Ladies soccer sweep past Blanchardstown with ease

Mark Brien

D[/dropcapCU battled through wintery conditions to score a blizzard of goals, surpassing TU Blanchardstown 6-1 to earn their fourth victory in a row.

Blancahardstown started the game brightly and found themselves ahead within the first minute after Kayla Cooling split the DCU defence with a great through ball from midfield, leaving Paramount’s star striker Eleanor Ryan-Doyle with an easy task to slot the ball into the bottom right corner.

The rest of the first half was all DCU however, as they pressed high up the field, coming close to an equaliser after 10 minutes of play when Yasmin Connolly took advantage of a mistake at the back from Cliodhna Woode to force a fine save from Naoise McAloon.

DCU were playing high intensity football from the midfield and created great chances which led to their first goal after 25 minutes.

Oleta Griffin delivered a fine cross from a corner on the right-hand side to the penalty spot, which was met with a solid header from centre-half Roisin McGovern, guiding the ball past the helpless McAloon.

DCU didn’t hold back after finding the equaliser by continuing to play positive, attacking football and found themselves ahead 10 minutes later.

A great ball in to Niamh Farrelly’s feet from Lucie Larkin left the in-form striker still with work to do, but Farrelly confidently rounded the last defender for an easy finish to bottom corner from 6 yards.

Blanchardstown struggled to test the solid DCU defence since their opener and allowed the DCU midfield to create chance after chance, which they made us of as they added a third just before half-time.

Griffin split the visitors’ defence with a wonderful through ball for Farrelly to chase. Farrelly held up the play with great strength before squaring the ball to Larkin for an easy finish to make it 3-1.

DCU were just as ruthless after the break and bagged a fourth goal just 5 minutes after the restart.

Connolly attempted an ambitious through ball only for it to bounce into the path of Farrelly off of Blancahrdstown’s unexpectant Aimee Clark. Farrelly took full advantage of the mistake and finished coolly into the bottom corner to score her second and DCUs fourth.

DCU took advantage of the tired looking away side and added their fifth goal of the afternoon through Orla Hackett. 

Farrelly fed the ball through the two Blanchardstown centre-halves to the onrushing Hackett, who fired the ball into the bottom left corner from 12 yards.

Substitute Leah Farrell caused havoc down the right wing showing blistering pace and was rewarded for her efforts with a goal from just inside the box with a low finish into the far corner to wrap up the game at 6-1 to the home side.

DCU head coach, Mick Cooke, praised  his side, saying that, “they played well and the girls that came on, kept the game going,” adding that he has a great squad of players and they are “a joy to work with.”

Mark Brien 

Image Credit: Ruairi Carberry