WNL:  Three Dublin clubs in top five after six rounds

by Aaron Dunne
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Shelbourne and Peamount United remain joint top of the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League after a thrilling weekend of action. 

Shelbourne stayed joint top of the league following a tough contest at Eamonn Deacy Park as they beat Galway 2-0..

The hosts started the game poorly, with Therese Kinneavy giving a penalty away on 11 minutes. Noelle Murray converted the spot kick to put the champions ahead.

Galway’s defence stayed compact, and they restricted Shelbourne to very little throughout the game. 

Abbie Larkin put in a stand-out performance for the visitors and was unlucky not to score herself.

Shauna Fox put Shelbourne two in front on the hour mark with an incredible back-heel. Galway can be proud of the performance however, as they travel to Dalymount Park next weekend.

 Peamount maintained their place joint top of the league with a hard-fought  2-1 win over Athlone Town in Lissywollen.

Athlone, who sat in seventh coming into the game, took the lead on 12 minutes. Dana Scheriff’s effort was spilled by Niamh Reid-Burke and Roisín Molloy was first to pounce, tapping in from close range. The visitors fought their way back into the game and went close through Laura Shine and Dora Gorman.

Stephanie Roche went through one on one on the half hour mark, but her effort flew over the bar. Sadhbh Doyle equalised with the last kick of the half, finishing coolly after the ball dropped to her at the back post.

Sheriff had a huge chance in the second half to put Athlone back in front, but Reid-Burke redeemed herself with an excellent save to keep the scores level.

Peamount’s winner came from birthday-girl Tiegan Ruddy, who scored a  fabulous free kick with 15 minutes remaining. Doyle almost scored a second late on, but her point blank shot was well saved by Niamh Coombes.

Elsewhere,  Bohemians and DLR Waves ended scoreless

Bohemians came into the game in eight, with one win in their last five games, while DLR Waves sat in fourth. Both sides put in good performances, and both had the chances to take all three points at Dalymount Park.

Isobel Finnegan and Lisa Murphy had good chances for Bohemians in the first half, while Avril Brierley’s effort almost put Waves ahead.

Danielle Murray went closest for the hosts in the closing stages before Katie Malone’s strike was expertly saved by Rachael Kelly. 

Waves will feel that they could have got more from the game, as they drop to fifth in the table. 

The point sees Bohemians move up one place to seventh ahead of the visit of Galway next week.

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