Women’s National League: Reds are on a roll

by Aaron Dunne
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Shelbourne conquered North Dublin rivals Bohemains 3-0 to extend their lead at the top of the Women’s National League table.

This was a tale of two halves as Bohemians more than held their own with the champions in the first period, but were overpowered in the second half.

Saoirse Noonan opened the scoring for Shels on 29 minutes with a lovely flick past goalkeeper Rachael Kelly, who was excellent throughout.

But the pressure applied by the visitors after the interval turned the game.

Jess Ziu found herself unmarked in the penalty area to slot in a long throw from Keeva Keenan and then Noelle Murray, who was excellent all game, finished well to move the League leaders onto 27 points.

Graham Kelly’s DLR Waves picked up a hard-fought 3-2 win over Sligo at the UCD Bowl.

The visitors opened the scoring on 10 minutes. A long ball broke to the on-rushing Gemma McGuinness, who kept her cool and slotted home.

The hosts found the equaliser through midfielder Sophie Watters five minutes before the break, and Waves then took the lead on 50 minutes, as Brierley scored from close range.

Emma Doherty levelled matters again 10 minutes afterwards, but Kate Mooney was to be the match-winner as her thumping header won it for the home side, who remain in fifth place.

Athlone Town made it five wins on the bounce by overcoming Peamount 1-0 on their own patch in PRL Park.

Stephanie Roche and Jetta Berrill went close for Peamount in the opening stages, but Athlone soon came into their own. The visitors took the lead on 21 minutes when Muireann Devaney did brilliantly to win possession and slotted in Emily Corbet to score her ninth goal of the season.

Áine O’Gorman had a super opportunity to equalise on the half hour mark but dragged her shot wide of the post. Sadhbh Doyle put Berrill’s cross over the bar just before the break, as Athlone entered half-time with the lead.

After the restart, Roche went close again but couldn’t keep her effort on target. Peamount, searching for the equaliser, put the pressure on the Athlone back line. Tiegan Ruddy’s free-kick failed to test goalkeeper Niamh Coombes on the hour mark.

Athlone defended brilliantly throughout the closing stages, limiting the hosts to half-chances. Doyle went close with five minutes remaining before Roche’s shot from the edge of the box sailed over the bar.

Peamount United players celebrate with the trophy after the 2022 Clubforce DDSL Girls U-13 League Cup Final against Stepaside FC at the AUL Complex in Dublin

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