Cork City WFC Win FAI Cup

Match Report: Cork City WFC 1-0 UCD Waves
(Shine 34’)

A first half goal from Clare Shine was enough for Cork City WFC to claim their first ever FAI Continental Tyre’s Women’s Senior Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday November 5th.

The game started scrappily with both sides trying to work their way into the game with neither side having much in the way of goal chances. Clare Shine had an early effort from distance which was saved. City’s first real chance came thanks to a cross from Danielle Sheehy however Shine was unable to apply real bite to the header and it went harmlessly wide.

Shine was on hand again on the half hour mark when a great through ball from Saoirse Noonan set her loose however her subsequent effort on goal was off target. Shine was not to be denied for long as in the 34th minute Katie McCarthy played her through on the left and she expertly rounded the keeper and put it away from a tight angle to give City a 1-0 lead.

While UCD had a lot of possession as the half went on a strong performance from the City defence of Burke, McNamara, Duncliffe and O’Brien meant that goalkeeper Amanda Budden had very little to do with the only chance of note for UCD as the first half finished coming at the 44th minute was a long distance effort from Aisling Dunbar which Budden comfortably caught.

The second half started much as the first finished with UCD having a lot of possession but rarely threatening Amanda Budden in the Cork City goal while City were always a danger on the counter attack as on the hour mark Danielle Sheehy sent in a dangerous cross into the UCD box which just evaded everyone. Moments later Saoirse Noonan had a shot after a failed clearance dropped to her in the box but she failed to make proper contact with it and was saved by Brooke Dunne in the UCD goal.

Christina Dring replaced Kate O’Donovan on the 64th minute mark. City continued to hold out well with their biggest scare coming from a defensive mix up but Catherine Cronin’s attempted lob going wide of the goal. At the other end Shine was almost in on goal after being played through by Noonan but an excellent defensive tackle stopped the chance. Danielle Sheehy had a good effort which was well saved by Dunne.

Tara O’Gorman replaced Saoirse Noonan on the 82nd mark. The strong City defence remained on top working well to stop any real UCD effort on Amanda Budden’s goal. UCD’s last real chance came in the 85th minute as they had a free kick on the edge of the box but the effort was well saved by Amanda Budden and city saw out the game to claim the FAI Cup for the first time in their history.

CORK CITY WFC: Amanda Budden, Danielle Burke, Nathalie O’Brien, Ciara McNamara, Maggie Duncliffe, Meghan Bourque, Kate O’Donovan (Dring 64), Saoirse Noonan (Tara O’Gorman 82), Danielle Sheehy, Clare Shine, Katie McCarthy.
Unused Substitutes: Eve Badana, Angie Carry, Mary Barrett, Ciara Desmond, Courtney O’Keefe

UCD WAVES: Brooke Dunne, Karen Duggan, Clare Walsh, Rebekah Carroll, Emily Cahill, Chloe Mustaki, Dearbhaile Beirne (Lauren Kelly 82), Orlagh Nolan, Catherine Cronin, Kerri Letmon (Naima Chemaou 64), Aisling Dunbar (Sinead Gaynor 90).
Unused Substitutes: Erica Turner, Chelsee Snell, Orla Horan, Alison O’Keefe