Le­in­ster dis­ap­point­ment for New­town Ju­niors af­ter de­feat to Shels

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN Sports Re­porter

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS suf­fered U-18 Le­in­ster Women’s Foot­ball Coun­cil heart­break as Shel­bourne in­flicted de­feat on them in ex­tra time.

Af­ter no goals in nor­mal time, the Dublin gi­ants and the Co. Wick­low girls dug deep for ex­tra time, dur­ing which Shels pinched the lead be­fore adding a sec­ond as New­town were push­ing for an equaliser.

The match be­tween the old foes was played in gale force winds in the Os­car Traynor Grounds in Coolock, with New­town play­ing into the wind in the first half.

They de­fended well and re­lied on the odd counter at­tack to try and score. Amy Mur­phy had their best chance but her ef­fort from 20 yards just cleared the cross­bar.

Shels prob­a­bly cre­ated more chances but the de­fence of Ni­cola Bat­ten, Chelsee Snell, Becky Cassin and Sinead Hor­gan, with the help of goal­keeper Lu­cie Ash­more, stood firm.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, New­town man­aged to get for­ward more as the con­di­tions al­lowed them but it was a half lit­tered by noth­ing more than half chances.

The Gar­den County girls had a shout for a penalty 10 min­utes from time af­ter Amy Mur­phy seemed to be im­peded in­side the box but the ref­eree Deirdre Nolan waved away the ap­peals.

Nor­mal time ended and it was late in the first pe­riod of ex­tra time that the dead­lock was bro­ken. New­town lost pos­ses­sion in mid­field and Shels’ cen­tral mid­fielder ad­vanced for­ward to the edge of the box to score with a ris­ing shot.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, the Ju­niors had no choice but to push ex­tra play­ers for­ward to try and re­store par­ity but right at the death, Shel­bourne broke to score and make it 2-0.

The fi­nal whis­tle went and the fi­nal score­line prob­a­bly was a lit­tle un­fair on New­town in a game that looked to have penal­ties writ­ten all over it.

Among the play­ers who starred for New­town on the day were the afore­men­tioned back five, Ge­orgina Canavan and Amy Mur­phy.

Com­mis­er­a­tions to New­town Ju­niors but they still have the league to play for and it’s all in their own hands as they head into the last four games.

New­town Ju­niors would like to ex­press their grat­i­tude to all the sup­port­ers who made the trip to sup­port the team.

New­town Ju­niors: 1. Lu­cie Ash­more, 2. Ni­cola Bat­ten, 3. Sinead Hor­gan, 4. Becky Cassin, 5. Chelsee Snell, 6. Olivia Flana­gan, 7. Or­laith Whelan, 8. Ge­orgina Canavan, 9. Una Gro­gan, 10. Cliona Cram­mond, 11. Amy Mur­phy.

SUBS: Katie Mi­ley for Whelan (55); Sarah Glee­son for Hor­gan (60); Juli­ette For­tune for Gro­gan (70); Ni­amh O’Brien for Cram­mond (80). Not used: Orla Devlin, Clarisse Broughton, Lauren Nolan, Laura Drew, Aisling McDon­ald, Ly­dia Sin­nott-El­liott.

The New­town Ju­niors soc­cer team who were de­feated by Shel­bourne in the Le­in­ster fi­nal.

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