Hoey a Dundalk City slicker as she scores ten goals
Dundalk City 13 Dublin City University 0Recording their highest margin of victory for many a season, Dundalk City Ladies handed out a lesson to the students from DCU at Eamon Hiney Park on Sunday.
Having gained promotion to the top flight in ladies soccer, the students have struggled all season but did not expect such a drubbing from the Lilywhites who beat them 2-0 in their previous league encounter.
Dundalk’s center forward Sonya Hoey created a record by scoring ten goals in an awesome display of finishing power. Nicknamed ‘Sonic’ by her teammates for her speed off the mark she will surely be renamed ‘Supersonic’ after this exhibition of footballing skill.
Paula Murray added a hat trick on her debut to make it lucky 13 for Dundalk.
Murray, signed from Eureka (Kells) is a natural left winger and is a most exciting prospect and comes with a high reputation following excellent performances in the U-16 Gaynor Cup inter provincial tournament in Limerick where she assisted Leinster in capturing the trophy.
However, this was a tremendous team effort and manager Tommy Tasker was in jubilant mood at the finish. With a full squad at his disposal, he looks forward to consolidating his team’s league position and awaits the forthcoming cup campaigns with anticipation.
Tasker deployed captain Mairead Nixon upfront alongside Hoey and she showed her versatility adapting to the striker’s roll and was a constant threat, winning the ball in the air and laying on goal scoring opportunities for her team mates.
While the goalscorers grab the headlines this was a magnificent team performance with Bronagh Malone and Eilish Nevin protecting Deborah McGuinness.
Tara Nevin and Sandra Lynch dominated in central midfield, with Lynch’s strike on goal adding another dimension to her improving game.
For DCU Joanne Tobin and Louise Carlon tried hardness and while the keeper will want to forget this game she can take some consolation from a number of fine saves completed throughout the match.
Dundalk City: Deborah McGuinness, Clodagh Mulholland, Grace Murray, Bronagh Malone, Eilis Nevin, Sharon Drumgoole (Claire Mulholland 65), Sandra Lynch, Tara Nevin, Paula Murray, Sonya Hoey, Mairead Nixon (Lucy Byatt 65). Sub. not used, Claire Riordan.