Irish Women’s National League Rounds Four and Five

By Ciarán Duffy of Post to Post Sport

Peamount United

Above: Eleanor Doyle – a great month for the Peamount United player. Photo: @peamountutd

Peamount United top the league with four wins from four and have a game in hand over second placed Wexford Youths. 

In Round Four they beat Bohemians with three second half goals, scored by Ruddy, Ryan-Doyle, and Watkins. Last weekend, again they had to wait until the second half to open the scoring.  Goals from last season top scorers Ryan-Doyle (2) and Ireland centurion Aine O’Gorman sealed the win. Peas are firm favourites to win a third consecutive league title, having only lost four competitive games in the last 3 seasons, only 2 of which were in the league. 

Round 4: W 0-3 Bohemians (A)

Round 5: W 0-3 Treaty United (A)

Wexford Youths

Above: Wexford Youths celebrating a goal in their game with Galway. Photo: @YouthsWomen

Wexford Youths sit second in the table, two points behind Peamount United having played a game more.  Their last two games featured red cards, with their round four opponents Athlone going down to 9 women.  Wexford needed an 80th minute penalty from Kylie Murphy to get a 1-0 win, their second win of the season. Wexford would get another win the following week against Galway.  They were comprehensive 5-0 winners against the 10-woman Westeners, with an own-goal, and strikes from Marie Grant, Taylor, Molloy, and Frawley. Wexford are top scorers in the league this season having scored 14 goals. 

Round 4: W 1-0 Athlone Town (H)

Round 5: W 5-0 Galway (H)

Shelbourne

Above: Shelbourne were celebrating again after a 2-1 win over DLR Waves last weekend. Photo: @FAI_WNL

Shelbourne were idle during round four but got back to winning ways at home to DLR Waves last weekend.  Shels took the lead through Whelan in the first half.  Murray scored a penalty just before the hour-mark.  Shels survived a late fight back to win the game 2-1. 

Round 4: idle

Round 5: W 2-1 DLR Waves (H)

DLR Waves

Above: Jess Gleeson, DLR Waves player of the month for April. Photo: @DLRWaves

DLR remain in the top four despite suffering their first defeat of the season. In Round Four, they beat Cork City to get their first away win of the season.  Jess Gleeson scored a fantastic goal in the first half to seal the win. Waves lost narrowly to Shelbourne last time out despite a magnificent consolation goal from Carla McManus. 

Round 4: W 0-1 Cork City (A)

Round 5: L 2-1 Shelbourne (A)

Galway

Above: The facial expression (right) says it all for Galway in a tough result against Wexford Youths last week. Photo: @FAI_WNL

Galway had two rounds of varying fortune with a comprehensive win as well as a heavy defeat.  In Round Four, they got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win over Treaty United.  Their goals came in the first half with goals from McKey, McCarthy, Brennan, and Kearns. Their luck was out last weekend when they lost 5-0 to Wexford and had Kinnevey sent off. Galway sit 5th in the table. 

Round 4: W 4-1 Treaty United (H)

Round 5: L 5-0 Wexford Youths (A)

Bohemians

Above: Mixed emotions in Bohemians last game against Peamount United. Photo: @FAI_WNL

Bohs put up a good fight against Peamount in Round Four but were ultimately beaten 0-3 with all goals coming in the second half.  They had the bye last time out.

Round 4: L 0-3 Peamount United (H)

Round 5: idle

Cork City

Above: Becky Cassin wheels away after scoring for Cork City against Athlone Town. Photo: @CorkCityFCWomen

Cork’s stuttering start to the league continued. They were beaten 0-1 by DLR Waves in Round Four. The following weekend, they controversially were drew 2-2 with Athlone.  Cork twice took the lead with goals from Cassin in the second minute and Dring just after the hour mark.  However they conceded a goal from a contentious freekick and were denied what looked like a penalty. 

Round 4: L 0-1 DLR Waves (H)

Round 5: D 2-2 Athlone Town (A)

Athlone Town

Athlone were narrowly beaten by Wexford Youths.  They held up well despite going down to nine women, however they were undone by a late penalty. Last weekend, they drew 2-2 against Cork, twice coming from behind. 

Round 4: L 1-0 Wexford Youths (A)

Round 5: D 2-2 Cork City (H)

Treaty United

Above: Action from Treaty United’s game against Peamount United last weekend. Photo: @FAI_WNL

Treaty United remain bottom of the table.  They were beaten 4-1 by Galway in Round Four, with a late consolation goal from Walsh in the second half. They held up well at home to Peamount United in the first half but ultimately were beaten 0-3. 

Round 4: 4-1 Galway (A)

Round 5: 0-3 Peamount United (H)

PosTeamPldWGFGDPts
1Peamount United449+812
2Wexford Youths5314+1110
3Shelbourne438+59
4DLR Waves425+17
5Galway5211-17
6Bohemians4110-14
7Cork City508-43
8Athlone Town405-32
9Treaty United507-161

Round 6 Fixtures

Saturday 8th

Cork City – Wexford Youths (14:00)

DLR Waves – Bohemians (18:00)

Peamount United – Athlone (18:00)

Sunday 9th

Treaty United – Shels (14:00)

This week Post to Post Sport had three episodes of Peil and Back, including one focused on the Women’s National League.  You can listen on most platforms including Spotify by searching Post to Post Sport, or click here.

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