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Report – CDETB SCC Girls Soccer Finals – Wednesday 4th October 2017

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CDETB SCC Girls Soccer Finals 2017

By Louise Browne

LARKIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE captured a brace of titles, intermediate and junior, and Ringsend College won the minor shield at last week’s CDETB SCC Girls 5-a-side Soccer finals held at Coláiste Íde in the heart of Finglas.

Larkin’s Lauren O’Connell was simply unstoppable scoring all of the champions avenue school’s goals in their 5-1 win against Coláiste Dhuláigh in the junior decider to seal a remarkable 3-in-row for the north inner city school.

Two quick goals from O’Connell early in the first half rocked their opponents before Dhuláigh steadied themselves with key players Brooke Campbell and Tirin Hand O’Connell coming to the fore however Larkin held out to take a two goal advantage into the break.

Dhuláigh upped the tempo after the restart with Campbell and Hand having numerous shots on target but time after time they were denied with some outstanding saves from Larkin’s goalkeeper Chloe Hanney.

The Coolock school were made to rue those missed chances when O’Connell grabbed her hat-trick with a fine strike midway through the second half. Dhuláigh were thrown a deserved lifeline with a well struck goal from Hand O’Connell to leave it 3-1.

Dhuláigh chased the game with further chances falling to Campbell and Hand but again they were denied by Hanney. With time running out Dhuláigh were hit on the break with two clinical finishes from O’Connell, who captained and was awarded the Player of the Tournament in last year’s minor final, to retain the junior shield for the third year in succession.

In the intermediate final Larkin were made to work hard in their 4-1 victory by a gallant Ringsend College side in a lively game of football. Larkin’s Oktawia Piosk was the star of the show with a first half hat-trick prior to a late strike from Nicole Maher which sealed the silverware for the north inner city school.

Piosk’s low drive got Larkin off to the perfect start. Ringsend’s first chance fell to Jessica Gannon but she pulled her shot just wide of the target. Caitlyn Scurry had a great opportunity to double Larkin’s lead but was denied with an excellent save from Ringsend’s goalkeeper Sarah Maher.

Moments later Maher pulled off another exceptional save to deny Piosk. Within a minute of Maher’s save Ringsend were level when Jessica Gannon’s deflected shot found the net. Inside two minutes Piosk punished a lapse in Ringsend’s concentration with a powerful strike to regain the lead.

Sarah Maher made three more outstanding saves to deny Larkin’s Nicole Maher. Unfortunately there was nothing the Ringsend goalkeeper could do to deny Piosk her hat-trick following a lovely pass from Nicole Maher to give Larkin a 3-1 lead at the break.

Ringsend’s Sophie Gannon, cousin of Jessica Gannon, saw two golden opportunities go amiss thanks to goal line clearances from Larkin’s defence. Larkin’s Nicole Maher’s persistence in front of goal paid off when she slotted the ball past Maher who, despite the final score line, put in a super shift between the posts for Ringsend College.

The minor final between Ringsend College and Marino College threw up a great game of football that was ultimately decided on penalties with Ringsend winning 2-1 after the game finished 2-2. Ringsend’s Abbie Larkin and Danielle Joyce calmly slotted home their penalties to win the minor silverware for the Dublin 4 college.

Joyce opened the scoring in the first minute for Ringsend. Marino’s response was swift when Katie Whelan set up her captain Ellie Fox for the equaliser, game on.

Whelan had two good opportunities for Marino prior to Ringsend scoring their second goal courtesy of Larkin’s low shot to go into the break 2-1 ahead. Following the restart Fay was denied a certain goal when Joyce, now in between the posts for Ringsend, pulled off a stunning save from the Marino captain.

However Fay made no mistake at the next time of asking to equalise midway through the second half. Ringsend’s Ellie Graham, Brooke Carr and Larkin kept Marino’s goalkeeper Marcelina Slomczewska on her toes in the final minutes. While at the other end Fay and Whelan couldn’t break down a resilient Joyce with the game going to a penalty shoot-out after it ended 2-2.

RESULTS

INTERMEDIATE COLLEGE

Larkin Community College 4

Ringsend College 1

JUNIOR FINAL

Larkin Community College 5

Coláiste Dhuláigh 1

MINOR FINAL

Ringsend College 2

Marino College 2

Ringsend College win 2-1 on penalties

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