Delaney double caps win

by Karl Graham

LUCAN United’s ladies team got their season off to a flying start as they defeated Kilmore Celtic away 5-1, in their first game of the Under-16 Premier league at Oscar Traynor Road.
They took control of the game from the off, and impressed with their slick passing and movement, to leave their opponents chasing shadows throughout.
The first goal was well orchestrated as the ball was worked from the defence to attack in no less than a dozen passes. The final ball rested at the feet of Ann Marie Byrne who made no mistake with the finish.
Lucan doubled their advantage before the break with a goal that was almost a carbon copy of their first, only this time it was Aoife Hanley who got her name on the score sheet. Only for some fine goalkeeping and poor finishing were Kilmore not dead and buried by half-time.
The second half started in much the same vein as the first, with a lot of passing and moving from Lucan. They played with an emphasis on retaining possession in an excellent display from a side who is clearly well drilled.
With Lucan having so much of the possession, it was unlikely to be long before there was another goal on the score board. It did indeed come early in the half through a well struck shot from Kayla Brady.
Despite being three goals to the good, Lucan had no intention of taking their foot off the gas and when Abby Delaney entered the pitch as a substitute, things were about to get a lot worse for the home team.
Delaney struck her first not long after entering the fray before Kilmore notched a well taken consolation goal.
Lucan had the last say, however, with Delaney again keeping cool to make it two for her and five for her team.
Manager Ian Cassells spoke to GazetteSport about his side’s performance and how he is more concerned about helping his players reach their full potential than he is with getting results.
“The win was great. It is great to get off to a winning start and the girls are playing really attractive football.
“Our football is pass and movement and passing out from the back so we are looking forward to keeping that going throughout the season.
“I suppose if that means being successful and winning trophies then so be it but we are more about progressing the girls themselves.
“It seems we have a unique set of players who can play, certainly a lot of them, at international level and we want to help progress that forward,” said Cassells.

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