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Shauna Fitzpatrick Flying without Wings

Ladies 1sts Champo v Naomh Olaf 18072018 (5)Wed 18th July 2018 – With the Grangegorman pitch on the last few days of its holidays, I understand the pitch is touring the Wild Atlantic Way up near James McGinley’s homestead in Milford Co. Donegal, The St Brendan’s Ladies 1sts XV, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough were back in Longmeadows for Round 2 of the Junior C Championship with Naomh Olaf the opposition.

After showing raw Achill Island courage last Wednesday, it was more of the same for Deirdre Holland as the Achill Islander scored the opening point for The Female Dark Force when Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick won the turnover and Aoife Fitzmaurice supplied the final pass. Roisin McDonald played a one two with Fitzmaurice with her shot falling short, but the clearance only went as far as Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly, who despite her first shot being blocked, stuck a low shot into the Naomh Olaf net.

That score became 1-02 following another turnover, this time from Erin Fadian and a final pass from Claire Owens to Sinead Morrissey for the score. Olafs saw their first shot hit the bar and cleared by Orla King, another shot went wide thanks to great defence by The Queen of Kings.

A shot from Fitzpatrick dropped to the Olaf’s goalkeeper but her clearance only went as far as Sinead Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo made no mistake with her second point of the evening. A shot from Dangermouse hit the bar, and the ball fell to Morrissey but her shot went straight to the goalkeeper.

The Away side got their opening score of the game and after 15 minutes, the referee ordered a 3 minute water break. Aisling Newton, injured last week against Crumlin, acted as Maor Uisce for the evening. A sideline ball for Naomh Olaf, went straight to Roisin McDonald and played a long ball into the corner where Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly competed in a race for possession, but somehow won the ball back and played a cross field ball were Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick made no mistake by kicking the ball over the bar.

Olaf’s pulled another point back, but Fitzpatrick had a second point on the board after The Tub O’Curry Claire McIntyre turned over possession after Olaf’s won a Brendan’s kick-out. Roisin McDonald won Karen O’Connell’s kick-out, and on the other side Morrissey had her third point of the evening. That score became 1-07 when Morrissey made it a brace with her fourth point after a pass from Dangermouse.

The two Sinéad’s combined again and it was the Mullingar Dynamo who added a goal alongside her four points after Dangermouse won a long ball. A free in converted by Naomh Olaf was the last action of the first half and a lead for The Female Dark Force. , Among the spectators was former St Brendan’s ladies full back and Ironman Triathlete extraordinaire Claire Gorman, fresh from doing the Ironman Triathlon in Austria, click here to read a full account of this massive achievement. On behalf of everyone in St Brendan’s GAA, well done Claire.


Half time Score: St Brendan’s 2-07(13) to 0-03 Naomh Olaf


Naomh Olaf got the opening score of the second half. After coming on as a substitute in the second half, Julie Fox made her return with a point after a long kick-out by Karen O’Connell found Roisin McDonald who played a long ball towards Sinead Morrissey then onto the Ballylanders Bullet.

After seeing so many of her teammates on the scoresheet with two points or more, Deirdre Holland got her second point, and St Brendan’s ninth and a top class one at that, after an interception from The Queen of Kings, Orla King. Another Olaf’s point followed. O’Connell’s kick-out was caught by Roisin McDonald who played a long ball to Julie Fox, but with a wall of sky blue in front of her she passed to Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who collected Fox’s pass drove through the wall and buried the ball in the Olaf’s net to make it 3-09 to 0-05.

Another kick-out was won by McDonald, which resulted in a point for Julie Fox. After limping off training with a bruised finger, Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano was fit to play and came on as a second half substitute.

After a brace of points from the away side which sandwiched a water break, The Ballylanders Bullet Julie Fox hit another point, again McDonald catching a kick-out and this time Deirdre Holland supplying the final pass.

It wasnt long for the fourth goal was scored. Christine Dilworth won a turnover and after initially losing Karen O’Connell’s kick-out, played the ball to The Courageous Deirdre Holland and finally onto Nicola Carrabine who shot dipped under the crossbar, hit the inner frame of the goalmouth and went in for a goal. Such was the low sun in her eyes, Carrabine didn’t realise it was a goal until 20 seconds later. 4-11 to 0-07.

St Brendans were not finished yet and yet another kick-out was caught by The Malin Head Giant Roisin McDonald and in the end, Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly went one on one with the goalkeeper but had to be content with the point.

Dangermouse had a case of déjà vu two minutes later when the same scenario occurred and again the same result of a point, this time it was The Basque Superstar Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano who got the ball rolling with a turnover.

Karen O’Connell was determined to keep a clean sheet and saw an Olaf’s shot go across the face of goal with Catherine Twomey ensuring the ball went wide. But Olaf’s nevertheless did hit an eighth point. After a Carabine shot went wide, the goalkeeper’s kick-out went straight to Sinead Morrissey who passed onto Julie Fox for the fifth St Brendans goal.

The referee called a halt to proceedings and a second Junior C Championship victory was secured. But sterner tests await for the rest of the Championship as The Female Dark Force now face two teams with Division 4 experience, Na Fianna B, next Wednesday and Clontarf B the following Wednesday away in St Annes Park Pitch 34.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 5-13(28) to 0-08 Naomh Olaf.

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