Sep 06

Female Dark Force faces a wounded Ballyboughal

Ladies 1sts Cup v Ballyboughal 05092018 (1)Wed 05 Sept 2018 – Two weeks on from the epic, yet heartbreaking Junior C Final, the St Brendan’s ladies 1st team, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, travelled to Ballyboughal to face the local side, whom this writer proclaimed last April as High Flying. However, that High Flying tag may not appropriate because, last Tuesday, Ballyboughal went into their Junior B Final against O’Dwyers, as hot favourites. But Shock Horror! The ladies from Balbriggan pulled off a massive upset to deny Ballyboughal a Treble Treble, having won the League, Cup and Championship in 2016 and 2017 and already the Division 5 League this year.

Still reeling from the Junior B Final Loss, Ballyboughal got the opening score of the game. After A Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly wide, Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney won the kick out and passed to Aoife Fitzmaurice to level the score for The Female Dark Force. But the home side put their noses in front with a point after a previous shot fell into the arms of Birthday Girl Karen O’Connell.

The Inishowen Combination teamed up to level the game again, with Roisin McDonald winning the kick out and passing to Aisling Newton to score the point. Another point followed by Ballyboughal. O’Connell’s kick out was won by Ballyboughal close to the sideline and was worked in and despite great work by Catherine Twomey, she could not prevent the goal being scored 1-03 to 0-02.

With the next play a sideline ball from The Courageous Deirdre Holland found McDonald who shot over the bar, a good response to the goal. Again Ballyboughal notched up another point in reply. A free in was awarded to St Brendan’s after a Ballyboughal player picked the ball off the ground while kneeling. Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney played the ball to Newton but her shot went wide. 1-04 to 0-03.

The home side, with lots of local support, hit a brace of points with 21:27 gone. The Fresh prince of Kells kept her goal line intact with a great save for a 45, which went wide. After an attempt by Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano went wide, Roisin McDonald won the kickout and popped the ball over the bar.

Indeed that would be the first point of a brace, the second point was scored by Aoife Fitzmaurice after a great catch from the Basque Superstar when preventing a Ballyboughal clearance. Aisling Newton put her side back in the game with a great goal following a pass from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly. Ballyboughal howver pegged a point back to ensure a four point half time lead.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-05 to 1-09 Ballyboughal.


With the heavens opening , James McGinley ordered his side into the changing rooms. The decision proved a good one because in the second half, St Brendan’s got the opening score through Aisling Newton after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney won the throw in. Ballyboughal had a shot that went across the face of goal and Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher ensuring the O’Neills Size 4 went across the end line and wide.

The Female Dark Force got the deficit down to two points with another Newton point. Roisin McDonald played a free in to Erin Fadian then onto The Courageous Deirdre Holland and finally onto The Carndonagh Cyclone for the point. McDonald’s bid for a one point game ended when her shot was blocked.

The home side hit four points on the spin, St Brendans responded with another Newton point after Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick was fouled when picking up the ball.

With 18 minutes to go, Ballyboughal looked like they sealed victory with a goal, after a long ball fell short to Karen O’Connell and the clearance was turned over and worked in for the second goal. But St Brendan’s responded when Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano played the ball to Roisin McDonald who found Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly in a great position to shoot over the bar. 2-13 to 1-09.

10 minutes to go and Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano played the ball to Aisling Newton whose shot hit the post but deflected off the back of the Ballyboughal goalkeeper and into her own net, to give some hope to St Brendans. 2-13 to 2-09.

But with four minutes to go, it really was game, set and match for Ballyboughal when a third goal which was well worked in. St Brendan’s responded with a carbon copy point by Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly, again with goal at her mercy, Dangermouse shot too high and over the bar. A final St Brendan’s wide in near darkness was the last action and at 8.14pm the referee blew for full time and Ballyboughal winning home advantage for the Cup Semi Final.

Another great tussle between the two sides but don’t be surprised if this is the final match up for the Division 5 Cup Final, provided St Brendan’s win the semi-final which will be next Wednesday away to Naomh Olaf.


Full Time Score: St Brendans 2-10 to 3-13 Ballyboughal.


Elsewhere, the St Brendans Ladies 2nd Team, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property advisors, could not repeat the heroics of last April and were beaten by Na Fianna C in the Division 7 Cup 2-17 to 3-4.

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Aug 30

Female Darkest Force given an education by Scoil Ui Chonaill in Junior G Shield

Ladies 2nd Shield Final v Scoil Ui Chonaill 29082018 (6)Wed 29 Aug 2018 – Last week, while the St Brendans Ladies 1st Team were involved in an epic Junior C Final. The St Brendans 2nd XV, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property Advisors were playing 15 miles away in Newcastle and defeated the local side St Finian’s Newcastle to advance to this evenings Final of the Junior G Shield, where Scoil Ui Chonaill were the opposition. This was the third meeting between the sides with the ladies from Clontarf Road winning both previous encounters by three points.

St Brendans got off to good start with the opening score going to Sharon Lynskey following great play by The Turkish Delight Mina Alkentaya to pass to Marina Kilduff and onto the Aughamore Avenger Lynskey for the point.

A free in by Scoil Ui Chonaill hit the upright and was cleared by Emma Duffy, who played the ball to Alkentaya and finally onto Kilduff and the Roscommon lady doubled St Brendans lead with a tight angled point. The dream start continued when Tanya (number 11) found the net after a pass from Lynskey. 1-02 to no score after five minutes.

Scoil Ui Chonaill, with half of their panel not yet reaching 20 years of age with almost 100% possession, scored six points on the spin, the sixth of which was hit in the 19th minute. But Scoil also hit six wides and three shots falling short to Augustina Lazzerini. Helen Macklin and Anne Marie Riney also provoked their markers into overcarrying.

A long ball from Alkentaya was intended for (Tanya Number 11) but the Turkish Delight was fouled when disposing of the ball and Tanya took the free from where the ball landed, but the free in fell short and Marina Kilduff couldn’t get her hand to it. The game was slipping away from The Female Dark Force when Scoil got a brace of points to make it 0-08 to 1-02.

St Brendan’s needed the next score to stay in the contest and they got just that with a goal from (Jean Number 13) after a tremendous solo run. But no sooner had St Brendans gotten back in the match than Scoil Ui Chonaill responded with a goal of their own to reopen the three point lead. Indeed they went to town in the closing stages of the first half with another goal and two points but could have got a third goal in the first half but for a timely interception from Shona Daly.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-02 to 2-10 Scoil Ui Chonaill.


Scoil Ui Chonaill added two more points in the opening three minutes of the second half, but Sabrina Fleming played the ball to Marina Kilduff to score a third St Brendan’s point to make it 2-12 to 2-03.

Scoil’s dominance of the game continued with three more points going into the final quarter of the game. After another point, Augustina Lazzerini’s quick kickout went straight to a Scoil forward to went starlight and although her shot was saved by the Argentinian, another player got the rebound to score the third goal of the evening.

But St Brendans did respond when a long ball by Mina Alkentaya found Marina Kilduff whos low shot beat the goalkeeper for a third goal for Brendans. 3-15 to 3-03.

In the closing stages, Kilduff had a shot that went wide, bizarrely, St Brendans only wide of the whole match! But Scoil Ui Chonaill would take the Junior G Shield to their Clontarf Road clubhouse.


Full Time Score: St Brendans 3-03 to 3-17 Scoil Ui Chonaill.

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Aug 29

Michael Heffernan says “There’s nothing dead about a dead rubber”

Hurlers v St Brigids 28082018 (2)Tues 28 August 2018 – In a game moved forward to Tuesday evening, due to the All-Ireland Football Final, The St Brendan’s Hurlers, Sponsored by Transdev, continued their bid to add another ascent to their upward curve with a AHL7 encounter with St Brigids. For the first time since June 12th, we were back in Grangegorman and the pitch looked immaculate after its holiday. Following the win against St Patrick’s Donabate on August 12th, ensuring AHL7 survival, this game was a dead rubber. Or so you thought?

The Brigid’s players took to the field wearing no a variety of jersey’s after leaving the team kit in the wash, but togged out properly for the second half.

4:20 gone in the game and we got the opening score for The Dark Force thanks to Michael Heffernan after a Trevor Purtill sideline cut found Rory Tynan who, despite being heckled, got the slioter to Heffernan for the shot over the bar.

The lead was doubled thanks to Rory Tynan following a pass from Phil Hyland. Brendans dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes with those two points but also struck three wides as well. St Brigids took hold of possession for the next six minutes but only scored one point and were guilty of six wides. Brian Larkin, Clive Kennedy and Padraig Pratt also won many turnovers inside the 45 meter line.

St Brendans reopened the two point lead thanks to a free in by Shane Foley after a foul on Paul Lynch. St Brigids levelled matters with a brace of points with 17:32 gone on the clock. The away side then took the lead with a goal and a point much to the consternation of Cian Walsh, who was concerned that the game was slipping away.

St Brendan’s did hit a brace to halve the deficit thanks to another Foley free in after a foul on Tynan, and the second point was scored by Darren Callanan following an excellent turnover by Vincent O’Flynn. However, St Brigids then pucked another brace to reopen the four point lead.

Both sides traded points as the first half entered its final quarter, with Foley scoring a Brendan’s point from play. After the Brigid’s point, Ritchie Barry’s puckout was caught by Eric Shadowens and the man from Grand Rapids Michigan made a 50 meter solo run and pucked into the square. Paul Lynch and Rory Tynan missed the slioter but Shane Muldoon didn’t and rattled the Brigid’s net with a rasping shot to put one between the sides in the 27th minute.

Rory Tynan levelled matters with a point after Muldoon kept the slioter in play after a shot from Darren Callanan looked like going wide. A sideline cut by Foley found Paul Lynch, who did brilliantly to hold onto possession when on the ground and passed to Callanan who found Muldoon. Muldoon was chopped down outside the penalty area to earn a 13 meter free, which Ballincollig’s finest duly converted to ensure a St Brendan’s lead at the break.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-08 to 1-07 St Brigids


Eric Shadowens got the second half up and running with a point and a two point lead as ST Brigid’s finally got to wear their red jerseys and even got to level the game with a brace as the game entered the 40th minute.

Brendan’s were determined to go undefeated in August and Rory Tynan grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with a brilliant goal after collecting a long ball off Trevor Purtill and going on a 40 meter solo run with almost all of the Brigid’s full back line on his back. 2-09 to 1-09.

Brigid’s had a free in that went wide, despite their player trying some Cute Kerry Hoorism by sneaking an extra few yards, but did pull a point back in the next play. Dan Curran came on as a sub and played the ball to Rory Tynan, looking for a second goal but drew the foul instead, up stepped Shane Foley with the free in and the three point lead again 2-10 to 1-10.

Both sides traded points again, this time it was Eric Shadowens with the Brendan’s point from a Ritchie Barry puck out to his right and Shadownes working his way to the 45 meter line and pucking the slioter over.

2-11 to 1-11 with eight minutes to go.

Clive Kennedy produced a triple block to get the ball clear but only as far as a Brigid’s player to puck over the bar and hitting the metal post holding the protective nets, that point put two between sides. That became one with a free in following a Kennedy foul.

Three minutes to go and Brigids fluffed a side-line cut straight to Paul Lynch who passed to Michael Heffernan who pucked the ball over the bar to put 2 in it again. Ritchie Barry had his heart in his mouth when a rasping shot hit the black spot of the crossbar and Clive Kennedy was on hand to puck the slioter away for a sideline cut. Brigid’s worked the sideline in for a point and the bare minimum once again.

A long ball from Shane Foley which fell short was the last action of what was a truly entertaining game which made a total mockery of the ‘dead rubber’ tag that was attached to his game. Another step in the upward curve and after not winning a match from season start to the beginning of July, the St Brendan’s Hurlers have themselves a Magic August with two matches and two wins. Will the upward curve continue on September 9th in the final Championship Group game against Ballyboden St Enda’s?


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 2-12 (18) to 1-14 (17) St Brigid’s

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Aug 23

Extra time Heartbreak in Ladies Junior C Thriller

Ladies Junior C Final v Na Fianna 22082018-TeamWed 22 Aug 2018 – The Decision by the Competitions Control Committee of The Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association to move St Brendan’s up three divisions from Junior F to Junior C, raised a few eyebrows amongst many observers. However, that decision became truly justified when the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, reached the clubs third consecutive County Championship Final against Na Fianna, played in Lawless Park in Swords. What you are about to read totally justifies that decision to go to Junior C with two hours of true pulsating football, with the result in the balance all the way to the end.

Aisling Newton, absent when the sides met in the Round Robin Series, showed her presence with the opening score of the game inside two minutes, when Sinead Reilly won a turnover and played the ball to Newton. Nicola Carrabine was unlucky when she saw her next shot go wide after good work from Roisin McDonald.

The Dream start continued for The Female Dark Force, when Catherine Twomey was fouled making her clearance. She played the ball to Christine Dilworth, then onto Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly then onto Newton, and the Carndonagh Cyclone made no mistake with her low shot into the net 1-01 to no score with 5:45 gone.

The Mobhi Roaders got their opening score with a point from play after a Carrabine pass to a double marked McDonald was turned over. Sinead Morrissey settled her side with a free in from 20 meters after an initial jersey tug whilst on a solo run, she got fouled again and took her free from that spot.

Na Fianna got their second score in the same way they got their first, a free in. Then Na Fianna got a foothold in the game by collecting a stray ball, working it in nicely and Karen O’Connell was beaten for goal when the ball lobbed over her head. A shot by Morrissey went off a Na Fianna boot for a 45, which Aoife Fitzmaurice took and played to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney but her shot went wide.

The Kickout was won by Na Fianna who went on the attack for a second goal to open a three point lead 2-02 to 1-02 after twenty minutes. James McGinley made a forced change with Her Highness Orla King coming in to replace Claire McIntyre.

The Female Dark Force however responded very well when Nicola Carrabine blocked a Na Fianna free in, played onto Aoife Fitzmaurice and onto Aisling Newton for a well taken score from 35 meters. Both sides traded wides with five minutes to go as both sides struggled to come to terms with the very firm Lawless Park pitch which saw the ball bounce abnormally high.

It was back to a one point game with another free in from the Mullingar Dynamo Sinead Morrissey, a carbon copy of her first, after the referee played advantage for a Fitzmaurice jersey pull. It was Fitzmaurice who won the Na Fianna kick out and played to Aisling Newton who was tackled high. Up stepped Morrissey with the point and a level game with a minute to go in the first half. That was Fitzmaurice’s last contribution of the game as she was replaced by Shauna ’Jet’ Fitzpatrick.

Na Fianna looked for a lead score but a super block from Erin Fadian, a shot falling short by Karen O’Connell and a clearance by Andrea Curley, after Ines Rubio Alcala Galiano was penalised for overcarrying, ensured a level game at Half Time.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-05 to 2-02 Na Fianna


After wides from Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and Roisin McDonald, St Brendan’s found themselves three points down again with a third Na Fianna goal. Aisling Newton had her jersey tugged when catching a McDonald pass. Sinead Morrissey again pointing the free in to make it 1-06 to 3-02 after four minutes. However, Na Fianna hit another point to push the lead back to three points.

The Mobhi Roaders had a four point buffer momentarily, but Roisin McDonald hit a crucial point to restore the three point deficit after 70 yard solo run following a pass from Aoife Fitzmaurice who in turn won a turnover.  Na Fianna could have slammed the Championship door in the face of St Brendan’s but their shot rattled the crossbar, much to the relief of Karen O’Connell. Her Highness Orla King played the ball to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney and played a low ball to Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and onto Roisin McDonald, who managed to get her toe tap in before being pulled for overcarrying and took her shot which sailed over the bar to keep her side in touch. 1-08 to 3-04.

St Brendan’s were given a serious lifeline when a Morrissey shot was about to go wide but somehow, The Knocknagree Knight, Christine Dilworth kept the ball in play and doing her best Diego Maradona Hand of God impersonation, fisted the ball into the net for the lead score, 2-08 (14) to 3-04 (13) with 12 minutes to go.

The lead was then two points with a Sinead Morrissey free in after drawing the foul herself when collecting a Newton pass. Another shot from Fitzpatrick went wide as the game went into injury time.

In injury time, the ball was turned over by Na Fianna in midfield and worked in. The Na Fianna player was on the 13 meter fine when she fell on her backside, everybody looked at the referee, looking for a whistle, including the player, who got up and lobbed her shot over Karen O’Connell’s head for a goal and a one point lead for Na Fianna.

Heartbreak waited for the Female Dark Force. Or Was it?

There was still over 90 seconds of normal time to play; Roisin McDonald was fouled 30 meters out. He free-in went to Aisling Newton, who was fouled 20 meters in front of goal. Up stepped The Malin Head Giant to show tremendous nerves of steel to kick the free over the bar for a level game with 20 seconds to go. Claire Owens turned over a Na Fianna attack and the referee blew for full time.


Full Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-10 (16) to 4-04 (16) Na Fianna


At 10.05pm, the referee threw in the ball to start the first period of extra time. The Junior C Title will be decided on the night with a 20 meter free taking competition if the sides are still level after 20 minutes extra time.

Roisin McDonald won a hopball and passed to The Courageous Deirdre Holland, on as a substitute at the start of extra time, who returned the ball to McDonald via a foot pass. McDonald found fellow Inishowen lady Aisling Newton who was pushed in the back, Newton took the free in herself towards Sinead Morrissey and The Mullingar Dynamo had St Brendan’s in the lead once again with a point followed by a fist pump and a shout of ‘Come On.

That lead was doubled when Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick came up to hold her nerve and hit a crucial score. But as in injury time of normal time, the same number 12 from Na Fianna came up to score her third and Na Fianna’s fifth goal of the night which could be the crucial score.

After being two points up, St Brendan’s found themselves two points down when another Na Fianna point was converted. In the final minute of the first period, Na Fianna opened up a three point lead with a free in after a nudge by Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher, also on as an extra time substitute.


Half Time of Extra Time: St Brendan’s 2-12 (18) to 5-06 (21) Na Fianna


A big push was needed in the final 10 minutes and Aisling Newton gave St Brendan’s a glimmer of hope with a point in the opening minute of the second period thanks to a Sinead Morrissey pass. 3:42 gone in the second period and Morrissey pointed yet another free in after Aisling Newton drew the foul, to put one between the sides.

In extra time, you can use an additional three subs and Na Fianna put two young players to use to close out the game. Both players contributed to the scores that left Na Fianna up by two more points as the game reached the closing stages.

But the drama was not over yet. Any chance of Na Fianna putting the game beyond reach was thwarted by Andrea Curley as the Creggs Crusader made a vital turnover. In the final few seconds, the Na Fianna goalkeeper almost went for the juggler and attempt the fly keeper tactic but her clearance went straight to Julie Fox, with the goalkeeper on the 45, Fox’s attempted pass to Aisling Newton went too high and cleared by Na Fianna and at 10.30pm, the referee bought this epic, epic Junior C Final to an end.

Elation for Na Fianna, utter dejection for The Female Dark Force who came so close to winning both in normal and extra time, but the young legs of the Na Fianna substitutes won it in the end. However, when the dust settles and the disappointment eases over the next few days, one can genuinely appreciate that this was a true epic game. When people look back at some of the greatest matches played in Dublin Club Ladies Football, surely this game will go down as a classic.

For Roisin McDonald, the pain of losing was eased somewhat when she was awarded the Player of the Match accolade but could only look on as Na Fianna were presented with the Cup.


Final score from Lawless Park Swords: St Brendans 2-14 (20) to 5-08 (23) Na Fianna


It was not all doom and gloom for the St Brendan’s Ladies, because in Newcastle, the 2nd XV, Sponsored by Martin and Moran Property Advisors, defeated St Finian’s Newcastle 7-09 to 1-09 to advance to the final of the Junior G Shield where they will face Scoil Ui Chonaill in the Final next Wednesday. That game ended at 8.30pm and the team travelled up the M50 to catch the start of the 2nd half in Swords.

Team Sheet: 1. Karen O’Connell, 2. Andrea Curley, 3. Catherine Twomey, 4. Ines Rubio Alcala-Galliano, 5. Claire Mc Intyre, 6. Erin Fadian, 7. Nicola Carbine, 8. Faye Kearney, 9. Claire Owens, 10. Aoife Fitzmaurice, 11. Roisin McDonald, 12. Shauna Fitzpatrick, 13. Sinead Reilly, 19. Aisling Newton, 15. Sinead Morrissey.

Subs: 16. Michelle Dolan, 17. Eimear McKenna, 18. Tara Foy, 20. Christine Dilworth, 21. Orla King, 22. Claire Gallagher, 23. Julie Fox, 24. Deirdre Holland, 25. Ellen Higgins, 26. Andrea Doherty, 27. Siobhan Maloney.

Management: James Mc Ginley, Cian Walsh, Eugene Cunningham

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Aug 16

Captain Fantastic Claire Owens leads Ladies to 3rd Consecutive Final

Ladies Junior C Semi-final v Kilmacud 15082018 (9)Wed 15 August 2018 – On August 15th 2016, The St Brendan’s Ladies Football team qualified for the teams first ever County Championship Final, a Junior G final which was won by St Monica’s. The tables were turned the following year in the 2017 Junior F Final, when The Female Dark Force defeated The Monettes by 9 points to take the clubs first Championship in 24 years.

Two years on from the first final and the St Brendan’s Ladies, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, are in the Junior C Championship Semi Final. Standing in the way is Kilmacud Crokes who topped Section B, hence it is that the game be played in Silver Park In Stillorgan.

The Female Dark Force got off to a dream start with a goal by Roisin McDonald in the opening minute. McDonald turned over a Crokes free in and got fouled herself. There was only one lady MdDonald was going to pass the ball to and that was her fellow Inishowen lady Aisling Newton, who then passed to Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and finally onto Sinead Morrissey and a second goal of the evening.

The Dream start continued, when Dangermouse won the Kilmacud kickout and passed to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney whose shot dipped under the crossbar at the last moment for a third St Brendan’s goal. After those three goals, Morrissey raised the first white flag of the evening with a free in after Aoife Fitzmaurice was fouled.

Another Kilmacud free in was turned over by Kearney on towards Dangermouse and onto Newton and The Carndonagh Cyclone to open her scoring account with a rasping shot over the bar 3-02 to no score. Eventually the home side did get in the board with a point from a free in, initially it looked like a goal because the ball landed in the goalmouth but there is a hole in the net and the ball went through the hole after going over the bar.

Another free out by Crokes was won again by Kearney, this time passing Roisin McDonald and again onto Aisling Newton for the point. Wonderful link play from the Inishowen Combination.

After another Crokes free in, Nicola Carrabine played the ball to Sinead Morrissey who hit her second goal and St Brendan’s fourth after going one on one with the goalkeeper. Morrissey completed her hat trick after taking a free in, after she was fouled herself, which hit the net to make it 5-03 to 0-02 after 22 minutes.

St Brendan’s kept on motoring and another Carrabine turnover resulted in a fourth point by Aoife Fitzmaurice. Another Crokes point followed, Karen O’Connell’s kickout was won by Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who played a great ball to Aisling Newton and the shot over the bar. A shot by Crokes hit the upright and was cleared by Andrea  Curley and Erin Fadian then played a great ball to Newton, who passed to the onrunning Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly. Reilly found Morrissey for another point.

Dangermouse played a lateral ball to Fitzpatrick who worked hard to win the ball and pass to Newton for a point. Newton hit a brace of points after receiving the ball from McDonald and shot over the bar. Both points saw the ball hang in the air for an eternity before just dropping over the bar.

Claire Owens played like the influential captain that she is and passed a ball to Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who despite slipping, managed to find Aoife Fitzmaurice and Fitzmaurice passed to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney who took her shot with the citeog over the bar.

Catherine Twomey unleashed her inner Francie Bellew by preventing the Kilmacud player from taking a shot for goal by laid a hand on her back for a free in, which was converted and that was the last action of the first half.


Half Time score: St Brendans 5-09(24) to 0-05 Kilmacud Crokes


The home side were determined to create the greatest comeback of all time by hitting 1-01 in the opening four minutes of the second half, whilst Aisling Newton saw her goal bound shot saved by the legs of the Kilmacud goalkeeper who unfortunately fouled the keeper when trying to follow up. James McGinley then put Her Highness Orla King and Christine Dilworth into the game and the impact was felt when The Knocknagree Knight scored a great point to make it a 16 point lead.

That lead became 17 with another point by Aisling Newton after an Erin Fadian turnover and a 50 yard solo run by Claire McIntyre. Her Highness Orla King put the disappointment of Monaghan’s defeat behind her by defending brilliantly and winning a free out for her side.

After a wide by Newton, The Carndonagh Cyclone notched another point after receiving a pass from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly who in turn won the Crokes kick out. Crokes hit point number 7 from a free in. A Crokes long ball was well looked after by Orla King and clearance by Andrea Curley. St Brendan’s continued putting on the pressure and McDonald scored point number 13 after a Dilworth pass.

The home side hit a brace to move their tally to 1-09. Christine Dilworth saw her goal bound shot saved and cleared but only as far as Eimear McKenna who found Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and finally onto Newton who shot from an impossible angle hit the upright and over the bar.

Kilmacud wanted to end the game on a high but a hard shot rattled the crossbar and cleared by Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher and onto Tara Foy then onto Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick. In the end it was Aisling Newton who increased her personal tally to 0-09 with a point which, like her fourth and fifth point, hung in the air like forever and dropping over the bar.

The Female Dark Force saved the best til last when a line ball by Dangermouse found Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney whose 30 yard shot dipped under the crossbar for what can safely be called ‘A Julie Fox Special™’ (© 2017 Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano) Speaking of The Basque Superstar, she had the last possession as the referee blew the whistle for full time and for the third consecutive season, the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers have a County Championship Final to look forward to.

The opponents will be Na Fianna B (who defeated Fingallians 6-12 to 0-06 in the other semi) in a rematch of the Section A encounter on July 25th. The Final will take place in Lawless Park in Swords on Wednesday August 22nd at 8.30pm. Don’t Miss It!


Final Score from Silver Park Stillorgan: St Brendan’s 6-15(33) to 1-09(12) Kilmacud Crokes.
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Aug 13

Things looking up for our hurlers

hurlSun 12 August 2018 – The Transdev sponsored hurling team made the journey out to the superb facilities of St. Pats in Donabate, in the latest instalment of AHL7. Things got off to the worst possible start when Vince O’ Flynn forgot all the team water bottles. Luckily enough, things on the pitch fared a lot better.

Early points from Shane Foley and Darren “The White Feather” Callinan settled the team and thanks to good pressure from all the forwards, there was lots of Donabate possession overturned. The fullback line of Brian Larkin, Mark Kinsella and man of the match Padraig Pratt, gave a superb display in defence, with the only real blot in proceedings being a well worked Donabate goal. That was as good as things got for St. Pats in the first half however. Good pressure from Rory Tynan in the full forward line resulted in a turnover with Gavin Muldoon hitting the back of the St. Pats net.


Halftime score:  St. Brendans 1-06 to 1-02 St Pats Donabate


The second half started with some well taken points for the Dark Force, however there was a stalemate for large periods of the second half. With the sides stuck at 1-11 to 1-05, St. Pats were putting the Brendan’s defence under severe pressure with Richie Barry required to save two certain goal chances.

Indeed had St. Pats converted some of their point chances, the result may have been totally different. However, as they did in the first half, the defence held firm. Sean Beatty started to get a stranglehold in mid-field and Cian Walsh made a couple of changes with Vince O’Flynn and Shane Muldoon introduced to add fresh impetus to the Brendan’s attack. Further points followed and another goal by Darren Callinan put some gloss on the final scoreline and a much needed, well deserved 2 points for the hurlers with the final two league fixtures coming up are against St. Brigids and Round Towers Lusk.


Final Score from Donabate: St Brendans 2-15 to 1-05 St Pat’s Donabate

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Aug 09

Mina Alkunkaya goal not enough as Ladies 2nds exit Championship

Ladies 2nds v Erins Isle 08082018 (2)Wed 08 August 2018 – While the decision by the St Brendan’s GAA Committee to field a 2nd Ladies Football team this season has been, without doubt, a huge success, one of the problems facing this writer is the fact that both the 1sts and 2nds are playing games simultaneously on Wednesday evenings and the 1sts get the lions share of the coverage on this website. But once in a while, the Ladies 2nds, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property Advisors, do play a game when the 1sts are not and this Wednesday evening is the exception. With the 1sts having a bye in the final round of the Junior C Championship, The 2nds are in action in the final round of group games in the Junior G Championship against Erins Isle at Farnham Drive in Finglas.

The home side opened the scoring after four minutes with a point. In return two wides were recorded by the Female Dark Force and Erins Isle went up to get a goal to make it 1-02 to no score.

But Kilduff then managed to get her first score of the evening, a point after a turnover by Anne Marie Casey. Helen Lenihan won the Isles kick out and played the ball to Kilduff who ensured that Erins Isle would get a fight to the end by hitting a great goal to make it 1-02 to 1-01. Indeed Kilduff could have given her side the lead when Tanya Brennan played a great ball to Kilduff but an unlucky bounce prevented her from getting a clean contact and the ball went wide.

Kilduff eventually got her second score after a turnover by Anne Marie Casey and final pass by Aideen Brophy. That would be the Half time tally for St Brendans 2nds as Erins Isle notched up a brace of points to lead by 3 at half time.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-02 to 1-05 Erins Isle


After Erins Isle got the opening score of the second half, Helen Lenihan had a shot that went straight to the Isles goalkeeper but her clearance went straight to Mina Alkunkaya and the Turkish Delight stunned onlookers with a tremendous goal to put one between the sides.

But it was all Erins Isle for the next ten minutes with a brace of points and a sideline ball that went to their nippy centre half back who rounded the defence and Augustina Lazzerini and scored a great goal to make it 3-08 to 2-02.

After another Isles point, Mina Alkunkaya had a shot that went wide. But Marina Kilduff scored another point after Helen Macklin won the kickout and passed to her fellow Rossie. Indeed Kilduff increased her tally with another point with Mina Alkunkaya supplying the final pass.

But Erins Isle finished strongly and a fourth goal ensured a home semi-final for the Finglas outfit in the Junior G Championship, but the season is not yet over for The Female Darkest Force because in a new initiative, The LGFA have introduced Shield competitions for those teams who failed to make the semi-finals of the Junior Championships. St Brendans 2nds will be facing St Finians Newcasle in the Junior G Shield next Wednesday the 15th.

For the St Brendans Ladies 1st XV, who had a bye this evening, the semi-final pairing are now known with The Female Dark Force travelling to Pairc De Burca in Stillorgan to face a top quality Kilmacud Crokes outfit, that will be some game!


Final Score from Farnham Drive Finglas: Erins Isle 4-11(23) to 2-04(10) St Brendans 2nds.


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Aug 03

Winless July but hope for an August win

2nds v St Sylvesters 02082018 (2)Thurs 02 August 2018 – After defeats against Trinity Gaels and Cabinteely in recent days, The St Brendans 2nd XV faced the daunting task of knocking St Sylvesters off their perch in AFL10. Once again the Grangegorman pitch is still unavailable and in fact, this writer was watching The Galway Races on RTE television when spotting the Grangegorman pitch behind Brian Gleeson in the betting ring at Ballybrit. The pitch must be enjoying the craic in the West.

So once again the game was played in Longmeadows and the crack Malahide outfit showed why they are top of the AFL10 table with a ruthless exhibition of forward attacking play and hit 2-09 by half time. Admittedly they also hit 11 wides. In response, the Darkest Force goalkeeper, Brian Feeney, kicked out the ball an astonishing 26 times in the first half alone. St Brendan’s seconds in response only scored two points and got the opening score with Ger Power after Joe Kenny moved this way and that before giving the final pass.

The roles were reversed for the second score this time Power whipped in a long ball into the square where Kenny almost got the goal but with too many Syl’s bodies in the way had to settle for a point.


Half time score: St Brendan’s 0-02 to 2-09 St Slyvesters


There was a bright start to The Darkest Force in the second half when Brian Feeney cleared a short Syl’s shot to Damien Daly, then onto Padraig Pratt, then Power and onto Kenny for the third St Brendans point.

But there was a huge blow for the home side when they were reduced to 14. Sylvesters then scored 1-01 and they threatened to go to town with more scores.

But they didn’t.

This allowed St Brendan’s to play with much more fluency despite the unassailable deficit. Paul McIntyre had a shot blocked but only as far as Joe Kenny for his third and his sides fourth point. 3-10 to 0-04.

Despite the away side hitting three points on the spin, a Brian Feeney kick out was won by Cathal McCormack and onto Johnny Nugent who made a 60 meter solo run and shot from 30 meters from the outside of the right boot and over the bar.

Nugent’s bid for a brace of points ended when his shot was saved for a 45 after a great Mark from Christopher Hand, and it was The Gentleman from Cavan who took the 45 which sailed directly into the St Sylvester’s net. After another Syls point, Feeney played a short kick out to Damien Daly who played the ball to John Maguire, fresh from a 24 hour cycle where he covered 453km and finally onto fellow Cavan man Christopher Hand who was told to bury the ball and The Gentleman did just that to put some respectability on the final scoreboard.

The Darkest Force have two more games against opposition from the bottom half of the table so both winnable games.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 2-06(12) to 3-14(23) St Slyvesters.

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Aug 02

Faye Kearney leads the successful raid out of the Clontarf Fortress

Ladies 1sts Champo v Clontarf 01082018 (1)Wed 01 Aug 2018 – St Annes Park Pitch 34. A notoriously difficult place to get a result, just ask any St Brendan’s player regardless of the code.

What made this Junior C Championship Round 4 encounter all the more unique is that both St Brendan’s and Clontarf, share the same sponsor, McGowans of Phibsborough. So who would emerge victorious in this Battle of McGowans at Fortress St Annes Park Pitch 34?

Despite an early wide from The Courageous Deirdre Holland, Karen O’Connell got the opening score for The Female Dark Force after Roisin McDonald won the kick out, passed onto Sinead Morrissey and finally onto The Fresh Prince of Kells who got the ball over the bar.

The scored doubled thanks to Holland after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney won the kick out, passed to Christine Dilworth who found Holland for the point.

Erin Fadian won a turnover, and played the ball to Nicola Carrabine and on towards Sinead Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo made it three with a great point. Despite the lion’s share of the possession St Brendan’s hit a brace of wides.

Clontarf went on the attack and a long ball was batted down by Michelle Dolan but only into the path of the Clontarf forward who rounded Dolan to hit the ball into the net, in response, Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney had a shot that fell short. But St Brendan’s did regain the lead when Andrea Curley-McCormack, her first game as a married woman, won possession and played the ball to Roisin McDonald and the Malin Head Giant made a 40 meter solo-run and shot over the bar.

A Kearney line ball found Sinead Morrissey, who produced a ‘Carlos Alberto pass’ to Christine Dilworth and onto Karen O’Connell to volley the ball over the bar with the citeog. A point by Clontarf was the last action of the half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-05 to 1-01 Clontarf


After being out for three weeks with a calf injury, Aisling Newton was unleashed in the second half by James McGinley. At the start of the second half, The Courageous Deirdre Holland hit a brace of wides. Newton tried ‘The John Dolan Special’ but her fisted effort hit the upright.

Eventually the first St Brendans point of the second half came thanks to The Mullingar Dynamo herself Sinead Morrissey after collecting a Christine Dilworth free in. A vertical ball by Clontarf was intercepted by O’Connell who went on the run herself then passed to Claire McIntyre and the Tub O’Curry notched up The Female Dark Force’s seventh point.

19 minutes to go and with a semi -final at stake, James McGinley decided to put back on Julie Fox, and put Karen O’Connell in goal replacing Michelle Dolan, whose parents travelled from Dromohair Co. Leitrim, to watch her in action. Clontarf notched up their second point as the game went into the final quarter.

A Karen O’Connell kick out found Aoife Fitzmaurice who found Newton who attempted to fist the ball over the bar but the ball was blocked and then collected by Morrissey, who found Dilworth for The Knocknagree Knight to reclaim a three point lead with the citeog.

A shot from Clontarf hit the upright and another shot went straight to O’Connell and was cleared by Her Highness Orla King. Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano, Andrea Curley and Faye Kearney were also involved in the move which led to Aisling Newton going one on one with the goalkeeper with only one outcome certain. A goal for The Carndonagh Cyclone. 1-08 to 1-02.

Despite another Holland Wide, Dilworth won the kick out and passed to Newton then onto Morrissey for her third point of the evening and a seven point buffer with eight minutes to go. The St Brendan’s defence held firm in the Fortress with Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano and Her Highness Orla King winning crucial turnovers inside the 20 meter line. But eventually Clontarf had to settle for a third point.

In the final minute another block by The Basque Superstar and clearance by Erin Fadian. In the end, Julie Fox made her presence felt by hitting the point to put the lead back to seven points. A wide by Newton was all immaterial as St Brendan’s win The McGowans Derby against Division 4 opposition and now have a Championship Semi-Final to look forward to later this month. We won’t know who the opponents will be until next Wednesday with the final round of matches with the 1sts having a bye in the final round, but the 2nds will be facing Erins Isle next Wednesday in the final round of the Junior G Championship.


Final score from St Annes Park Pitch 34: St Brendan’s 1-10 to 1-03 Clontarf


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Jul 30

Conor Reilly keeps the score down and hopes up

1sts v St Brigids 29072018 (1)Sun 29 July 2018 – Two Weeks ago, July 15th, The St Brendans Football 1st XV, travelled to St Annes Park, a notoriously difficult place to obtain a result, to face Clontarf in a crucial AFL5 match. Despite St Brendans leading 1-14 to 0-10 going into injury time, Clontarf scored two late goal from St Brendan’s kickouts to give The Dark Force a one point victory. Despite the victory, the concession of those two late goals could have a huge bearing in the final table, should three sides be on equal points, scoring difference comes into play.

So into Round 11 and a meeting with St Brigid’s, with the Grangegorman pitch still on holidays (Climbing the Reek, that’s Crough Patrick to those not from Co. Mayo, today is Reek Sunday), the game took place in Longmeadows.

The away side were on the attack and dropped the ball into the small square, where it was caught by their forward and with six St Brendans players swarming, the Brigids player lost the ball. Hugh Bannon cleared to John Burns and onto Lorcan Bannon, who played a diagonal ball into the corner to Ger Bannon and found John Dolan, looking for a trademark score, but his path was blocked and Karl Feehan was on hand to put the ball over the bar for the opening score.

The lead was doubled and likewise Feehan’s tally with a free in after Derek Brady was pushed in the back. A shot from John Burns was disputed when one umpire waved wide and the other with the hand up indicating a point, but the referee ruled wide which drew the ire of St Brendans coaching team which was calmed when Feehan notched his and his sides third point of the morning also from a free in.

Conor Reilly ensured St Brigid’s were kept scoreless up to the 20th minute with a fine turnover and pass to Colin Folan and onto John Dolan who kicked the ball from 30 meters over the bar.

Karl Feehan then hit ‘An Animal of a score™’ after another Conor Reilly turnover found Niall Mayock and a strong carry from The Foxford Charger found Feehan. St Brigids were on the attack and Derek Brady, giving his marker a 25 meter advantage, managed to run up and pinch the ball on the St Brigid’s players blind side and went on the attack with James McGee in support. He played the ball to The Milltown man and continued his run to goal, where Brady collected the ball off McGee and tried for a goal but the ball went loose. McGee was on hand to side foot the ball into the net and to make it 1-05 to 0-00.

Eventually, St Brigid’s did get on the board with a brace, the second score coming after winning Mark Redican’s kick out. Another  Conor Reilly turnover from inside the 45 was played to Ger Bannon and then onto Niall Mayock to get his name on the scoresheet with a lopsided shot that sailed between the posts. A point from the away side was the last action of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-06 to 0-03 St Brigid’s.


The opening effort  of the second half was a wide for The Dark Force but Lorcan Bannon produced a spectacular Mark borrowed from Aussie Rules from the kick-out. Lorcan played the ball to James McGee who drew the foul and Karl Feehan converted his fifth and St Brendan’s seventh point. That became sixth and eighth respectively for the Boyle man with Lorcan Bannon again being fouled.

Paul Coleman played a free out to Ger Bannon then onto John Dolan, his bid for a trademark score ended when he ran into a red cul de sac, but McGee was on hand to collect the ball and kick over the bar and a fist pump celebration to boot. Phil Bannon was taken out in mid-air when trying to win the Mark, but managed to get a hand on the ball and break it to Lorcan Bannon who played it to Niall Mayock then onto Karl Feehan for another ‘Animal of a score™’

Lorcan Bannon was in the wars again and was fouled as he went for a score. Feehan decided that John Burns would take the free in instead and duly converted in what was the last action for The Pride of Longford and he and Ger Bannon were taken off in place of Paul Farrelly-Cavan and Cormac ‘Skins’ Mullen.

St Brigids lost their first six consecutive kick-outs and although they won their seventh, Hugh Bannon turned the ball over and worked the ball to Derek Brady and made 60 meters before passing to Niall Mayock for a second point for The Foxford Charger to make it 1-12 to 0-03.

After seeing a previous shot go wide, John Dolan ensured that there was no way back for St Brigid’s when after a James McGee turnover and a gain in yardage by Cormac Mullen, Mcgee passed to Dolan who rounded the goalkeeper and kicked the ball into the net to make it 2-12 to 0-3 with 15 minutes to go.

Redican got his first kickouts of the second half as St Brigids managed to hit a brace of points but with 12 St Brendan’s players behind the ball to prevent a third point, the away side somewhat frustrated with Hugh Bannon turning over possession.

Five minutes to go and Lorcan Bannon finally got the point he craved with Niall Mayock supplying the final pass. Eoin O’Connor was given an opportunity to shine by Declan Jennings and he ruthlessly tried to barge his way through the Brigid’s defence and was penalised for over-carrying, but the free out went straight to James McGee who punished the mistake with a point.

O’Connor was given a late black card but it mattered little as ST Brendan’s registered another significant win to keep the promotion play-off hopes alive. With the Summer break on the horizon and a huge game against Round Towers Clondalkin on August 19th.


Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 2-14 to 0-05 St Brigid’s


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