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One of the great modern Premier League quotes questions if teams ‘can do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke’? Although not Stoke, our girls senior soccer team showed that they have the ability to play attractive, attacking football in all conditions as they ran out 10-1 winners on a cold, rainy morning in Lucan over local rivals Adamstown CC.
The girls got off to the best possible start as Nicole Smyth put the team 1-0 up inside the first few minutes. It wasn’t long until Nicole added to her tally as she netted a hat-trick in the first half and added 1 more in the second, not be outdone by Katie O’Connor who also secured a hat-trick for herself.
Many more chances came our way, yet the Adamstown goalkeeper made save after save to keep the scoreline down alongside some last ditch tackles from their defence. Despite this, our side finished the 1st half 6-0 up after Clodagh McDonnell scored right before half time.
The midfield was expertly marshalled by Emma Fallon who broke down numerous Adamstown attacks and provided the defensive nous that allowed the strikers and wingers freedom to express themselves. Her driving run and drilled effort in the second half was saved but fell kindly to Jessica Power who stuck the ball in the back of the net.
Although Adamstown pulled one back, Zara Lawless scored to bring her tally to 3 goals in 2 games from centre back.
The girls go again on Friday as they face off against fierce rivals St. Joseph’s College and hope to make it 3 wins from 3 this season.
The senior girls soccer team kick started their season with an excellent win and performance against Maynooth Post Primary. Nicole Smyth captained the side to a 7-0 win scoring two goals in the process.
Although the result suggests otherwise, it was a hard fought battle with Maynooth Post Primary having chances of their own as they hit the crossbar in the second half and were also denied by a string of excellent saves by goalkeeper Ingrid Tientcheu.
Overall, the hard work, skill and determination of the girls paid off as they slotted home 5 goals in the second half.
Special mention must go to the goalscorers Nicole Smyth, Zara Lawless, Carah McLoughlin, Aoife Hanley and Amy Green and to 1st year student Sarah-Kate Winders who made her first appearance in the red and black of Lucan Community College.
Well done to the team who embody all that we aim to achieve here at Lucan Community College.
The next match takes place next week against our neighbouring school, Adamstown CC.
The Junior GAA Girls Football team had a competitive match against Cois Life today.
They showed great determination and sportsmanship but were narrowly beaten in the end. Hard Luck girls, the performance was excellent.
Lucan CC athletics were in flying form on Thursday at the annual Lucan Colleges Cross Country Competitions organised by local club, Lucan Harriers.
Milly Hughes and Liam Fitzgerald, both from class Lir, came in an astonishing 2nd place in both their races. Dara Donoghue from class McVerry also placed 2nd in a very competitive 1500m race.
Áine Burke of class O’Toole took first place in the 6th year girls 1500m.
All 11 athletes ran very solid races and are making huge improvements on their times and places.
Well done to all. They are proving that this year’s theme of ‘Teamwork’ is really paying off for them.
Lucan CC athletics shone in the Phoenix Park for the 2nd annual junior cross country races.
The 14 strong team returned with a number of medals and all athletes had made huge improvements on their times.
A special mention to Dara Donoghue who came in first in the 2nd Year boys 2500m, with Shane Broderick a few seconds behind in fifth place.
Liam Fitzgerald ran a very strong race coming in third in an exceptionally tough race. Clodagh McDonnell and Milly Hughes also came in the top 5 in their races.
A huge achievement also by the girls Junior team who came 3rd in the overall competition.
Congratulations to 5th Year student, Áine Burke, who competed in the Leinster Schools senior girls 1500m steeplechase in Morton Stadium, Santry on Wednesday.
Áine ran exceptionally well coming in in fourth position in a record breaking fast race.
A huge congratulations to Áine who is a credit not just to Lucan CC Athletics and her club, St. Cocas AC.
Dublin Division 1 Final Match report
Lucan CC 4
Blackrock College 0
Lucan Community College were crowned FAI school’s Dublin Senior Division 1 League Champions yesterday after a breath taking performance in Stella Maris, Drumcondra on Wednesday the 2nd of May.
The two teams had already played the previous week in the Leinster Semi-Final in the same venue with Lucan prevailing 6-2 on that day. However, the score line somewhat flattered Lucan as they scored 3 goals late on after a very close match between two very strong footballing teams.
With the two teams meeting again on a fine sunny day in Drumcondra the scene was set for a great match and everyone in attendance was treated to a fantastic spectacle of great football between two very technical teams who love to get the ball down and play. Blackrock kicked off the play and dominated the possession for the first 5 minutes. Lucan worked very hard and worked their way into the match dominating the next twenty minutes of the first half during which they took the lead. Joshua Giurgi and Ciaran Beahan combined excellently down the left side to unleash Ciaran into the opposition box where he dribbled past his man and play a perfect ball across the box for Amos Nohilly to tap home.
The last 20 minutes of the first half were dominated by Blackrock who really put it up to Lucan winning a lot of set pieces and corners. However, Lucan marshalled by Captain Daniel Gaffney, were equal to everything that was thrown at them and defended excellently throughout this period.
The 2nd half got underway with both teams creating chances however it was Lucan who scored the crucial 2nd goal after Joshua Giurgi exquisitely cut the Blackrock defence open with a perfectly timed pass for Daniel Gaffney to run through on the keeper and neatly finish in the far corner. The two players linked up again minutes later to silence the vocal Blackrock supporters with Giurgi again providing the perfect ball for Gaffney to go through on goal where he produced an audacious lobbed finish.
Lucan with their tails now up blitzed through Blackrock creating chance after chance but were denied three times by an excellent goal keeping display from the Blackrock stopper. Then in the final moments Joshua Giurgi struck a superb free kick which beat the keeper and looked to have crossed the line only for the referee to wave play on. However Conor Finn, fresh after coming on as a 2nd half substitute, reacted quickest and poked the ball home to make it 4-0. It is a fantastic achievement from a special team who have now added the Dublin division 1 title to their Dublin West regional title secured earlier in the year. The team have a chance to make it a treble in the one season when they play Boyne CS in the Leinster Senior Division 1 final next Wednesday in Stella Maris.
- Imrich Toth 2) David Cunningham 3) Ciaran Beahan 4)Daniel Gaffney 6) Jack Colgan 7) Callum Jones 8) Dylan Coulter 9) Amos Nohilly 10) Mark Young 11) Joshua Giurgi
12) Kyle Byrne 13) Conor Finn 14) Evan Hollowed 15) Josh Keating 16) Lee O’Donnell 17) Caoilainn Weir
Congratulations to our team of athletes who took to the track this week in Morton Stadium, Santry.
Particular mention must go to two athletes who took gold in their individual disciplines.
Max Carey, 6th year, took the top prize in the Senior Pole Vault and also grabbed a silver medal in the Senior High Jump for good measure.
Aine Burke, 5th year, then powered home in 1st in tricky conditions in the 1500m Steeple Chase.
It was great to see two of our most senior athletes be such great role models for the newer members of the school athletic team.
Well done to all involved and to Ms Conway and Ms Joy for organising the events and to Mr Phelan for accompanying the students on the day.
Congratulations to Tara Phelan (3rd year – Class Hume) who competed in the FZ Forza Irish National Individual Grade G Badminton Championships 2017/18 recently.
Tara performed brilliantly throughout the event and took national gold in winning the Ladies Singles Title.