MGL U/15 Premier: Sunday, 3rd December 2017
Shelbourne 4 - Clonee 0
(Report by Paul Guildea)
Against a back drop of a chilly Dublin misty morning
Shelbourne U15’s took on a physical and well drilled
defensive Clonee side in an early morning kick off.
The early stages saw Shels struggle to breakdown the packed midfield as they probed for weaknesses. Lucy Edwards was unlucky with a fierce drive early on and Ciara Marsten also tested the palms of the Clonee keeper. Although not at their best, Shels seemed to be ominously shifting through the gears. Zoe Leonard & Shannon Guildea were starting to find space out wide and the Clonee keeper needed to be at her best to keep the scores level following a couple of mazy runs.
With industrious duo Sophie Murray & Ella Maree linking up with a composed back four it was no surprise that Shels took the lead. Simone Peat played the ball through to Shannon Guildea and a slide rule pass fed in Sophie Murray, her deft finish tucking into the bottom corner off the Clonee defender. Despite taking the lead and pinning Clonee into their half the 2nd goal remained elusive until Sophie Murray rifled a long range effort under the bar and made it 2-0. Jodie McQuillan took the paint off the cross bar with a ferocious effort and Chloe McCarthy whistled one past the post as Shels growing dominance allowed the central defenders to join the attack but it was left to Lucy Edwards to make it 3-0 with a clinical finish and Shannon Guildea flicking on a Zoe Leonard cross to make it at half time Shelbourne 4 Clonee 0
Shelbourne made six changes at half time and Clonee seemed intent on “Parking the Bus” but the 2nd half saw Shels continue to dominate possession. Katie Ewing & Hazel Leavy tormented the Clonee full back and Carla Munson provided a physical threat but the only reward for some intelligent football in the 2nd half was a disallowed goal from a composed Chloe McCarthy. The overworked Clonee keeper continued to frustrate Ciara Marsten once more after some fine footwork and a pile driver from outside the box. Clonee pushed forward late on trying to claw a way back into the game but stand in keeper Emily Flynn made a couple of confident stops and kept a well-deserved clean sheet.