Cork City WFC 2
DLR Waves 1
FOR the first time in the club’s history, Cork City’s women have won four games in a row in the Women’s National League after they deservedly defeated DLR Waves 2-1 in Bishopstown on Sunday afternoon.
A stunning strike from Becky Cassin and a neat finish from substitute Laura Shine in the second half was enough to earn City the three points that sees them move joint third with Wexford Youths in the league table ahead of their meeting next weekend.
City paid tribute to club legend John Kennedy, who sadly passed away on Friday, by wearing black armbands and holding a minute’s silence before kick-off.
After wins against Bohemians, Treaty United, and Athlone Town in their last three outings, City came into this fixture in a confident mood and they went close to scoring inside the opening six minutes following a sweeping, attacking move.
Ciara McNamara’s searching pass picked out Saoirse Noonan on the left-wing and the attacker quickly picked out Lauren Egbuloniu on the edge of the box.
Egbuloniu released Sophie Liston on the right and her first-time cross set up Christian Dring at the back post but the winger could only scuff her shot wide from a good position.
Waves soon grew into the contest and some great, strong defending from Zara Foley prevented Caroline Healy from racing clear on goal before captain Maria O’Sullivan was forced into making a stunning save from Fiona Donnelly’s thunderous hit from distance.
City struggled to create a decent opening as the first period progressed although Saoirse Noonan twice tired her luck from almost 30 yards but on both occasions, she failed to truly test the goalkeeper.
The hosts finished the half strongly and moments after they had a strong penalty appeal waved away when Christina Dring looked to have been fouled inside the box, they nearly snatched the opener.
Liston pressed and forced the defence into a mistake but the Leesiders couldn’t force the ball home as Egbuloniu’s goalbound shot was blocked while Dring’s rebound was well stopped by Erica Turner.
Rónán Collins’ troops took that momentum into the second half and shortly after Dring rattled the near post, they finally got their rewards when Becky Cassin’s powerful hit from all of thirty yards found the roof of the net for her first goal for her new team.
City continued to dominate proceedings and they doubled their lead in the 84th minute when Laura Shine raced onto Shaunagh McCarthy’s excellent pass before calmly clipping it past the onrushing keeper.
Waves grabbed a consolation through Oleta Griffin in injury time but they couldn’t stop Cork City from securing a historic victory.
CORK CITY: Maria O’Sullivan, Zara Foley, Ciara McNamara, Danielle Burke, Nathalie O’Brien, Eabha O’Mahony, Becky Cassin, Sophie Liston, Christina Dring, Saoirse Noonan, Lauren Egbuloniu.
Subs: Laura Shine for Lauren Egbuloniu (53), Shaunagh McCarthy for Nathalie O’Brien (68), Nadine Seward for Sophie Liston (87), Kate O’Donovan for Eabha O’Mahony (87), Leah Murphy for Christina Dring (87).
DLR WAVES: Erica Turner, Aoife Brophy, Oleta Griffin, Niamh Prior, Katie Burdis, Fiona Donnelly, Rachel Doyle, Kerri Letmon, Caroline Healy, Shauna Carroll, Avril Bierley.
Subs: Katie Malone for Caroline Healy (62), Catherine Cronin for Avril Bierley (76), Orla Casey for Kerri Letmon (84), Sinead Gaynor for Rachel Doyle (84), Aimee Maher for Katie Burdis (84).
Referee: Anthony Buttimer.