UCC progress to Kelly Cup Semi Final
In wet and blustery conditions UCC and Letterkenny Women’s soccer teams came head to head in the Kelly Cup Intervarsity quarter finals. With a place in the semi-final of the most coveted cup competition in women’s colleges’ soccer.
Both teams were keen to put their stamp on the game. UCC’s Charlie Moore played a ball down the right channel for Ali Brady, whose first time through ball to Christina Dring gave UCC their first sniff at goal. Letterkenny’s Aoife McCorgan was quick off her line to smother any chance of Dring connecting with it.
Letterkenny followed up this early pressure, but were reduced to a long range effort by Nicole Gordon’s which was easily gathered by UCC keeper.
After the 15minute mark, UCC began to assert their authority on the game creating clear chances. Ciara Nevin’s pinpoint pass to Katie McCarthy on the right, saw her break free. McCarthy’s cross towards Dring was scrambled away by Letterkenny defence.
The best chance in the opening stages fell to McCarthy after she ran onto Ali Brady’s header from midfield. Letterkenny keeper Aoife McCorgan quick reactions denied UCC from taking the lead.
As the half progressed UCC were getting closer and closer to goal. Ciara McNamara’s free kick from wide on the left, found McCarthy sneaking in the back post. Her first time shot was straight at McCorgan.
Letterkenny had a rare opportunity when a long ball over the top deceived the UCC defence and Lauren Cregan ran onto the loose ball. Elaine Looby reacted quickest with a timely intervention. That touch away by Looby, sparked a counter attack which resulted in McCarthy scoring a screamer from outside the box. Giving UCC a deserved lead just before the interval.
Into the second half and as conditions worsened, UCC continued to dominate in possession and reduce Letterkenny to half chances.
McCarthy put UCC firmly in the driving seat when she finished off a great team move. Inside her own half, Emilie Mesec picked up the ball on left wing and calmly found Ali Brady in centre of midfield. A series of quick one-two passing saw UCC work the ball to the edge of the box. A clever through ball to McCarthy who beat the offside trap and coolly slot the ball past McCorgan who was looking for the offside flag.
Letterkenny were given a lifeline late on, when Gordan’s free kick was spilled into the net despite the best efforts of the keeper to regain control of the ball. It was too little too late as UCC saw out the game comfortably and now progress to the Intervarsities Finals in Jordanstown