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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Benfica sink seasiders

THE FIRST of what will probably be two very important matches between Benfica and Curracloe took place in St. Leonards AFC last Sunday afternoon when the two top teams in the league at present clashed in the Women's Cup final.

Played on an excellent surface, both sides started tentatively with neither side creating any sort of clearcut chance and defences dominated. However, as the game settled down, Benfica were the first to show their hand and went ahead when Stephanie Hallahan found the net to break the deadlock midway through the first-half.

This was the impetus the game needed as Curracloe went in search of an equaliser, although they found the Benfica defence in no mood to concede goals lightly.

The second-half saw the game continue in the same vein, with the Waterford side enjoying the lion's share of possession and player of the match Maria Delahunty dominating affairs in the middle of the field.

Curracloe did all they could to get back on level terms, but the game ended as a contest when Linda Douglas used her speed to beat the defence and slot the ball past Charlotte McCormack to make it 2-0.

This was Benfica's fifth time to lift the Wexford Cup in nine years and sets them up nicely for a possibility of a league and cup double if they beat North End next Sunday and then overcome Curracloe in a play-off.

The league would like to thank St Leonards for the use of their facilities on the day which were were in excellent condition, and also thanks to referees Patrick Sinnott, John O'Connor and Jack Stafford for their efficiency.

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