Under 13 Semi-Final (2002-03)

Dominican College V St. Marks

Division 2 - Semi Final (2002-03) - 10/05/2003

Despite struggling in the opening group matches against Maryfield, Mercy Beaumont and Ard Scoil La Salle (Raheny), Dominican College's under 13 team qualified for the semi-final of the Leinster Girls' Division 2 against St. Mark's, Tallaght. This feat was achieved through determination, enthusiasm and hard work.

Within five minutes of the kick-off, both teams had half chances to take an early lead. Caroline McNamara hit an optimistic effort wide following a loose clearance by the St. Mark's defence. Minutes after this, St. Mark's, Jessica Carter sent Francine Roberts through, but Dominican's defence, lead by Lauren Fagan, played the off-side rule to perfection to stop the danger. This marked a period of sustained attack by St. Mark's and only for the heroics of Caroline Davis in goals, Dominican College would have conceeded an early goal. Sarah Stapleton and Lauren Phillips held their ground well in the centre of midfield but were having difficulty bringing the wingers, Katie Tuck and Jenny Smith into the game. This concentration of action in the centre of the field led to a Dominican clearance hitting off a St. Mark's player putting Dien Lu one-on-one with Caroline Davis for the first goal of the game. This was how the game ended at half time.

The second half saw Dominican College controlling more of the ball from defence. Debbie Maguire brought the ball forward to try and release RóisIn Prender up the wing and only for the superb defence of Sarah Horte, Dominican College would have been straight back into the game. This determined play at the beginning of the second half was Dominican's best spell of the game, but they were dealt a blow when Jennifer Hyland had to be replaced after suffering a leg injury, ten minutes into the second half. This was followed almost immediately by a penalty for St. Mark's, for handball in the box and Sarah Horte blasted the ball into the back of the net. Dominican's player of the match, Caroline Davis, got a hand to the ball, but she sprained her fingers in the process and had to be replaced in goal by captain Sarah Stapleton. A buoyant St. Mark's slotted home two late goals to win 4 - 0 on the day.

Dominican College team members included

Caroline Davis, Eimear Nolan, Carol Martin, Aileen Bohan, Lauren Fagan, Caroline McNamara, Jennifer Hyland, Sarah Stapleton (Captain), Lauren Phillips, Róisín Farrelly-Prender, Katie Tuck, Aisling Fitzgerald, Ruth Davenport, Debbie Maguire, Amy Gillivan, Jennifer Smith, Amy Redmond and Emma Clarke.