Midlands United Power Soccer team went into the last round of matches, held in Gormanston Co Meath on Saturday, knowing that avoiding defeat in either match would be enough to retain the Premier League title.
In the first game their opponent were St Joey’s from Dublin. Although St Joey’s did offer some early resistance, Midlands United got quickly into their stride with Emer O’Sullivan scoring the first goal. Further goals soon followed from brothers Tom and Sean Donogher after nicely worked moves up the pitch, which showed how well this team have trained and developed this season.
In the second half, United continued in the same vain with Neil Sheehan scoring his first goals for the club. At the finish United were runaway winners with all out field players scoring.
The second match was against their main title rival Belfast Trail Blazers. Although the result in the first game had secured the Premier title, Midlands United was still determined to finish the league campaign undefeated. The game predictably was extremely close with the better chances falling to United. Belfast had a couple of breaks in both the first and second halves, but as usual excellent defending by Aoife McNicholl and Emmett Daly snuffed out any danger. The game finished on a no score draw.
Once again Midlands United are crowned Premier League Champions. There were great celebrations after the matches when the cup and medals were presented to the players. Midlands United now progress to represent Ireland in the Champions League tournament, to be held in Paris at the end of June. They will be competing against the best clubs from across Europe and our best wishes go with them.
Team: Sean Donogher, Emer O’Sullivan, Aoife McNicholl (Capt), Neil Sheehan, Tom Donogher, Emmett Daly, Asling McElligott.