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Fr Mathew's ace Grainne Dwyer hit 12 points against Brunell. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Fr Mathew's ace Grainne Dwyer hit 12 points against Brunell. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
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Fr Mathew’s dominate women's basketball derby against Brunell 

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 64 Fr Mathew’s 75

THE final scoreline doesn’t reflect the gulf in class between these sides as Fr Mathew’s won this Women’s Super League clash in a canter at the Parochial Hall yesterday. 

With the exception of a reasonable second quarter, Brunell looked out of their depth. 

There are many reasons for the recent dip in standards at Brunell but for the Fr Mathew’s head coach James Fleming the performance from his side was satisfactory: “I suppose we started well and then went flat but once we increased the intensity in the second half there was only going to be one winner.”

Mathew’s chief will now get his side prepared for next week’s cup class against Killester whose coach Karl Kilbride was at the game taking a few notes.

“I think cup basketball is different to the league, and we will have to be sharp against Killester as they can be a formidable outfit on their home court in Clontarf.”

The dominance of Mathew’s American Shannon Brady in the first half was eye-catching, as she scored at will with the Brunell pairing of Treyanna Clay and Aryn McClure struggling to stay the pace.

Indeed when Mathew’s were in control they didn’t push on as they used various rotations and as the quarter matured they looked in a good position when leading 29-20.

On the restart, Mathew’s didn’t come out of the blocks and with Brunell’s Lithuanian Greta Tamasauskaite in superb shooting form the deficit was reduced to four points 35-31 with 2.50 remaining.

One positive to come out of this game was the performance of Brunell’s Orla O’Reilly, who battled almost single-handedly on the boards in this period as her team edged it at the interval 40-39.

It was hard to believe the performance produced by Brunell on the restart — all their players were basically doing was catching the ball and choosing silly shooting options. Mathew’s didn’t have to come out of second gear and — with Simone O’Shea, Anna Lynch and Amy Corkery showing maturity beyond their years, they surged into a 11-point lead.

Coming down the stretch Brunell looked drained and although they executed a few late baskets they need huge improvement as a long winter looms.

Top scorers for Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell: G Tamasauskaite 24, D O’Leary 11, K Walsh 9.

Fr Mathew’s: S Brady 24, G Dwyer 12, C Alford 11.

Referees: Eddie Cooke (Cork), Ger Daly (Cork).