U17 Girls Soccer team in Leinster Final.
It is a sign of the quality of the season enjoyed by the management team for football in Wilson’s Hospital School that they were disappointed with the performance from their side last Friday in Leixlip. The Junior Under 17 girls’ side took on Caritas College Dublin in the Final of the Leinster League Division 2.
The Multyfarnham side went into the encounter with a number of young players bolstering the older members of the side. However the recent loss of striker Lauren and defender Aisling through injury and illness told in the end.
It could have been so different. A goal from Rachel from a set-piece in the first few minutes seemed like a dream start for the Wilson’s girls. A header from Jillian had the Westmeath side starting to look comfortable. Caritas College fought back and exposed weaknesses in the Wilson’s defence. By half-time the sides were level.
The second half went Wilson’s way, at first. A second goal from Jillian settled the Multyfarnham side. Megan, in her final appearance for WHS, also managed to grab a goal to put Wilson’s 4 -2 ahead.
However, heat, defensive errors and a robust Caritas side took it’s toll. When centre back Darielle was taken off with a head injury the normally solid Wilson’s defence fell into disarray. Caritas pulled 2 goals back during goal mouth scrambles and Extra Time loomed. No more goals were scored and a penalty shoot-out was needed to settle the game.
First Year girls Chloe and Beth both easily converted their spot-kick in a confident manner. But with two other WHS penalties failing to find the target the spoils fell to Caritas College as they knocked home their first four penalties.
Reflecting afterwards, coach Liam Boggs and manager Gavan Kierans felt that the younger players in the squad proved their mettle and did exactly what was asked of them. However some soul searching about commitment is likely to take place in Multyfarnham. “This prize was within our grasp, twice. However problems in our midfield and defence can only be fixed by taking a more serious approach to the game” manager Gavan Kierans said afterwards. “It’s been a very good, very long season. If we want to avoid this happening again we need to keep our squads playing and training regularly”. The final score was Caritas College 4 Wilson’s Hospital School 4 (aet). Caritas won 4 – 2 on penalties.
It was a very exciting match and end to what has been an excellent season of the various soccer teams in Wilson’s..