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The St Brendan’s Ladies take to the field for their 8th Season

15 July 2020 – With the huge upheaval brought to many people’s lives over the last few months, it looked as if a return to play might not come this year. St Brendan’s has always had a great many members working in health and other frontline professions and we appreciate every day the hard work and effort that goes in to caring and looking after those who need help.

The 2020 Ladies Gaelic Football season, finally started at 7.30pm on Friday July 17th. We have a few newcomers this evening and are delighted that they are onboard. The St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsborough took the field in Longmeadows on the Chapelizod Road against Clontarf in Round 1 of the Division 4 League/Cup.

Early in the first half, after a narrowly wide effort from Aisling Newton, the Clontarf kick out went right and won by Sinead Morrissey, who moved this way and that and got arm dragged. The Mullingar Dynamo kicked the first point of the shortened 2020 season from the resulting 20 meter free in.

Another wide, this time from Joan McNulty followed, and Morrissey again won the Clontarf kick out and this time she did get her shot in which, despite sailing between the posts, was arm dragged again, the referee didn’t play advantage and gave the free in which Morrissey converted again.

15 minutes gone and Karen O’Connell, finally got her first kick out of the match after a free in from Clontarf went wide and that went to Shauna Keane. Roisin McDonald made it 3 points to no score with a point after rounding her marker and shooting.

This became 4 points with a point from Faye Kearney, indeed Faye would hit the first goal of the 2020 season after McDonald won the Clontarf kick out with a direct catch. Under new rules, no Maor Uisce can run onto the field during breaks in play so the referee called for a three minute water break with each player having their own personalised individual water bottle.

After the break, Sinead Morrissey made it 1-5 with her third score, her first from open play after a turnover from Roisin McDonald and a final pass from Niamh Willis. The away side finally got on the board with a free in.

The Female Dark Force responded with a point from play from Niamh Cox with the citeog. St Brendan’s made the most of the strong breeze blowing into the Garda Boat Club end and Niamh Willis marked her debut with 1-1 in a space of a minute, after Sinead Morrisey played cross field ball to Joan McNulty, and pass to Willis.

Not to be outdone, her fellow Niamh, The Fermanagh Thumb Niamh Cox, notched up the eighth point of the evening. Roisin McDonald was determined to make the scoresheet for the second time before the first half was out and duly made it 0-2 when her wind assisted shot from 25 meters just went over the bar. Clontarf hit their 2nd point of the evening and despite a wide with the last kick of the first half, 0-2 would be their first half return, compared to St Brendan’s tally of 2-9.

Playing into the Chapelizod End in the second half and against a strong breeze, St Brendan’s saw the Inishowen combination of Newton and McDonald involved in the build up to allow Sinead Morrissey to send a daisy cutter into the back of the Clontarf net 3-9 to 0-2.

That score remained unchanged until the 15th minute. This period of the e game saw Clontarf dominate possession, but they could not convert possession into scores. Clontarf did eventually make it through the St Brendan’s rear-guard, but The Malin Head Giant Roisin McDonald poked the ball mid-air away from the Clontarf Forward. This was cleared by Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. But sides traded points before the three quarter time water break, with Shauna Keane making her debut with a point in a move which started with a Karen O’Connell save and clearance by Pamela Keaskin. Then play stopped for water with 13 minutes to go.

A Sinead Morrissey free in picked out Roisin McDonald, who saw the Clontarf keeper off of her line. McDonald squeezed the ball just under the crossbar and into the net.

With the good lead, the game got a bit messy with lots many errors, a Brendan’s kick out went straight to a Clontarf player, but she couldn’t punish the mistake and blasted her shot wide. But Aisling Newton ensured that rest of the Female Dark Force were kept on their toes with a point from a tight angle.

One such player who kept plugging away throughout was Niamh Willis who marked her debut with a personal tally of 1-2 with a second half point, following a Newton solo run. A side-line ball from Sophie Freeman found Roisin Mc Donald who rounded off proceedings with a point as the game fizzled out to its conclusion.

The St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV are back up and running in 2020 with a win, several welcome new faces and a few sadly missed absentees. The Female Dark force will have to wait until August 5th for their next game after a bye in both Round 2 of the Division 4 League/Cup next Wednesday the 22nd, and a bye in Round 1 of the Junior B Championship on the 29th,

On August 5th, the 1st XV travel to Ballyboughal for their first taste of Junior B Action.


Final Score from Longmeadows, St Brendan’s 4-13 Clontarf 0-4.


Meanwhile in the Phoenix Park, the St Brendan’s 2nd XV faced  Na Gaeil Óga in the opening round of the Division 8 League/Cup, but unfortunately were beaten on a final score of 1-11 to 0-7. The 2nds will be in Longmeadows on Wednesday evening the 22nd to face Shankill in Round 2.

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