We soon found our first match starting and before long, we had finished, as the matches were only six minutes long. At the end of the match it was nil-all, and we were feeling slightly downhearted but we didn’t let it get us down.
From there we went on to play our second match and came out with a one-nil victory. We had a four match gap until our third match. We came out with another victory but unfortunately we lost one of our key defensive players, Helen, who had nearly fainted with the flu.
After another two matches, we were on the pitch again, and unfortunately we drew, again, nil-all.
We ploughed on into our next match,and by this stage it was 3 o clock.
Thankfully, we won again and were ready to play what could be our last match. We also drew the last match, which meant we had to wait to hear if we had made the quarter finals.
After a while, the organiser came to us with the great news that we had made the quarter finals. He gave us five minutes to prepare and then we were straight back into it. The team we were playing, Booterstown, were putting up a good fight and by the end of it, no one had scored. Because it was a final, it couldn't be left as a draw, so we played a series of extra time, golden goal, and sudden death. By the end of it all, still no one had scored, so it came to penalties. Finally, we won, and were through to the semi-finals.
We made our way up to a bigger pitch, where our opposition was waiting. Out of breath, from the previous match, we began to play. We had another long battle, and some questionable frees awarded to the opposition, but eventually, in penalties again, we managed to grab another victory, and our ticket to the final.
Monkstown presented some great hockey, and near the end we feared our time had come, when Anna scored an own goal, but thanks to some quick thinking on Elyse, Molly and Stephanie's part we evened the score.
With 30 seconds to go and everyone's heart in their mouths, Monkstown appraoched the goal and took a shot. Natasha pulled off an amazing save to keep us in the match. With that, the whistle blew for time. The score was 1-1. This match had been for longer so instead of a penalty shoot we all agreed that the teams were too evenly matched and we both accepted a draw and to share the trophy.
It was a long, tiring but great day. We got ice creams to celebrate our victory! Our teachers and ourselves were very proud of how we performed and we were happy to bring home another trophy to Scoil Mhuire