Series 17 of Women’s National League football unusually took place midweek, but what wasn’t inconsistent is that of the top-quality play and fascinating results.
Shelbourne secured a late 3-2 victory at home to ensure they didn’t drop points while the other league leaders Peamount also pulled off a tough triumph versus a determined DLR Waves.
Cork City picked up a vital win away to Treaty that sees them form a gap in the table too, while Galway beat Athlone Town 2-1 after an Anna Fahey header sent Stephen Lally’s home happy.
Shelbourne 3-2 Bohemians
The red hot game of the series was that of the Dublin Derby between Shelbourne and Bohemians that was brimming with both turmoil and excitement.
The visitors opened the scoring when Lisa Murphy headed the ball clear of Amanda Budden and into the back of the net upon the 7th minute.
Shels then had to regroup and continue to probe at Bohs’s defence, only breaking through in the 38th minute via Saoirse Noonan, meaning it was left at 1-1 a piece heading into the break.
After halftime Jessie Stapleton and Chloe Darby both earned themselves a spot on the scoresheet, but the talking point of the round came just when it looked as if things were about to finish up.
Captain fantastic Pearl Slattery grasped the result from the dying embers when in the 99th minute she capitalised on some dodgy defending to send her side back level at the top of the table and Tolka Park into scenes of celebration.
Peamount United 2-1 DLR Waves
Peamount United once again reigned supreme in the Women’s National League with their three goal thriller against DLR Waves at PRL Park.
No goal in the first half, Aine O’Gorman’s effort saw United go 1-0 to the good in the 61st minute and her tie up her 10th goal this season.
With Doyle’s infamous in front of goal for The Girls in Green it was in fact the Sky Blue’s Rachel that was next to have an addition to the score-line, having only been two minutes on the field!
Lauryn O’Callaghan then restored order before the final whistle as she netted in the 78th minute to wrap up the three points in a bow for The Peas.
Treaty United 1-2 Cork City
The Munster rivalry between Cork City and Treaty United was settled on Wednesday, securing 6th position for the Rebels.
Leah Murphy bagged the first of the day at Jackman Park within two minutes to give United the advantage early on, but it didn’t take long before it was cancelled out with a long range Jenna Slattery thunderbolt.
The winner came in the form of a Nathalie O’Brien peno just seven minutes after the interval and while the Shannonsiders pushed for an equaliser it never materialised.
The consequence yields a leapfrog of their opposition in the table for Cork as they now lie on 10 points in comparison to Treaty’s nine with rival bragging rights all to play for in the coming matches.
Athlone Town 1-2 Galway WFC
Galway travelled to Lissywollen to face bottom placed Athlone Town on Tuesday where they picked up an imperative success.
Stephen Lally’s outfit will have come away with plenty of positives from their dominant showing where an 86th minute Anna Fahey strike proved decisive.
Chloe Singleton also scored for the Tribeswomen in the 7th minute, with the only tally against them that of Lucy Jane Grant’s superb wondergoal in the 57th.
Player of the month
Despite Wexford Youths not being in action this series their captain also shone bright to impress onlookers recently, attaining an award in the process.
Kylie Murphy was presented with the Player of the Month trophy in recent days for her exceptional performances and impressive total of goals.
With four goals aiding her team’s six wins since the last allocation to Eleanor Ryan Doyle in May she aims to continue her side’s strive for a higher spot up the table.