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Women’s Football Blast 2023 – Issue 5

Women’s Football Blast will be back in it’s usual Wednesday slot next week.

Peil and Back

We have a new episode of our Irish football podcast Peil and Back looking at women’s football. Eileen joined us to look at the domestic season so far. We also asked a few questions of the Ireland squad chosen to play USA in two friendlies.

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Women’s National League

After 5 rounds all teams have played at least 3 games with just 1 side remaining undefeated.

Shelbourne ended Peamount United’s 100% start with an emphatic victory to cut the gap at the top of the table to 2 points. Shamrock Rovers remain unbeaten and are 3rd on goal difference.
Bohs and Galway will be happy with their season so far, while Wexford Youths have some catching up to do having played less games. Sligo Roves are the only side yet to pick up any points.


Having picked up an injury in the Champions League we were left to sweat on the fitness of Katie McCabe, but we had nothing to worry about reall.

Ireland’s World Cup Prep

Ireland travel to the USA in the penultimate international break before the World Cup.

Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Sophie Whitehouse (Lewes)
Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Aoife Mannion (Manchester United), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Claire O’Riordan (Celtic), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Tara O’Hanlon (Peamount United), Áine O’Gorman (Shamrock Rovers)
Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Roma McLaughlin (Fortuna Hjorring), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City)
Heather Payne (Florida State University), Abbie Larkin (Shelbourne), Amber Barrett (Postdam Turbine), Kyra Carusa (London City Lionesses), MArissa Sheva (Washington Spirit), Alannah McEvoy (Shamrock Rovers)


  • Lilly Agg was originally in the squad but was ruled out and replaced by Lucy Quinn
  • Niamh Fahey, Chloe Mustaki, Ellen Molloy, Jess Ziu, and Leanne Kiernan are all ruled out through injury
  • Megan Campbell unavailable
  • New call-ups are Sophie Whitehouse, Tara O’Hanlon, and Alannah McEvoy

(Times in Irish time)

Saturday 8th April
19:30 USA vs Ireland

Wednesday 12th April
00:30 USA vs Ireland

You would have to imagine that squad will largely be to one that heads to the World Cup. Niamh Fahey, Chloe Mustake, Ellen Molloy are injury doubts who could still be fit for the tournament which would likely see them get on the plane.Megan Campbell is another who would probably be there s available. Jess Ziu and Leanne Kiernan appear to be rules out of the tournament.
There are some questions to be asked. Call-ups for Tara O’Hanlon and Alannah McEvoy are welcome the timing is questionable with under 19 qualifiers taking place. If they aren’t going to get game time in these friendlies and don’t have a chance at getting in the 23 that go to the World Cup then it would have been better to let them play underage in the qualifiers.
There have been a few different goalkeepers involved in the squad between Naoisha McAloon, Eve Badana, and now Sophie Whitehouse, with the likes of Amanda Budden also worth a look. It would appear if everybody is fit the trio of Brosnan, Moloney, and Walsh will take the GK spots as they’ve been mostly ever-present in the past year.
Again we see the inclusion of players who have recently declared. It seems odd not to stick with the same 35+ players who got us to the World Cup. It may end up being an unwelcome disruption to have so many new faces if they aren’t starting. It;s not a case of never giving new players a chance, but perhaps it isn’t the time to experiment with only 4 games before the tournament.
As for the games, it’s something of a free-hit, Ireland aren’t expected to go to the USA and beat the World number 1. However a heavy defeat would be an unwelcome knock to the confidence. A good showing, a couple of goals, and not being well-beaten would be a good tour, but of course this hungry Ireland side will want more.


Women’s Football Blast 2023: Issue 3

Every team in the Women’s Premier Division has now been in action as round 2 of the league saw the first two Dublin derbies of the season take place.

Weekend’s Results

Women’s Premier Division

Bohemians 0-2 Shelbourne
Goals: Jessie Stapleton 18′ (0-1), 37′ (0-2)

Cork City 0-1 Galway United
Goal: Jenna Slattery 89′ (0-1)

Peamount United 1-0 DLR Waves
Goal: Becky Watkins 87′ (1-0)

Shamrock Rovers 6-0 Treaty United
Goals: Alannah McEvoy 29′ (1-0), Aoife Kelly 41′ (2-0),
Jamie Thompson 37′ (3-0), 56′ (4-0), 66′ (5-0). Lauren Kelly 90′ (6-0)

Wexford Youths 3-1 Sligo Rovers
Goals: Michaela Lawrence 21′ (1-0), Sarah Kiernan 50′ (1-1), Rianna Jarrett 70′ (2-1),
Emily Corbet 76′ (3-1)

What Happened In Round 2

A Miniature Dublin Bus delivered the ball at Dalymount and as always the league delivered on the pitch

Goals: 14 Home Goals: 10 Away Goals: 4
Home Wins: 3 Away Wins: 2 Draws: 0

Rianna Jarrett and Emily Corbet got off the mark for Wexford Youths this season, with Rianna scoring her first goal since her return and her 100th for the club.

Wexford had most of the attacking play but Sligo leveled things up against the run of things early in the second half. Youths showed character to get back in front and seal the win. Maeve Williams was solid in goal when called upon.
Peamount were made to work for their win against a youthful DLR Waves side. It looked like it would end all square but with five minutes to go Becky Watkins charged down the right and played in a cross, there was a goalmouth scramble and Watkins ended the move she started as the ball deflected off her back and went in.
Jessie Stapleton scored twice to give Shels a relatively straight forward win over Bohs. Stapleton headed home a corner then got a touch on a Megan Smyth-Lynch freekick. Kayla Hamric impressed once again.
Jenna Slattery scored a late winner for Galway United as they battled to a win away to a much improved Cork City.
Jaime Thompson scored a hat trick as Shamrock Rovers eased past Treaty United in their first home game of the season.

As It Stands

Far too early to read into the table but the top 4 will likely feature the same teams at the end of season. Next weekend will see Cork and Treaty desperate to get their first goals of the season if not their first points. Cork were much improved last weekend and will target the game against DLR Waves who are looking to build on a solid performance in defeat against Peamount.

The first televised game of the season will see Shelbourne host Shamrock Rovers. The Hoops will face their first big test after a season of putting together a super team. Shels will be looking to put down a big marker in their search for three in a row.

Up Coming Fixtures

Women’s Premier Division
Saturday 18th March

Galway United vs Bohemians
Eamonn Deacy Park / 14:00

Shelbourne vs Shamrock Rovers
Tolka Park / 14:00

DLR Waves vs Cork City
UCD Bowl / 16:00

Sligo Rovers vs Peamount United
The Showgrounds / 17:00

Treaty United vs Athlone Town
Markets Field / 17:00


Ireland midfielder Ruesha Littlejohn has had awful luck in recent months. She was injured during Ireland’s penultimate World Cup Qualifier group game against Finland, and would miss the win over Slovakia and play-off victory against Scotland. Having only recently made her return for Aston Villa in the WSL she’ll again be sidelined after picking up what looked like a serious injury.

Ruesha faces a race against time to get fit for the World Cup, she would without doubt have been a big player in the squad.

We wish Ruesha a speedy recovery.

Louise Quinn headed in Brimingham City’s 2nd goal in a 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic.

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