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

Match Report Cork City WFC 0-1 Wexford Youths WFC

Cork City WFC 0-1 Wexford Youths WFC
Cork City WFC lost 1-0 to title chasing Wexford Youths WFC in a tight encounter at Bishopstown in their final game of the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League on Sunday 29th October.

Wexford began the game brighter knowing they needed a win to keep pace with Peamount United in the chase for the league title. Edel Kennedy came close with a superb half volley but her effort went just wide of Amanda Budden’s goal. Budden had to be alert in the 7th minute when a Kylie Murphy pass split the City defence but Budden was on hand to tidy up and stop Edel Kennedy.

City came close to taking the lead in the 20th minute then Sophie Lenehan stopped a Saoirse Noonan chance and the Leesiders were made to pay for that miss when Wexford went on the counter attack and an Orla Casey cross found Aoibhinn Webb who headed it home to give Wexford a 1-0 lead.

Good work from Christina Dring made a chance out of nothing as she chased what seemed a lost cause and the ball fell to Danielle Sheehy who had an effort from distance which went just wide of the goal and the half finished 1-0 to Wexford.

City brought on Clare Shine for Katie McCarthy for the second half. City came close to equalising in the 60th minute when a Maggie Duncliffe corner found Mary Barrett whose header was going in but took a deflection off a Wexford head to deflect it away from the goal. Meghan Bourque replaced Kate O’Donovan.
City again came close as Danielle Sheehy found Clare Shine in the box but when an equaliser seemed certain a Wexford defender managed to get in the way of the shot to keep it out. City’s final substitution was Tara O’Gorman for Saoirse Noonan. City continued to try and get back on level terms but a strong Wexford defence managed to keep them at bay and Wexford remained dangerous on the counter attack and might have wrapped up the game with a second goal but for an excellent last ditch tackle from Maggie Duncliffe. Orla Casey came closest in the last part of the game as she got through on goal but her effort went wide and the game finished 1-0 to Wexford Youths which brings the title race to the final game next weekend.

City’s final game of the 2017 season will be next Sunday 5th of November as they play UCD Waves in the final of the FAI Continental Women’s Senior Cup at the Aviva Stadium with kick off at 12.00pm.

Cork City WFC: Amanda Budden, Danielle Burke, Courtney O’Keefe, Maggie Duncliffe, Mary Barrett, Ciara McNamara, Kate O’Donovan (Meghan Bourque 62’), Danielle Sheehy, Katie McCarthy (Clare Shine 45’), Saoirse Noonan (Tara O’Gorman 69’), Christina Dring.
Unused Substitutes: Eve Badana, Ciara Desmond, Angie Carry, Nathalie O’Brien

Wexford Youths WFC: Sophie Leneha, Orlaith Conlon, Jess Gleeson Lauren Dwyer, Linda Douglas, Kylie Murphy, Edel Kennedy, Katrina Parrock (Aisling Frawley 56’), Orla Casey (Emma Hansberry 81’), Aoibhinn Webb, Rianna Jarrett (Clare O’Riordan 72’)
Unused Substitutes: Nicola Sinnott, Sadbh McCarthy, Jenny O’Keefe, Siobhan Doolan

Match Preview Cork City WFC vs Wexford Youths WFC

Cork City WFC vs Wexford Youths WFC
Cork City Women’s FC will be looking to finish their Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League campaign with back to back wins ahead of the FAI Cup final as they host title chasing Wexford Youth’s WFC this Sunday 29th of October in their final game of the league season with a 2pm kick off.

The game comes swiftly on the back of a 4-1 victory away to Galway WFC with two first half goals from Maggie Duncliffe and second half goals from Christina Dring and Saoirse Noonan and securing Cork City WFC a fifth place finish in the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League. And with the Cup Final on the 5th of November against UCD Waves every member of the squad will be looking to impress for a starting position at the Aviva.

Looking back on the Galway game and ahead to the Wexford game Cork City WFC manager Frank Kelleher had this to say: “Looking forward to our final game of the season tomorrow against Wexford. Played very well in Galway and deserved the victory. We have to manage the squad in the final two games to have everyone fit for the cup final. The players who came in for the Galway game did fantastic. Wexford tomorrow will be focused on getting a result to maintain their title challenge. We have done well against them this season and I expect the game to be very close. We will do everything to get a good result and maintain momentum for the final next week.”

Injuries: None
Suspended: None
Absent: None

Match Report: Cork City WFC 2-5 Peamount United

Cork City WFC 2-5 Peamount United
Clare Shine (14’, 33’),  Amber Barrett (30’) Heather Payne (40’, 50’, 83’) Eleanor Ryan Doyle (65’)

Cork City WFC fell to a 5-2 defeat to title chasing Peamount United at Knockgriffin Park Middleton on Wednesday 11th of October in the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League

City got the game off to the brighter start with an early effort from Meghan Bourque which went wide. Good work from Saoirse Noonan sent Clare Shine through but Peamount goalkeeper Naoisha McAloon was quick on hand to smoother the ball and stop the chance. A good run from Katie McCarthy on the left set up Shine whose shot went wide.

City took the lead on the 15 minute mark as Clare Shine intercepted a Peamount back pass and did enough to put it away and give City a 1-0 lead. Peamount equalised on the half hour mark as an Eleanor Ryan Doyle through ball found Amber Barrett who finished well to make it 1-1. City were forced into a change through injury as Meghan Bourque was replaced by Christina Dring.

City quickly regained their lead on the 33 minute mark. A superb cross from Nathalie O’Brien from deep on the left found Clare Shine on the edge of the penalty box, she controlled the pass on her chest and put it away on the half volley to give City a 2-1 lead. Peamount remained dangerous however as Amber Barrett demonstrated when she hit the crossbar with a 30 yard effort.

Peamount got back on level terms on the 40th minute mark, Amber Barrett pounced on a poor pass in the City half and she found Heather Payne who finished well from 18 yards to make it 2-2. Katie McCarthy had a decent effort to put City back in front but her shot went over the bar and the half finished 2-2.

Peamount took the lead early into the second half as on the 50th minute a great run from Amber Barrett on the counter attack up the length of the pitch put her in a position to set up Heather Payne who put it away to give Peamount a 3-2 lead. Christina Dring made a good run beating two players making a cross into the Peamount penalty area but her cross was gathered by Naoisha McAloon. City brought on Tara O’Gorman to replace Danielle Burke on the hour mark.

Peamount extended their lead on the 65 minute mark as a deep cross from Amber Barrett set up Eleanor Ryan Doyle who headed it home. City were again forced into a change through injury bringing on Ciara Desmond to replace Saoirse Noonan. Peamount finished the game with a final goal with five minutes to go as Heather Payne headed home to complete her hat trick.

Cork City WFC’s game away to Galway WFC scheduled for the 14th of October has been postponed due to international call ups until Thursday 26th of October with a 7.45pm kick off. City’s final home game and final game of the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National league will be at Bishopstown on Sunday 29th of October with a 2pm kick off.

Cork City WFC: Eve Badana, Danielle Burke (Tara O’Gorman, 60’), Ciara McNamara, Maggie Duncliffe, Nathalie O’Brien, Kate O’Donovan, Meghan Bourque (Christina Dring, 30’), Katie McCarthy, Clare Shine, Saoirse Noonan (Ciara Desmond, 75’), Danielle Sheehy.
Unused Substitutes: Amanda Budden, Courtney O’Keefe, Mary Barrett, Angie Carry

Match Preview Cork City WFC vs Peamount United

Match Preview: Cork City WFC vs Peamount United

Cork City WFC will be looking to follow up claiming a place in the FAI Continental Tyre’s Women’s Senior Cup with three points against Peamount as they return to Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League action this Wednesday 11th of October at Knockgriffin Park Midleton with a 7.45 kick off.

A strong second half display saw City win 3-0 against Wexford on Saturday and City will face a tough test again on Wednesday against current second place Peamount United whom City last faced in August in the quarter final of the FAI Cup winning a tight game 3-2. Reflecting on Saturday’s victory and looking ahead to Wednesday’s game Cork City WFC Captain Ciara McNamara had this to say: “The feeling we all had after the game on Saturday was unbelievable. All the hard work that both the girls and the staff have put in has finally paid off. When we look how far the club has come over the last few seasons and now securing a place in the FAI Cup Final.”

“In saying that we cannot sit back, maintaining good form in our final league games is very important to take with us in the run up to the final in the Aviva. This game will be a battle similar to Wexford game as Peamount are only two points behind the league leaders. The standard and intensity in training is constantly rising which means there fierce competition for places every week.”

Cork City WFC Manager Frank Kelleher had this to say ahead of Wednesday’s game: “A fantastic performance yesterday from everyone involved. It was great to play with such intensity and spirit and make it to the final. Now back to league business against Peamount on Wednesday night. We know what to expect from Peamount. They are title contenders and have had a great run of recent results so we will have to be completely focused for this game. We too want to finish strong this season and pick up as many points as we can in our last 3 matches. Our games with Peamount have been very close this season. I expect another close game.”

Injuries: None
Suspended: None
Absent: None