Newpark win maiden Junior Premier League success

Newpark won the Leinster Junior Premier League for the very first time as they put in a breathtaking performance to beat Holy Child Killiney 4-1 in the final.

Holy Child started the brighter of the two sides, gaining dangerous circle entries within through Emma Kennedy and Sarah McFarland.

Newpark began the scoring, however, when Zoe Watterson fired home a rocket from a corner to make it 1-0. Less than two minutes later, a lovely team move between Watterson, Millie Lynch and Lauren Moore saw Dara Rankin glide along the baseline to find a foot.

It won Newpark their second corner of the game and it was Lynch’s turn this time to find the backboard with a powerful strike.

Both teams had attacks throughout with Alex Purcell the driving force in the Killiney midfield while Moore was exceptional for Newpark throughout.

Indeed the third goal was a great individual run by Moore who weaved in out of the Holy Child defence before firing home at the top of the circle.

Killiney still threatened with Butler and Meir’s tireless running but Newpark got their fourth when Lucy Geoghegan deflected in a crash ball from Lynch.

Holy Child got a deserved consolation goal to make it 4-1 when Sive McLoughlin slotted in at the backpost after a series of good attacks from McFarland and McCarthy.

A couple of late chances for both teams couldn’t yield any more goals and the match ended Newpark 4-1 Holy Child giving Newpark their first ever Junior Girls’ Premier league win.

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