Match Report: CIT Ladies Vs UCC Ladies
Our Development Squad got their season underway last Wednesday with a very convincing 0-0 draw to Cork rivals CIT Ladies. Despite there being plenty of chances for both teams, it was a well earned point in the end as both sides. We caught up with Premier Coach Jamie Buckley after the game to get his thoughts on the 0-0 draw.
“Considering this was the first test for what was almost a completely new group compared to last year I think the girls started very well, you could see a real focus within the group from the time they got into the dressing room and that 100% carried out onto the pitch. Our girls started strong, played a very quick passing game out from the back and showed fantastic willingness to get on the ball, it’s a real sign of talent and ability when girls are desperate to receive a pass and our efforts were consolidated by an amazing display from our back four”
The 18 player squad was named on Wednesday evening ahead of the game. The panel included: Sarah Vargas, Jane Healy, Annie Walsh, Alanna Murphy, Karen Delahunty, Clara Doheny, Shauna Weiss, Anna O’Keeffe, Ruán Mac Sweeney, Norma Healy, Alecia O’Donoan, Audrey Byrne, Alannah O’Kelly Lynch, Elaine lobby, Eimear Drummond, Ceile Corbett, Megan O’Regan, Rebekah Maughan.
“This was always going to be a difficult game after being beaten this time last year 3-0 by CIT and by no means were they a poor side this year again but our girls didn’t look out of place for a moment on the pitch, going forward we were very industrious and could have deservedly been leading 1-0 by half time only for the cross bar coming to the rescue of CIT but for me personally it was a brilliant display from 1-18. If we can repeat today’s performance throughout the campaign this year there will be very few teams I would fancy to get a result against us. We were ruthless in defence, creative in midfield and always a threat going forward, the future looks very bright with this group of players and I am personally buzzing to get back on the training pitch and begin preparing for match day 2 with this group, excited is an understatement. For me it was a tough test, a brilliant point earned and most importantly a fantastic platform for us to build on and I know the girls feel very positive about today’s display, and so they should.”
The Development squad will take the same panel to Limerick on Wednesday where they are set to take on Limerick IT. Hopefully they will now go on to build on their positive start and come back with all three points.