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WNL Series 20: Shelbourne The Weekend Winners As Rival Title Contenders Drop Vital Points

With shocks and immense results in each of the mini segments of the WNL this week the competition lies in an interesting place ahead of the Evoke.ie FAI Cup break.

Athlone Town managed to move off the basement with their win over Treaty United, Shelbourne’s victory over Cork proved a double whammy as both Peamount United and Wexford Youths dropped points against each other, and Galway held out Bohemians to a 0-0 draw in Eamon Deacy Park.

Athlone Town 2-1 Treaty United

The Midlands side picked up just their second win of the season with this 2-1 over Treaty in Lissywollen, nicking the winner with around 15 minutes to go.

Both outfits would have felt hard done by decision wise, keeper Micheala Mitchell only receiving a yellow having brought down Roisin Molloy in an outright opportunity, while Jenna Slattery had a goal ruled out via an earlier handball incident in the play.

Emily Corbet managed to open proceedings before the interval from a spotkick, quickly cancelled out by Gillian Keenan after the break.

The champion on the day however turned out to be substitute Laoise Ó hAodha who got on the end of an Aoife Haran cross to ensure the team leapfrogged two rivals and into seventh place.

Cork City 1-3 Shelbourne

Emily Whelan, Noelle Murray and Ciara Grant were on target for The Reds in a triumph that may prove instrumental come the end of the season.

Noel King’s ladies grabbed the opportunity to get one up on their positional opponents with both hands, Alex Kavanagh playing a big part with her assist quality and Jessie Stapleton making it into the team of the week for her showcase in the back line.

City did get a lone tally on the board thanks to thunderbolt from Nathalie O’Brien, but given The Town’s result they found themselves just a point clear of bottom rank.

Galway WFC 0-0 Bohemians

This fifth versus sixth fixture yielded a scoreless draw in what was a battle until the bitter end.

Net minder Courtney Maguire put on a valiant display to keep her side in the game, The Westerners coming close on a few occasions through Chloe Singleton, Meabh DeBurca and Kate Slevin.

A Lisa Murphy injury impeded the away groups chances even further and despite their growth into the game they only went home with a share of the spoils to continue their three match unbeaten streak.

Wexford Youths 1-1 Peamount United

The headliner of the weekend concluded in a 1-1 tie at Ferrycarrig in what was a favourable outcome for Shels as they return to the summit of the table.

Alannah McEvoy and Aoibheann Clancy were surprisingly the only ones to mark the scorecard, both teams lacking that final sparkling touch towards goal.

Wexford were without the creative tendencies of captain Kylie Murphy as she was ruled out through suspension, while Eleanor Ryan Doyle unusually couldn’t get things going at the Youths’s ground.

The pressure and gravity of the upcoming fixtures is something which is not to alter however as their next league outing is to come against the Tolka Park side who are now in first place. With some cup action to come before hand, the break may allow Peas to rebuild their confidence heading into the business end of the season.

Next week

Pictured at the announcement of EVOKE.ie as sponsor of the FAI Women's Senior Cup. From left- Eleanor Ryan Doyle of Peamount United, Lauren Dwyer of Wexford Youths WFC, Ciara Grant of Shelburne and Nadine Clare of DLR Waves SPORTSFILE

Next week we swap WNL for FAI Cup activity and quarter final clashes before the leagues return for Series 21.

Saturday, September 4
Shelbourne v Cork City, Tolka Park, KO 14:00

Wexford Youths v Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, KO 18:30

Galway WFC v DLR Waves, Eamonn Deacy Park, KO 19:30

Sunday, September 5
Treaty United v Peamount United, Jackman Park, KO 14:00

Alanna Cunnane

Alanna Cunnane is currently pursuing her studies in journalism and is an avid women in sport advocate, with a keen interest in all sports. Alanna writes for her local paper in Sligo and also reports for Ocean FM radio. Instagram: @acunnane | Twitter: @:ACunnane10 |

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