McCabe plays her part in Docherty Cup win for Ireland
TALLAGHT Community School’s, Lauryn McCabe played her part in the Republic of Ireland Schools team’s third straight Bob Docherty Cup title win in Newcastle University on Thursday.
Having beaten England 4-1 and Northern Ireland 4-3 earlier in the competition, the Republic were left facing a strong physical Scottish side for the prize and emerged 1-0 winners.
McCabe, a sister of Republic of Ireland senior team captain, Katie McCabe, won the free kick that crucially brought about the decisive goal on the hour mark – Kiera Sena whipping in the resulting set-piece for captain, Hannah Healy to nod home.
In a match that ebbed and flowed with opportunities falling both ways, Richard Berekey’s outfit went close to taking the lead after chances fell to Orlaith Doherty and Healy.
McCabe had drawn a foul prior to the goal, but the Scottish netminder was able cut out Sena’s wicked delivery on that occasion.
Scotland did press heavily after falling behind, winning a number of free kicks in threatening areas, but Ireland held out for the victory and , with it, their third straight tournament win having lifted the Cup back in 2018 and 2019, with no competition run over the following two years because of Covid restrictions.