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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.

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