Sunday, 27 July 2008 Section: Women's (Junior)
Wilton United 3 – 1 Longford Town
struck a peak of form to out-score Longford Town
in a marvellous final to the FAI Umbro Women's U14
Cup final at Blarney United’s superb sports
complex on Sunday.
inspired by team captain Denise O’Sullivan and
needed to play to their potential to overcome a
Longford team who showed wonderful spirit to
overcome the loss of a goal within two minutes of
the start of the game to challenge vigorously.
Both teams took
advantage of the beautifully prepared playing
surface to play football that was constructive and
progressive and an absorbing contest ensued.
Longford took a
while to put the effects of their early set-back
behind them, but they were very much back in the
game when they were knocked again as Wilton
snatched a second goal ten minutes before
To their credit
they were back in the game in a very real sense
with an opportunist goal ten minutes into the
second half. It was the boost they needed and they
refused to accept defeat until two minutes from
time when Wilton had their third goal.
This was a first
win in this competition for the Wilton United club
and it was a source of great joy to one of the
club’s great servants, team manager Pat Bowdren.
This was Bowdren’s
seventh time in a national final with various
Wilton teams. Their women’s section has teams
competing at U12, U14, U16 and U17 levels and the
quality of their team in this final was a tribute
to the work of the manager and the club’s coaches.
It was fitting that
their opening goal, as early as the second minute,
was scored by Denis O’Sullivan. A young lady
possessed of great skill and imagination, she
showed a keen sense of anticipation when she was
in the right position to get her head to a corner
from Lauren Murphy.
She continued to
set the standard as Wilton scored their second in
the 25th minute. Lauren Murphy scored this
herself, surprising goalkeeper Bethany Houldsworth
with a shot from 35 yards that flew into the top
of the net.
their defence for the second half. Leanne Keegan
went into goal from left-back and Emer Heaney
replaced the goalkeeper and played at left-back.
management used their subs well and a goal in the
55th minute from team captain Sarah Shannon fired
them to renewed efforts. Sharah’s shot from a free
rebounded to her off the wall of defenders and she
promptly fired the ball into the net.
Wilton continued to
use the ball accurately and constructively and
Denise O’Sullivan rounded off their win two
minutes from full-time. A left wing corner from
Lauren Murphy was returned to her and her second
cross was turned into the net as Denis got her
instep to the ball.
The scenes of
celebration reflected the sense of satisfaction
enjoyed by all associated with the win and the
manner in which Longford contributed so generously
to the entertainment was not forgotten by the
victors after the presentation by Pauline
O’Shaughnessy, Secretary of the Women’s FAI, and
Niamh O’Farrell of the FAI.
United: Ciara McNamara (Ciara Barnes 69); Jessica
Thompson, Ciara O’Connell, Amanda Budden, Niamh
O’Regan, Shannon Carson, Denise O’Sullivan
(captain), Laura Lynch, Lauren Murphy, Amy
O’Connor, Bridget Walsh (Eleanor Stritch 48).
Bethany Houldsworth (Emer Heaney 36); Sarah
Madden, Leanne Keegan, Michelle Masterson, Karen
Delaney (Shauna Kenny 61), Sarah Shannon
(captain), Aisling Reynolds, Michelle Noonan
(Aoife Jones 51), Michelle Farrell, Aoife Darcy,
Referee: Mr. Pat
Courtesy: FAI Website
July - U14s Girls National Cup
successfully staged the FAI Women's U14 National
Cup Final on Sunday, July 27th, in O'Shea Park
when Wilton United succeeded in bringing the
trophy to Cork.
Wilton had never won
this particular trophy before and they were
thrilled with their 3-1 success over a very
gallant Longford Town team who showed great
character and resolution in fighting back after
losing a goal in sensational style in just the
second minute of the match.
captain Denise O'Sullivan was the star of the
game and deservedly won the "Player of the
Match" trophy. She headed the opening goal
following a corner and also claimed the third
when she turned in a cross from Lauren Murphy
just two minutes before the final whistle.
Lauren Murphy had
scored the second herself in the 25th minute and
Longford's attempt to recover was given a great
impetus when their team captain, Sarah Shannon,
scored in the 55th minute.
was presented with the trophy by Pauline
O'Shaughnessy, Secretary of the Women's FAI and
Tina Murphy of the CWSSL. Niamh O'Farrell of the
FAI Women's football department, was also in
The quality of the
playing surface at Blarney and the standard of
facilities in the dressing rooms and club house
were the subject of much complimentary comment
by all of the visitors. They enjoyed a wonderful
afternoon in beautiful weather conditions and
Blarney United officials, and the Ladies'
Committee who did a superb job in providing the
half-time refreshments, could take credit for
their part in the successful promotion.
response from all concerned means that Blarney
United will host further important functions on
behalf of the FAI in the coming years.
- Courtesy: Billy George