By Ciarán Duffy of Post to Post Sport (7/5/21).
Peamount United top the league with four wins from four and have a game in hand over second placed Wexford Youths.
In Round Four they beat Bohemians with three second half goals, scored by Ruddy, Ryan-Doyle, and Watkins. Last weekend, again they had to wait until the second half to open the scoring. Goals from last season top scorers Ryan-Doyle (2) and Ireland centurion Aine O’Gorman sealed the win. Peas are firm favourites to win a third consecutive league title, having only lost four competitive games in the last 3 seasons, only 2 of which were in the league.
Round 4: W 0-3 Bohemians (A)
Round 5: W 0-3 Treaty United (A)
Wexford Youths sit second in the table, two points behind Peamount United having played a game more. Their last two games featured red cards, with their round four opponents Athlone going down to 9 women. Wexford needed an 80th minute penalty from Kylie Murphy to get a 1-0 win, their second win of the season. Wexford would get another win the following week against Galway. They were comprehensive 5-0 winners against the 10-woman Westeners, with an own-goal, and strikes from Marie Grant, Taylor, Molloy, and Frawley. Wexford are top scorers in the league this season having scored 14 goals.
Round 4: W 1-0 Athlone Town (H)
Round 5: W 5-0 Galway (H)
Shelbourne were idle during round four but got back to winning ways at home to DLR Waves last weekend. Shels took the lead through Whelan in the first half. Murray scored a penalty just before the hour-mark. Shels survived a late fight back to win the game 2-1.
Round 4: idle
Round 5: W 2-1 DLR Waves (H)
DLR remain in the top four despite suffering their first defeat of the season. In Round Four, they beat Cork City to get their first away win of the season. Jess Gleeson scored a fantastic goal in the first half to seal the win. Waves lost narrowly to Shelbourne last time out despite a magnificent consolation goal from Carla McManus.
Round 4: W 0-1 Cork City (A)
Round 5: L 2-1 Shelbourne (A)
Galway had two rounds of varying fortune with a comprehensive win as well as a heavy defeat. In Round Four, they got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win over Treaty United. Their goals came in the first half with goals from McKey, McCarthy, Brennan, and Kearns. Their luck was out last weekend when they lost 5-0 to Wexford and had Kinnevey sent off. Galway sit 5th in the table.
Round 4: W 4-1 Treaty United (H)
Round 5: L 5-0 Wexford Youths (A)
Bohs put up a good fight against Peamount in Round Four but were ultimately beaten 0-3 with all goals coming in the second half. They had the bye last time out.
Round 4: L 0-3 Peamount United (H)
Round 5: idle
Cork’s stuttering start to the league continued. They were beaten 0-1 by DLR Waves in Round Four. The following weekend, they controversially were drew 2-2 with Athlone. Cork twice took the lead with goals from Cassin in the second minute and Dring just after the hour mark. However they conceded a goal from a contentious freekick and were denied what looked like a penalty.
Round 4: L 0-1 DLR Waves (H)
Round 5: D 2-2 Athlone Town (A)
Athlone were narrowly beaten by Wexford Youths. They held up well despite going down to nine women, however they were undone by a late penalty. Last weekend, they drew 2-2 against Cork, twice coming from behind.
Round 4: L 1-0 Wexford Youths (A)
Round 5: D 2-2 Cork City (H)
Treaty United remain bottom of the table. They were beaten 4-1 by Galway in Round Four, with a late consolation goal from Walsh in the second half. They held up well at home to Peamount United in the first half but ultimately were beaten 0-3.
Round 4: 4-1 Galway (A)
Round 5: 0-3 Peamount United (H)
Round 6 Fixtures
Cork City – Wexford Youths (14:00)
DLR Waves – Bohemians (18:00)
Peamount United – Athlone (18:00)
Treaty United – Shels (14:00)
This week Post to Post Sport had three episodes of Peil and Back, including one focused on the Women’s National League. You can listen on most platforms including Spotify by searching Post to Post Sport, or click here.
Ciarán Duffy of Post to Post Sport rounds-up all the goings on in Week Three of the Irish Women’s National League, which saw reigning champions Peamount United facing an early season top of the table challenge from Shelbourne and Wexford Youth’s teen star Ellen Malloy hitting four goals (22/4/21).
Champions Beat Another Challenger
Peamount United have played two games this season. They’ve both been against likely title contenders and they have both resulted in wins for Peas, who are looking to win their third consecutive league title.
Two of last season’s top goal-scorers, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Aine O’Gorman scored to secure the victory for Peamount against their Dublin rivals, who have finished as runners-up in both of the last two seasons.
The game started at a fast pace and continued that way as both teams had chances. Shels had the better of the opening exchanges, before Peamount started to threaten down both wings. After 25 minutes, Ryan-Doyle got on the end of O’Gorman’s cross to turn the ball in. They had a chance to double their lead five minutes later from the penalty spot, but Shels keeper Amanda Budden made the save. Peamount would get their second with a volley from Aine O’Gorman.
The second half started the same as the first with Shels having the majority of the ball. 75 minutes in Ciara Grant turned the ball home to get one back. Shels were unable to find an equalizer, they remain top of the table on goal difference having played one game more than Peamount.
FT Peamount United 2-1 Shelbourne
Molloy Masterclass Helps Wexford To Big Win
Ireland’s teenage sensation Ellen Molloy scored four goals as 2018 champions Wexford Youths got their first win of the season, against bottom side Treaty United.
Treaty tried to play out from the back, but were caught out early on when Ciara Rossiter took advantage of a loose pass. Despite Wexford having all the momentum, the Limerick side did equalize six minutes later through Aoife Horgan. The sides remained level until just after the half hour mark when Sinead Taylor beat a defender and volleyed home. Molloy got her first of the game just before halftime when once again Treaty tried to play out from the back.
The second half was only just over a minute old when Wexford scored their fourth, a penalty by captain Kylie Murphy. The rest of the game saw Wexford in control. Molloy scored three goals in an eight minute spell late in the half. The young star earned an international call-up with her form last season, and will surely become a household name for the Irish senior team.
FT Treaty United 1-7 Wexford Youths
Bohs and Cork Hit Six To Share Spoils
Goal fests are become a trend for games involving Bohs, all their games so far have involved at least four goals.
It took just four minutes for the first goal when Erica Burke scored from close range give Bohs the lead. Cork would equalize in the 25th minute, then take the lead 6 minutes later, with both goals coming from Lauren Egbuloniu.
In the 2nd half Aoife Robinson equalized for Bohs only for Laura Shine to put Cork back in front straight away. Chloe Darby scored from the spot to ensure Bohs took a point from the game.
FT Bohemians 3-3 Cork City
Impressive Waves Gain First Win Of The Season
DLR Waves beat Galway 2-1 in a hard-fought arm wrestle of a contest.
The opening exchanges were cagey with no clear cut chances. However, 16 minutes in a spectacular ball by Jess Gleeson found the head of Kate Mooney who powerfully headed the ball home. DLR frustrated Galway for the remainder of the half and limited their opportunities.
The second half was a back and forth affair. Galway would equalize with a header from Rachel Kearns who got on the end of a freekick with 12 minutes to go.
It could have been a case of heads going down but the Waves pushed on. Eventually they found their way through late on when Katie Malone was in the right place at the right time to get the ball in the net. DLR were able to hold out a late Galway push to secure the win.
FT DLR Waves 2-1 Galway
Saturday 24th April
Bohemians v Peamount United (14:00)
Cork City v DLR Waves (14:00)
Galway v Treaty United (16:00)
Wexford Youths v Athlone (18:30)
Ciarán Duffy of Post to Post Sport rounds-up all the goings on in Week Two of the Irish Women’s National League, with Shelbourne heading the early season table and Limerick’s Treaty United involved in another goal fest (7/4/21).
Saoirse Strikes Sends Shels Top
Shelbourne kept their 100% record intact and gained their second clean sheet as they moved top of the Women’s National League. Saoirse Noonan scored twice against her old club at Turners Cross as Noel Kings men secured a comfortable win.
It took just three minutes for Shels to take the lead as Emily Whelan found the net after taking the ball off a defender and shooting home. Just moments earlier, she had a thunder bolt shot cleared away. Shels continued to put Cork under pressure, having most of the possession. They made that tell again at the fifteen minute mark when Noonan scored against her old club. Cork were able to hold out Shels for the rest of the half. The Munster side created a few chances in the second half, but were unable to find the net. They did however limit Shels to a handful of chances. Noonan struck again late on to seal the win for Shelbourne. In two weeks time Shels face Peamount in a game that sees the top two from the past two seasons go head to head. Cork City 0-3 Shelbourne.
Galway Best Bohs To Climb To Second
Despite a good Bohs performance Galway claimed their first win of the season.
Rachel Kearns scored her fourth goal in two games as Galway took control with half hour gone. Kate Slevin scored five minutes later to send Galway into the break in a strong position. Linsey McKey made it 3-0 at the hour mark with a composed finish, shooting into the bottom corner to put her side in firm control. Chloe Darby got one back for Bohs with 20 minutes to go to give them a glimmer of hope. The Gypsies had chances late on to reduce the deficit but couldn’t take them. Chloe Singleton was dismissed for receiving a second yellow late on. Galway 3-1 Bohemians
Resilient Waves Earn Point Against Wexford
A tactically mature performance saw a young DLR Waves side frustrate Wexford Youths and earn a point at the UCD Bowl.
DLR started the game with high intensity and pressed Wexford into mistakes. Carla McManus took advantage of a defensive lapse and won the ball deep in the Youths have and firing into the bottom left corner. Waves disrupted Youths from there making it difficult for them to create much. Wexford had a few chances either side of halftime, but DLR defender Jess Gleeson was outstanding in defence with Eve Badana, who has been called up to the Ireland squad to train, solid in goal. Wexford eventually made their pressure tell, teenage sensation Ellen Molloy found captain Kylie Murphy who scored with one touch. From there Wexford had the better of the chances but Waves had opportunities to grab what would have been a deserved winner. In the end a draw was probably a fair result with both sides showing quality. DLR Waves 1-1 Wexford Youths
Athlone And Treaty Share Spoils In Hectic Thriller
A frantic game saw game saw both Athlone and Treaty secure their first point of the season.
Both sides scored early with Nerney netting for the midlands side before Rebecca Horgan equalized four minutes later. The other Horgan sister put the Limerick side ahead as Aoife scored just three minutes later. There’d be a penalty to cap off a mad 10-minute spell with Donohue converting to put Athlone back on level terms. Rebecca Horgan got her second with nine minutes left in the half to ensure Treaty went in ahead. The second half just had the one goal as Keogh equalized for Athlone. Treaty would find themselves down to ten women for the last twenty minutes as Slattery was shown a second yellow. There have been fifteen goals in Treaty United’s first two games of the season. Athlone Town 3-3 Treaty United
This coming weekend is an international break.
The following weekend the Women’s National League returns.
Saturday 17th April
Bohemians v Cork City (14:00)
DLR Waves v Galway (18:00)
Peamount United v Shelbourne (18:00)
Sunday 18th April
Treaty United v Wexford Youths (14:00)
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Impetus is delighted to welcome new contributor Ciarán Duffy of Post to Post Sport who will be providing us with a weekly round-up of all the goings on in the Irish Women’s National League. The new season started at the weekend, and here’s a full round-up of the action so far (29/3/21).
Ireland’s top level of domestic senior women’s football kicked off this weekend. Nine teams compete at this level: Athlone Town, Bohemians, Cork City, DLR Waves, Galway, Peamount United, Shelbourne, Treaty United and Wexford Youths. Peamount United are reigning champions having won the league the last two seasons, and completed a league and cup double last season. The winners of the league qualify for the Champions League preliminary round. Four games took place this weekend with DLR Waves being idle for the first round.
Bohs Blow Away Treaty To Top The League
The opening game of the season took place at Dalymount Park, traditional the home of the Bohemians men’s team. In the last meeting between these two sides they produced a goal fest, with Treaty winning 5-4.
It took just seven minutes to get our first goal of the year, Bronagh Kane made good use of her team pressuring an opposition kick-out to put Bohs ahead. It only took 37 seconds for Kane to add another, with Bohs putting the Limerick side under pressure straight from the kick off. 2-0 up, the home side would double their lead in the remainder of the second half, first through a Naima Chemaou volley in a move that started from a throw-in. Then with 8 minutes to go in the first half captain Sophie Watters finished off the back of a freekick. Treaty would get one back before halftime through Aoife Cronin, who got on the end of Rebecca Horgan’s cross. Bohs would lead 4-1 at halftime.
Early in the second half the Bohs defence failed to clear a Treaty corner and Shannon Parbat got another back for Treaty to cut the deficit to two goals. Treaty continued to mount pressure but the introduction of Aoife Robinson at the hour mark gave the home side some energy. She made an immediate impact, winning the ball deepin the Treaty half and finding a teammate, then receiving it back and curling a shot into the top-right corner having been on the field for just over thirty seconds. Robinson would head home another late in the game off a freekick.
FT Bohemians 6-2 Treaty United
Peamount Snatch Victory Late To Begin Title Defence With A Win
An 87th minute wonder-strike ensured Peamount made a winning start to their quest for a 3rd WNL title in a row. In a fixture that tends to be a higher-scoring affair it was a cagey afternoon between two traditional super powers in the league.
Peamount had the first clear cut chance with Megan Smyth-Lynch creating a scoring opportunity for last years top scorer Aine O’Gorman. Wexford were on the back foot, but nearly took the lead with a counter attack, but Niamh Reid-Burke was excellent in the Peamount goal, with the keeper recently having announced her international retirement. Wexford had another opportunity late in the half through Ciara Rossiter, her shot going just wide.
The second half saw chances at a premium with the conditions worsening. The wind was strong, limiting both teams to half chances. There was drama late on as Reid-Burke saved a penalty off Wexford captain Kylie Murphy. Peamount went up the other end two minutes later and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle hit a looping shot which gave the keeper no chance to score what would ultimately be the winner. Peamount were able to hold on to seal the win.
FT Wexford Youths 0-1 Peamount United
Galway & Cork Play Out A 6-Goal Thriller
A frantic first half saw five goals exchanged as Galway and Cork ultimately shared the spoils. Shauna Fox captained Galway for the first time.
Rachel Kearns got a hat-trick in the first half to send Galway in ahead, although Cork made them work for it. Kearns got her first two on the 15th and 22nd minutes to put Galway very much in control. Cork pegged them back with a strike from Ireland underage star Lauren Egbuloniu on the half-hour mark, before Ireland senior international Eabha O’Mahony levelled things up with the game heading towards half time. Kearns struck back immediately to ensure Galway went in 3-2 up.
Slevin missed a penalty for the home side as they looked to stretch their lead. Cork would get a point from the game with a late wonder strike from Becky Cassin. It is well worth checking out this goal on the club Twitter feed – it is astonishing! (1) Cork City FC Women on Twitter: “New season, same Becky Cassin. #CCFC84 https://t.co/IdpajnImaz” / Twitter
FT Galway 3-3 Cork City
Shels Get Title Bid Off To A Winning Start
Shelbourne went to Athlone on Saturday knowing they’d be expected to pick up three points, but also knowing it wouldn’t be easy. The away side had finished runners-up in the previous two league campaigns, coming agonisingly close on both occasions.
Athlone made the Dublin side work for everything, and at half-time it was scoreless. In the 2nd half just passed the hour mark, Pearl Slattery scored from 30 yards to give Shels the lead. Alex Kavanagh would make it 0-2 shortly after. That would be enough for Shelbourne to take all 3 points.
FT Athlone 0-2 Shelbourne
Table After Round 1
Next Weeks Fixtures
Saturday 3rd April
Cork v Shelbourne (14:00)
Galway v Bohemians (14:00)
DLR Waves v Wexford Youths (18:00)
Athlone v Treaty (19:00)
Peamount United: Champions League Heroics & Domestic Double Delight
Hot on the heels of a sensational performance in the qualification stages of the UEFA Women’s Champions League and the club clinching the League and Cup double, Ben Gilby spoke to Elaine Harrington, secretary of Republic of Ireland’s top side Peamount United. 14/1/21
Elaine began our conversation by explaining the history of the club: “We were founded in 1983. The club itself is mostly known for its success with our women’s Teams which was established in 1988. Year on year we have strengthened girls/women’s section and now attract some of the best players to our club. We won the first ever Women’s National League in Ireland, and subsequently became the first ever Irish team, male or female to qualify for the final stages of the UEFA Champions League in the process.”
It is to Peamount United’s Champions League history that we then turned to. “Previously when we played in the Champions League we got through the qualification group finishing as the best runner up. We were then took on Paris St. Germain. Sometimes the fact we are an amateur club can have a strain on our players as they are all either in college or work and find it hard to get time off. This season we had a qualification game against Glasgow City. It was a surprise to us how well we did (Peamount took City to a penalty shoot-out), we worked hard to prepare but the fact the girls all have to return to college / work can put a little strain on them.”
Peamount United’s return to Champions League football a couple of months back came after they won the Women’s National League for the first time in seven years. “For the previous three years we had finished as runners-up so we were getting stronger, but just couldn’t get it over the finish line. Wexford were the champions and we beat them twice. We actually only lost one game all season but Shelbourne pushed us all the way finishing one point behind us in 2019”
That championship win put Peamount United into a UEFA Women’s Champions League 1st Qualifying Round tie, in which they were handed possibly the toughest possible draw – away to last season’s Quarter-Finalists, Glasgow City. Peamount took City to extra-time and then a sudden death penalty shoot-out: “Honest opinion: We were outstanding!” said Elaine.
“I think we were not expecting the result. We never even considered penalties! I think going into a game as the underdogs is a help as you feel you have nothing to lose, we had been playing really well in the previous games and had no injuries so we were hopeful. We were absolutely delighted with the performance of the team, however we were a little disappointed thinking how close we got. We dusted ourselves off as we had a semi-final game against Wexford on the following Sunday, which we won thank God!”
Those Champions League appearances have had long lasting benefits for the Irish side as Elaine explained: “When you have a success like that it can then give you that final push to try and win the league again to get back to Champions League again. It also gives you the opportunity to attract new players in.”
I then asked Elaine to give us the lowdown on the top flight of women’s football in the Republic of Ireland: “The Women’s National League (WNL) was founded in 2011, previously we competed in the DWSL (Dublin Womens Soccer League). The WNL was set up by the FAI to try run things more professionally. This year there are nine teams in it. There is a gap between top and bottom, however the gap is closing as more girls are playing soccer at the moment. It is well supported by UEFA and FAI, but as long as it remains amateur it is hard to grow it. It costs about 50,000 Euros per annum to run a team, and we are always relying on sponsors and asking our players to get a sponsor for themselves. But hopefully it will change in the future. The 20*20 campaign has been a big help to girls’ sports.”
The year 2020 has not just been about an incredible UEFA Women’s Champions League performance – they also secured their return to the competition next season by not just winning the WNL but claiming the FAI Women’s Cup in fine style.
The Women’s National League of Ireland was won by five points from runners-up Shelbourne. Peamount United won eleven of their twelve matches, with just one defeat – 3-0 to Wexford Youths in August. The FAI Cup was won in true style as the club beat Cork City 6-0 at Tallaght Stadium. Stephanie Roche scored two with Aine Marie O’Gorman, Karen Duggan, Rebecca Watkins and Teigan Ruddy on the mark.
All of Peamount United’s fantastic achievements in 2020 have of course come against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. Harrington identified the areas that it had impacted on the club: “The biggest impact is not having spectators at our games. Financially we are better off as we have received COVID payments to the club from our Government to help us out. Apart from that the other major challenge that we have is the fact that the girls have to work or study and still play. The amateur status is the thing we would most like to change, if we could even go semi-professional it would be a big help.”
The club have a fantastic pathway for female football too, which Elaine outlined to me: “We currently have a top girls team at every level from U12. The FAI have brought in an U17 WNL team two years ago, and hopefully next season we will have an U19 WNL team. Our aim is to try and keep them at the club for as long as possible.”
As a totally amateur club, Peamount United rely on a small band of volunteers to keep them up and running. One of the most prominent of this band is Denis Commins who Harrington identifies as being “one of the founder members of the club. He has always ensured that everything is run to benefit the girls in every way possible, he is always going out and looking for sponsorship for girls, along with looking after our facilities, which are top class.”
Elaine Harrington ended by stating what she feels is her strongest wish for the club over the next five years: “I hope to see us go semi-professional. I’m sure if the same people that are involved with it today are still around we will be as good if not better than we are today.”