Tuesday 25 September 2018

Dundalk get back on track with success in friendly tie

Friendly: Dundalk 3 Lusk Utd 0

Dundalk will return to league action this weekend with a spring back in their step after a convincing friendly win over Lusk at Oriel Park.

With no competitive action due to the October bank holiday and FAI Cup final on consecutive weekends, the Dundalk girls were determined to put a disappointing defeat to Ashbourne behind them.

The game started with both teams testing each other in midfield with one or two attacks before Ayo was put through one-on-one with the 'keeper, who she lobbed with a sublime chip but was denied by the crossbar.

The game continued with Dundalk taking control of the game attacking the Lusk goal.

In the 23rd minute Andrea took control and planted the ball in the Lusk net.

This was a well deserved lead as it came to half time even though 30 minutes was only played instead of the normal 40.

The second half started in much the same way and soon Andrea found the net again around the 54th minute which gave Dundalk a comfortable position.

Lusk continued to push and Kerry-Ann was alert to the runs of their striker who was nearly through on goal until she was pushed and ended up with an injury.

With only one sub stepping up from the U14 team after they played a friendly of their own, Sarah McHugh settled in straight away making some great runs down the right.

Beth Hughes also made some great runs from midfield and had a shot off the post.

Around the 85th minute Sarah McHugh made a great run down the right before cutting in towards goal and sending a rocket of a shot into the net.

She also had a shot cannon off the post later on.

This was well deserved for the supersub after playing a game before hand.

The game finished 3-0 but it could have been six6 if the crossbar and post didn't get in the way.

Caoimhe Conroy performed well in defence and Aoife Byrne also shone, playing out of position for the whole game.

This was a good workout for the Dundalk team which will improve their match fitness and get the team to blend more.

Anyone interested in joining Dundalk girls can make contact via facebook page.

Dundalk: Rachel Mullen, Caoimhe Conroy, Bronagh Mulholland, Rebecca Lambe Fagin, Kerry Ann Darcy, Aoife Byrne, Katie McKeown, Beth Hughes, Seona Halligan, Ayo Adesanyo, Sarah McHugh.

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