Ciarán Duffy of Post to Post Sport rounds-up all the goings on in Week Three of the Irish Women’s National League, which saw reigning champions Peamount United facing an early season top of the table challenge from Shelbourne and Wexford Youth’s teen star Ellen Malloy hitting four goals.
Champions Beat Another Challenger
Peamount United have played two games this season. They’ve both been against likely title contenders and they have both resulted in wins for Peas, who are looking to win their third consecutive league title.
Two of last season’s top goal-scorers, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Aine O’Gorman scored to secure the victory for Peamount against their Dublin rivals, who have finished as runners-up in both of the last two seasons.
The game started at a fast pace and continued that way as both teams had chances. Shels had the better of the opening exchanges, before Peamount started to threaten down both wings. After 25 minutes, Ryan-Doyle got on the end of O’Gorman’s cross to turn the ball in. They had a chance to double their lead five minutes later from the penalty spot, but Shels keeper Amanda Budden made the save. Peamount would get their second with a volley from Aine O’Gorman.
The second half started the same as the first with Shels having the majority of the ball. 75 minutes in Ciara Grant turned the ball home to get one back. Shels were unable to find an equalizer, they remain top of the table on goal difference having played one game more than Peamount.
FT Peamount United 2-1 Shelbourne
Molloy Masterclass Helps Wexford To Big Win
Ireland’s teenage sensation Ellen Molloy scored four goals as 2018 champions Wexford Youths got their first win of the season, against bottom side Treaty United.
Treaty tried to play out from the back, but were caught out early on when Ciara Rossiter took advantage of a loose pass. Despite Wexford having all the momentum, the Limerick side did equalize six minutes later through Aoife Horgan. The sides remained level until just after the half hour mark when Sinead Taylor beat a defender and volleyed home. Molloy got her first of the game just before halftime when once again Treaty tried to play out from the back.
The second half was only just over a minute old when Wexford scored their fourth, a penalty by captain Kylie Murphy. The rest of the game saw Wexford in control. Molloy scored three goals in an eight minute spell late in the half. The young star earned an international call-up with her form last season, and will surely become a household name for the Irish senior team.
FT Treaty United 1-7 Wexford Youths
Bohs and Cork Hit Six To Share Spoils
Goal fests are become a trend for games involving Bohs, all their games so far have involved at least four goals.
It took just four minutes for the first goal when Erica Burke scored from close range give Bohs the lead. Cork would equalize in the 25th minute, then take the lead 6 minutes later, with both goals coming from Lauren Egbuloniu.
In the 2nd half Aoife Robinson equalized for Bohs only for Laura Shine to put Cork back in front straight away. Chloe Darby scored from the spot to ensure Bohs took a point from the game.
FT Bohemians 3-3 Cork City
Impressive Waves Gain First Win Of The Season
DLR Waves beat Galway 2-1 in a hard-fought arm wrestle of a contest.
The opening exchanges were cagey with no clear cut chances. However, 16 minutes in a spectacular ball by Jess Gleeson found the head of Kate Mooney who powerfully headed the ball home. DLR frustrated Galway for the remainder of the half and limited their opportunities.
The second half was a back and forth affair. Galway would equalize with a header from Rachel Kearns who got on the end of a freekick with 12 minutes to go.
It could have been a case of heads going down but the Waves pushed on. Eventually they found their way through late on when Katie Malone was in the right place at the right time to get the ball in the net. DLR were able to hold out a late Galway push to secure the win.
FT DLR Waves 2-1 Galway
Saturday 24th April
Bohemians v Peamount United (14:00)
Cork City v DLR Waves (14:00)
Galway v Treaty United (16:00)
Wexford Youths v Athlone (18:30)