Greenwood U15 travelled to Dublin on Sat 21st Feb to face DDSL Premier side Lucan United in the last 16 of The U15 National Cup.
The game was played on the wonderful playing surface of Celbridge Football Park and was a cracker from start to finish. It had everything skill, commitment, drama, the works. Lucan started brightly and the fear of been totally outclassed and overrun was an immediate feeling but as has always been the case with this squad of players we settled and created the 1st chance of the game with a header from a corner kick. The game now flowed from end to end with Lucan almost scoring with an attack from 1 of our corners. The pace was frantic with both sides giving their all. 0-0 at half time.
The 2nd half began at the same pace with both sides playing to their strengths with contrasting styles of play, George Long and Troy Flavin, on his return from injury were controlling all around them masterfully. As the game ebbed and flowed both sides had chances. The Lucan keeper making a super save from Ethan Varian in a 1 v 1 situation just as Darragh Newman in the Greenwood goal did from a point blank Lucan header. As was the case in Limerick last month we had a couple of serious shouts for penalties, the 1st when following a super pass from Kenny Lynch, Ethan Varian was felled on the penalty area, free kick on the edge of the box to Greenwood. The 2nd when a defender misjudged a cross and controlled the ball with his hand. The 2nd half finished with both teams having given their all in a cracking encounter, 0-0 at full time.
The extra time of 10 min aside saw no let up in the pace of the game, Lucan having the best chance to win it with the last kick of the game. After over 1 hour and 40 min the tie finished 0-0 and so on to the dreaded penalty shoot-out lottery. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time and we now know how Castlebar Celtic FC felt in 2013 at the same stage against ourselves. Final score in the shoot-out 9-8 to Lucan Utd.
A huge thanks to the whole squad who again gave all of us massive entertainment, they are a super bunch who should be very very proud of themselves. The U15 squad and Managers would like to thank Lucan United for their wonderful hospitality on the day and wish them well in the next round. Finally A Massive Thanks From The U15 squad and Managers to Our Officers, Committee, the parents, families and friends for all their help and support during another wonderful adventure.
pics of match can be found here