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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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