WNL
Date: 2 p.m. Nov. 7, 2020
Venue:

Pearl Slattery 8' -
Scored: 8'


Isibeal Atkinson 30' -
Scored: 30'


Ciara Grant 45' + 3' -
Scored: 45'


Alex Kavanagh 45' + 3' -
Peno Miss: 45'


Jessica Ziu 80' -
Scored: 80'


Isibeal Atkinson 86' -
Peno Scored: 86'


Peno Miss: 4'
- Savannah McCarthy 4'


League Report: Shelbourne 5 - 0 Galway WFC

Sun, Nov 08 2020

None Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Fiachra Gallagher reports from Tolka Park

Shelbourne bolstered their claim for the Women’s National League title on Saturday afternoon with a comprehensive 5-0 win at Tolka Park over Galway WFC.

All the talking points arose in the first-half, and Shels had it virtually wrapped up within the first 45 as well: goals from Jessica Gargan, Isibeal Atkinson and Ciara Grant helped the Reds to a three-goal cushion going into the break.

It wasn’t all straightforward, however. Galway had a golden opportunity to put themselves in the driving seat in the second minute of the game. A red shirt collided needlessly with Aoife Thompson in the penalty area, giving the visitors a penalty to start proceedings. 

Savannah McCarthy’s strike, however, was tame, and Rachel Kelly was able to stoop to her right-hand corner to keep things level. This would only be the beginning of McCarthy’s – and Galway’s – woes. 

Moments after the penalty, Shels were ahead. Directly after play had restarted following a brief injury stoppage, Gargan found herself free when the ball fell for her off a Ciara Grant in-swinger. Gargan found the bottom of the net, and Shels were on their way. 

The Reds made it 2-0 courtesy of a stinging Atkinson strike. A slight deflection helped her 18-yard attempt into the bottom corner, but it did not take from the fine technique displayed by the forward. 

Shels won this game partly because of their total command of the midfield space. Alex Kavanagh ran proceedings, as the Reds executed a devastating one-touch, give-and-go passing game to undo the Galway defensive effort. 

Just before half-time, Emily Whelan was hacked down in the area by McCarthy, opening the door for Shelbourne to effectively end the contest. After a fashion, Grant pounced on a rebounded penalty attempt, landing the decisive proverbial sucker-punch before the half-time whistle. 

Galway definitely saw more of the ball in the second period, although it could be argued that Shelbourne’s drop in intensity was the cause of this. 

Despite a jump in their possession stats, Galway couldn’t produce the goods – the second half creaked along until Shels put the result beyond doubt in the final ten minutes. 

Jessica Ziu got on the scoresheet with a well placed strike that found the net on the 80 minute mark. Galway had given the ball away cheaply in defence, and were again the architects of their own downfall. 

Moments later, Shels had their fifth. Atkinson topped off a commendable individual performance by strike low from the penalty spot to leave it at 5-0. Galway had given away a second penalty after an avoidable trip in the area. 

Shelbourne saw out the tie as they’d played the match: clinically. Their 5-0 victory gives them much-needed momentum heading into their next test against Peamount in two weeks time. 

Shelbourne FC: Rachael Kelly; Jamie Finn, Jessica Gargan (Kate Mooney 72), Jessica Gleeson (Mia Dodd 82), Pearl Slattery; Rachel Graham (Ella O'Connell 87), Ciara Grant, Alex Kavanagh (Rebecca Cooke 72), Jessica Ziu; Emily Whelan.

Subs not used: Rebecca Cooke, Mia Dodd, Courtney Higgins, Kate Mooney, Ella O'Connell, Taylor White.

Booked: None

Galway WFC: Abbiegayle Ronayne; Shauna Brennan, Shauna Fox, Therese Kinnevey (Aoife Lynagh 67); Savannah McCarthy, Lynsey McKey, Ellerose O'Flaherty (Kate Slevin 55), Chloe Singleton, Jamie Turrentine (Aoife Walsh 78); Aoife Thompson.

Subs not used: Rachel Baynes, Amanda Budden, Aoife Lynagh, Tessa Mullins, Kelsey Munroe, Kate Slevin, Aoife Walsh.

Booked: Savannah McCarthy (45)

ExtraTime.ie Player of the Match: Alex Kavanagh


Shelbourne FC
Rachael Kelly
Goalkeeper
Jamie Finn 12
Defender
Jessica Gargan
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Defender
Jessica Gleeson
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Defender
Pearl Slattery 4
8Scored: 8'
Defender
Rachel Graham 8
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Midfielder
Ciara Grant
45Scored: 45'
Midfielder
Alex Kavanagh 6
45Peno Miss: 45'
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Midfielder
Jessica Ziu
80Scored: 80'
Midfielder
Emily Whelan
Forward

Substitutes
Rebecca Cooke
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Midfield
Mia Dodd
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Defender
Courtney Higgins 13
Defender
Kate Mooney 17
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Unknown
Ella O'Connell
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
Midfield
Taylor White
Forward
Galway WFC
Abbiegayle Ronayne
Goalkeeper
Shauna Brennan
Defender
Keara Cormican ©
Defender
4 Shauna Fox
Defender
Therese Kinnevey
Defender 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Savannah McCarthy
Midfielder
4Peno Miss: 4'
45Booked: 45'
10 Lynsey McKey
Midfielder
12 Ellerose O'Flaherty
Midfielder 55'
55Subbed Off: 55'
14 Chloe Singleton
Midfielder
Jamie Turrentine
Midfielder 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
15 Aoife Thompson
Forward

Substitutes
18 Rachel Baynes
Defender
Amanda Budden
Goalkeeper
Aoife Lynagh
Unknown
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
19 Tessa Mullins
Unknown
Kelsey Munroe
Defender
Kate Slevin
Unknown
55Subbed On: 55'
55'
2 Aoife Walsh
Midfield
78Subbed On: 78'
78'