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Outclassed, but still all to play for.

2nds v Clann Mhuire 06082020 (8)ZThurs 06th Aug 2020 – Outclassed. But still all to play for.

24 hours after the epic victory by the St Brendan’s 1st XV over Craobh Chairain, the jersey’s used yesterday evening was thoroughly laundered and ready to be worn again by the 2nd Xv, in partnership with Stoneybatter Pride of Place, ahead of the Junior 5 All County Championship fixture against Clann Mhuire in Longmeadows.

The Men from the Naul hit the ground running with the opening score of the evening. Lorcan Bannon won the kickout with a Mark, Passed to Eoghan McGinty who was fouled, referee gave advantage but the free in was taken by Joe Kenny and the levelling score.

After 10 minutes both sides were level again, 2 points each when Dave Ryan pointed for The Darkest Force after Maolíosa McHugh was hit off the ball, the referee gave a black card to the guilty Clann player, which now means 10 minutes in The Sin Bin. The Nordie Brute played the free in to Padraig Pratt, then onto Malachi Doyle and finally Ryan and the point.

Clann Mhuire really turned the screw and put pressure on The Darkest Force kickouts and scoring five unanswered points, the fifth of which was a brilliantly converted 45. St Brendan’s did respond with a free in from Kenny after a foul on Seamus Murphy. Kenny tried for a goal but took out his marker unsatisfactorily, according to the referee, and a free out awarded.

Clann Mhuire notched up a brace of points before the first half was out, the second of which saw Mahon’s kickout was pinched but the Clann player didn’t make the most of the mistake and shot high and over the bar. Half time score was 0-9 to 0-3 to Clann Mhuire.

Clann Mhuire effectively ended the game as a contest after six minutes when a brace of points and a goal coming from a penalty which saw Paddy McGuinn black carded. St Brendan’s did respond with Joe Kenny winning Redican’s kick out and going solo by himself and kicking the ball over the bar (1-11 to 0-4)

St Brendan’s played the 13th to the 18th minute with 13 men after Cian Glennon got black carded, McGuinn had to wait until after the second half water break to get back into the action as Clann hit two more points. Indeed the enforced break benefitted the Gurteen man, who took on loads of water on the sin bin and won possession and passed the ball to Seamus Murphy, and onto Joe Kenny who got fouled in the process, but the adrenalin got to Kenny and, despite the free in moved an extra 10 meters, hit the free in wide.

The enforced break also benefitted Cian Glennon who won a turnover inside the 20 meter line and passed to Maurice Kelter. Paddy McGuinn, Bradley Skerritt and John Tuffy were also involved in the build up and it was Tuffy’s pass to Joe Kenny who ploughed his way pass the Clann Mhuire defence and yielded his fourth and St Brendan’s fifth point.

Clann Mhuire had to wait until the very last kick of the match to produce the 14th point in a match that really fizzled out after the penalty. However, St Brendan’s can still reach the Quarter Finals of the Junior 5 All County Championship with victory against St Patricks’s Donabate on August 16th in Grangegorman

Final Score St Brendan’s 0-06 to 1-13 Clann Mhuire.

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