Gaynor Cup QualificationMetro
Girls League 7-0 Midlands League
By Ger Brady
It was a magnificent seven for the Under-13’s Metro Girls League North academy on Saturday afternoon in the Oscar Traynor Centre in this Gaynor Cup qualification game.
And in the end it was the M&M show as hat-tricks by Alicia Maher and Sarah McSherry saw off the Midlands league in what was a comfortable afternoon for the Dublin league.
The MGL were at it straight from the first whistle and opened the scoring inside the first two minutes when Glebe North’s Alicia Maher’s effort slid under the body of Lily Grehanin the Midlands goal.
That early slip-up by the visiting ‘keeper was to be her last error however and she then put in a performance that would have her in contention for player of the match as she made a string of fine saves.Five minutes in and the MGL should have doubled their lead but McSherry caught her piledriver too well and it flew over the crossbar.
The home side were completely dominant at this stage though and with another Glebe girl and MGL captain Katie Drumm pulling the strings in the centre of midfield chances followed for Robin Baird, Annie Standfield, Maher and McSherry but on all four occasions Lily Grehan in the Midlands goal saved well.
The away ‘keeper could do nothing on 12 minutes however as Katie Drumm played in Shelbourne’s McSherry and she provided a lovely finish low in the bottom left corner.
Two minutes later it was 3-0 when Alicia Maher grabbed her second after been played in by Dundalk’s Annie Stanfield.And on 20 minutes, Sarah McSherry netted her second of the game to make it 4-0 after she intercepted a low kick-out and drove forward and curled home superbly in the far corner.
The Midlands leauge failed to really get anything going forward although late on Chelsea Conroy almost got through on goal before good play by Mary Phillips and Alex D’Arcy almost saw Tara O’Sullivan in down the left wing.But it was to get worse for the away side before the break as the MGL made it 5-0 when Annie Stanfield set-up another goal for Maher who blasted home into the roof of the net to complete her first half hat-trick
The second half saw the hosts get more goals but overall it was a far improved performance from the Midlands and but for some great saves by Katie Keane in the MGL goal the Midlands would have scored on more than a couple of occasions.
The away side tested her in the opening minute of the second half with Keane saving well from Tara O’Sullivan and O’Sullivan was almost in again moments later but some fine defending from Liadh McKeon saw the danger averted.
The home side soon found their feet in the second half and they made it 6-0 on 41 minutes thanks to Robin Baird but the best goal of the day was to be kept ’til last.Collecting the ball midway into the Midlands half, Sarah McSherry beat one, then another and then another before getting to the edge of the area and side-stepping another challenege and placing the ball low in to the bottom corner to comple a superb soslo-goal and also complete her hat-trick. 7-0.
To the Midlands League’s credit even then they never gave up and were only denied a late consolation when Kate Keane made two more fine saves late on to deny Ciara Walsh twice.
MGL: Katie Keane, Leah Reilly, Alannah Gorman, Lia O’Leary, Kate Drumm, Alisha Maher, Lara Finnegan, Robin Baird, Sophie Hanlon, Sarah McSherry, Jillian Ryan, Liadh McKeon, Grace Lurascu, Annie Stanfield, Sarah Byrne, Charlotte Carew, Ciara Whyte, Lara Tate.
Midlands: Lily Grehan, Sarah Ryan, Sarah Doyle, Mary Phillips, Niamh Keyes, Orla Gill-Dillon, Meekah Beaumont, Ciara Walsh, Chelsea Conroy, Ciara Murphy, Alex D’Arcy, Lauren Shannon, Ellen Dolan, Kacie Mulvihill, Holly Burns, Tara O’Sullivan, Millie Daly, Shaunan Egan.
Referee: Stephen Domican.