Shels’ MGL magic eight

by Gazette Reporter

SHELBOURNE contributed a massive eight players while Home Farm also provided a couple to the Metropolitan Girls League Under-14 side that claimed the Gaynor Cup on Monday in fine fashion.
Shels’ Simone Peat, Mia Dodd, Ellie Ferguson, Jessica Ziu, Emma Ring, Zoe Leonard, Sophie Murray and Lucy Edwards were all part of the panel along with Home Farm’s Taylor Whyte and Katie Hegarty.
They retained the Under-14 inter-league competition successes with victory over Cork Women’s and Schoolgirls Soccer League in a lively encounter to wrap up four fantastic days of football in Limerick.
After falling behind early on, the Dublin girls dug deep to break down their opponents and come away with a 3-1 victory.
Both cup finalists inflicted 3-0 defeats upon their semi-final rivals earlier in the day, with the MGL knocking Donegal out, with Cork seeing past Mayo.
Jessica Ziu and Shauna Carroll would both receive the perfect birthday present for MGL as they both scored either side of a finish from Orla Prendergast.
In the other semi, Cork were much the sharper team in the opening period and raced into a 2-0 lead through Molly Kelleher and Lauren Egbuloniu.
Egbuloniu would go on to grab her 7th goal of the tournament to secure the Munster side’s place in the final.
Fast forward a few hours and Cork once again had the brighter start as Zara Foley met a cross first time, smashing the ball into the net and giving her side the advantage.
This proved to be a wake-up call for the Dublin girls and they soon were back on level pegging as Mia Dodd unleashed an unstoppable free-kick from the edge of the box.
The MGL would soon have the lead as Ziu got beyond the Cork defence to grab her second of the day and her side’s second of the match.
Not long after, the MGL had the chance to seal it before half-time as they were awarded a penalty.
Up stepped captain Elle Ferguson, who struck her spot-kick well, but the ball would cannon off the post and back into play.
Cork had plenty of second half chances to get back into the game, with Player of the Match Egbuloniu threatening but were soon battling against the clock.
Seconds before the final whistle, the MGL would seal it as Aoife Glennon fired the ball into the net.
In the third and fourth place play-off, Mayo overcame Donegal in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

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