17 October 2016
The 2016/17 WSCAI season kicked off last week with twelve games across five divisions.
This year sees the implementation of a three tiered structure which has been designed to ensure the highest possible level of competiveness, while simultaneously increasing third level participation in women's football across the country.
The composition of the Premier Division makes for appealing viewing for the spectator, and last week's game did not disappoint.
The reigning champions NUI Galway were put to the sword by the team they conquered last March, IT Carlow. Clare Kinsella would unleash a piledriver of a finish in the second half to see off the champions. Intervasity Cup finalists IT Sligo began their campaign strongly, with an Amber Lynch brace and Rachel Kearns strike enough to see off UCC. Maynooth University signified their intent for the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over UCD with Peamount United duo Amber Barrett and Rachel Doyle both netting twice.
Division One witnessed goals aplenty; Ulster University's 13 goal rampage against Athlone IT an indication of their strength this season spearheaded by Northern Ireland U19 international Samantha Kelly who bagged a hat trick.
DCU's away win in IT Tralee was as compelling; winning 9-2 with Wexford Youths Aoibhin Webb and Orlaith Conlon both starring. University of Limerick battled out a closer contest against Waterford IT, emerging victors by 2 goals to 0.
Division Two has been strategically broken down into four separate groups of A to D, geographical logic playing a part in team selection in each.
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The strength and depth of a college squad varies year to year depending largely on the influx of students in that particular academic year. Trinity College have added some much needed firepower with their 14-0 domination of Drogheda Institute evidence of this. The other fixture in Group A between IT Blanchardstown and NWRC finished 9-2 to the home side. UCD Waves Ellie Ryan Doyle featured heavily in the scoring.
Group B is notable for the inclusion of two Dublin college strongholds in UCD "B" and DIT. Both emerged victorious in week one, UCD beating Maynooth "B" by 8 goals to 1, and DIT overcoming GMIT by 5 goals to 1, thanks to the brilliance of 2016 Intervarsity Team of the Year winner Amy Murphy.
Group D was of closer contest; Mary I coming away from UCC with a 2-1 win and Cork IT edging out Limerick IT by 4 goals to 2.
Find all the results and tables here