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On April 30th the Lucan Community College senior girls soccer team booked their place in the Leinster Division 1 finals and LCC folklore. This was the first time a senior girls soccer team has reached the final stage in over 25 years. No matter what happened next, they were history makers. It was a long wait until the final which was played on Monday, May 20th. The venue was Wayside Celtic in Kilternan, the opposition Gorey Community School, the largest school in Ireland.
Unfortunately for Lucan Community College they did not come out on top the day losing 2-1 to a strong Gorey side. After going 2-0 down in the first half the LCC girls pulled a goal back in the second through Katie O’Connor expertly assisted by captain Nicole Smyth. Regardless of the loss, it has been an extremely successful season for the college playing 7 games, scoring 28 goals and conceding 6.
Well done to their dedicated coaching team of Mr Morris and Ms Dowling for their enthusiasm and dilligent coaching throughout the year.
Well done to our Transition Year student,Tara Phelan, who was crowned Badminton champion last weekend. Tara achieved this fantastic result in the Badminton Ireland FZ Forza All Ireland Graded Finals. The event took place at the National Indoor Arena and Tara had qualified earlier in the year for both the Grade E Ladies Doubles Final and the Grade F Ladies Doubles Final.
Tara and each of her doubles partners put in very strong performances to take both matches in straight sets and win the National Titles. All of us here in Lucan Community College are immensely proud of Tara as she continues to map out an impressive sporting career.
On a night where Tottenham Hotspur struggled for goals, the Lucan CC senior soccer girls certainly didn’t as they ran out 5-2 winners in the Leinster Division 1 semi-final against St. Mary’s Naas. As the April showers poured down so did the goals.
Rivalling the fastest goal record recently set by Shane Long, Amy Green, fresh off a plane from Italy, opened proceedings within the first 30seconds of the game. There were no signs of jet lag as Amy burst in to the box to tap home from close range. It was a great start for the girls who showed no signs of rustiness following on from the Easter break.
Although it is great to score early, there was still another 79 minutes to play. St. Mary’s were still in the game, having home advantage on their side. But with a chance of making Lucan CC history, the girls continued to push to secure a place in the final. Shots reigned down on the St. Mary’s goalkeeper who made a string of great saves. The second goal came from a dangerous corner whipped in by Zara Lawless with Emma Fallon applying the finishing touch to make it 2-0. It wasn’t long after until Lucan went 3-0 up with a calm, Thierry Henry-esque finish from taliswoman and captain Nicole Smyth.
The tempo and intensity of the LCC girls dropped after that, with minds switching to the final, and this allowed St. Mary’s to pull a goal back after a lapse of concentration in the Lucan rearguard. The game wasn’t over and half time was a perfect time to remind the girls of this. St. Mary’s were still in the game. The champions league final in 2005 could not be forgotten. Liverpool came back from 3-0 down. St. Mary’s could easily do the same.
This encouraged the girls to step up another level with another quickfire goal coming after the break. Again a well-timed run in to the box and precision cross resulted in Hannah O’Reilly tapping in from close range. Due to the wet conditions the majority of the second half was a midfield battle with very few chances coming either way for a time. With Aoife Hanley and Emma Fallon marshalling the midfield it was Lucan who eventually won the battle allowing Aoife to play a perfect through ball to Nicole who was brought down for a penalty. Up stepped Zara Lawless who slotted home the penalty to ensure Lucan marched on in to the final.
St. Mary’s pulled one back towards the end with concentration clearly now on the upcoming final. It has been a long time since the Lucan CC senior girls have made a final with Emma Fallon’s mother being on the last team to reach that phase. They came out winners that time. Can this team and Emma repeat the feat of her mother and that team? Kevin Keegan believes so… and he would love it if we beat them!
Lucan CC 7-15
Lusk CC 5-10
Lucan CC under 16 Gaelic footballers advanced to a semi final meeting with Blackrock College after a comprehensive victory over a gallant Lusk CC side.
From the first whistle,Lucan forwards Luke Curran,Jack Lawlor and Paul Tuite were causing untold damage to the Lusk rearguard and Lucan had a half time lead of 4-7 to 2-5.
Lusk came roaring out of the blocks in the second half and scored 1-3 unanswered but soon after Lucan’s defence tightened up and scores from Jack Lawlor and Luke Curran again extended Lucan’s lead and the lads pushed on in the final 15 mins to record a hugely impressive 11 point victory.
At the beginning of the football season the Lucan CC senior girls soccer team were knocked out of the cup by Loreto Mullingar losing 3-2. On that day many excuses could have been made – injuries, lack of training time together, a long distance journey or the harsh conditions of rain and hailstones. However, nobody made an excuse. The opposition played in the same conditions and injuries are part and parcel of the game. As Pep Guardiola stated ‘excuses mean you cannot grow or move forward’.
On April 1st, the Lucan CC senior girls soccer team set off to again face Loreto Mullingar aiming to secure a spot in the Leinster division 1 semi-finals. The conditions were excellent. The team were pumped. They wouldn’t be leaving Mullingar this time without a victory.
The game started off well for Lucan with some nice tidy passes between the midfield trio of Emma Fallon, Aoife Hanley and Amy Green. Possession was the aim of the game and to play the killer through ball at the precise moment. It wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken. As the ball fall to centre-back Zara Lawless she played an exquisite, Bonucci like diagonal ball to Nicole Smyth whose first touch and pace took through 1-1 with the keeper. Calmness personified, 1-0 Lucan.
The game was far from over. Lucan CC were in this position before against this same team. Mullingar pushed forward in search of an equaliser. It was time to absorb some pressure and hit them on the counter attack. In recent seasons, counter attacking football has been utilised to great success by many teams: Spurs, Wolves, Chelsea. The key is to break quick and precision passing.
The next goal was an example of how counter attacking football should be played. Aoife Hanley picked the ball up outside the box, turn, head up, and played the perfect through ball, one Andrea Pirlo would be proud of, splitting the defence for Nicole Smyth to again run through and slot home. 2-0 Lucan.
At half time two changes were made due to injury. It was a battle. 5 minutes into the second half another injury. This time Sarah Winders unfortunately taken out from behind. The opposition player receiving a yellow for what many would argue was a straight red offence. From the resulting free kick Zara Lawless narrowly fired wide.
Soon after, Loreto Mullingar pulled a goal back. They were in the ascendency. It was time to dig deep for the Lucan girls and dig deep they did. Bodies were on the line making sure the ball didn’t reach the back of the net. Time felt like it stopped. As the closing moments came, Mullingar had a player sent off for a shoulder barge in to the chest of Emma Fallon. A second yellow. Loreto Mullingar down to 10.
Lucan CC held out for a well deserved victory and now face St. Mary’s Naas in the semi-final, the furthest a senior girls soccer team from Lucan CC have gotten in 20+ years. It’s hard to beat someone who never quits and Lucan CC girls soccer teams never quit.
In September 2011 Richard Dunne put in one of Ireland’s greatest ever defensive performances against Russia to help Ireland clinch a place in the Euro 2012 play-offs. Today, Ana Gayubo Kinch put in one of Lucan CC’s greatest ever defensive performances, reminiscent of Dunne’s, to ensure the U15 soccer team secured a place in the U15 girls Leinster division 1 quarter finals.
The game started off slow for Lucan with Loreto Bray taking an early lead though a stunning strike. The long journey potentially resulting in some tired legs. But soon after conceding the early goal the team jolted in to action. The side created many chances though the wide channels with Leah Finn and Emily O’Reilly supplying balls to the onrushing attackers who were thwarted on numerous occasions by a fantastic goalkeeping display.
Eventually Lucan levelled the scoring with a strike from Amy Green, who dominated the midfield for Lucan, meaning the sides went in level at half time. A big push was needed in the second half with Allana Dunne coming off the bench to provide some energy. The side continued to push for the second goal but again were denied on numerous occasions by the Loreto Bray ‘keeper.
The tension was building as the clocked ticked on. The rain began to pour creating a cinematic moment. A goal was coming. With 13 minutes left to play, the captain, Clodagh McDonnell, won the ball back in the midfield, strode forward with pace and power… past one…past two…three…FOUR….GOAL! A moment of true individual skill that ultimately secured Lucan’s place in the quarter finals.
It is Loreto Balbriggan await in the quarter finals. Rumours have it that Kevin Keegan is a big fan of the Lucan Community College soccer team and has been quoted saying that he ‘would love it if we beat them’. Kevin may be watching eagerly in an anticipation of the quarter final result which will take place in the coming week
Lucan CC had an impressive win over Scoil Caitriona in the quarter final of the Dublin league and will now advance into the semi final.
Lucan narrowly defeated their opponents by 3 points in the end.
Every player encouraged one and other and it was a real team effort.
Best for Lucan were Alex Giessel , Ethan Fennell , Matthew Dwyer and Aaron Cronin
Rowing Ireland continue their support of our efforts here in the college to improve student fitness and growing awareness of rowing as a fun activity.
This week the college held a Transition Year Rowing workshop to encourage students to get fit and see the enjoyment of this wonderful activity.
A very enjoyable morning and a great experience for our PE students.
Well done everyone involved and thanks to Rowing Ireland and our PE Department team for organizing this wonderful event.
Lucan Junior Girls footballers are champions again.
It was a great performance from the girls in the Junior Camogie shield final out in Naomh Marnog.
Lucan CC were simply far too strong for Trinity Comprehensive and the match was pretty much over after 10 minutes. Millie Reid, Niamh Roche and Fey Murphy were excellent on the day.
Final score 10-17 to 0-0.
A superb day out today for LCC athletes at the West Leinster Cross Country Competition in the Phoenix Park.
The unpleasant weather conditions didn’t stop the team from running very strong races.
Congratulations to Milly Hughes, Liam Fitzgerald, and Dara Donoghue for qualifying for the Leinsters.
They were also flying the flag today for local club, Lucan Harriers.
Congratulations to Leo Myers who also qualified for the Leinsters, and displayed enormous endurance in his race.
6th year student, and St. Coca’s athlete, Áine Burke, continued her outstanding winning streak this year, taking home 3rd place medal in Senior girls.
We are all very excited to see all run in Santry in the coming month. Special congratulations to 2nd years, Anna O’Connor, Luke Trunk and Ellie Sisk, who all put in amazing performances today.
Well done to all of our Cross-Country runners.Tough conditions in the Phoenix Park but a successful day for the school.5 qualifying for the Leinster Championships.Speical mention to Aine Burke on her amazing bronze mental. #toughconditions #athleticsteam #bringonleinsters pic.twitter.com/Yu5dVbEvDB
— Learning@LucanCC (@LearningLucanCC) January 24, 2019
Also, well done to 1st time competitor, TY student, Jessica Essien who demonstrated amazing confidence, strength and endurance in her first race.
Special thanks to Ms Brooks who accompanied the runners today and got a soaking! Best of luck to all the Leinster Final!!