Riverstown battle back to claim all three points in league win over Wilton

Riverstown battle back to claim all three points in league win over Wilton
Wilton's Carys Johnson battles with Caoimhe Mulcahy and Charley Moore of Riverstown during the GE Healthcare CWSSL Senior Womens Premier League match at Pat Bowdren Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Wilton 1 

Riverstown 2 

RIVERSTOWN came from a goal down to claim all three points with two goals in the space of five minutes in the second half against Wilton in this GE Healthcare Senior Women's Premier Division match at Pat Bowdren Park last night.

The result now leaves Riverstown and Lakewood battling out to play against Douglas Hall for the title this season.

Douglas Hall’s 2-0 victory over Lakewood has resulted in a must win game for either Lakewood or Riverstown next week with a play-off with Douglas Hall then needed to decide the title. 

A draw would hand the title to Douglas Hall.

It was the visitors who applied the early pressure – two free kicks on the outskirts of the penalty area in the opening three minutes which were dealt by Wilton keeper Aoibhe Moloney.

Riverstown's Lauren Murphy keeps the ball away from Wilton's Zoë Murphy during the GE Healthcare CWSSL Senior Womens Premier League match at Pat Bowdren Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Riverstown's Lauren Murphy keeps the ball away from Wilton's Zoë Murphy during the GE Healthcare CWSSL Senior Womens Premier League match at Pat Bowdren Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy

However, two minutes later a 30-yard free kick from Wilton's Deirdre Callanan sailed over O’Donoghue and into the top left hand corner to give the home side the lead in only their second attempt on goal.

Riverstown attempted to get back into the game, with Wilton keeper Moloney doing well to save from Michaela O’Rourke, Charley Moore and Shannon Carson.

Moloney was forced into making a brilliant save in the 66th minute punching the ball over the bar from Carson’s 30 yard free kick, but in the 71st minute Riverstown eventually found the net when Murphy’s cross from the far side was initially blocked by the keeper only to fall to Aoife Mitchell who slotted the ball home from 18 yards.

Five minutes later Riverstown made it 2-1 courtesy of Aoife Hudner who managed to round the keeper and find the back of the net much to the delight of the Riverstown camp.

The remainder of the game was on a knife edge as the home side pressed forward looking to get back into the game, with Ronan’s effort going just wide of the posts after weaving pas three defenders, while moments later Ronan’s cross was just a little too long for Callanan at the far corner to win the game for the visitors.

Deirdre Callanan of Wilton and Riverstown's Caoimhe Mulcahy tussle over a loose ball during the GE Healthcare CWSSL Senior Womens Premier League match at Pat Bowdren Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Deirdre Callanan of Wilton and Riverstown's Caoimhe Mulcahy tussle over a loose ball during the GE Healthcare CWSSL Senior Womens Premier League match at Pat Bowdren Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Riverstown meet Lakewood next week in what could be a title decider.

Wilton: Ailbhe Moloney, Grace O’Driscoll, Niamh O’Regan, Deirdre Callanan, Zoë Murphy, Carys Johnson, Lydia Looney, Ava Ronan, Laura Lynch, Sue Edmonds, Nora Dennehy, Jenny Coughlan, Eleanor Stritch, Emma O’Connor, Ali Ashley, Abi Hurley.

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, Jessica O’Leary, Faye Lonergan.

Referee: Pat Cronin.

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