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So was it in or out?

Ladies 1sts Championship v Na Fianna B 25072018 (2)Wed 26th July 2018 – After two victories in The Junior C Championship, the St Brendans Ladies Football 1st XV, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, would give their championship credentials the sternest test thus far by facing Division 4 team Na Fianna B. With the Grangegorman pitch still on holidays (the injured Aisling Newton made herself useful by giving the Grangegorman pitch a tour of the Inishowen Peninsula section of the Wild Atlantic Way), the game was played at a sunny Longmeadows.

It looked like Normal Service Resumes for The Female Dark Force as an early Na Fianna shot fell shot and Michelle Dolan played the ball to Tara Foy, then onto Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and then Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly, who then played a cross field ball to Sinead Morrissey and The Mullingar Dynamo gave her side, and her parents watching, a dream start with an excellent goal.

Dangermouse had her jersey tugged but the referee waved advantage, none came so the referee bought play back and Roisin McDonald decided to leave the free-in to Erin Fadian and the Pied Piper of Achill made no mistake with the point. Roisin McDonald won the next kick-out and played the ball to Morrissey in the corner, who found The Courageous Deirdre Holland in the centre and onto Christine Dilworth and The Knocknagree Knight showed her worth with a good point from the citeog. 1-02 to no score.

The Mobhi Roaders suddenly woke up and scored a goal in a move which started by a sideline ball. Another Na Fianna free in was stopped by Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher and passed to Eimear McKenna, then onto Dilworth, who played a great ball to Morrissey, whose intended lateral pass to Dangermouse found The Courageous Deirdre Holland and the shot over the bar. Morrissey then turned scorer of the fourth point following a neat pass from Erin Fadian.

Na Fianna hit a marvellous point on the 13th minute then we had the first of two water breaks, 1-04 to 1-01. An attempted shot by Karen O Connell fell short and then Na Fianna unleashed their powerful running game to yield a second point. Erin Fadian then won a turnover but double hopped whilst making a break. That free in only went as far as Catherine Twomey and then onto Aoife Fitzmaurice who played a great ball to Christine Dilworth, then onto corner forward O’Connell and The Fresh Prince of Kells did the business with a shot over the black spot. Na Fianna responded with a point to make it a two point game.

After 22 minutes we had the second of the two water breaks in the first half. Both sides traded wides after the break with Sinead Reilly hitting The Female Dark Force’s wide. A Michelle Dolan kick out was won by Na Fianna, and after a gazillion hand passes, Na Fianna had Dolan beaten for goal for the second time and the lead for the away side.

However, O’Connell hit her second point to level matters and a Na Fianna wide from a free in, after The Francie Bellew of Mourneabbey tried to wrestle possession away, was the last action of the first half and a level game.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-06 to 2-03 Na Fianna B


Na Fianna opened the second half scoring two minutes into the second half.

Then the controversy started.

A shot from Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney was stopped by the goalkeeper, but her clearance ricocheted off Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and the ball spun towards the goal-line and stopped dead on the line, was it a goal or not? James McGinley says ‘yes’ but the umpire said ‘no’, the referee agreed with the umpire and awarded a free out, much to McGinley’s annoyance. In fact it was all Na Fianna for the next 10 minutes as they hit 1-02 without reply to give St Brendans a big mountain to climb.

But the team have the expertise to chip into this deficit; can they do it this time?

Karen O’Connell had a great chance after collecting Sinead Morrissey’s pass but her shot went into the side netting. Christine Dilworth had her jerey tugged when in possession, the referee gave advantage and Dilworth took her shot but hit the upright, the referee pulled back play and allowed Morrissey the chance to reduce the deficit with a free in and she duly did. 3-06 to 1-07.

The Mobhi Roaders continued their strong running game but could not get the scores, with one shot cleared by Claire Owens. The Knocknagree Knight did make amends when a goal shot by Dangermouse was blocked down and rebounded to Dilworth and with the citeog, swung the ball over the bar. Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney’s bid narrow the deficit to three points ended when she ws deemed to have overcarried.

Chances were at an absolute premium for the remainder of the game, Na Fianna also over carried, when in a good position.

In the final minute, a Sinead Morrissey free in was played short to The Couragous Deirdre Holland whose low shot was deflected for a 45. Erin Fadian took the 45 to fellow Achill lady Holland and was fouled on the 20 meter line. Morrissey played the free in short. With 6 Na Fianna players on the line, it was the goalkeeper who cleared the ball but straight into the path of Christine Dilworth, who volleyed the ball into the net. The referee disallowed the goal because of a square ball and whistled up for full time immediately afterwards.

So disappointment for St Brendans against a side whose Division 4 experience showed throughout the game. Victory in the final Championship game away to Clontarf is vital to guarantee a semi-final berth in the Junior C Championship.


Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 1-08(11) to 3-06(15) Na Fianna B.


In the Junior G Championship, The St Brendan’s 2nd XV, sponsored by Martin and Moran property advisors picked up a second draw of the competition against St Jude’s with a score of 4-09 to 3-12.

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