Shels book place in FAI Women's Cup S-F


Shels book place in FAI Women's Cup S-F

Holders Wexford Youths booked their place in the semi-finals of the 2022 FAI Women's Cup after fighting back to overcome DLR Waves.
6th Aug 2022

Last year's runners-up Shelbourne also secured a final four spot courtesy of a Dublin Derby victory over Peamount United, while Bohemians overpowered Sligo Rovers and Athlone Town edged past Cork.

The draw for the semi-finals will be held on Tuesday, August 9th at 12:30 and it will be live on the FAI TV YouTube channel.

Athlone Town 2-0 Cork City
Athlone Town overcame Cork City to reach the semi-finals after scoring twice in the second half.

Struggling in the SSE Airtricity Women's National League, Cork started nervously and Athlone should have gone ahead after 11 minutes when Maddison Gibson set up Emily Corbet but the striker’s effort was well saved by Abby McCarthy in the City goal.

Christina Dring had a chance for Cork after 15 minutes, clattering her shot off the crossbar, and from there on City grew into the game, giving as good as they got for the remainder of the half.

Corbet had another excellent chance for Athlone early in the second period and with the home side now dominating Muireann Devaney smashed in the opener just after the hour mark.

Devaney almost added a second on 72 minutes but it was left to Gillian Keenan to seal the win 11 minutes from time, firing home at the far post after McCarthy had saved her initial effort.

Bohemians 3-1 Sligo Rovers
Bohemians started this game well with Abbie Brophy causing the majority of problems down the right wing. On 14 minutes, Aoife Robinson played a great through ball to Brophy who broke away from the Sligo defence and calmly finished to give Bohs the lead.

Bohs continued to use the wings and press well, with their second goal coming in the 22nd minute from a penalty. Erica Burke coolly placed her spot kick into the right side to double Bohs's advantage. 

Just before half-time, Niamh Prior crossed a fantastic ball into the box and the ball was deflected off a Sligo player into their own net. Bohs were ahead 3-0 going into the second half.

The home team looked to sit comfortably on their lead for the second half, but Sligo did give them a scare when Lauren Boles struck one back for the visitors on 51 minutes.

All in all, a great win for Bohemians as they advance to the semi-finals of this competition for the first time.

Shelbourne 3-2 Peamount United 
A very entertaining first half saw five goals scored between Dublin rivals Shelbourne and Peamount United.

Peamount really took control from the off, with Shels finding it hard to get into a rhythm. On nine minutes, Peas Captain Áine O’Gorman played a fantastic through ball into Alannah McEvoy who struck home to put her side ahead. 

On 13 minutes after a misplaced pass by Shels’s Heather O’Reilly, McEvoy cleverly lobbed the ball over Amanda Budden in the Shels goal to make it 2-0. 

Shelbourne managed to get back in the game in what was a very important goal in the game. On 23 minutes, Alex Kavanagh played in a pinpoint free-kick and Jemma Quinn was there to finish.

The equaliser came for Shels in the 37th minute, with O’Reilly playing a perfect cross in that was met by defender Jess Gargan. The contest was back on.

Although Shels came back into the game, it remained a tight contest. Just before half-time however, Quinn got her second with a great finish after a fantastic pass from Noelle Murray. The comeback was officially complete for Shelbourne.

The second half consisted of less drama, but intensity levels remained the same. Right until the end it looked that Peamount could get a goal back, but Shels did well to keep the lead and collect the win.

Wexford Youths 3-1 DLR Waves
Wexford Youths started off the defence of their FAI Women’s Cup with a hard fought win over DLR Waves on Saturday evening.

The game’s opening goal came from the head of Katie Malone, knocking in Sarah McKevitt’s perfectly weighted cross to put the Waves ahead after just 16 minutes.
But five minutes before the break Wexford drew level, Nicola Sinnott - who has been nominated for the WNL Player of the Month for June/July - headed in Aoibheann Clancy’s corner.

DLR’s task became more difficult after 54 minutes when midfielder Mia Dodd get a straight red card after a collision with Meabh Russell. But with 20 minutes remaining it became harder still when keeper Eve Badana also saw red, reducing the Waves to nine players.

Inevitably, Wexford found their way through DLR’s depleted ranks and Ellen Molloy looped the ball into the net to put them ahead in the 86th minute. Right on full-time Ciara Rossiter added a third to seal Wexford’s progress to the semi-finals.