Saturday 24 March 2018

Lauren high fives Louth

MESSI'S five-goal haul had them talking in the Fair City. Lauren Ebbs has long been a member of the Famous Five club.

In 20 sizzling minutes, she struck five goals for Dublin in their Leinster Minor Championship win over Louth in Balbriggan.

Yet for the Dubs and for her club, Naomh Barróg, she has often been seen high-fiving.

"It was brilliant to score five goals against Louth, and thankfully I have managed it before a few times in matches," remarked Lauren.

She's a talented young sportswoman. She plays soccer for Raheny United and she also excels at hockey.

The sixth-year Manor House, Raheny student first got the Dublin call when she was 10. "I love it. It's great to be involved with Dublin. It's so enjoyable being a member of the panel.

"We are fortunate to have such a good management set-up and things are going well for us this season. We have had two wins now against Offaly and Louth. There are no weaknesses on the side. Every player on the panel is just top-class."

Lauren has the gift of all renowned scorers -- clever positioning sense and ice-box composure.

Her finishing against Louth would have done justice to Sinead Aherne herself. Lauren never got the rush of blood.

She was never going to get out the lump hammer to bang down the hall door. Instead, she has the patience to pick the lock.

And she looked as if she was simply just passing the ball to the back of the sack.

She admires Bernard Brogan. "He's a class act. A really fantastic forward." Yet has Bernard got a five-goal haul on his CV?

Lauren has an All-Ireland U16 medal in her collection. Dublin beat Kerry in a thrilling final at Banagher in 2010.

Lauren scored 4-2, including two penalties that Jimmy Keaveney would be proud of. It earned her the player of the match award.

Lauren recalls that day with pride. She's hoping for more like it. "We are training hard with the Dublin minors, so we'll keep at it and look forward to the rest of the campaign."

She is quick to thank all those that pointed the way in Kilbarrack. "I have been with Barróg since I was six. It's a great club.

"Our ladies' team has really improved. It's looking very good for this year. Things are going well."

And it's the same in the Dublin Blue. Lauren hit those five goals against Louth when she came off the bench.

Not even the magical Messi, with all his bag of tricks, could have done that!

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