WSCAI First Division Success
Ulster University, Jordanstown Ladies soccer team have won the Women’s Soccer Colleges Association of Ireland (WSCAI) First Division. The ladies played out a 1-1 draw in the final but won 9-8 on penalties.
The league was made up of four groups of four teams. The Jordanstown ladies sailed through the group stages beating Blanchestown IT 10-1, NWRC 8-0 and Drogheda IT 14-0. DCU beat the Jordanstown ladies 6-1 but the ladies still progressed to the quarter finals.
The Jordanstown ladies met UCD ‘b’ in the quarter final and easily defeated them 4-0. In the semi final the ladies played Dublin IT and won 6-2. The ladies faced Cork IT in the final. The game ended in a 1-1 draw forcing the final to be decided by penalties. The penalty shootout also ended in a draw but Jordanstown won 9-8 after their goalkeeper, Hannah Grieve scored the final sudden death penalty.
“We were 2-0 up in penalties and Cork IT came back to tie us at 4-4. The sudden death penalties were very nerve wrecking but our goalkeeper Hannah had it all under control and scored the winning penalty. We have all put so much effort in and commitment throughout the year and it was great to get a reward for this.” Said Louise Mc Frederick, team manager.
Jordanstown team member Lauren Wade was awarded with player of the match in the final. Lauren’s great performance was joined by standout performances from Captain Amber Dempster and goalkeeper Hannah Grieve.
“A lot of credit has to go to our Captain and top goal scorer Amber Dempster, she was on form all season and her goal scoring record is a great achievement for any player but especially for Amber as she has had to deal with a number of injuries throughout the season. Hannah Grieve, our goalkeeper was simply excellent in every game. Hannah is a hockey player who just volunteered to play one match; she was a natural and came up big in the final.” said Louise.
The Jordanstown ladies owe a lot of their success to their stand in manager Louise Mc Frederick. The team did not have a permanent coach for the league but Louise stepped up to the role. Louise was happy that the girls performed to their potential and were able to bring silverware back to the university despite their defeat to DCU.
“We performed very consistently. In our second match we had a slip up against DCU where we lost 6-1. We travelled to that game with only 10 players. Following this match, we built a solid squad of 16 players and this put us in good stead for the rest of the season. There was definitely a good camaraderie between the girls and everyone wanted to play for each other. There was a lot of commitment from a lot of players and it is nice to see it has paid off.”
The Ulster University ladies are hoping to get their hands on more silver wear when they play in the Intervarsities in two weeks time. Congratulations on the league win and also best of luck with the Intervarsities.