WNL Round-Up: Round 1

The Women’s National League kicked off last Saturday with 4 games. Every WNL match will be available for live streaming on LOITV.ie. DLR Waves had a bye week. Here you’ll find information, line-ups, and clips of highlights.

Wexford Youths 0 – 1 Peamount United

A cagey affair with a frantic finish, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle curled one in to the top corner in the 87th minute to give Peas a win over another traditional superpower in the league.

Peamount won the double last season, and have now got their 2021 campaign off to a winning start. The game could have gone either way, and the 2nd half offered few clear-cut chances. Peamount nearly had every right to feel aggrieved having been denied a penalty only to concede one shortly after. But goalkeeper Niamh Reid-Burke, who recently retired from international football, saved the spotkick from Wexford Youths Captain Kylie Murphy. Peas went up the other end and Ryan-Doyle hit a smooth strike that sailed into the top corner.

Wexford Youths:

Gray, Rossiter, Conlon, Dwyer, Sinnot, Clancy, Kennedy, Molloy, Marie-Grant, Frawley, Murphy.

Peamount United:

Reid-Burke, O’Callaghan, Doherty, Walsh, Beirne, O’Gorman, McCartan, Duggan, Smyth-Lynch, Roche, Ryan-Doyle.

Galway 3 – 3 Cork City

To teams that finished in the top 5 last season produced a 6-goal thriller over the weekend. Rachel Kearns put Galway in control in the first 25 minutes, put they were pegged back with goals from Ireland underage star Lauren Egbuloniu, and Ireland senior star Eabha O’Mahony got Cork level. Kearn’s completed her hat-trick before the break to put Galway in control.

Galway missed a 2nd half penalty, and Becky Cassin hit a wonder strike late on to secure a point for last seasons FAI Cup runners-up.

Galway:

Zajc, Fox, Kinnevey, Slevin, Moloney, Brennan, Singleton, McCarthy, McKey, Kearns, Thompson.

Cork City:

McCarthy, Walsh, Burke, Foley, Singleton, Mangan, O’Mahony, Cassin, McKevitt, Dring, Liston.

Athlone 0 – 2 Shelbourne

Athlone made life difficult for last years 2nd-placed side in the first half. In the 2nd half Pearl Slattery scored from 30 yards to give Shels the lead. Alex Kavanagh added a second shortly after.

Shels have come agonizingly close to the league title for the last two seasons. They’ll be looking to go one step further this season and pick up their first trophy since the 2019 League Cup Final.

Athlone:

Ronayle, Owens, Donohoe, L. Brady, Devaney, K. Brady, Keogh, Brennan, Ryan, Nerney.

Shelbourne:

Budden, Gargan, Stapleton, Slattery, Finn, Kavanagh, Ziu, Kavanagh, Graham, Whelan, Noonan, Grant.

Bohemians 6 – 2 Treaty United

Bohs hit the ground running, taking a 4-goal lead in the first half. It took just 7 minutes for the seasons first goal, Bronagh Kane scored and got another 2 minutes later. Naima Chemaou and Sophie Watters added goals. Rebecca Horgan got one back before halftime.

Treaty looked to impose themselves on the game more in the 2nd half and Shannon Parbat reduced the deficit to 2 goals. The introduction of Aoife Robinson caused the game to swing back in Bohs’ favor. She scored two second half goals to ensure Bohs top the table on goal difference.

Bohemians:

Coombes, Doran,Reddy, Finnegan, Flynn, Cahill, Watters, Darby, Brophy, Kane, Chemaou.

Treaty:

Ryan, O’Sullivan,Mitchell, Parbat, Roddy, Slattery, Gibson,A. Horgan, Walsh, Keenan, Cronin.

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Next Fixtures

Saturday 3rd April

Cork City v Shelbourne (14:00)

Galway v Bohemians (14:00)

DLR Waves v Wexford Youths (18:00)

Athlone Town v Treaty United (19:00)

Atletico Madrid Hold Their Own In The League Of Ireland First Division

Having tired of facing minnows such as Barcelona (who recently lost to a team that has never won the Champions League despite being trillionaires) and Genuine Madrid, Atletico Madrid have traded the Spanish capital for Limerick in a bid to finally reach the pinnacle of European football.

Atletico, now known as Atleti de Treaty United of Limerick managed to hold their own against a team that has been eyed by none other than Lionel Messi as a destination according to a reliable source. They kept Bray Wanderers at bay despite getting a man sent off., thank in part to Diego Simeone throwing a ball-boy onto the pitch.

Used to the modest surroundings of not the biggest stadium in Europe, Los Daycent Rojo Blancos managed to keep a clean sheet in their first ever game in the greatest league in the world. Up against a side that has an academy that is the envy of the world, Atleti managed to concede less goals in 90 minutes than they did in 30 of the 2014 UCL Final against a team that Hugh Douglas never played for.

While the team gelled well, it was hard to tell which players were Spanish and which were recent local recruits from Limerick as the accents are virtually identical. We wrote previously about the history of Atleti and how they almost won a competition no Irish team has ever been bothered to partake in. Now the worlds eyes will be on them as they look to gain promotion to the Premier Division, which is currently topped by the greatest team of all time.