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Victory slips away from the St Brendan’s Ladies

Ladies 1st League v Fingallians 10042019 (6)Wed 10 April 2019 - After a cup victory in their first competitive game of 2019, the St Brendan’s Ladies newly promoted to Division 4 faced Fingallians of Swords in their first league game.

In recent years the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, have travelled to Fingallian’s Lawless Park in Swords for football games, against Clanna Gael Fontenoy, St Monicas and Na Fianna. Three times St Brendan’s have left Lawless Park the defeated team, after extra time being played on the third occasion.

Playing on the Balheary pitches St Brendan’s made the better start and found themselves three points up in short order. The omens looked good and St Brendan’s were determined from the off. The opening score came from Aisling Newton after collecting a super pass from Sinead Reilly.

The lead was doubled when a Roisin McDonald free in fell short but the clearance went straight to Christine Dilworth and she made no mistakes and kicked the point. The third point came from The Sinead Morrissey from a free, after McDonald came in for some over robust tackling when on the attack.

Following this good start, Aisling Newton had a point disallowed for over carrying as she was taking her shot. After the slow start, Fingallians went on the attack. The home side tested out the crossbar. A fine clearance from Enya Cody, and a Superman style flying block from Erin Fadian were required to keep the home side at bay.

St Brendan’s were getting chances too, however, St Brendan’s hit nine wides in the opening 22 minutes. Granted the ninth wide occurred when Sinead Reilly was bundled, using some sumo wrestling moves, over the end line while in possession. The management team of Robert Kelly and Conor O’Neill will have to work a bit more on that in training with Sinead “The Undertaker” Reilly & Co.

But back to the action, a free in by Fingallians went over the sideline, Aoife Fitzmaurice played the sideline ball to Sinead Morrissey and then onto Christine Dilworth who shot low and placed the ball into the net. Three minutes to go and Morrissey kept the scoreboard ticking over with a point from play, after good defending by Enya Cody and Nicola Carrabine.

St Brendan’s ensured an eight-point lead at half time with another Roisin McDonald point from play from a tight angle. The final chance of the half also fell to the Donegal woman but the chance of a nine point lead did not result in a score as her free edged wide.


Half time score in Swords: St Brendan’s 1-05 to 0-00 Fingallians.


Five minutes gone in the second half and Sinead Morrissey had the simplest of tap overs from 13 meters after the referee spotted a foul on Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano, but a minute later, Fingallians got their opening score of the game in a well worked move.

In a frenetic passage of play, after both teams had three turnovers, Tara Foy played a long ball to Marina Kilduff. Kilduff found Christine Dilworth who kicked St Brendan’s seventh point of the evening. Another Dilworth shot fell short but Fingallians worked it up the field and in the end the full forward rattled the top corner of Karen O’Connell’s net for a Fingallians goal 1-07 to 1-01. The home side were galvanised and began to push on.

Fingallians hit a brace of points and intercepted a short kick-out. Karen O’ Connell rescued the situation with a fine double save for a 45, which went wide. Fingallians added two more points.

Another O’Connell save and clearance found Tara Foy, but she had a free given against her. The ball was kicked for a point from the free but somehow the ball dipped sharply mid-flight and eluded the St Brendan’s defense resulting in a second goal for Swords Fingallians. Fingallians added two more points to take the lead with 5 minutes to go 1-07 to 2-05.

Marie T Duffy ensured there was not a two-point deficit with a crucial turnover. Duffy played the ball to fellow substitute Siobhan Moloney. Moloney was fouled. Sinead Morrissey judged the wind perfectly to land the free and level matters again.

But Fingallians had the final say in the fading light of Lawless Park with a point. St Brendan’s bid for another equalling point fell short and despite fine closing down by the St Brendan’s forwards. A free out was the last action of the evening.

Despite the result, the hard work that the squad and the management have put in so far yielded one super half of football that bodes well for future games.

Sadly the result did not go the way of Female Dark Force today, but that will be forgotten about before next Wednesday, when another Division 4 League game is scheduled away to Erin’s Isle.


Final score from Lawless Park in Swords: St Brendans 1-08 (11) to 2-06 (12) Fingallians.

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