Sophie Watters (left), Bronagh Kane (centre) and Chloe Darby (right) celebrating after Bronagh Kane opened the scoring for Bohemian FC. Picture: Conor Ryan
Women’s national league – Bohemians 6 / Treaty United 2
By Dave Donnelly
BRONAGH Kane scored twice in the space of 37 seconds to fire Bohemians to the top of the Women’s National League for the first time in their short history following an opening-day hammering of Treaty United at the Oscar Traynor Complex.
Only goal difference separates Bohs from champions Peamount United and Shelbourne but they’ll have raised heads with a high-scoring win over an improving Treaty side.
Kane and Aoife Robinson each bagged braces, while debutante Naima Chemaou and captain Sophie Watters were also on target in a comprehensive win.
Aoife Cronin and Shannon Parbat had briefly given the Limerick side hope after going 4-0 down, but Robinson applied the clinical finish late on.
It took just eight minutes for the home side to hit the front as Kane pounced on a misplaced pass from Treaty keeper Medbh Ryan to send a first-time shot into an empty net.
Remarkably, almost straight from the kick-off, Bohs doubled their lead as Chloe Darby won the ball in midfield and fed Chemaou.
The mercurial former UCD Waves and Peamount midfielder released Kane out wide and she ran into the box before slotting the ball low into the corner.
Bohs were 3-0 up before the 20-minute mark as Paula Doran found Darby with a throw-in and she played a one-two with Abbie Brophy on the right.
Darby found Chemaou in the box, who had the poise to control the ball and send her shot into the corner past the helpless Ryan.
It got even better for the home side seven minutes before half time as Kane won a free kick wide on the left and Chemaou lined up the ball.
Her cross bounced in the box and Watters was the quickest to snaffle the loose ball and turn into into the net.
There was some fight in Treaty yet and they pulled one back three minutes from half time through Aoife Cronin.
Olivia Gibson released Rebecca Horgan in space on the right and she crossed for the striker to slot home her first league goal at the back post.
And the fightback continued into the second half as Treaty made it 4-2 just before the hour mark through the versatile Parbat.
The defender pounced on the loose ball from a corner to sweep the ball into the net and suddenly it looked like an unlikely comeback could be on the card.
That notion lasted barely a minute as Robinson robbed the ball deep in the Treaty half and, after the visitors only half-cleared the ball, she sent a looping over Ryan to make it 5-2.
And Bohs sealed the win with ten minutes remaining as Darby swung a free kick deep to the back post and Robinson headed home her second, and Bohemians’ sixth.
PHOTO – Conor Ryan
Sophie Watters (left), Bronagh Kane (centre) and Chloe Darby (right) celebrating after Bronagh Kane opened the scoring for Bohemian FC against Treaty United FC