The Waterford Gaynor Cup squad with their coaches at UL over the weekend.
The Gaynor Cup Squad travelled to the grounds of UL over the weekend to participate in the biggest girls underage tournament full of hopes but knowing that a difficult task awaited them. Placed in a very tough group the girls gave their all and their commitment was obvious but ultimately it just wasn’t their weekend with injuries to key players not helping in a series of defeats.
Girl’s soccer is on the up in the county but when we participate in tournaments such as these it highlights that while we have made great strives there is still much work to be done to have us competing competitively in national competitions. The talent is there and in time it will come to light on a national stage.
On the other side of the coin the feedback on the team spirit and their camaderie on and off the pitch was superb and great credit must go to the backroom team for this.
Waterford 1 Sligo/Leitrim 5
A dream start saw Bohs ace striker Zoey Croke score a screamer in the opening minutes. However the opposition began to exert control of possession and three goals in a ten minute spell deflated the girls. To compound matters captain Freya Darcy, along with Zoey Croke and Emily Power were all withdrawn due to injuries. Two further goals from the opposition finished off the scoring. Sligo Leitrim went on to reach the shield Final where they lost to Carlow.
South Tipperary 5 Waterford 0
South Tipperary proved to be to strong for the girls in game two and this proven out when they went on to reach the final proper before losing on penalties.
Donegal 2 Waterford 0
A brave performance from the girls but unfortunately a third group defeat.
Successive defeats against Wexford and Mayo here to round off a disappointing end to the girls endeavours. The five Waterford players who were selected as players of the match in their matches at the Gaynor Cup left to right Ciara O’Keeffe (Mooncoin Celtic), Freya Darcy (Park Rangers) Lauren Brennan (Tramore) Charlotte Forsey (Bohemians) Hilary Dumevi (Tramore), Sophia Lawlor (Park Rangers).
Ladies Senior League
Carrick United 6 Park Rangers 0
Carrick went top of the table with a brilliant performance as they swept aside their opponents. It gives the Coolnamuck Road side a 100% record after two games and with no goals conceeded try are in fine fettle for this week’s big game against Benfica.
It was a blistering start from Carrick in very difficult conditions with the heat that set the tone for the match. Within five minutes they had the lead; Saoirse O’Brien cut in from the left and chipped the ball in over the Park Rangers keeper.
Carrick continued to keep taking the game to Rangers and on the 15 minute mark they doubled their lead. Kate Connors ran onto a ball from the left and her shot beat the keeper into the bottom corner.
It was all one way traffic as Carrick dominated. It was no surprise when Saorise O’Brien made it 3-0 from a long range shot outside the box. Shortly after it was four for Carrick as Kate Connors also grabbed her second with a similar goal to her earlier goal.
The game was over as a contest by half time when Rachel Rees scored just before the half time whistle when she outpaced the Rangers defence to beat the Park Rangers keeper to the ball and netted.
The second half didn’t have the same intensity due to the conditions and the game saw just one more goal. It was Saoirse O’Brien who scored to grab her hat trick and the match ball. That goal came in the 65th minute when her shot took a deflection off an unfortunate Park Rangers defender into the goal.
Carrick had an opportunity to increase their lead further when they won a penalty late on from a great run into the box by Emma Sullivan. Having already scored tree times Saoirse O’Brien stepped up but her effort struck the post.
Carrick have definitely set down a marker to the other title challengers based in this performance.