Lucan ladies double win

by Stephen Findlater

LUCAN United’s girls completed a superb double last weekend to continue their incredible rise to prominence in the Metro Girls Leagues, adding the Youths’ League title to the Under-16 South League crown they won a week before.

The Under-19 side were 3-0 winners over Dunboyne last Saturday to win the Youths title, with Michelle Barnwell scoring twice while Lauren Keeler was also on the mark.

For good measure, the Under-16s beat Clontarf 6-3, having won their title a week earlier with victory over St John Bosco.

The club’s girls section was formed just two years ago but the club’s commitment to high quality coaching has paid dividends already in the eyes of Imanda Lawless who oversees the section of the club.

Speaking to GazetteSport about Lucan’s rise, Lawless says it has been a whirlwind of success since club chairman John Doyle kick-started the organisational process.

“We started just two years ago and have been really lucky,” she said. “There is so much interest and we’re flying. We have very good coaching with all holding UEFA badges.

“Richie Farrell came from schoolboy teams, winning the Kennedy Cup; Alan McGovern and then Lisa Fallon who is going for her top coaching badge who has been helping out as well.

“The kids are great as well and they all help out the other teams with the 14s helping the 16s and they help the 19s.”

The win over Dunboyne was especially sweet for Farrell who manages both Under-16s and 19s and is indicative of the improvement within the club.

“We have been playing Dunboyne since we started two years ago and had never beaten them until last Saturday. They beat us on the last eight occasions we played them so it is a lot of good progress.

“It is basically down to the commitment of the girls and the club itself. They are putting the time in and the coaching takes care of itself.”

When asked whether he could single out any stars, he said it was entirely a group effort.

“The key to success is the efforts of everybody. Where to start with the names? There are so many who have put in the time, the list is endless. We only started the Under-16 team last November and they got through to the cup final; we were beaten in that final by Newtown Juniors’ Under-18 team but we won the Under-16 south league.

“And the Under-19 side won their youth league and have the cup final against Dundalk on Saturday on Mobhi Road at 12.30pm on Saturday. It’s incredible.”

Plans are already afoot to grow the girls section further with an open day planned for July with potential players aged from eight up to 21 welcome along. The exact dates for the event will be confirmed on the club’s website, www.lucanunitedfc.com, in the coming weeks.

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