22 October 2014
After their 10-1 win over Blanchardstown on match day one, UUJ travelled south down the M1, to battle it out against a fresh looking DCU panel.
With only eleven players, UUJ were going to find it difficult competing against DCU on their home turf, who had an abundance of players for their coaches Grace McAuley and Noelle Murray to choose from. DCU started out sharpest striking home twice in the first five minutes, with Roisin Cafferty opening the scoring followed by Aisling Frawley's first on her debut for the north-side University. A cross by Niamh Connolly in the ninth minute looked promising however it was just too long to be finished. Amber Dempster started out eager and began what looked like a busy game for her however her first strike was straight at Aine Bennett who was making her goalkeeping debut for DCU. A cross by Sarah Taylor soon after, met the head of an ever busy Clare Keenaghan but the ball was played safely into the hands of Bennett.
It took UUJ only until the fourteenth minute to score with a goal from Amber Dempster, which came as a result of gaps in the DCU backline. Two minutes later UUJ had another attempt with a free kick from Niamh Connolly however this was played again straight into the keeper's hands. After a season out injured Lucy Sherwin made her return and not surprisingly looked ever dangerous and eager to make an impact. A strong pass from her twenty minutes in failed to produce a goal, but determination drove her throughout the game. With a powerful drive from Aine Clerkin inside her own half to Fiona Tracy, a goal looked imminent however her pass across the face of goal wasn't met at the far post. It took until twenty four minutes in for DCU to score goal number three, another goal coming from a player making their debut, Fiona Tracy. Goal number four looked like it was coming through build up play by Aisling Tracy but a pass to Natalie Sweeny led to her shot unfortunately hitting the post.
However goal number four did come soon after, with Rosin Cafferty scoring her second of the day making it 4-1 at the break. DCU started the second half how they finished the first. A strong run by UUJ's Dempster lead to a strong shot, but Bennett was on hand with another save. Sherwin again in determined form had a free kick scrambled wide by the goalkeeper and it was looking to be a goalless day for the Wexford Youths player. The combination of Sherwin, Cafferky and Cadhla Gillen is one to watch, their day was spent find gaps in the defence and causing trouble on the wings. Endless link ups between the three were troublesome for UUJ.
UUJ came close on the fifty second minute hitting the cross bar and that was the closest they came for the rest of the game. After twelve months out injured Maebh Sheelan made her return replacing Michelle Keane and Sarah Sweeney came on to replace Fiona Tracey. Both substitutes making an immediate impact. Goal number five came about with great build up play from Sherwin again and Frawley claimed her second of the afternoon. Cafferty's afternoon however could not be completed with a hatrick with two shots being stopped by the goalkeeper. Danielle Kenny replaced Natalie Sweeny in the seventy seventh minute for another player to make her debut. Sherwin's determination and patience paid off in the last kick of the match from a one on one with the keeper she managed to scramble the ball past the keeper making it 6-1 and what looks like a very promising season for the Wexford player. Without a doubt all players played well but the player that stood out would have to be DCU's Aisling Frawley. Another player on her debut for the university, played some brilliant football, and looks to be a challenge for other colleges in this league. McAuley and Murray look to have a promising season ahead for their first in charge of DCU if game number one is anything to go by.« Go Back