MGL U/15 Cup: Sunday, 17th December 2017
Peamount 2 - Shelbourne 1
A minute of silence was observed by both teams and assembled spectators
to mark the tragic and untimely passing of young Shelbourne FC U16 player
Izzy Dezu. The thoughts of all were with his family and loved ones at this
time. May he rest in peace.
It was a sombre and tense start to the game as both teams probed for
opportunities in a very evenly matched opening quarter. In this competitive
and hard fought environment, there were few clear openings for either side
On several occasions, Ella Maree displayed great resolve and composure to win the ball and carry it forward through a crowded midfield. Given the tight
marking and lack of space the best opportunity for a score came to Sophie Murray with a powerful left foot strike from 25 yards out which sailed over the
crossbar. Shelbourne pressed with a ten-minute spell of pressure and it payed as Sophie Murray hit the nett, however the offside flag was raised. The
deadlock was broken by Peamount when a looping shot from distance dropped just under the crossbar beyond the outstretched hand of backpedalling
Emma Ring for a score line of 1-0. This goal seemed to lift the spirits of Peamount who followed up with a second goal 10 minutes later, and had the
better of the play for the remainder of the half, going in to the break with a 2-0 lead.
The second half began in similar fashion as these two great rivals locked horns again at the resumption of play. Despite being two goals down, and having
been a little rattled at the end of the first half, the girls came out and showed great spirit and determination. Simone Peat led the way from early on with
tigerish tackling and great determination to get the ball forward. As the half wore on this spirited Shelbourne side slowly gained the upper hand. Play was
increasingly in the Peamount half and this was justly rewarded when Lucy Edwards pounced on a loose ball to find the back of the net to bring the score
to 2-1. With all players now increasingly asserting themselves in all areas of the pitch the hunt for the equalising goal was on in earnest. A great tackle
from Aoife Waldron at left back, a pass to Ella Maree, an incisive pass to Ciara Marsten with the resulting curling shot just past the top right corner,
symbolised the team effort. When Simone Peat was taken down in the box to a silent whistle and a disbelieving sideline it seemed the Gods weren’t going
to be with Shelbourne this day. The game finished with the Peamount goal under siege, but the equalising goal proved elusive.
Disappointing result deserved more from the game, but an inspiring never-say-die performance. Up The Shels!