Women’s Winter League Mooncoin Celtic 2 Benfica 5

Mooncoin and Benfica went head to head this evening in a delayed fixture in the Women’s Winter league

Our young squad and a couple of not so young squad members took to the pitch in Ozier. Benfica got off to a flyer when they scored on the 10 minute mark . But Mooncoin reacted well and a set piece taken by Shauna Mullowney was sent to the back of the net off the boot of Emily Blackmore, who timed her strike just right . Some sloppy defending from ourselves saw us concede three goals before the break to see us go in 4-1 down at half time.
The second half was a much better half from us and we played some very good football . Pressing more with our passing and communication much improved on the first half display. Benfica added a fifth to their tally 15 mins in . We introduced our subs into the game . Caoimhe Power and Ella Brennan making an immediate impact . We added a second goal to the scoresheet halfway through the half when Ella Brennan took possession of a ball on the halfway line ….. she took off down the wing , spotting Emily in an advantageous position she played the ball out in front of her . Emily was first to the ball and headed towards goal , and with the advancing benfica keeper , she made  sure to take her shot at the right time and slotting to the bottom right corner with a lovely left foot finish . Stand out performances tonight from Sommer Grant , Kate Mcgrath, Shaunna Mullowney, and Emily Blackmore with every player putting in a massive effort.