Our last day began by letting the team sleep in to prepare for our last match. We paused our "go go go" pace and hit the snooze button. They were soooo happy.
Our last match was back in Dublin, where this great adventure began, against the Ladies from UCD (University City Dublin). This team rosters a few players with youth national team experience and the squad plays in the Irish Women's National League. A very similar squad to the Wexford team that we played earlier.
The facility was gorgeous. This pitch had hosted a UEFA qualifying match last week and was in "tip top" shape.
After a good pre-game warmup, the JCWS Ladies played their best match of the trip. Our energy level was high and our soccer brains were turned on. We did a lot of defending but it made sense and was done at a high level. A great way to close out our soccer experience in Ireland. We enjoyed a great meal with our opponent after the match and then headed back to the hotel to pack.
I have two main goals in mind when I plan these trips. I want the team to play high level, quality soccer and I want them to catch the "travel bug." I want them to say "Ill be back" or "I can't wait to go and visit another country." We are part of a big world. We just made it a little more familiar. Job well done! Thanks for following.