St. Francis secure first win in UEFA Womens Champions League
Ireland’s first ever victory in the UEFA Women’s Champions League was secured by St. Francis as a suberb team performance saw the Baldonnel side emerge on the right side of a 4-1 scoreline against Portuguese champions 1o Dezembro.
Grace Murray’s long range effort struck the top corner in the ninth minute, before the Portuguese struck back on 18 minutes. St. Francis restored their advantage through the combination of two new signings Kelly Jones was put through by Welsh International Cheryl Foster just after the half hour mark.
Jones snapped on a loose ball in the Dezembro defence just after the break to coolly finish the ball past the onrushing keeper before Michelle O’Reilly added the icing on the cake with the fourth from a long throw from under 17 international Megan Campbell.
St. Francis Head Coach Breifne Earley was delighted with the result "We knew with the three players we had signed in the last few weeks that we could compete with the opposition this week.
Dezembro haven’t lost a domestic game in Portugal in almost three years, and would have been massive favourites coming into the game.
"The entire squad were excellent this evening, and deserve great praise for sticking to the game plan, the work rate, attitude and focus was fantastic from the entire squad."
St. Francis: Charlotte McCormack, Niamh Nolan, Grace Murray, Caroline McEvoy, Megan Campbell, Sonya Hughes, Michelle O’Reilly, Sandra Mulhall, Kelly Jones, Cheryl Foster, Aoife Herbert.
Sub: Rebecca Dowling for Michelle O’Reilly (60 mins), Karen Niclasson for Aoife Herbert (73 mins), Louise Corrigan for Niamh Nolan (81 mins), Eilish McManus, Saidhbh Collins, Erica Cahill, Emily Hanney.