There have been mixed fortunes so far for both the boys and the girls' teams in the FAI Schools Soccer League so far. This season marks the first year that Scoil Mhuire have entered a team in the girls league and it has been a tough couple of games so far against very experience opposition.
The first match saw the girls lose to the much bigger Scoil Diarmada, Castledermot 7-0. Despite the scoreline there were some very impressive performances particularly from Abbey Grace, Abbie Fisher, Lily Clohessy and Eimear Lynch. There were a large number of girls making their soccer debut and they did themselves and the school proud.
Things got marginally better in the second match but unfortunately the girls ended up the wrong side of a 6-0 scoreline against Naas Community National School. The scoreline was very unfair as we had a huge number of chances but the ball simply refused to cross their line. Again some very impressive performances from the girls - in particular from Ella Foster, Brooke O'Brien and Amy Dowling. The girls have one more match next week against Moone NS.
The boys also lost their first match out against Scoil Diarmada 6-2. We actually took the lead early in the first half with a wonder strike from Michael Fisher. However, the larger school started to attack with more purpose and began to pull away. The score would have been worse only for a wonderful penalty save from Sean Dowling. Michael added his, and Scoil Mhuire's second in the 2nd half but despite a few good chances we couldn't draw closer. The boys played very well with some great performances from Sean Murphy, Noah Evans and Mark Tutty in particular.
The second match was a different story with Scoil Mhuire dominating from start to finish against Naas CNS. It took a long time to get on the scoreboard with Aidan Grace hitting the crossbar twice in the early stages before an own goal from a Michael Fisher cross got us on our way. Another goal quickly followed from a long-range wonder strike from Mark Tutty. The goals continued in the second half with Emmet O'Connor, Michael Fisher and Jordan Cullen all getting on the scoreboard. There were also some wonderful performances in defence that kept them locked out from Conor Counihan and Fionn Steward-Byrne. This results gives us great confidence going into the final game before the knockout stages against Moone NS.