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Women’s National League Round 6 Round-Up

All 4 scheduled fixtures went ahead of the weekend in the Women’s National League. DLR Waves had a bye in this round.

Wexford Youths 3 – 0 Peamount United

Wexford Youths put themselves firmly in title contention after handing Peamount their first loss of the season, and just their 4th domestic loss of this and last campaign. Youngster Ellen Molly was called into the Ireland squad for the girls in green’s trip to Germany, she hit the net twice. Nicola Sinnott was also on the scoresheet.

We spoke to Wexford Youths captain Kylie Murphy about her lengthy footballing career, you can listen here.

Galway 1 – 1 Shelbourne

Galway became the first team to take points off Shels this season. Galway took the lead with a belter from Chloe Singleton on the 27th minute. Shels maintained their unbeaten start as they equalized on the hour mark through Jess Ziu.

Athlone Town 3 – 2 Treaty United

A Huge day for Athlone Town as they recorded their first ever Women’s National League win. Treaty United took the lead 3 minutes in after Aoife Horgan scored. Athlone pegged them back just after the 32 minute mark through Kaitlin Keogh. Athlone had an attack straight after but Treaty countered off a goal kick and scored through Aoife Horan. Treaty’s lead would last just 8 minutes as parity was restored through Paula Doran. Keillie Brennan will go down in history as the first scorer of a winner from Athlone, she took advantage from a defensive mix up straight after kick-off to score a tap-in.

Bohemians 3 – 4 Cork City

Cork picked up their first win of the season against a battling Bohemian’s side. Lauren Egbuloniu scored her first goal back from injury as Cork took the lead. Dring doubled the scoring minutes later, Cork went in at halftime 0 – 2 up. Goals from Robinson and Maxwell got Bohs back on level terms. Shine scored twice to restore Corks 2 goal lead. Maxwell got another back for Bohs, but the Dublin side couldn’t find an equalizer.

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Upcoming Fixtures

Tuesday September 8th

Peamount v DLR Waves

Treaty United v Cork City

Saturday September 12th

DLR Waves v Bohemians

Peamount United – Galway

Sunday September 13th

Cork City – Athlone Town

Treaty United – Wexford Youths

[Shelbourne: Bye]

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Kenny Era Needs To Be Given Time

It’s been a long wait for the Ireland men’s team to return to action, and it’s been even longer to have Stephen Kenny at the wheel. It was an unusual start to the reign, it’s not often that a manager is told he will be replacing a coach after a qualifying campaign, before that manager has had a game in charge in his spell with the team. But when Mick McCarthy took over for a second time, the plan was always, and publicly, to bring in Kenny. There’s pressure on the man who talk Dundalk to the brink of Champions League football in 2016, but the Irish fans and media need to understand that this is a long term project.

The Republic of Ireland men’s team have been in an odd time of ups and downs. Under Trapattoni they nearly got to a World Cup, and qualified for Euro 2012, the first major tournament in 10 years. Euro 2012 was disastrous for the Irish, and from then the writing was on the wall. It seemed Trap just didn’t have faith in creative Irish talent, and din’t have belief in the team.

Martin O’Neil came in alongside Roy Keane. Ireland qualified for Euro 2016, admittedly with help from a Scottish collapse. Euro 2016 will be fondly remembered, despite Ireland only winning 1 game. It seemed like the start of a new positive period in Irish football. However the next campaign was one of missed opportunities, Ireland ended up in a world cup play-off when they really should have topped the group and qualified automatically. From there a hammering against Denmark, and a disappointing subsequent Nations League campaign saw the end of the O’Neil Era.

Then came the announcement that McCarthy would come in for a 2nd spell while Stephen Kenny would take charge of the U21’s, before eventually taking the big job. Mick’s reign saw conservative functional football that has seen Ireland get to a play-off while only scoring 7 goals in 8 games, including 2 games against minnows Gibraltar. Notable performances include at home to Georgia, the 2nd half away to Denmark, at home to Switzerland, and at home to Denmark. 3 and half good days out of 8, with Ireland only taking 5 points from those good games.

Kenny isn’t inheriting a winning team. He’s taking over a team that is lost for identity at the moment and needs to find itself. There’s been a lack of firepower and a lack of creativity in the team. It’ll take time for that to change.

Many seemed to be surprised and perhaps disappointed that Kenny hadn’t brought in a host of new faces in his first squad announcement. He could hardly be expected to do so. The reality of international football is you don’t have as much time to work with players as you do at club level. A whole host of changes wouldn’t be practical. While there are notable absentees, the squad still has excitement around it.

This is a longterm project. Kenny isn’t going to come in here and change the footballing culture immediately. Ireland has been stuck in a rut for some time. It will take time to bed in belief and new faces, and a new positive way of playing. Tonight against Bulgaria we can hope to see signs of positive play and a good structure, but it’s hardly realistic to look for wholesale changes. These players aren’t machines. The first step is to instill believe that Ireland can play football.

Regardless as to whether Ireland top their Nations League group, or qualify for the Euros (which would require two difficult away wins), Kenny’s team ca’t be judged so soon. He should be given until at least the qualifying campaign for Euro 2024. That’s not too many games. By then we can see if he is the man for the job. That’s the reality. There’s no quick fix. There’s a lot of good talent coming through, Idah in Molumby in the senior squad come to mind, but it will take time.

Support the team tonight and on Sunday, and continue to support them regardless of the result.

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