Captain Catherine Cronin and Ireland goalkeeper Eve Badana re-sign with DLR Waves

Mon, Jan 13 2020

Catherine Cronin in action for Waves against Kilkenny United in 2019. Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

DLR Waves have announced the re-signing of captain Catherine Cronin and former Ireland international goalkeeper Eve Badana ahead of the 2020 Women’s National League season.

The pair are the latest to sign up ahead of the 2020 campaign as defender Niamh Prior and midfielder Fiona Donnelly renewed their deals earlier this week.

17-year-old defender Nicole Keogh, who broke into the team midway through the season, has also re-signed, as has attacking midfielder Sophie O'Donoghue.

Former Shelbourne underage defender Oleta Griffin has also signed for Graham Kelly’s side ahead of the new season following Kilkenny United’s withdrawal from the league.

Winger Cronin was made club captain by incoming manager Graham Kelly at the beginning of 2019 and she was virtually ever-present across the Waves frontline, chipping in two league goals.

The 28-year-old initially joined Waves midway through the 2014-15 season and remained following the club’s rebranding as UCD Waves.

She was part of the Waves side that reached the final of the FAI Cup in 2017 and played 90 minutes as the South Dublin side were narrowly beaten by Cork City.

Cronin was previously on the books with Raheny United, with whom she won two league titles and two FAI Cups, as well as twice appearing in the Champions League.

26-year-old Badana joined the Kilternan club midway through the 2019 season from Cork City and went on to make five appearances before the season’s conclusion.

The Canadian-born stopper shared goalkeeping duties with former Wexford Youths stopper Sophie Lenehan in the league run-in following the departure of Erica Turner for a scholarship in the US.

Badana, who represented Canada up to under-17 level, made her Ireland debut in Hungary in 2012 while studying at Drexel University in Pittsburgh before joining City in 2016.