New Year Challenges
After a long winter break and really positive ending to our first semester, we have plenty to look forward to this season. We spoke to our manager Paul Dunton to get his thoughts on the last few months, and the challenges that lie ahead for the following season.
“Having got off to a slow start with defeats to IT Sligo and IT Carlow, our Premier team brought themselves back into contention of winning the league again with wins over NUI Maynooth, UCD, and NUIG. We also qualified for the Futsal Nationals, we’ll compete in the Plate competition.
The second half of the season sees us travel to WIT on January 25th for the Futsal Nationals. Our focus will immediately turn to the semi-final v IT Sligo in Galway in February with the possibility of a final in March with the winner of NUIM v IT Carlow in line for us. The latter end of the season has in inaugural Intervarsities of which we’ll be hosting this year here in UCC
Having lost our first two games, I was delighted to see the commitment and resilient effort put in by our ladies. They have been in really good form prior to the Christmas break and hopefully, we’ll hit the ground running on our return to training next week.
It’s great to be in contention for honours but as the saying goes, we’ll take it one game at a time.
To manage this group of players is fantastic. We have Blaine Walsh and John Corkery as part of our coaching staff and both are thoroughly professional in their approach and their work can be seen when the girls play.
We’ll always look to improve and compete every year but again, Our girls are amazing in terms of commitment and a continuous desire to do well for UCC Ladies Soccer Club so fingers crossed they’ll add a bit of silverware to reward their efforts “