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Shels Retain Top Spot As Treat Record First Ever Win

Shelbourne remain top of the Women’s National League after a 3-0 victory at Athlone on Saturday night.

Treaty United celebrated a historic first win in the division as they overcame DLR Waves, while Peamount United also took victory against Bohemians.

The game between Wexford Youths’ and Cork City was postponed and will be rescheduled in due course.

Athlone Town 0-3 Shelbourne

Shelbourne retain their three-point lead at the top of the table after securing victory against Athlone.

On her first start of the season, Noelle Murray put Sehlbourne ahead at Athlone Town Stadium when she fired in a penalty, which was awarded following a foul on Jessica Ziu.

The Reds were generally comfortable throughout the game but with the score remaining one-nil Athlone always offered the threat of a smash-and-grab.

Shelbourne put the nerves at ease in the 75th as substitute Niamh McLaughlin added their second. It was another substitute Kate Mooney who added a third five minutes later to put more distance on the scoreline.

Shelbourne have been in flying form at the start of the season and have now made it four wins from four.  Manager Dave bell will know there I still plenty more to come from his side as they welcome Wexford Youths to Tolka Park next, in what looks set to be a tasty encounter.

Athlone, who made their league debut last weekend, knew that this was always going to be a massive test for their young side and they will be better for it in the long term.

Shelbourne Athlone

Bohemians 0-3 Peamount United

Peamount have continued their flawless start to the season with their third straight win. United have scored 11 goals in three games and are yet to concede a single goal.

Niamh Farrelly, has moved to centre back this season and has made that position her own. Farrelly has given the Peas a new dimension to their play with her composure and ability to break the lines with her passes a weapon against low-block defences.

Aine O’Gorman continued her quest to win the Golden Boot award for the third time in her career after scoring a brace to moved her onto four goals for the season.

The Republic of Ireland veteran got the League champions off the mark just before half-time when she converted a penalty past Bohs goalkeeper Courtney Maguire.

Eleanor Ryan-Doyle put Peamount further ahead when connecting with a pass from Sabhdh Doyle before O’Gorman wrapped up the win with a late finish.

While Bohs have lost four straight games, there were signs of improvement and if they trust in manager Sean Byrne then the newcomers should turn things around.

Peamount now again trail Shels by three points but while having played a game less.

Niamh Farrelly
Niamh Farrelly. (Photo: @fitzer_andy Twitter / Andy Fitz Flickr)

 

DLR Waves 0-2 Treaty United

The story of the round came at the UCD Bowl on Saturday as Treaty United earned their first win of the Women’s National League after recording a deserved 2-0 victory over DLR Waves.

Dave Rooney’s side played with a real determination and hunger which saw his side score two goals in three blistering minutes in the second half to secure all three points.

It was actually the in form Waves who started brightest with the quartet of Katie Malone, Niamh Prior, Kerri Letmon and Nadine Clare all going close in the first period.

The second half was a different story entirely.

Treaty responded by applying more pressure higher up the pitch and that resulted in them creating some chances of their own. Treaty took the lead six minutes into the second half when Chloe Connolly scored from close range after she latched onto a rebound of the bar from a Maggie Duncliffe’s corner.

Almost straight away Treaty got their second goal when Aoife Horgan – a lively striker who is a menace for opposing defenders – slotted the ball past Eve Badana in the Waves net. To make matters worse for DLR, Nicole Keogh was sent off late on.

Treaty, playing their first game in two weeks, were good value for the success and indeed might well have added to the margin of their victory in the second half.

Treaty United will return to league action this Tueday when hosting Cork City in a rearranged Women’s National League fixture at the Markets Field, 7.30pm.

 

Next Fixtures

Tuesday, August 25

Treaty United v Cork City, Markets Field, KO 19:30

 

Saturday, August 29

Shelbourne v Wexford Youths, Tolka Park, KO 14:00

Peamount United v Athlone Town, PRL Park, KO 18:30

 

Sunday, August 30

Cork City v DLR Waves, Bishopstown Stadium, KO 14:00

Treaty United v Bohemians, Markets Field, KO 14:00

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