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Sinead Morrissey brings Home Comforts to the Female Dark Force

IMG-20190425-WA000624th Apr 2019 – Following the emphatic victory over Erins Isle last week, The St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, knew that the team could not get complacent going into the fourth game of the 2019 season and a first ever meeting against the Carnacon of Dublin Ladies Football, Foxrock Cabinteely. After three consecutive away trips, The Female Dark Force finally enjoyed the home comforts of Longmeadows.

The game was barely a minute old when Sinead Morrissey opened the scoring from a free after an initial Aisling Newton shot hit the upright and dropped straight to a Fox Cab back who was judged to have barged into Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly. The away side then equalised also from a free in.

It was all St Brendan’s for the rest of the first half. A Fox Cab free in was intercepted by Aoife Fitzmaurice. The two Sinead’s, Reilly and Morrissey were also involved in the build-up that lead to the Carndonagh Cyclone, Aisling Newton shooting low and into the net. 1-01 to 0-01.

The Mullingar Dynamo stepped up again with the free in after Aoife Fitzmaurice was fouled, the referee gave advantage but as Fitzmaurice shot went wide, the play was called back and Morrissey converted her free in. Indeed Morrissey would make it a brace of free ins, this time from 25 meters out after Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick was pushed in the back.

Scores were at a premium for the rest of the first half with Newton and Christine Dilworth shooting wide, but, not content with three points from free-in’s Sinead Morrissey netted a goal from play from a tight angle during first half injury time. A second Fox Cab point was the last action of the first half


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-04 (10) to 0-02 Foxrock Cabinteely.


In the second half, Fox Cab had a free in turned over by Fermanagh Fingers Tara Foy who passed to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney. Kearney gave another lung busting solo-run and passed to Newton for the point. Aoife Fitzmaurice pinched the Fox Cab kick-out and in the end it was Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly for a second point in quick succession.

Robert Kelly and Colm O’Neill’s concern of a second half collapse evaporated when Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick won possession and exposed the Fox Cab defensive weaknesses by picking her spot and driving the ball through the spot and into the net.

Going into the final quarter and The Female Dark Force continued to build momentum and Aisling Newton increased her personal tally to 1-02 with a point which started with an Aoife Fitzmaurice side-line ball. Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly then made it 3-08 with a point following a brilliant passage of play which saw Karen O’Connell and Aoife Watters involved. Newton then pinched the Fox Cab kickout and passed onto Christine Dilworth for a point from The Knocknagree Knight.

The strong finish continued when a Sinead Morrissey free in went across the face of goal and was collected by Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who scored a point to add to the goal she got earlier in the second half. Robert Kelly was delayed in bringing Katie ‘The Beat’ Lavelle and Claire Owens into the action replacing Aoife Watters and Ines Rubio Alcala Galiano when Aisling Newton scored another point from 25 meters.

Both subs played a part in the final point of the evening, with Owens, channelling her own inner Francie Bellew in the absence of fellow Rebelette Catherine Twomey, defending tigerishly to win possession and passing to Lavelle who surged forward with a trademark swashbuckling solo run before passing to Newton. Newton tore through the defence for a straightforward tap over. The Brendan’s defence held strong to limit Fox Cab to just one second half point and a clean sheet for Karen O’Connell with Nicola Carrabine winning the final turnover to end the game in near fading daylight in Longmeadows.

So, a second successive League win for the St Brendans Ladies who now head back to St Annes Park Pitch 35 next Wednesday for encounter against Clontarf this time in the League. Don’t expect the weather or the low scoring game we got in the Cup fixture on April 3rd!


Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 3-13 (22) to 0-03 Foxrock Cabinteely.

Finally, best wishes to Ursula Murphy, in the London Marathon on Sunday

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