MGL U/15 Premier: Sunday, 15th October 2017
Lucan United 2 - Shelbourne 5
(Report by Colm Leavy)
The first half opened with the girls facing a very strong wind and an equally strong
Lucan side who seemed to gain the most territory early on. Working hard to contain
these attacks, win possession, and get the ball up the field the girls handled the
situation well. In spite of strong pressing by Lucan, the best chance of the first quarter
came to Shelbourne, after some good midfield play by Aoife, which saw Ella force a
great one-handed save by the Lucan keeper. After 15 minutes Lucan were awarded a free kick some 35 yards out. Taking full advantage of the wind, the resulting shot sailed into the goal just under the crossbar for the opening score. 1 - 0 Lucan.
The girls responded well to this setback and launched a number of attacks with some incisive passing football through the Lucan half, with Lucy, Carla & Zoe linking up well. All the while defending well against Lucan attacks, their efforts were rewarded in the 30th minute when Zoe hit the back of the net to level the scores at 1-1. With Carla hitting the post 5 mins later they finished the half in good fighting shape.
The second half began busily with Zoe being taken down in the Lucan box after a through ball from Lucy which resulted only in a goal kick. A quick response from Lucan saw Emma make a tidy save at the opposite end. Minutes later, following another run down the left, Shannon blasted the ball into the net to make the score 2-1. Lucan did their best to respond and brought out another two fine stops by Emma which ensured we kept the lead. The irrepressible Zoe got her second goal of the day 15 minutes into the half after another pass from the strong running Lucy, to bring the score to 3-1. Five minutes later, after some good quick passing from Caoimhe and Emily on the right wing, Zoe crossed the ball into Ciara in the box who passed it beautifully into the net for 4-1.
In the final minutes Lucan were down but not out. After another fine stop by Emma, the Lucan attackers were first to a loose ball to bring the score to 4-2. But, Shelbourne finished the game going forward – Lucy with a fine free kick from 30 yards out to finish the game at 5-2. It was the final kick of the game.
Fort Lucan falls to the Red Army ! Up The Shels !