Glenanne no Lambes to slaughter as they stun Pegasus

Women’s Irish Senior Cup, round one replay
Pegasus 1 (Vanessa Surgeoner) Glenanne 1 (Clare Shillington), Glenanne win 3-2 on penalties

Glenanne picked off one of their most famous results of recent times as take two of the Irish Senior Cup proved very much to their liking. The initial tie had shown their promise, leading Ulster giants Pegasus 1-0 after 20 minutes when the tie was abandoned.

Glenanne celebrate their win on penalties against Pegasus Pic: Rowland White/PressEye

Glenanne celebrate their win on penalties against Pegasus Pic: Rowland White/PressEye

With the venue switched from Queen’s to Grosvenor, they completed the job. Pegasus started the stronger side with some sharp movement up front initially causing problems for the young Glens defence.

Vanessa Surgeoner was immediately lively up front and looking to cause a threat but the emerging talent that is Saoirse O’Donoghue, sister of Irish international Shane O’Donoghue, soon got to grips with her.

This allowed the Glens to settle and win the first corner of the game but Audrey McCormack failed to convert a rebound off the initial strike.

The game remained open with Pegasus looking to hit the long ball to find Suzanne Ferris (nee Beaney) in the circle. It was in the 20th minute with Mary Waldron breaking down the right with a neat reverse pass out to Clare Shillington, an Ulster native, that created the first goal.

Shillington took the ball out wide and sent it into the danger area causing the Pegasus keeper to make a save. The rebound fell back to her just inside the circle to the right and the Irish cricket international didn’t hesitate to hit the ball with sheer ferocity that nearly saw the ball go through the roof of the net after it whizzed by the head of the Pegasus keeper.

The second half saw both teams pushing on with Pegasus earning back-to-back corners but the presence of Rachel Lambe in goal continues to impress with any shots being cleared.

Vanessa Surgeoner celebrates Pegasus' equaliser Pic: Rowland White/PressEye

Vanessa Surgeoner celebrates Pegasus’ equaliser Pic: Rowland White/PressEye

The eagerness of both teams to win the tie was evident with four cards being awarded to the Glens and three to Pegasus. It was through this period of cards that Pegs capitalised on some good passing movement in around the back of the Glenanne defence for Surgeoner to slot home and make the tie one each.

Both teams had chances to score again but the final whistle remained level. In silver goal extra time, the Glens were proving the stronger side with Kate O’Connor continuing as she had done all game to pick out passes with pin point accuracy resulting in circle entries but no end result. No goals, though, meant penalty strokes.

Lambe duly saved the second and fourth Pegasus strokes. With the fifth penalty missed by Pegs, Glens didn’t need to take the last stroke and were left to celebrate a sweet victory.

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