopped on the line by Pearse Ryan. Another goal attempt for the home side was a snapshot that went wide.

Na Fianna got a second goal following a great save from Dara Donnolly, which rebounded to the kickers boot to be dribbled across the line between the outstretched boots of no less than 3 Brendans players.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-02 to 2-04 Na Fianna.

 

8:46 was gone in the second half when the Mobhi Roaders crashed the ball into the net for a third time following a dropped catch in the box from a Na Fianna 45meter free. Billy Kelly and John Tuffy made a triple substitution in putting on Seamus Murphy, John Ryan and Oisin Carley and it was the first of that trio to get The Darkest Forces first point of the second half after a great catch by Cian Glennon. Padraic Pratt and Malachi Doyle were also involved in the build up that lead to Murphy’s score.

Another Na Fianna point followed and then John Ryan made the most of the wind advantage by guiding the ball between the sticks from 40 yards and a tight angle. Michael Hickey came on in place of Doyle, only for Doyle to be back on the field three minutes later following an injury to Cian Glennon.

Despite the large deficit and appalling weather, St Brendan’s 2nd team played some excellent football in the next 10 minutes. A pass from Paddy McGuinn found Graham Henry who made use of his sweet left foot to pass to Bradley Skerritt for the point. Henrys left boot was again the supplier for a pass to John Ryan who was fouled in the process. Up stepped Ryan with the score.

The nine point deficit became six when a Ryan free hit the upright and Michael Hickey was on the end of it to drive the ball into the net. St Brendan’s started to believe that a turnaround could be on the cards when another goal chance was narrowly missed.

Against the run of play the home side managed a point to put seven between the sides again. St Brendans then put their full effort into pushing forward, and were hampered time and again by the number of players swarming the home square, and last ditch defending from the Mobhi Road defence. Niall Rynne settled for a point following goal chances from himself, Murphy and Ryan in the closing minutes.
Despite the disappointing defeat, Tuffy and Kelly will be happy with the great fighting spirit shown by their side in the final quarter of the game and now must wait another four weeks for the next outing at home to Clanna Gael Fonteony.

 

Final Score from Mobhi Road: St Brendans 1-07(10) to 3-07(16) Na Fianna.

 

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Feb 25

Darren Callanan gives Hurlers 2019 Season the best start

Hurlers v Naomh Barrog 24022019 (31)GSun 24th Feb 2019 - For the 2019 season opener, The St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, travelled to Páirc Barróg in Kilbarrack to face Naomh Barróg, who hit two late goals to win the corresponding fixture last year. The Dark Force welcomed Oisin Carley back, after he returned from a working stint in Canada.

There was no score in the opening ten minutes, with Carley and Paul Lynch hitting wides for the visitors and two wides being hit for the home side. Eventually the opening score came, thanks to Vincent O’Flynn who emerged with the slioter following a scramble. The lead was doubled thanks to Conor Browne after a pass from Darren ‘The White Feather’ Callanan.

The Brendan’s backs were busy defending with Clive Kennedy and Sean ‘The Dream Maker’ Dardis ensuring that the goalkeeper this afternoon, Rory Tynan wasn’t troubled after he batted down a Barróg score attempt. The lead became three points thanks to Shane Foley with the free in after Lynch was chopped down when passing to Ballincolligs Finest.
Another Barróg attack was thwarted by Vincent O’Flynn and cleared by debutant corner back Colm ‘The Rolling Stone’ Moss. The lead become four points after Paul Lynch intercepted a Barróg clearance and took the shot himself and placed it over the black spot. Eric Shadowens picked up a knock when defending and was replaced by Aidan Melia

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Two minutes to go in the first half and St Brendan’s made it five points to no score thanks to Foley after another turnover this time by Eanna Larkin. The home side came close to shattering Rory Tynan’s bid for a first half clean sheet when the forward had a chance to score after a missed clearance, but under heavy pressure from Tynan, he hit his shot into the side netting. Relief for Tynan and St Brendan’s in a rare first half shutout.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-05 to 0-00 Naomh Barróg

 

There was great skill on display in the second half when Vincent O’Flynn, batted down the slioter, whilst in mid-flight, to Eanna Larkin who found Gavin ‘The Goal Getter’ Muldoon who tapped over the bar for a six-point lead. The Home side finally managed to get their opening score from a 40 meter free in. Indeed, Naomh Barróg would hit a further three points and could have been more, with wind advantage, but Sean ‘The Dream Maker’ Dardis deflected a goal bound shot out for a 65, which subsequently went wide.

After a lull, St Brendan’s were back on the board with a Browne 65, after a shot from Muldoon was saved. 15 minutes to go and Muldoon had to settle for a point instead of a goal after two Barróg players made their presence felt in defence. Seconds later Muldoon had a shot from 30 meters, which, against the wind, which fell short.
Naomh Barróg made things interesting when a free in from 75 meters fell short and a wild swing of the hurl managed to connect and beat Tynan for a goal. Would it be a heart-breaking defeat?

Not with Shane Foley on the pitch, who responded well with a great point after a forced turnover by Clive Kennedy. After good pressure on the puckout, Larkin played the ball to Muldoon and onto Darren ‘The White Feather’ Callanan and the Galwayman pucked a low shot and into the net to stretch the lead again.

Barróg tried to respond but the forwards adrenalin got the better of him and he shot wide. Scores were at a premium with another Barróg shot going wide and Rory Tynan taking time to decide which hurl to use for the next puckout.
Gavin ‘The Goal Getter’ Muldoon bid to raise the green flag in Kilbarrack ended when a shot he took was half blocked down and he was injured in the process. Damien Daly came on for the final minute as St Brendan’s held onto victory.

The Dark Force get a first win in the 2019 season at the first attempt, the first opening game win for the team since the 2013 season. Tremendous victory all round but lets hope Gavin Muldoon and Eric Shadowens are okay and fit for the second game of the season against Na Gaeil Óga on March 10th.

 

Final Score from Páirc Barróg Kilbarrack: St Brendans 1-09 (12) to 1-04(07) Naomh Barróg

 

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Feb 14

St Brendans GAA – Comedy Night

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SBrendans GAA – Social & Fundraising Night 

 

Thursday 14th March 2019 

Laughter Lounge 

 

Doors: 19:30  

Show: 20:30 

 

Admission: €25 

Contact: Damien (0877839633)

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Oct 01

Men’s Football End of Season Round Up

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AFL5 Round 12 and AFL10 Round 14

Fadó, Fadó, Fadó, well August 19th to be precise, The St Brendans Football 1st XV, went into their second last game of AFL5 against Round Towers Clondalkin, knowing that a win would keep hopes of a promotion play-off spot alive. The Dublin CCC changed the rules of promotion and relegation in the 2018 season, with the top two going up automatically and 3rd and 4th playing off for the final promotion spot, whereas the bottom two are relegated and 12th and 13th (no relegation this year from 14 team AFL5) play off with the loser relegated.

St Brendan’s chances of getting fourth spot all but ended with Round Towers Clondalkin recording a 0-11 to 0-10 victory.

There was better news in McGee Park in Tallaght as the St Brendans 2nd team recorded at 0-10 to 0-09 victory over St Marks in AFL10, to keep their chances of avoiding a relegation play-off alive.

 

Junior 1 Club and Junior 5 All County Championships Rounds 3

The final round of the Junior Championships took place on September 16th with St Brendan’s 1st Xv needing a win against Wanderers in Junior 1 Club Championship and needing St Finians Newcastle to beat Geraldine P Morans. While The Dark Force did defeat Wanderers 0-13 to 0-06 in Cornelscourt, St Finians Newcastle suffered a surprise 1 point defeat against Geraldine P Morans after leading by 5points when entering stoppage time, which put both clubs in the Junior 1 Quarter Finals at St Brendan’s expense.

A 4-16 to 2-12 defeat at the hands of Naomh Barrog ended the St Brendans 2nd XV interest in the 32 team 8 group Junior 5 All County Championship.

 

AFL5 Round 13 and AFL10 Round 15

On September 30th, the Junior Quarter Finals and Relegation play offs took place. With St Brendan’s Championship interest over, finishing third in Junior 1 Club, the Dublin CCC decided that because The Dark Force and St Peregrines ( third in Junior 1 All County Group 3) will play the only AFL5 game of the day.

Only 15 players turned up for St Brendan’s against the already relegated Blanchardstown outfit who had already lost all their games and could only muster up three points compared to St Brendan’s 2-14.

The 2nd Xv were up against St Brigids, who also finished third in their group in the Junior 5 All County Championship and therefore this AFL10 game was played today. St Brigid’s got the opening score with a goal and were leading 1-04 to 0-06 after 20 minutes when Gentleman Christopher Hand game up to score a goal and the lead for The Darkest Force, who led 1-09 to 1-05 at Half time.

After some great ball movement, St Brendans went 2-10 to 1-05 after 8 minutes in the second after Malachi Doyle waved his Wicklow Magic to raise a second green flag. It was 2-11 to 1-06 with 19 minutes to go when St Brigid’s opened the floodgates to hit 2-01 without reply, aided in part by an increasingly strong wind. St Brendans notched up 2 more points (2-13 to 3-08) before finally running out of steam in the final ten minutes as St Brigids hit 5 points on the spin to win the game on a 3-12 to 2-13 scoreline.

 

Its October 1st as I write, and the Mens Gaelic Football season 2018 is officially over! One or two different results during the season could have seen the 1st team playing in the Junior 1 knockout stages and promoted to the Division 5 league for 2019.

After the season just played the men’s teams will feel that with some small adjustments, League & Championship Titles are not beyond them in the 2019 Season. We will relax, regroup and push for these adjustments in the coming months.

Brendans Abú!

 

 

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Sep 28

**** Table Quiz ****

QuizNightQuiz Night Fundraiser for St Brendans GAA

Friday 05th Oct 2018

8pm

Upstairs in McGowans of Phibsboro

10 euro per person

All Welcome

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Sep 13

Seven day turnaround not enough in Cup Exit

Ladies Cup Semi Final v Naomh Olaf 12092018 (4)Wed 12 Sep 2018 – Just seven days after losing to Ballyboughal in the final group stage game in the Division 5 Cup, The St Brendans Ladies Footballers, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough only had a week to prepare for the trip to Sandyford to face Naomh Olaf in the Division 5 Cup Semi Final with a 6.30pm throw in.

Despite the early start. The Female Dark Force got off to a good start after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearmey won the throw in, played the ball to Roisin McDonald and onto Christine Dilworth for the opening point after just 23 seconds. McDonald won the Olaf’s kickout and passed to Dilworth, who returned the ball back to The Malin Head Giant and who after a 25 meter solo run, tapped the ball over the bar for a two point lead after only 70 seconds.

Olafs replied with an opening score, but the lead was back to two points when Ines Rubio Alcala Galiano won a turnover, passed to The Courageous Deirdre Holland then onto Aisling Newton who found Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly for the point.

After a second score for Olafs, they started to get a strong foothold in the game by winning three consecutive Karen O’Connell kick outs. The first two attacks went wide, and the third saw brave defending by Erin Fadian who was knocked down when winning possession, the free out went staright to Olafs but again the shot went wide.

With all their possession, the home side deservedly took the lead with a well worked goal following another turnover. There was a bit of respite for St Brendans in the 19th minute when Naomh Olaf had a player sin binned for a high tackle on Aisling Newton, however both of the Inishowen Combination hit wides in successive minutes. Newton also had a goal chance but shot straight to the goalkeeper.

Sinead Morrissey had a great chance for a goal but went for placement rather than power and the ball was cleared, and passed all the way for a fourth Naomh Olaf point. Newton then played great ball to Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo made amends by going for power instead of placement and a goal to put St Brendans back in the game 1-04 to 1-03.

After a fifth St Brendans wide, McDonald won the kickout and passed to fellow Inishowen lady Newton with a rasping shot fromm a tight angle, over the bar and a level game. Both sides traded points in the final minute with a Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick pointing after great work from Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano and The Courageous Deirdre Holland. That was the last kick of the first half and a level game.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendna’s 1-05 to 1-05 Naomh Olaf.

 

There was no score in a cagey opening five minutes of the second half with Andrea Curley and Claire Owens defending valiantly. Naomh Olaf had a close range shot but did not connect properly and Karen O’Connell cleared for a 45, this 45 was worked in and buried in the corner of the net. A foul on Roisin McDonald gave St Brendan’s advantage with Sinead Reilly seeing her shot go wide. Sinead Morrissey duly converted and a two point game which didn’t last long because Naomh Olaf hit a point to make it 2-06 to 1-06 with 18 minutes to go.

Aisling Newton went for goal but had three Naomh Olaf players on her back and managed to tumble into the penalty area. A penalty was called for St Brendan’s and up stepped Morrissey to convert and level the game again.

Naomh Olaf got their noses in front once again with two successive free in’s. The Fresh Prince of Kells kept the Female Dark Force in the contest with a save after a great shot from an Olafs forward.

The home side had 13 ladies behind the ball and Christine Dilworth, McDonald and Newton were all hassled when in possession, eventually it was Shuana ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who won possession and shot over the bar to make it a one point game again.

Another Olafs point followed as the game went into injury time and in near darkness there was a final chance to snatch victory when St Brendan’s won a sideline ball inside the 45. Sinead Morrissey’s sideline ball was won by Naomh Olaf and that was that. St Brendans were out of the Division 5 Cup at the Semi Final stage.

While James McGinley could not fault the players he was disappointed that this semi-final was arranged seven days after losing to Ballyboughal, considering that the other Cup semi-final will be played next Wednesday giving the other teams two weeks to prepare.

St Brendan’s now have one game left in the season and that is the League fixture against Whitehall Colmcille with a win or draw needed to confirm second spot. Time and date to be announced.

 

Final score from Pairc Ui Bhrain Sandyford: St Brendans 2-07 to 2-09 Naomh Olaf

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Sep 10

Hurlers face play off to stay in Junior C

Hurlers v Ballyboden St Endas 09092018 (2)Sun 09 Sep 2018 – Fresh from their League win against St Brigid’s, the St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, were back in Junior C Championship action with a Round 5 encounter against Ballyboden St Enda’s on Sunday Morning. Both teams having lost all four games in Group 1 were playing to determine which team would face the Relegation play off against the bottom side in Group 2.

The game took place in Knocklyon park, with some players making their way to Ballyboden’s main pitch at Ballycullen, but all arrived in time for the 11am throw in. It was The Dark Force force who got the opening score when Shane Foley whipped in a free in towards The White Feather Darren Callanan, who was tackled and spilled the sliotar to John Maguire but it was a fresh air shot, then the sliotar went to Michael Heffernan to drive it over the bar.

Ballyboden dominated the next ten minutes with four points on the spin, two points were from turnovers and one 65. Cavan and Monaghan combined with John Maguire and Damien Daly combining in a move that allowed Paul Hyland to win possession and puck St Brendan’s 2nd point.

Ballyboden got another four points on the spin, with two free in’s, one from 99 meters. Noel Lanes puckout went to Michael Heffernan and onto Paul Hyland for his second point. After a Rory Tynan wide, Ballyboden showed great ruthlessness with a goal following a turnover. In response St Brendan’s responded with two free in’s from Shane Foley, the first after Vincent O’Flynn was fouled and the second from a foul on Damien Daly after he picked up a Sean Dardis pass.

A fluffed sideline cut from the home side was the last action of the first half.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-05 to 1-08 Ballyboden.

 

Ballyboden quickly put the game to bed with 1-02 in the opening 9 minutes. A turnover by Hyland went onto find Padraig Pratt and the Corkman tipped over the sixth point of the morning. Another goal followed for Ballyboden and Aidan Melia came on for Rory Tynan and his first contribution was to collect Michael Heffernan’s pass and puck it over the bar. 3-11 to 0-07.

Another Boden point followed, but St Brendan’s kept plugging away and got an eighth point thanks to a free in from Paul Hyland after a foul on Darren Callanan. Another Boden point from the big full forward (his last action of the day) followed, and Hyland again returned with a point from a free in, he could have got a goal but had to settle for the point.

Hyland went for a hat trick of free in’s after a foul on Aidan Melia, this time he struck low and although the goalkeeper got a hand on it, Dave Lowey was on hand to puck the slioter in the net for a consolation score. Lowey’s bid for a second goal ended when his shot sailed across the face of goal in the final action of the game.

 

Final score from Knocklyon Park: St Brendan’s 1-09 to 3-13 Ballyboden St Enda’s.

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