Bus Eireann Women’s National League


Wexford Youths Womens AFC 1 – 3 Cork Womens FC

Goals From:

Claudia Hudner 2’ (Cork Womens FC)

Claire Shine 43’ (Cork Womens FC)

Denise O’Sullivan 71’ (Cork Womens FC)

Nikki Dunphy 81’ (Wexford Youths Womens AFC)


Shamrock Rovers 2 – 3 Peamount United

Goals From:

Noelle Murray 3’ (Shamrock Rovers)

Stephanie Roche 16’ (Peamount United)

Sara Lawlor 20’ (Peamount United)

Hannah Tyrell 53’ (Shamrock Rovers)

Jenny critchley 88’ (Peamount United)


Castlebar Celtic FC 2 – 1 Raheny United

Goals From:

Seana Cooke 4’ (Raheny United)

Emma Hansberry 15’ 28’ (Castlebar Celtic FC)

It was goals galore in the opening minutes of the Bus Éireann Women’s National League. Cork were first off the mark when Claudia Hudner found the back of the net within 2minutes at Ferrycarrig Park. Moments later it was Rovers who struck in Tallaght, Noelle Murray gave Rovers the lead. On the fourth minute it was Raheny who took the lead against Castlebar when Seanna Cooke hit the target.

Despite going behind from Cooke’s early goal, Celtic drew level on the quarter hour mark.  Emma Mullin saw her shot parried by the keeper and it was Emma Hansberry that reacted quickest, firing home from just four yards.   Hansberry was on target again just short of the 30minutes when her lob caught Niamh Reid-Burke off guard and found its way into the net. Raheny played some lovely football and showed time and time again why they are top of the league.   Into second half, however neither team took control of the game. Raheny had some clearer chances but Celtic’s resilient defence stood firm, determined not to allow history repeat itself.

Meanwhile in Tallaght, Rovers took full advantage of a poor clearance from Peamount United; the early Rovers attack looked to be clear by Peamount however Cooke fired home from close to 30yards.   Peamount continued to press forward and were rewarded in the 16th minute when Stephanie Roche scored a cracker from outside the box.   Moments later Rovers were behind, when Peamount broke quickly and Sara Lawlor put through on goal slid the ball under Sara Devlin. Peamount keeper Linda Meehan was called into action when her former team mate shot from distance was tipped over the bar by Meehan.

Into the second half and Rovers were straight back into the game. Hannah Tyrell was brought down in the box, penalty awarded to Rovers. Tyrell duly stepped up to send Meehan the wrong way.  Rovers, Noelle Murray was proving to be a handful for the Peas, while at the other end, Lawlor was a continuous thorn in the Rovers side.   Peamount were made to work hard to get all 3 points, shots hitting the woodwork and cleared off the line, you’d be forgiven to think it wasn’t going to be Peamount’s day.   However, with only minutes remaining on the clock, a good move on the left saw Stephanie Roche link with sub Ruth Comerford, Roche’s shot was parried and Critchley struck home the rebound to give Peamount the lead and what promised to be a vital three points.

In the sunny south east, after Hudner’s opening goal against Wexford, Cork had to wait until the just before half time to break the deadlock for the second game. Claire Shine was given time and space to rifle a shot from 25 yards into the top the corner.  Into the second half and Cork put the game beyond doubt when Irish Senior International Denise O’Sullivan headed home Cork’s third. Nikki Dunphy struck late on for Wexford to give a glimmer of home for a later revival but it proved too little too late for the home side.

Source: wnl.fai.ie

  1. Ken Suzuki 9 years ago

    Thank you for starting this enjoyable discussion.

    Being aware of the human’s erroneous propensity to appreciate a fresh memory more than a distant one, I am still voting for the game fought between Olympique Lyonnais and INAC Kobe Leonessa – Two Lionesses.

    (1) Both teams claim they are better than their respective national teams, and it doesn’t sound an unfounded swagger. Each team’s foreign players – Dickenmann, Schelin, Soyun, Goebel-Yanez – are more than additional flavors. They constitute the most vital parts of the machine. Besides, it is all too clear a club benefits from the much longer hours they train together than a national team. I still think the Mobcast Cup deserves to be called “world cup” even if only two ends of a continent participated. Before the North American league is revived, European and Asian champions can call their match the one to decide the best of both worlds.

    (2) Both teams obviously have a philosophy. Not only they play to win, they also play to enjoy. That’s why they stick to the aggressive style even after they had lead. They shoulder the responsibility to bring women’s soccer to prosperity, guided by visionary presidents.

    (3) Although it depends on our individual viewpoints, I say the Mobcast Final is good because there was no “surprise.” Game was played and victory was won in the manner we expected. (Don’t say Lyon won thanks to PK. Their more and more successful control of the game in later minutes resulted in the foul and PK.) Yes, Olympic final was a good game. But USA won by Carli Lloyd’s 2 goals while everyone expected scores by Morgan and Wambach. By no means my regards to Carli is low. But, still, the US team was not really “themselves” in this one particular point.

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