1 - 0

Chloe Singleton 82' -
Scored: 82'

FAI Cup Report: Galway 1 - 0 DLR Waves

Sat, Sep 04 2021

Chloe Singleton, pictured in action against Athlone Town, was sprung from the bench to net a late winner. Credit: Gerry Shanahan

Paul Cororan reports from Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway secured their place in the semi-final of the Women’s FAI Cup with a 1-0 win over DLR Waves under the lights of Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday night.

Chloe Singleton came off the bench to net the only goal of the game to send the Tribeswomen through to the semi-finals for the first time since 2019.

One of the big talking points before kick-off was the return of Rachel Kearns to the starting line-up for Galway.

Kearns lined out in maroon for the first time since April as the striker returning from a stint playing for the Mayo senior football team.

Stephen Lally opted for one other change from the 0-0 draw with Bohemians last week with Julie-Ann Russell coming into the team in place of Aoife Thompson.

Waves’ manager Graham Kelly made three changes to his starting line-up from their 5-2 win over Treaty United last week.

Niamh Prior, Rachel Doyle and Jetta Berrill all came into the side in place of Katie Burdis, Katie Malone and Catherine Cronin.

It didn’t take long for Kearns to be brought into the play, with Therese Kinnevey splitting the defence in the third minute and putting the striker in one on one with Eve Badana.

The Mayo native would have scored too, had it not been for the timely intervention of Niamh Barnes.

Meabh de Burca found the target in the 12th minute for the home side, with Eve Badana able to make a comfortable save.


The game settled down thereafter with the Tribeswomen maybe trying to force that final pass in the final third at times.

Waves, to their credit, started to come into the game more at this point with Jess Gleeson drawing a save from Leah Hayes Coen from long range in the 26th minute.

Rachel Doyle followed up with a free-kick three minutes later but although she kept her effort on target, Hayes Coen easily claimed the ball on her line.

Galway’s fourth corner of the game was almost the undoing of Waves as Becky Walsh flung herself at Shauna Brennan’s drilled cross only to send the ball inches over the bar.

A dangerous ball by Slevin from the right wing almost wound up in the goal when it struck Kearns and then Jess Gleeson before sailing towards the bottom corner only, for Badana to dive quickly and scrape the ball off the line.

The Tribeswomen had perhaps been the better side in the first half, but it was Waves who came out the stronger in the second half with waves of pressure going forward for significant parts of the second half.

It almost paid off for the Dublin side when Waves went very close to getting the ball in the net in the 65th minute when Nadine Clare found second half substitute Katie Malone deep inside the box.

The striker struck a strong shot from close range, but it was too close to the goalkeeper with Hayes Cohen making a good stop for the home side.

Stephen Lally’s side started to come back into the game midway through the second half and they could have gone ahead 16 minutes from time.

Second-half substitute Singleton found Slevin alone in the box, but the midfielder couldn’t get a clean strike on the ball to finish past Badana.

Singleton earned the title of super-sub just eight minutes later when Julie-Ann Russell won the ball in the middle of the park before playing a good through ball to the midfielder. 

She took the ball deep into the box, coming in from the right wing before rifling off a shot into the far corner of Badana’s goal.

That goal was enough to take Galway through to the next round with the draw for the semi-finals scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

Galway: Leah Hayes Cohen; Shauna Brennan, Therese Kinnevey, Savannah McCarthy, Becky Walsh; Meabh de Burca, Lynsey McKey (Chloe Singleton 69), Julie-Ann Russell, Kate Slevin, Emma Starr; Rachel Kearns.

Subs not used: Hannah Walsh, Aoibheann Costello, Nicole McNamara, Elle O'Flaherty, Anna Fahey , Aoife Thompson, Abbie Callanan, Aoife Lynagh.

Booked: None.

DLR Waves: Eve Badana; Niamh Prior, Jessica Gleeson, Aoife Brophy, Niamh Barnes (Avril Brierley 85); Rachel Doyle (Katie Malone 63), Fiona Donnelly, Nadine Clare; Carla McManus, Shauna Carroll (Catherine Cronin 74), Jetta Berrill.

Subs not used: Rugile Auskalnyte, Nicole Keogh, Ciara Maher, Kerri Letmon, Chloe McCarthy.

Booked: Niamh Barnes (57) Aoife Brophy (90).

Referee: Daniel Murphy.

extratime.com Player of the Match: Savannah McCarthy (Galway).

Galway WFC
WSept. 4, 2021
Galway WFC 1 - 0 DLR Waves
LSept. 12, 2021
DLR Waves 2 - 0 Galway WFC
WSept. 25, 2021
Galway WFC 1 - 0 Treaty Utd
WOct. 2, 2021
Wexford W 0 - 1 Galway WFC
LOct. 9, 2021
Shels FC 1 - 0 Galway WFC
Leah Hayes Cohen
Shauna Brennan
Therese Kinnevey
Savannah McCarthy
Becky Walsh
Meabh de Burca
Lynsey McKey 10
69Subbed Off: Chloe Singleton 69'
Julie-Ann Russell
Kate Slevin
Emma Starr 11
Rachel Kearns

Abbie Callanan
Aoibheann Costello
Anna Fahey
Aoife Lynagh
Nicole McNamara
Elle O'Flaherty 12
Chloe Singleton 14
69Subbed On: Lynsey McKey 69'
Scored: 82'
Aoife Thompson 15
Hannah Walsh
DLR Waves
WSept. 12, 2021
DLR Waves 2 - 0 Galway WFC
LSept. 25, 2021
Cork City W 4 - 1 DLR Waves
LSept. 28, 2021
DLR Waves 0 - 1 Wexford W
LOct. 2, 2021
Shels FC 1 - 0 DLR Waves
WOct. 16, 2021
DLR Waves 1 - 0 Bohs
Eve Badana
Niamh Prior
Jessica Gleeson
Aoife Brophy
Booked: 90'
Niamh Barnes
Booked: 57'
85Subbed Off: Avril Brierley 85'
Rachel Doyle
Midfielder 63'
63Subbed Off: Katie Malone 63'
Fiona Donnelly
Nadine Clare
Carla McManus
Shauna Carroll
Forward 74'
74Subbed Off: Catherine Cronin 74'
Jetta Berrill

Chloe McCarthy
Katie Malone
Forward 63'
63Subbed On: Rachel Doyle 63'
Ciara Maher
Kerri Letmon
Nicole Keogh
Catherine Cronin
Midfield 74'
74Subbed On: Shauna Carroll 74'
Avril Brierley
Midfield 85'
85Subbed On: Niamh Barnes 85'
Rugile Auskalnyte


Competition: 2021 Women's FAI Cup Quarter Final

Date: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 2021


Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown