WNL round-up: Shelbourne fight back to bring title race to the final day

Sun, Oct 20 2019

Shelbourne have continued their title-chase of league leaders Peamount United with a morale boosting 2-1 win over Wexford Youths at Tolka Park.

Peamount secured a comfortable 8-0 win over DLR Waves – a result that forced the Reds to win over Youths as anything less than a Reds win would have handed Peas the league crown.

Cork City were also held to a draw at home to Galway WFC, with goals from Chloe Singleton and Sadbh Doyle earning a point for the Galway Girls.

Elsewhere, Kilkenny United were dealt another defeat, with Limerick easily sweeping aside the challenge of United by seven goals to one.

An 82nd minute Jamie Finn header was enough to see Shelbourne past a stubborn Wexford Youths on Sunday afternoon.

Tom Elmes’ side took a first-half lead through Lauren Kelly who arrowed her long-range strike into the top corner after a defensive mistake from Jess Gargan.

Emily Whelan soon levelled after the half-time break, before Finn got her head on Jessica Ziu’s corner to seal a priceless three points for the Reds.

Peamount United maintained their stranglehold on pole position in the league table with a heavy defeat of DLR Waves at Jackson Park.

Eleanor Ryan Doyle netted twice in the first half for the Peas, while Megan Smyth-Lynch also scored for James O’Callaghan’s side who took an unassailable three-nil lead heading into the break.

Aine O’Gorman soon got on the scoresheet in the second half, before Chloe Moloney grabbed a brace in the final twenty minutes of play.

Waves also scored an OG through Katie Burdis to make it a day to forget for Graham Kelly’s Waves.

Cork City scored late to secure a point against Galway, with Christina Dring’s 78th minute equaliser proving vital.

The Leesiders took the lead through Saoirse Noonan before both Singleton and Sadbh Doyle gave the Galway Girls the lead.

Dring then sealed a point for Ronan Collins’ side with just over ten minutes to play, who now face Peamount next week at PRL Park in Greenogue looking to throw a spanner in the works of the Peas title bid.

Elsewhere, Kilkenny fell to another home defeat by a scoreline of seven goals to one. The hosts took a one-nil lead through Bronagh Kane before Limerick hit back, scoring seven unanswered goals.

Aoife Horgan scored a hat-trick, while Shannon Parbat netted a brace. Mairead Teehan and Sylvia Gee then rounded off the scoring late on in the second half to make it a day to forget for James Dermody’s side.