WNL
Date: 7 p.m. Aug. 10, 2019
Venue: Jackson Park

Jetta Berrill 88' -
Scored: 88'


Scored: 33'
- Emma Campbell 33'


WNL Report: DLR Waves 1 - 1 Kilkenny United

Sun, Aug 11 2019

Emma Campbell's first-half goal helped Kilkenny to their first point of the season. Credit: David Ribeiro

Dave Donnelly reports from Jackson Park

Kilkenny United ended their 13-game wait for a Women’s National League point as they held DLR Waves to a 1-1 draw at Jackson Park.

Emma Campbell, playing her final game before moving to the States on a scholarship, opened the scoring in the first half and the visitors looked set to hold on for just their second-ever league win.

Substitute Jetta Berrill popped up to smash home the leveller two minutes from time, however, and Waves had what looked a legitimate winner from Catherine Cronin ruled out in injury time.

Kilkenny won the toss and ceded kick-off to Waves in order to play with the ferocious Dublin Mountains wind at their backs, and the conditions were to prove influential in both goals.

Waves had the majority of the play in spite of the wind but struggled to create, while Kilkenny’s more direct approach caused problems for the home side.

Sophie Lenehan, on debut following her move from Wexford Youths last month, had a relatively quiet evening bar a manic three-minute period late in the first half.

First, a looping long-range effort from Nicola Plunkett caught a gust of wind and left the keeper with no chance, and she was fortunate to see the shot rebound back off the post.

Lenehan had no such luck shortly afterwards as she misjudged a cross and collided with defender Róisín McGovern, allowing Campbell the easiest of tap-ins to nudge the visitors in front.

The concession seemed to spark the hitherto passive Waves into action and Kerri Letmon’s cross just evaded Orla Casey before Cronin shot wide from the edge of the box.

Captain Cronin looked the most likely to get Waves back into the game but she was frustrated when her goalbound shot was palmed away athletically by Amy Cahill.

Former Ireland international Berrill, who returned to the club last month following a two-year hiatus, was introduced on the right wing midway through the second half.

The first goal of her second spell couldn’t have been better timed as she raced onto Lenehan’s hopefully ball forward and finished emphatically on the half-volley.

Berrill almost provided a winner when she laid a cross on a plate for Cronin but, while the striker appeared at least in line with the last defender, the offside flag was raised as the ball hit the not.

DLR Waves: Sophie Lenehan; Nicole Keogh, Ally O’Keeffe, Róisín McGovern, Jenny O’Keeffe; Fiona Donnelly, Nadine Clare, Rachel Doyle (Ciara Maher 68); Orla Casey, Catherine Cronin, Kerri Letmon (Jetta Berill 64).

Subs not used: Eve Badana (gk), Bobbi Downer, Chelsee Snell, Sinead Gaynor, Sophie O’Donoghue.

Kilkenny United: Amy Cahill; Jennifer Cosgrove, Zara Lawless, Oleta Griffin, Aoife Brophy; Aisling Spillane, Tara Long, Emma Campbell; Ann Marie Byrne, Bronagh Kane (Abbie Brophy 76), Nicole Plunkett (Aoife Hanley 69).

Subs not used: Alana Roddy, Kayla Cooling, Kerri Duffy, Leah C Doyle.

Referee: TBC

Attendance: 70 (estimate).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Catherine Cronin (DLR Waves).


DLR Waves
Sophie Lenehan
Goalkeeper
Nicole Keogh
Defender
Roisin McGovern
Defender
Jenny O'Keeffe
Defender
Ally O'Keeffe
Defender
Nadine Clare
Midfielder
Fiona Donnelly
Midfielder
Rachel Doyle
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Midfielder
Orla Casey
Forward
Catherine Cronin
Forward
Kerri Letmon
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Forward

Substitutes
Eve Badana
Goalkeeper
Jetta Berrill
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
88Scored: 88'
Midfield
Bobbi Downer
Defender
Sinead Gaynor
Midfield
Ciara Maher
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Unknown
Sophie O'Donoghue
Midfield
Chelsee Snell
Defender
Kilkenny United WFC
Amy Cahill
Goalkeeper
Oleta Griffin
Defender
Jennifer Cosgrove
Defender
Aoife Brophy
Defender
Zara Lawless
Defender
Emma Campbell
Midfielder
33Scored: 33'
Tara Long
Midfielder
Aisling Spillane
Midfielder
Ann Marie Byrne
Forward
Bronagh Kane
Forward 76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Nicole Plunkett
Forward 69'
69Subbed Off: 69'

Substitutes
Aoife Hanley
Forward
69Subbed On: 69'
69'
Kerri Duffy
Unknown
Leah C Doyle
Unknown
Kayla Cooling
Midfield
Abbie Brophy
Midfield
76Subbed On: 76'
76'
Alanna Roddy
Midfield