Result: 1B 2-1 1C
The 'Crua's' were in flying form as 1B won the opening game of the Lunchtime Leagues. Under the watchful eye of Liam Doherty Crua and Damien Duffy, 1B raced into an early lead. Owen Doherty Crua (younger brother) of manager Liam scored the 2 goals that put 1B in control. 1C managers Ben Curley and Coran Donaghey rang the changes and Ellie Long pulled a goal back but it was too little too late for 1C. 1B progress to the semi finals were they will play 1A.
Result: 1A 2-2 1D
1A won 3-2 after sudden death penalties
Our 2nd quarter final in the Lunchtime Leagues was an unforgettable one. Transition year students Brian Houghton and Shay McLaughlin (Jimmy Mickey) took charge of 1D and were bullish about their chances of going all the way. 1A under the tutelage of Athena McLaughlin and Laura Doherty had less to say and were letting their players do the talking on the pitch. This was an enthralling end to end game with chances galore at both ends. The game was finely balanced at 1-1 with 5 minutes left when Aoife McCarron of 1A dispossessed a defender and rifled a shot into the top corner. It looked like 1A would hold out but some inspired substiutions by Gaffer Houghton led to 1D taking over. With 10 seconds left and 1D laying siege to 1A's goal, a deflected shot deceived Danny Diver in the 1A goal and the scores were level at 2-2. The game went to a penalty shootout and after some inspired saves, the shootout went to sudden death. All the pressure was on Manus Doherty, who tucked away an excellent penalty to scenes of delight in the crowd.
1A progress to the semi finals to play 1B on Monday, October 1st.
Next week sees 1E vs 1F on Monday lunchtime and 1G vs 1H on Tuesday lunchtime.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.
The semi finals will be played the following week. Well done to all involved.