The highly anticipated face-off between the top two in the Women’s National League may not have been the fireworks fest of drama and tight nature that many expected but Peamount United won’t have minded that Shelbourne just never quite got going as they now regain their place at the top of the table.
Elsewhere Bohemians continued their run of form to pick up a 2-0 triumph against Cork City, DLR Waves got their own back on Galway WFC and Wexford Youths outclassed Treaty United at Jackman Park.
Bohemians 2-0 Cork City
Massively reflected in this weeks’ Best XI, Bohs excelled against The Rebels at the Oscar Traynor Centre on Saturday to capture their fourth win of the season and prolong their three game unbeaten run.
It took an Erica Burke penalty to break the stalemate on the 50th minute mark, spelling out the Dublin outfit’s prevailing dominance throughout the course of the match.
Accompanied by a jaw dropping long distance Lisa Murphy goal 78 minutes Sean Byrne’s ladies secured the conclusive three points and gave fuel to the fire of optimism that may be their top five drive.
DLR Waves 2-0 Galway WFC
After Galway knocked them out of the Evoke.ie FAI Cup Waves were gunning to avenge last week’s rivals and they did just that at the Belfield Bowl.
Combatting an early surge from the Westerners the home side took control of the proceedings with a Jetta Berrill wonderstrike just before the 20 minute mark.
The winger then continued her masterclass as she assisted Rachel Doyle just a few moments later to give their side some daylight in what ended up being the last tally on the scorecard.
The 2-0 fixed up two victories on the bounce for The Blues who now that they are excommunicated from a cup run will have their sole focus on trying to break into the top three standings.
Peamount United 5-0 Shelbourne
This titan encounter at PLR Park never materialised as the fixture of the year it was predicted to be as The Peas stamped out Shels’s aspirations of a title race with dexterity.
A game in hand on their Red counterparts James O’Callaghan’s side asserted their ascendancy during the 90 minutes of action, Alannah McEvoy, Stephanie Roche, Áine O’Gorman, Lucy McCartan and Lauren Kelly all netting in what was a five star team performance when it mattered most.
Shelbourne will have been disappointed they never struck that sweet spot of tenacity usually on show with Sarah Rowe, Saoirse Noonan, Jess Ziu and co, the result seeing them leapfrogged in position and left somewhat in the dust behind the reigning champions.
FULL-TIME | @peamountutd 5-0 @shelsfc The champions dominate the Dublin Derby to move back top of the #WNL table ⬆️ ⚽️ Goals from Alannah McEvoy, Stephanie Roche, Áine O’Gorman, Lauren Kelly & this from Lucy McCartan 👇 pic.twitter.com/GuGwnmxhTP— Women’s National League (@LoiWomen) September 11, 2021
Treaty United 0-4 Wexford Youths
Exemplifying consistency this year Wexford have been quietly plucking away in the background of the WNL but threw that rhetoric to the wayside this week with a 4-0 trouncing of Treaty United.
Sinead Taylor, Kylie Murphy and Ciara Rossiter all netted in just the first half before newly announced WNT squad member Aoibheann Clancy supplemented with her addition with 52 minutes gone.
Treaty United still find themselves at the basement of the league but with their next outing entailing Galway they will be hoping to make good on this Youths clash after the international break.
Ireland WNT face Australia in a friendly this coming week and so the WNL takes a breather until the 25th of September.
In welcome news however the series following that will be broadcast live via TG4 in a move which League of Ireland Director Mark Scanlon refers to as a “huge milestone.”
“It is fantastic to be able to raise the profile of the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League even higher by teaming up with TG4 to give the players even more visibility through the broadcasting of live games.
“We have enjoyed unprecedented success with LOITV this season, where every game has been available to stream live for free. But having a national broadcaster come onboard to promote the League is a huge milestone.
“It’s important that we continue to improve in all areas of promoting the game. We are excited to work with TG4 and will hopefully attract even more newcomers to the League as a result of this partnership.”
TG4’s Head of Sport Rónán Ó Coisdealbha added that “TG4 is delighted to have football back on the station and we look forward to an action-packed season from the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League.”
“We are very proud to continue to lead the way in broadcasting of women’s sport in Ireland and to bring the best of sporting action to our audiences.
“This announcement reaffirms our dedication to the broadcasting of women’s sport in Ireland. In 2021 TG4 has brought the Women’s Australian Football League and the Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Rugby Championship to Irish TV audiences for the first time, while also increasing their coverage of the LGFA Lidl Leagues by 150%.”