Women’s Football Blast 2023- Issue 4

After not being able to publish last week we are back with our Women’s Football Blast. From next week we will have longer issues with more content.

Women’s Premier Divsion

Round 4 Results

Cork City P-P Wexford Youths

Shelbourne 1-2 Galway United
Goals: Jessie Stapleton 3′ (1-0). Aoife Thompson 56′ (1-1), Jenna Slattery (1-2)
Red Cards: Gemma McGuinness 69′ (Galway)

Bohemians 0-2 Peamount United
Goals: Karen Duggan P 54′ (0-1), Kate Mooney 76′ (0-2)

DLR Waves 0-0 Athlone Town

Sligo Rovers 1-2 Treaty United
Goals: Emma Doherty 43′ (1-0), Cara Griffin 62′ (1-1), Hannah Saidi 82′ (1-2)

Round 3 Results

Galway United 0-1 Bohmeians
Goals: Sarah Rowe 40′ (0-1)

Shelbourne 1-1 Shamrock Rovers
Goals: Áine O’Gorman 57′ (0-1), Jessie Stapleton 69′ (1-1)

DLR Waves 3-0 Cork City
Goals: Joy Ralph 3′ (1-0), Katie Malone 9′ (2-0), Neema Nyangasi 76′ (3-0)

Sligo Rovers 0-4 Peamount United
Goals: Carla McManus 55′ (0-1), Becky Watkins 57′ (0-2), Kate Mooney 77′ (0-3),
Avril Brierley 89′ (0-4)

Treaty United 0-8 Athlone Town
Goals: Scarlett Herron 3′ (0-1), Chloe Singleton 17′ (0-8), Madison Gibson 30′ (0-3), 55′ (0-4), 73′ (0-6), Muireann Devaney 65′ (0-5), Eve Conheady 80′ (0-7),
Antea Guvo 90′ (0-8)

What Happened

Round 4 saw 4 tense tight games take place with two big surprises, and a first red card of the campaign.

Galway United bounced back from a disappointing defeat to claim a huge scalp. The came from behind to beat the champions despite playing the last 20 minutes a player down.
Peamount continued their 100% record and move 5 points clear at the top of the league. Kate Mooney continues to find the net.
DLR Waves defended admirably to hold out Athlone and could well have snatched a win as they created plenty of chances.
Treaty United pulled off a famous win ending a long losing run. June 6th 2021 was the last time they had one a game, a stat that saw them go 45 games without picking up 3 points. Hannah Saidi will remember her debut having scored the winner.

As It Stands

Coming Up

The first midweek round of the season features two games that see the 4 favourites for the league go head to head. Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths both had no game on the weekend so they will be fresh for what should be an exciting game that promises goals. Peamount United will look to make it 5 out of 5 when they host a Shels side who will be desperate to bounce back after dropping points in the last two games.

A Munster derby see’s Treaty United host Cork City, two sides who struggled last season however, Treaty will be looking to build on ending their winless run last week against a Cork side who are yet to score. Cork will be fresh after their game was called off. Athlone Town face Galway United in a kind of close-enough-to-each-other derby with Galway looking to claim another big win. DLR Waves go to Bohemians who play host to many former Waves in a Dublin derby.

Round 5 Fixtures

Wednesday 25th March
Athlone Town vs Galway United
Athlone Town Stadium / 19:45

Bohemians vs DLR Waves
Dalymount Park / 19:45

Peamount United vs Shelbourne
PRL Park / 19:45

Shamrock Rovers vs Wexford Youths
Tallaght Stadium / 19:45

Treaty United vs Cork City
Market’s Field / 19:45


Ireland international Chloe Mustaki is back training after an injury.

Ireland’s World Cup Prep

Ireland moved up to a record high 22nd place in the FIFA World Rankings, and face world number 1 side USA twice in the international break. It’s USA vs Republic of Ireland on Saturday 8th April at 19:30 (Irish time) and in the early hours of April 12th the sides play again at 00:30 (Irish time). The squad for these fixtures will likely be named next week

World Cup Opponent Watch

Ireland’s group stage opponents Canada and Australia are in the top 10 of the World Rankings, while Nigeria move up to 42nd.

Upcoming Fixtures

April 7th
Australia vs Scotland
April 11th
New Zealand vs Nigeria
England vs Australia
France vs Canada

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Rugby Bullets – Ireland aim for a slam

Here’s this week’s quick fire rugby thoughts.

Ireland vs Scotland

  • Ireland lost three big players early on, and it was the kind of game where it would have seemed as though having impact subs in the last 30 minutes would be beneficial. The subs did make an impact, particularly Cian Healy as Hooker. Having Cian Healy down as an extra hooker was clever as if Ireland would have gone to non-contested scrums due to two hookers not being available somebody else would have had to go off. Healy mastered the art of playing at hooker quickly turning the scrum in our favour. Van der Flier once again proved he is no mere mortal rugby player by throwing into the lineouts.
  • Scotland lucky to avoid a penalty try, Ireland overthrow the lineout and lose big ground.
  • The first 10 minutes saw big pressure, going for 3 was the right call, from there Ireland were under pressure. Scotland had a penalty with the clock in red to go in ahead at halftime, they went to the corner rather than the posts. it was a long way out but Hogg probably had the distance. A lead of any kind at the break would have been huge, Scotland game close to a try but ended up in touch. Psychologically that was a massive moment in the game.
    • Ireland had a bit of odd luck in the game. Having scored a try off a Scottish quick lineout, it was ruled out because Scotland had used a different ball. In the second half Lowe got over when Scotland were really pushing it with the infringements. Strangely, if it had of been a penalty try there would have been a yellow and an automatic conversion. Ireland could have ended up suffering for finishing a movement.
    • Mack Hansen doesn’t appear to have bad games for Ireland, but his performance on Sunday was special. He made the Lowe try by taking the ball in the air and throwing the ball into Sextons arms in one move. Immediately after for Conan’s try Hansen was once again there for a big pass. His movement and positioning were incredible last weekend and he’s a big reason the back three is so effective.
    • Sexton goes off for Byrne late on, tied with the record for most Six Nations points with Ronan O’Gara. He nailed a difficult conversion for James Lowe’s try which made it a two score game.
    • Losing Gary Ringrose is a massive blow as we’ve seen how important is to the defense. His neck went back when his head went into an opponents hip and it looked bad. He was stretchered off with a brace but was moving, and later he was reportedly up and talking. For as good as he has been for Ireland it’s a shame he misses out on the grand slam decider, similarly he’s been excellent for Leinster and would deserve to be back for the latter stages of the League and potential games deep into the European Cup.
    • Scotland were good in the first half but admittedly got away with an awful lot throughout the game. It may be harsh to call the second half a collapse when really it was Ireland going up a gear.
    • This win is arguably the biggest since the third test down in New Zealand when you consider every single thing that went wrong. So many injuries and bits of bizarre luck, everything was going against Ireland. It is the performance of a team unwilling to die. It’s big a few months out from the World Cup, as teams will be wondering what they have to do to beat Ireland.

Elsewhere in the Six Nations

  • In one game Italy undid all the good work they had done in the early rounds. Despite losing their first 3 games they performed fairly well and were largely competitive. Against Wales they were soft and disjointed. They certainly weren’t helped by a refereeing performance that got progressively worse throughout the game.
    • If Italy perform like that in the World Cup they will be blown away by hosts France, and New Zealand. While they should have enough to get past Namibia they will also struggle against Uruguay if they put in this kind of performance. The South American side qualified as Americas 1 and have drastically improved over the past few years.
      • Los Teros have now qualified for 3 successive World Cups, with this being their best qualifying performance (they topped the South American qualifier pool over Chile and Brazil, and they beat USA over two legs to qualify as top seeds. The majority of their players play for Uruguayan side Penarol who won the Sudamerica Championship last year having finished runners-up the previous season
  • As poor as England were France were incredibly good, returning to the heights they hit last year. They remain favourites for the World Cup on home soil.
  • England will surely improve by the time the World Cup roles around, they can’t possibly be that bad again. They, like Wales, benefit from being on the easier side of the World Cup draw thanks to the lopsided nature of the pools, but may find themselves having a hard time against Argentina and Japan if they play like that.

Ireland vs England

  • Ireland are favourites and the better team, but the beginning of the game will likely be a battle. England will be hurting, have been poor this tournament, and capitulated last weekend. There will be a response and the first 15 minutes will likely be very competitive. Ireland are rightly favourites to win the game and the grand slam, but they may have to survive a storm. Psychologically the first quarter of the game is big, as if Ireland can hold off England early on, based on last week the away sides heads will drop and Ireland will power on.
  • Despite numerous injuries there isn’t a lot of concern going into the game. Andy Farrell has done very well to build depth in the squad since the last World Cup. He was sometimes criticized for squad choices but we’re seeing the benefits of building a big squad. A few months out from the World cup we’re now in a position where there will be a few big players unlucky to miss out.
    • Ryan Baird, Rob Herring, and Keiran Treadwell get a chance to impress and cement their places in the squad. It’s also a big game for Jimmy O’Brien who can show why he belongs in the 23.
  • Hopefully Sexton can get the record early so that narrative is out of the way. If the game is won with 30-20 minutes to go it’s time to empty the bench. Give Ross Byrne, Herring, Tom O’Toole, Treadwell, Jack Conan, and O’Brien valuable minutes in green ahead of the world cup. An argument could be made that Gibson-Park should play as much of the game as he can to get some minutes post injury, although you couldn’t begrudge Conor Murray being on the pitch for at least the final 15 minutes with the tournament he has had.
  • If Ireland were to win by 10 or more points, they would be the only team to win a Six Nations Grand Slam while winning every game by double figures. England in 2003 were the last side to win a grand slam with every victory being by a margin of 6 or more points.

Rugby Europe International Championships

  • Sunday see’s the final round of games in the top tier of the Rugby Europe International Championships. There are four games, including the ranking finals which are Belgium vs Poland in the 7th place final and Netherlands vs Germany in the 5th place final. These games are important for determining rankings over the two years for relegation. Romania play Spain in the Bronze final. Then on Sunday night in the grand final Georgia play Portugal. We’ll see this tie again in the World Cup in Pool D, so there’s more than a trophy on the line. Georgia are the dominant force in this tournament, but Portugal have qualified for the World Cup and been improving over the past number of years.
  • In the second tier (Rugby Europe Trophy) Ukraine host Sweden. This is Ukraine’s final game and only sit 3 points above last place. Sweden sit just one point ahead of their opponents and are 10 points behind top side Switzerland who have are on 15 points. Switzerland’s final game is against Croatia in two weekends time, and a single point will see them become champions.