On Wednesday, DCC 1st year girls’ soccer team defeated Coláiste Pobal Fóla 2-1 in their league quarter-final.
The match started off with DCC battling a tough defence from Coláiste Pobal Fóla. Niamh Zaidan from DCC swiftly fought through and scored DCC’s first goal of the game. This goal only increased the team’s determination and there were amazing saves against brilliant players by Goalkeeper Jay Coates, and fantastic defensive tackles made by Katie Fogarty and Lucy Caswell.
Coláiste Pobal Fóla eventually found a gap through DCC’s brilliant defence and secured a goal. DCC only made their defence stronger and ensured Colaiste Pobal Fola didn’t increase their score. When the half-time whistle sounded, it was all square at one all.
DCC settled straight back into the game and rapidly worked their way up the pitch into shooting range. They made numerous attempts to score but were defeated by the opposition’s defence. Coláiste Pobal Fóla regained possession and made an attempt to score, DCCs fantastic goalkeeper saved the first shot before it returned into the box.
The home side made a second shot which was saved collectively by Jay Coates and Lucy Caswell. This made DCC more determined than ever and worked together to score their 2nd and final goal of the day. Their mission from then on was to keep the ball on the opposition’s side and they succeeded. When the full-time whistle blew, DCC had accomplished a 2-1 win securing their spot in the semi-final.
Well done to all the team for their brilliant performance in the game. The team will face Our Lady’s Drogheda for their semi-final next Monday at 11am in St. Ita’s. We wish the team and their coaches, Ms Collins and Ms Fennell, the very best of luck!
DCC: Jay Coates, Anna Russell, Katie Fogarty, Saoirse Brennan, Erin Finn, Lucy Caswell, Sarah Weir, Orlaith Browne, Niamh Zaidan, Zofia Warzynska, Emily Gilbert, Izabella Reilly, Lucy Sheridan.
Report and photos with huge thanks to Katelyn O’Hara, TY Journalism.