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No Dutch, but raw Achill Courage from Deirdre Holland in Championship Opener

Ladies Championship v Crumlin 11072018 (6)Wed 11 July 2018 – After winning last year’s Junior F Championship, the St Brendan’s Ladies footballers, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsboro, moved up three grades to the Junior C Championship. Like the opening game of the League campaign, Crumlin in Pearse Park was the venue for the opening championship game.

Only 15 players were available for the Female Dark Force and with Crumlin having lots of re-enforcement, so nobody was expecting the 5-14 to 0-02 victory that was obtained in March.

Crumlin got the opening score after 4 minutes. Amazingly, it was their only score for the whole of the first half. Christine Dilworth won a turnover and played the ball to Sinéad Morrissey who went on a 30 meter solo run but her path was blocked, she played the ball to Aoife Fitzmaurice but her shot was blocked down but only as far as Roisin McDonald for the equaliser.

Like last Wednesday, James McGinley played Karen O’Connell in the forwards and Michelle Dolan in goal and it was The Fresh Prince of Kells who made it two points to one with the shot over the bar after a McDonald shot hit the butt of the post. O’Connell, with the citeog, hit St Brendan’s first goal of the game in a move which started with a foul on Claire McIntyre and a free that was moved up 10 meters.

In fact it was two goals in succession with Sinéad Morrissey the goal scorer, after a pass from Aisling Newton. It wasn’t long before we saw The Carndonagh Cyclone on the scoresheet and it was inevitable that the first score would be a goal, after a turnover from Siobhan Maloney, on towards Claire McIntyre and finally onto Newton for a low shot into net. Some tremendous defending from Erin Fadian ensured that the home side were limited to one point, even if her brother on the sideline had one eye on the World Cup on his tablet.

The score became 3-03 when McDonald played a free in to Morrissey, but the Mullingar Dynamo found a blue Cul de Sac and played the ball to the onrushing McDonald for a shot over the bar. Another clearance this time by Tara Foy played a one two with McDonald then onto Karen O’Connell, then Sinéad Morrissey and finally Aisling Newton for the Carndonagh Cyclone to skim the end line and punch the ball over the bar.

Michelle Dolan was determined not to concede a goal and her line was almost breached but the Dromahair Dodger stopped a Crumlin shot with her foot and was cleared by Erin Fadian. Close to the end of the first half, Crumlin got a free in, but the shot went wide.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 3-04 (13) to 0-01 Crumlin.


Before we go any further, this writer would like to congratulate Andrea Curley and her now husband Eoin McCormack, on their fairy-tale wedding in Lake Bled in Slovenia last Saturday.

No such fairy tale for the Female Dark Force who worked hard in the second half to get the scores needed. The Inishowen combination combined for the opening score of the second half. Crumlin got their second score a minute later. Indeed it would be a brace, with the second of those points being a free in.

Any chance of a fairy tale comeback by Crumlin were promptly quashed by St Brendan’s, and Sinead Morrissey in particular when the Mullingar Dynamo, after picking up an Erin Fadian pass, went on a 40 meter solo run and crashed a shot to the Crumlin net.

A great build up come to nothing, at least when Crumlin turned over a Morrissey pass to Deirdre Holland, but Morrissey did win the ball back and played the ball to Christine Dilworth, then onto McDonald and finally to Newton whose low shot hit the Crumlin net for a 5th time, 5-05 to 0-03.

Another Morrissey point followed, and the Crumlin goalkeeper played the ball straight to Karen O’Connell, who almost punished that error but the ball hit the butt of the post, another chance befell The Fresh Prince of Kells, but her shot went straight to the goalkeeper.

Deirdre Holland showed great courage when collecting a Morrissey pass, beating two Crumlin players and shot over the bar. Holland then turned provider when passing to Morrissey who showed a great turn of foot when passing to Christine Dilworth and the Knocknagree Knight made no mistake when kicking the ball over the bar and make it 5-08 to 0-03.

Despite what happened a few minutes ago, Karen O’Connell eventually got back on the scoresheet after a 40 meter solo run and pass from Aoife Fitzmaurice. Fitzmaurice was also provider of the final pass that allowed Deirdre Holland to notch up her second score of the evening. Aisling Newton then limped off injured, but at this stage, the game was as good as won.

Lets hope Newtown will be fit for the next Championship outing next Wednesday with a home tie against Naomh Olaf.


Final score from Pearse Park Crumlin: St Brendans 5-10 (25) to 0-05 Crumlin.

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