Extra Time Cup joy for the Gypsies

by Aaron Dunne
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As expected there was plenty of drama and a lot of goals scored in the First Round of the 2022 EVOKE.ie FAI Women’s Cup.

And when the dust had settled there were four capital sides left standing – with Peamount versus Shelbourne the pick of the quarter-final draw.

Bohemians were forced to dog out a tough extra-time win over Galway to book their place in Tuesday’s draw.

It looked as though this tie at Dalymount Park was going to a penalty shoot-out when Bohemians earned a spot-kick and put it away to secure the victory.

With time running out on the game, substitute Aoife Robinson was fouled inside the area and that allowed Erica Burke to step up and fire in a penalty that separated the teams.

Elswhere, Kate Mooney scored what is believed to be the fastest ever goal in competition history when she fired DLR in front after just 32 seconds at the UCD Bowl during her sides 5-0 win over Treaty United.

Treaty United might have been hoping that the Cup would offer a fresh start in a season that has so far offered little in the way of positive moments. But it took DLR showed little mercy.

Avril Brierley cracked in a superb second midway through the half and just before half-time came the killer blow, a softly conceded own goal that set the seal on a home win and  yet another defeat for the girls from Limerick.

The second half naturally lacked the intensity of the first and when Katie Malone slid in a fourth five minutes after the restart the jig was well and truly up. Mooney scored a perfectly executed lob on 55 minutes to complete the scoring and send the Dublin side through to the quarter-finals.

Peamount showed their ruthless class in putting Finglas United to the sword 16-0. Finglas were always going to find it tough against the WNL’s top scorers and the die was cast early when Peamount scored after just four minutes.

Alannah McEvoy finished off a move from close range to make it 1-0 and the winger added a second just four minutes later. Áine O’Gorman added two of her own before 20 minutes had elapsed and both players secured hat-tricks by half-time, at which point Peamount led 8-0.

The second half didn’t get any better despite battling performances from the likes of Ealish Murray, Kellie Boyle and Megan O’Reilly.

Another hat-trick from Lauren Kelly and a cracking strike from new signing Aisling Spillane contributed to a 16-0 scoreline that was cruel on the away team.

There disappointment non-league Whitehall too as they were beaten 7-0 by Athlone Town.

Caption: Bohs players celebrate their sides first goal scored by Erica Burke during the FAI Women’s Cup First Round

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