Longford & District Schoolboy/girl Soccer League

Longford & District Schoolboy/girl Soccer League

Established 1991

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U16 Girls Gaynor Cup and U14 Girls Gaynor Cup

12/06/16

June 2016

Under 16 Gaynor Cup 2016

Longford & District Schoolboy/girl League took part in the under 16 Girls Gaynor Cup for the very first time on the last weekend in June. As in the case of the U14s the competition was played in the very spacious grounds of the University of Limerick . Due to the increasing number of entries this year the competition was extended to four days starting on Thurs 23rd June.

First up for Longford was the Wexford league on Thursday evening. This was a very tight game with no score at half time. After 12 minutes Longford opened their account with a well taken goal by Clodagh Dillon from a great pass from Alanna Mulligan. However a mix up in the defence allowed Wexford to equalise; this gave a final score of 1-1. Following Thursdays games Longford player Leah Brady was selected as Player of the Day.

The next day Friday, Longford had only one game against Waterford in the afternoon. Again this was a tight affair with no score at half time. In the second half, manager Adrian Massop made three simultaneous substitutions and this had the desired effect. After 12 minutes Ciara Foxe drew the Waterford keeper out from the goals and the ball fell to Aisling Smith who kicked the ball into an empty net. 1-0 to Longford. The Longford girls had to survive last minute pressure from Waterford who had the ball in the net, but the goal was ruled offside.

At this stage every team had played two games and it was time to look at the League tables. There were four groups with Galway and Metropolitan ( Dublin ) easily topping their groups. In the 3rd group the Mid-Western league were on top, but in Longford’s group things were very tight. There were three teams ( Longford, Waterford, Mayo ) on four points followed by Cork on three points with Wexford on one point. There was all to play for on Saturday.

Saturday morning saw Longford face Cork. The Cork team were in an attacking mood and after 10 minutes Jessica Barry had to clear the ball off the goal line. Longford had chances with Leah Brady hitting the post and a powerful shot from Jessica Barry. Just before half time, Cork took the lead with their first goal and followed up with an early second half goal. Longford responded with a great goal from Leah Brady mid way through the second half. Longford pushed hard for the equaliser but it was not to be. Final score 2-1 to Cork. Meanwhile Mayo and Wexford had drawn 1-1.

The last group game saw Longford pitted against Mayo whom they had played and drew already in Abbeycartron. It was a close game and despite great saves by goalkeeper Aine Barry, Mayo won 1-0 which left Longford in 4###sup/sup### place above Wexford.

Longford now had one more game against Limerick Desmond. Played very early on Sunday morning (due to the Ireland-France game in the afternoon ) it featured three second half goals in the space of 9 minutes. Limerick Desmond took the lead with a powerful shot from 40 metres to the back of the net. A few minutes later Longford equalised through Kayla Brady with a similar shot to the top right hand corner of the goals. A late goal from Limerick Desmond ensured they finished one place above Longford in the final table.

Later on that day Galway beat the Metropolitan League on 5-4 on penalties to win the Gaynor Cup.

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Under 14 Gaynor Cup 2016

The under 14 Gaynor Cup Competition takes place over the June Bank holiday weekend each year. Soccer leagues from all over the country converge on University College Limerick campus to battle it out for the coveted Gaynor Cup. This year 20 league representative teams participated.

So after three months of preparation under manager Adrian Massop the squad headed off to UL last Friday to take part in the Gaynor cup.

Longford were drawn in group “A“ with Wexford, Clare, Donegal and Sligo/Leitrim. In glorious sunshine Longford’s opening game was against Wexford on Friday afternoon. This turned out to be a hard fought game when against the run of play Wexford went one up after 17 minutes. Grace Shannon was unlucky not to equalise for Longford on 25 minutes when she broke the defence and put a fine shot just left of the post. Longford continued to chase the game, Karen Mc Loughlin and Molly Mulvihill were very affective in defence. With just 5 minutes to go Kayla Brady put Longford on the scoreboard with a well-deserved Goal. 1-1 the final score.

Saturday morning and again in unbroken sunshine Clare were the opposition.This game would produce goals and controversy. Clare were first on the score board after 15 minutes but not for long as Kayla Brady equalised. Clare scored again, but again the Longford captain Kayla Brady was there to pull back another goal to make it 2-2 . Next Grace Shannon made a great break getting around three defenders to score a cracking individual goal.Then controversy, with Longford on the attack the Clare goal keeper came outside the box and collected the ball. The resulting free kick was excellently scored when Kayla bent the ball around and over the wall only for the referee to disallow the goal indicating that the free should have been indirect.

The sweltering heat started to take effect on the players and tired legs were evident, errors started to occur and against the run of play Longford conceded two very sloppy goals. The game finished 5-3 to Clare

Sunday morning and the opposition was Donegal. By no means our best performance of the weekend this game would see Longford go one down after 15 minutes with an own goal when a pretty harmless ball into the area tool a deflection off our own player to go over the goal line . Donegal immediately put pressure on the Longford from the resulting kick-off and scored another within 2 minutes. Longford battled but were unable to contain Donegal and the game finished 4-0 to Donegal.

Sunday evening and Longford prepare to take on neighbours Sligo/Leitrim. Longford knew this team well as the sides had met earlier in the year in the western interleague competition. Longford taking a heavy defeat on that occasion.

After the disappointment of the loss earlier in the day Longford had to go all out to get something from this game. Captain Kayla Brady led by example with a cracking goal after 8 minutes. But Sligo/Leitrim were also on a mission having lost their earlier game 2-1 to Clare so it came as no surprise when the pulled a goal back on 20 minutes. The Longford team played some nice football and put in a great team effort and reward came when again Kayla broke the defence to leave it 2-1 at the break. Sligo /Leitrim came out strong in the second half and pulled it back to 2-2 after 6 minutes of the restart. This was to be to be the last score of the game and it finished 2-2.

Group games over and we learn that Donegal has topped our group and would progress to the semi-final. Longford would now await the ranking calculation to see who we would play on Monday. As the draw took place that evening in Kilmurry Village hall Longford spirits were raised when it was announced that our player Kayla Brady had been selected as tournament player of the day. We also learned that our final game would be against Waterford on Monday morning.

Monday’s game turned out to be one of our better games of the weekend and you guessed it. Yes, it was that girl Kayla Brady who stole the show with a hat trick as we beat Waterford 3-1.

Our Group winner Donegal were beaten in the Semi-final and Metropolitan Girls League (Dublin) went on to win the Gaynor Cup, beating Cork 3-1 in the final

A great weekend of football and very well organised. A very enjoyable experience on and off the field for all involved, topped off by the glorious weather.

 

 

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