The third round of matches in the Irish Power Soccer Premier League took place recently at the UL Sports Complex in Limerick.
In their first match, Midlands United Power Wheelchair Soccer team took on Sporting Fingal, Dublin. These two teams met earlier in the year, so United went into the game knowing that they were up against a much improved Fingal team.
The first half was extremely close with neither team giving much away and at the break both were scoreless. In the second half United upped their game and from a well worked set play, straight from the training sessions, they made the breakthrough with Aoife McNicholl finishing off the move.
Midlands kept up the pressure and within eight minutes had scored a second, again from Aoife, after a breakaway move up the pitch. At this stage United decided to protect what they had and although Fingal tried hard they were unable to breakdown a resolute defence, led by Emer O’Sullivan. Final score Midlands United 2 Sporting Fingal 0
In the second match, United played Kingdom Rebels, a team formed by players from both Kerry and Cork. Again this was a very close game with both teams having limited opportunities to make the breakthrough and at halftime there was no score.
The second half followed a similar pattern with both teams probing for that all important score. As time ticked towards the final whistle Kingdom Rebels broke through the Midlands defence and it took a superb stop by keeper Sean Donogher to deny what looked to be a certain score.
This was followed up by good support play from Emmett Daly to clear the danger. Final score Midlands United 0 Kingdom Rebels 0
After three round matches United retain top spot in the Premier League table. Next round of matches are in the New Year.
Team: Sean Donogher, Aishling McElligott, Emer O’Sullivan, Aoife McNicholl (Capt), Tom Donogher, Emmett Daly.