Irish National League Round-Up

Impetus is delighted to welcome back Post To Post Sport‘s Ciarán Duffy who will again be providing us with a weekly round-up of the action in Ireland’s top domestic league as the competition reaches Round 12 (30/5/22).

Above: Rebecca Cook celebrates as Bohemians clinched a historic win over Peamount United. Photo: Mick O’Shea.

We’re at the stage in the season where the table really starts to take shape.  Early momentum has either turned into consistent form or proven to be an early patch of form, good or otherwise.  Two more rounds to go until the midseason break and the 2022 league is at the stage where onlookers can start to envision the final standings.  All teams have played the same amount of games, let’s take a look at how round 12 went.

Shels Continue To March On

Having lost the reverse fixture 7-0 at Tolka Park earlier in the season, Cork City fans could be forgiven for fearing the worst when defending champions Shelbourne got off the mark with just five minutes gone.  Abbie Larkin got her first goal of the season when she turned the ball home after it came out to her from City keeper Maria O’Sullivan.  Credit to Cork, their heads didn’t drop and they denied Shels many clearcut chances until former player Saoirse Noonan doubled the lead for the league leaders. 

In the second half, Shelbourne would add two more goals late on through Noelle Murray who had seen her penalty hit the post earlier, and Lia O’Leary, who became the third youngest player to score in the WNL, after Joy Ralph on the opening day of the season for DLR Waves, and Ireland captain Katie McCabe when she played for Raheny, who have since merged with Shelbourne.

Shelbourne have only dropped points once this season and look like clear favourites to retain their title.  Some positives from this game for Cork who were competitive in the second half. Cork City 0-4 Shelbourne.

Wexford End Athlone Winning Streak

Above: Wexford Youths celebrate against Athlone Town. Photo: Wexford Youths.

Athlone Town went to Ferrycarraig Park on a winning streak that saw them climb to third in the table.  Wexford Youths have been the closest title challengers to Shels this season.  This came was highly anticipated and did not disappoint. 

The first half was tense and nervy with Orlaith Conlan giving the home side the lead.  In the second half, Ireland’s young sensation Ellen Molloy did what she has made a habit of doing this season and found the net to double the hosts’ advantage.  Athlone would reply instantly as they went down the other end and Róisín Molloy chipped the ball in.  Athlone pushed for an equalizer but Wexford held out, with Maeve Williams continuing her impressive form in goal. Wexford Youths 2-1 Athlone Town.

Massive Win For Bohs

Above: Bohemians’ Rebecca Cooke, who scored both her sides goals in a historic win over Peamount United. Photo: LOIWomen.

Bohemians stunned last season’s runners-up Peamount United to earn their first-ever win against them.

Rebecca Cooke was the hero as her two goals helped Bohs come from behind in this Dublin derby. 

Peamount had gone ahead early through Ireland legend Áine O’Gorman.  Bohs keeper Rachel Kelly had to be on form to stop them doubling their lead through Jetta Berrill.  The home side would equalize in the second half with Bronagh Kane finding Cooke with a cross.  Cooke scored again late on the ensure a famous win for Bohemians at Dalymount Park. It’s a rotten run of form for Peamount United who drop to fifth having gone five games without a win. Bohemians 2-1 Peamount United.

Galway Jump Up To Fourth

Above: Galway (blue and white) in action at DLR Waves, where they earned an excellent win. Photo: Women’s Soccer Photos.

There wasn’t much to separate the sides at the UCD Bowl until a late strike from Chloe Singleton gave the away side all three points.  Galway goalkeeper Abbiegayle Ronayne had an impressive game and had to work hard in the first half to deny Rachel Doyle and Sarah McKevitte, while Jenna Slattery had Galway’s best chance.  The game was a back and forth affair, with Galway getting the edge in the race to finish in the top four with Singleton scoring from a tight angle.  DLR Waves will be disappointed to lose a second home game so early in the season, while Galway are now just a point off third spot. DLR Waves 0-1 Galway.

Nothing To Separate Sides In Limerick

Above: Sligo Rovers gather together. Photo: Sligo Rovers FC.

Bottom of the table Treaty United could have gotten all three points from their game against new addition to the league Sligo Rovers at Markets Field, but will be happy to finally pick up their first point this season.

Amy Madden came close to putting the home side ahead, with Treaty also hitting the crossbar twice.  It was an off day for a Sligo side that have been impressive for a new team, and Treaty may see this as a missed opportunity. Treaty United 0-0 Sligo Rovers.

Table

PosTeamPLDWDLGD +/-Pts
1Shelbourne1211013133
2Wexford Youths128221126
3Athlone Town127141222
4Galway12633521
5Peamount United126241520
6DLR Waves12525717
7Bohemians12345-413
8Sligo Rovers12417-713
9Cork City122010-336
10Treaty United120111-371

Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday June 4th

Sligo Rovers vs Wexford Youths (12:00)

Athlone Town vs Bohemians (17:00)

Peamount United vs Cork City (17:00)

Shelbourne vs Galway

Treaty United vs DLR Waves (17:00)

Thursday June 9th

DLR Waves vs Bohemians (19:45)

Sunday June 11th

Galway vs Athlone Town (14:00)

Shelbourne vs Wexford Youths (14:00)

Sligo Rovers vs Peamount United (14:00)

Cork City vs Treaty United (17:00)

Remember to follow @PostToPostSport on Twitter and Instagram for coverage football from the Republic of Ireland.  This season we are raising money for Ireland’s National Autism Charity As I Am, you can view our fundraiser page and donate here.

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