Match Report- Cork City WFC 3-2 Peamount United

Match Report Cork City WFC 3 – Peamount United 2
(Shine 4′, McNamara 16′, Noonan 47′)(Barrett 25′, Payne 75′)
By Joseph Kelly

Goals from Clare Shine, Ciara McNamara and Saoirse Noonan were enough for Cork City Women’s FC to beat Peamount United and progress to the semi-finals of the Continental Tyre’s FAI Women’s Senior Cup in a tight encounter at Bishopstown on Saturday.

City got off to the ideal start as Clare Shine scored a great goal with a shot from outside the box which beat Peamount goalkeeper Naoisha McAloon in the 4th minute. City almost doubled their lead shortly after as Saoirse Noonan played in Danielle Sheehy on the right but her effort on goal went just over the bar. Peamount had a great chance to level the scores in the 14th minute but the City defence scrambled it to safety.

There was some good work from Saoirse Noonan as she made a great run from midfield to set herself up to shoot from the edge of the box which McAloon just palmed to the left of the goal. City doubled their lead from the resulting corner as it found its way to Ciara McNamara who tucked it away for her first goal for Cork City Women’s FC.

Peamount got themselves back into the game as Sarah McKevitt played in Amber Barrett who beat City keeper Amanda Budden to make it 2-1 in the 25th minute. They almost equalised shortly after as the ball found its way to Barrett who was free on the left side of the penalty area but her effort went just wide of the goal.

Saoirse Noonan had two efforts to restore City’s two goal advantage before the end of the first half as she again made space for herself to get a shot from the edge of the box in the 34th minute but her effort was just wide of the goal. She had another effort in the 40th minute from a City corner but she couldn’t keep her effort on target and the first half finished 2-1.

Noonan gave City an ideal start to the second half as she got on the end of a City free kick to put it away from close range and make it 3-1. Clare Shine almost made it four near the hour mark as she had an effort from inside the box but couldn’t keep her effort on target. She again had a decent effort a few minutes later as a Meghan Bourque free kick near the corner flag found Danielle Sheehy on the far post, she headed it back into the centre of the penalty area to Shine but she couldn’t keep her effort on target as it went over the bar.

Peamount set up a tense finish to the game as they pulled a goal back in the 75th minute as Heather Payne scored a great goal straight into the top left corner from the edge of the penalty area. This set up Peamount to have most of the possession for the remainder of the game and they nearly brought the game to extra time as Amber Barrett got around Amanda Budden but put her effort just wide of the goal as it finished 3-2 and City progress to the Semi Finals.

City’s next game is September 30th as they host Kilkenny United at Bishopstown with a 5.00pm kick off.

Cork City WFC: Amanda Budden, Kate O’Donovan, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Maggie Duncliffe, Meghan Bourque, Katie McCarthy, Christina Dring (Angie Carry, 76′) Danielle Sheehy (Ciara Desmond 90′) Saoirse Noonan, Clare Shine
Unused Subs: Eve Badana, Courtney O’Keefe, Tara O’Gorman Nathalie O’Brien.

Peamount United: Naoisha McAloon, Lauryn O’Callaghan, Chloe Moloney Sarah McKevitt Niamh Farrelly, Amber Barrett, Eleanor Rachel Doyle, Heather Payne, Niamh Barnes, Lauren Kealy (Clare Kinsella) Megan Lynch
Unused Subs: Rachel Doyle, Louise Corrigan, Emma Byrne, Vanessa Hullon, Jade Reddy

Match Preview Cork City WFC vs Peamount United

Match Preview Cork City WFC vs Peamount United
By Joseph Kelly

Cork City WFC will hope to progress to the semi-final of the Continental Tyre’s FAI Women’s Senior Cup as they host Peamount United this Saturday 9th of September at Bishopstown with a 5.30 kick off.

It’s City’s third game in a week after trips to Dublin to face UCD Waves last Sunday and their 5-1 defeat in the Continental Tyre’s Women’s League Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening and will hope to return to winning ways and secure a semi-final place In the FAI Cup.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game Cork City WFC manager Frank Kelleher had this to say: “FAI Cup quarter final on Saturday. Again another test for us. We didn’t play to our full capacity against Shelbourne and we were very disappointed. Trained on Thursday and spoke about putting it right on Saturday against Peamount. We must play for 90 minutes and manage the game better. We have an opportunity to do this on Saturday. A number of key players are back for us which will help. The group know what will be required. We must play with the right mentality on Saturday.”

Cork City WFC have no injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s game

Injuries: None
Suspended: None
Absent: None

Match Preview Shelbourne LFC vs Cork City WFC

Match Preview Shelbourne LFC vs Cork City WFC
By Joseph Kelly

Cork City WFC make their second trip to Dublin in three days as they travel to the Morton Stadium this Wednesday 6th of September to face Shelbourne LFC in their rearranged Continental Tyre’s Women’s League Cup Semi-Final with a 7.30pm kick off.

The game comes swiftly off City’s 3-0 defeat on Sunday, looking back on the defeat Cork City WFC manager Frank Kelleher had this to say: “We played well for the most part against UCD. We had a number of chances that we didn’t take and it cost us. At this level you must convert your chances. We keep learning and keep moving forward. We must keep the belief in ourselves strong at all stages of the game Wednesday.”

Looking forward to Wednesday’s game he had this to say: “League Cup semi-final in Dublin against Shelbourne. Really looking forward to this fixture. A great opportunity for the players to get to a national final. We are playing against the holders of the competition. Shelbourne have had a great Champions League campaign and will be very tough to beat. It is a one off game and we have to focus on ourselves and perform to our very best. At this point players know what’s at stake.”

Cork City WFC have no injury concerns going into Wednesday’s game.

Cork City WFC will host Peamount United this Saturday 9th of August at Bishopstown in the quarter final of the FAI Continental Tyres Senior Cup with a 5.30pm kick off.

Injuries: None
Suspended: None
Absent: None

Match Preview- UCD Waves vs Cork City WFC

Match Preview- UCD Waves vs Cork City WFC
By Joseph Kelly

CORK CITY WFC make the trip to Jackson Park this Sunday 3rd of September to face UCD Waves as they return to action in the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League with kick off at 2pm.

City have been out of action since they progressed in the Continental Tyre’s Women’s Senior Cup with two games postponed due to international call up’s and will hope to get back to action with a win against UCD.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash Cork City Women’s FC manager Frank Kelleher had this to say “We return to league action on Sunday with an away trip to UCD. We have had a number of weeks off due to the world university games and have been working on key areas. We have played a number of friendly matches to keep the match intensity up. Always a tough place to go. We are looking forward to the challenge.”

Amanda Budden is City’s only injury concern as she faces a late fitness test before Sunday’s game.
Cork City Women’s FC’s postponed Continental Tyre’s Women’s League Cup semi-final against Shelbourne LFC originally scheduled to be played on the weekend ending the 20th of August has been rescheduled for Wednesday 6th of September at the Morton Stadium with a 7.30pm kick off.

Injuries: None
Suspended: None
Absent: None

Match Report Cork City WFC 1-0 Lakewood Athletic

Match Report Cork City WFC 1-0 Lakewood Athletic
(Christina Dring 5′)
By Joseph Kelly

An early Christina Dring goal was enough to send Cork City WFC to the next round of the Continental Tyre’s FAI Women’s Senior Cup as they beat Lakewood Athletic 1-0 in a local derby at Bishopstown on Wednesday evening.

City got off to an ideal start in the first five minute, a great ball from Ciara McNamara found Christina Dring who had ghosted in from behind getting her head to the ball to set herself up for a tidy left footed finish to score her second goal for the club having opened her account against Shelbourne at the weekend.

City continued their pressure as shortly after a Stacey Paul corner found Saoirse Noonan whose header went over the bar. In the 18th minute Saoirse Noonan found Christina Dring but Aoife Kelleher in the Lakewood defence did enough to put her off and clear the danger. On the half hour mark Saoirse Noonan had a great chance to extend City’s lead as she met a Stacey Paul cross but her effort went wide of the goal. Minutes later Noonan again found Dring whose effort was straight at Lakewood goalkeeper Lauryn Murphy.

Lakewood’s best chance of the first half came on the 34th minute Laura Coughlan sent Ciara Nevin through on the City goal but Amanda Budden was quick off her line to stop the chance. City continued to press for a second as some good interplay between Saoirse Noonan and Danielle Sheehy set Noonan up for an effort which was well saved while Tara O’Gorman had an effort which again was saved by Murphy and the first half ended 1-0 to City.

Eve Badana and Ciara Desmond replaced Amanda Budden and Katie McCarthy for the second half. City continuing to press, Noonan got through one on one with Murphy in the Lakewood goal but was unable to apply the finish. Maggie Duncliffe’s deep cross found Ciara Desmond but she was unable to keep her effort on target.

Some good play from Melissa Finn for Lakewood saw her get a shot off but Eve Badana got down quick to keep the effort out. Some good defensive work in the 68th minute from Maggie Duncliffe kept Finn from getting on a dangerous ball from Ciara Nevin. For City a Danielle Burke cross found Tara O’Gorman but her headed effort went wide.

Angie Carry replaced Saoirse Noonan in the 72nd minute. Danielle Sheehy found Tara O’Gorman but her effort again went wide. Tara O’Gorman sent a ball for Dring who was denied by Murphy in the Lakewood goal who bravely got down to stop the chance. A brilliant cross from Maggie Duncliffe found Ciara Desmond whose effort went wide. City’s last real chance came from Angie Carry who had a shot from outside the box which was saved and the game ended with a 1-0 win for Cork City WFC.

City’s next game is on the 3rd of September as they travel to Jackson Park to face UCD.

Cork City WFC: Amanda Budden (Eve Badana 45′), Danielle Burke, Mary Barrett, Ciara McNamara, Maggie Duncliffe, Christina Dring, Katie McCarthy (Ciara Desmond 45′), Tara O’Gorman, Danielle Sheehy, Stacey Paul, Saoirse Noonan (Angie Carry 72′)
Unused Subs: Courtney O’Keefe, Nathalie O’Brien

Lakewood Athletic: Lauryn Murphy, Amy Lynch, Aoife Kelleher, Niamh Foley, Ciara O’Leary, Aisling Harrington (Ali Roche 28), Ciara Nevin (Megan Sheehan 70), Christine Coffey, Melissa Finn, Clare Nevin, Laura Coughlan (Heather Kennedy 82′)
Unused Subs: Ali Brady, Sarah Geaney, Gillian Cahill, Laura O’Donovan