FAI Women’s Senior cup: Terenure Rngs v Cork City

It wasn’t a case of rich pickings for Terenure Rangers at Richmond Park on Saturday.

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonny Stapleton

The Dublin side won’t emulate their FAI Women’s Amateur Cup winning run in the senior version of the knockout tournament, as they couldn’t ambush the Rebel Army and fell at the first hurdle.

A quality-packed Cork City outfit managed to put five past Caroline Kelly’s side at the home of St Patrick’s Athletic to move into the next round of competition.

Rangers gave a solid account of themselves, particularly in the first half. Granted they need some goalkeeping from Niamh Geraghty to keep Cork at bay early on but they were in contention for the majority of the opening 45 with Sarah Ryan looking a danger.

Still, they went into the break one down with Fiana Bradley finding the net after 41 minutes.

Five minutes post the turnaround and any hope of a Terenure upset was all but ended, Heidi O’Sullivan pouncing on another Geraghty save to double the advantage.

26 August 2023; Eve Mangan of Cork City in action against Ciara Smith of Terenure Rangers during the Sports Direct Women’s FAI Cup first round match between Terenure Rangers and Cork City at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Bradley then added further gloss to the scoreline with her second of the game and fourth of the season before an own goal added insult to injury for the brave amateurs.

Eva Mangan put a somewhat unfair shine on the scoreline when she made it 5-0 with the last kick of the game.

Bohs, meanwhile, beat Cabonteely 3-0. with a brace from Lisa Murphy coupled with a goal from Fiona Donnelly doing the damage.

Christina Dring of Cork City in action against Jess Turner of Terenure Rangers during the FAI Cup first at Richmond Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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