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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!!
Hard luck to the Under 19 Boys Basketball team who lost their Dublin final this week to Old Bawn Community School.
After a back and forth 1st quarter, with timely scores from Matthew Obaywana and Kingsley Okakpu, a well-drilled Old Bawn team eventually pulled away.
Despite a hard fought final quarter and a great effort from all players involved the deficit was just too much.
A special thanks to the dedicated coaches of Ms Quirke and Mr Phelan and to all those who came out the team and alos to Mr Morris and Ms Casey.
Lucan CC senior hurlers extended their unbeaten run in to a third season with victory over Moyle Park College. A strong wind blowing through Arthur Griffith Park made for an interesting spectacle. Playing with the wind in the first half allowed LCC to build up a comfortable 12 point half time lead. Sean Balfe opened the scoring with a brilliant goal. Charlie Keher scored 2-2 during this period, the second goal coming from a sideline cut.
Aided by the strong wind Moyle Park came back at Lucan in the second half. They created a number of goal scoring opportunities but a mixture of excellent defending and poor shooting confined their scoring to points only. They did manage to outscore Lucan by 5 points during this period. The game finished Lucan CC 3-9 v Moyle Park College 0-11 with Man of the Match Darragh Reid performing excellently throughout.
Congratulations to Lucan Community College’s Girls Minor soccer team who were crowned North Leinster league Division 2 winners today.
Lucan CC were crowned champions after meeting Lusk CC in the final.
The team and their coach were ecstatic with the win and we all hope next year brings even more success on the football field.