Alison O’Connell grabs the lead late on for Douglas Hall in thriller at Riverstown

Alison O’Connell grabs the lead late on for Douglas Hall in thriller at Riverstown
Miriam Reardon of Douglas Hall grabs a dog's lead as it ran onto the pitch. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Riverstown 2 Douglas Hall 3

ALISON O’CONNELL’S injury-time goal gave Douglas Hall all three points as they defeated Riverstown 3-2 in the GE Healthcare CWSSL Senior Ladies Premier Division clash at the GACA grounds.

This was Douglas Hall’s second win out of three games in the mini-season and puts them back on track for a good finish at the Premier League title race with six points from a possible nine, having already defeated Passage on the opening game of the season.

Riverstown keeper Claire O'Donoghue clears from Douglas Hall's Alison O'Connell. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Riverstown keeper Claire O'Donoghue clears from Douglas Hall's Alison O'Connell. Picture: Howard Crowdy

It was the home side who applied the early pressure, Michaela O’Rourke’s 30 yard effort being caught by Trish Fennelly in the Douglas Hall goal as Riverstown continued to press forward forcing Douglas Hall into their own half, certainly for the opening ten minutes of the game.

Riverstown almost opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Lauren Murphy’s powerful header from a corner was saved right on the goal line by Fennelly, but moments later the visitors took the lead when Rebecca Walsh’s effort was initially blocked by keeper Claire O’Donoghue only for Aoibhe Noonan to calmly slot the ball home for the opening score from the rebound.

The sides were level in the 54th minute when Riverstown’s Shannon Carson latched onto Fennelly’s block and sent the ball into the far corner of the net from 15 yards for the equaliser.

Play at this stage was going from end to end – Douglas Hall’s Rachel Compagno sending the ball over from inside the area and Katie Longs’ effort also going over, while at the other end Douglas keeper did well to gather from Charlie Moore and had to be sharp to dive at the feet of an advancing Shannon Carson.

Lydia McCarthy of Douglas Hall manages to clear the ball away from an advancing Shannon Carson. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Lydia McCarthy of Douglas Hall manages to clear the ball away from an advancing Shannon Carson. Picture: Howard Crowdy

O’Donoghue did well to save from Stephanie Murphy and Noonan, while keeper Fennelly did brilliantly to tip Riverstown’s Lauren Murphy’s long-range free over the bar for a corner. From the resulting corner, in the 78th minute, the home side took the lead as he ball was sent into the area only to be deflected into the net for an own goal.

Six minutes later the sides were level for the second time when Noonan managed to slip behind the Riverstown defence and stabbed the ball home from 15 yards.

Douglas Hall hit the crossbar twice in five minutes with efforts from Rebecca Walsh and Amy McCarthy, while Riverstown survived a goalmouth scramble.

In the second minute of injury time, the visitors netted the winning score when the ball which was swung outfield from a corner, found Alison O’Connell whose sweet strike from outside of the penalty area found the back of the net as the Douglas players and large group of following supporters celebrated.

RIVERSTOWN: Claire O’Donoghue, Aoife Mitchell, Micaela O’Rourke, Chloe Ahern, Ellen Baker, Shannon Carson, Charlie Moore, Lauren Murphy, Emma Coughlan, Amy Cuthbert, Jess Geasley, Sharon Eager, Mareike Weihrauch, Saoirse McLatchie, Ellen Whelan.

DOUGLAS HALL: Trish Fennelly, Carissa Murphy, Miriam Reardon, Lydia McCarthy, Rachel Compagno, Rebecca Walsh, Katie Long, Amy McCarthy, Alison O’Connell, Ciara Desmond, Aoibhe Noonan, Sharon Ring, Casey Grace, Megan O’Keeffe, Stephanie Murphy, Claire Cooney.

Referee: Daniel Murphy.

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