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.
Gray, Rossiter, Conlon, Dwyer, Sinnot, Clancy, Kennedy, Molloy, Marie-Grant, Frawley, Murphy.
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.
Zajc, Fox, Kinnevey, Slevin, Moloney, Brennan, Singleton, McCarthy, McKey, Kearns, Thompson.
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.
Ronayle, Owens, Donohoe, L. Brady, Devaney, K. Brady, Keogh, Brennan, Ryan, Nerney.
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.
Coombes, Doran,Reddy, Finnegan, Flynn, Cahill, Watters, Darby, Brophy, Kane, Chemaou.
Ryan, O’Sullivan,Mitchell, Parbat, Roddy, Slattery, Gibson,A. Horgan, Walsh, Keenan, Cronin.
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)