Lakewood 1 Riverstown 3
RIVERSTOWN defeated Lakewood to vie with Douglas Hall next week to determine the outcome of the GE Healthcare Senior Women's Premier League title this season.
Both teams knew what they had to do coming into the game – a must-win for either side as a draw would have handed the title to Douglas Hall who won had 12 points from a possible 15, while Lakewood and Riverstown were three points behind with a game in hand.
Both teams gave 100% in a thrilling match with play going from end to end, but two goals in the space of just six minutes in the first half and a third early in the second gave the home side a difficult task to overcome but did well to get one back which resulted in a frantic half-hour as Riverstown soaked up the pressure.
Riverstown started well, Lauren Murphy forcing a good save from Lakewood keeper Lauryn Murphy, while at the other end Riverstown keeper Claire O’Donoghue did well to gather the ball from an incoming Michelle McNally.
Lakewood’s Liz O’Connor had a chance in the 10th minute which went over, while Riverstowns Charley Moore’s effort also went over followed by a good save from Lauryn Murphy who tipped the ball over from Lauren Murphys’ shot inside the area.
Riverstown were applying the pressure, and the Lakewood keeper was particularly busy in the first half, saving well from Murphy and a 20-yard free-kick from Shannon Carson.
The breakthrough came in the 29th minute when Murphy found Sophie Hudneer in the area who neatly slotted the ball past Murphy, and within six minutes Riverstwon had doubled their score when Lauren Murphy flicked in from Charley Moore's 25-yard free.
Lakewood now applied pressure, forcing O’Donoghue to make a save from Kara Lacey, while Claire Nevin’s effort from a sharp angle went close.
Lakewood found themselves 3-0 down six minutes after the restart when Shannon Carson’s free near the corner of the area sailed over Murphy and into the far corner of the net.
LAKEWOOD: Lauryn Murphy, Niamh O’Leary, Aisling Harrington, Aoife Kelliher, Cliona Barrett, Sinead Kelly, Kara Lacey, Claire Nevin, Michelle McNally, Liz O’Connor, Chloe O’Donovan, Hannah Corcoran, Holly Kierans, Elaine O’Sullivan Connell, Niamh O’Donoghue, Lily May O’Farrell.
RIVERSTOWN: Claire O’Donoghue, Aoife Mitchell, Michaela O’Rourke, Chloe Aherne, Caoimhe Mulcahy, Rachel O’Donovan, Sophie Hudner, Ellen Baker, Shannon Carson, Charley Moore, Lauren Murphy, Emma Coughlan, Amy Cuthbert, Jess Geasley, Sharon Eagar, Mareike Weihrasch, Faye Lonergan, Ellen Whelan.
Referee: Pat Cronin