1 November 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork City W.F.C. 1 – UCD Waves 5
(Desmond 56) (Russell 29, McNamara og 45, O’Gorman 46, 47, Cahill 57)
The Leesiders fell to a heavy defeat to UCD Waves in Bishopstown today losing by five goals to one in their second Continental Tyres Women’s National League game of the season.
In a bright opening, there was chances for both sides with Catherine Cronin hitting the post a couple of minutes into the game from Julie-Ann Russell’s cross before Trish Fennelly denied Russell from close range. Emily Cahill then saw a header saved from the City stopper. It wasn’t all one way traffic as Stacey Paul raced through but her effort was well stopped by Monica MaGurk before Saorise Noonan saw her one-on-one effort with the keeper go just inches wide after a superb throughball from Barbara O’Connell. UCD then hit the bar through Russell before City had a penalty claim denied after Noonan went down in the box.
However, despite the even nature of the game to that point – UCD took the lead after Julie-Ann Russell powered through Ciara McNamara & Catherine Cooke before placing a shot past Trish Fennelly. The home side tried to respond immediately as the especially bright Noonan made a searing run down the left, seeing her initial cross cleared back out to Mary Barrett who hammered a shot but MaGurk was able to gather.
UCD gradually started to take control in the closing stages of the first half and Fennelly first stopped Aine O’Gorman’s close-range effort before managing to get a hand to Eleanor Ryan-Doyle’s chip allowing Tara O’Gorman to clear off the line. There was more misery on the way for the home side as first Ryan-Doyle’s control looped off Ciara McNamara and over Fennelly to put UCD two ahead and barely a minute later, Aine O’Gorman finished off a low shot into the corner after a throughball from Orlagh Nolan to put Waves three up at half-time.
UCD added a quick fourth after the break as Aine O’Gorman as a ball over the top from Chloe Mustaki allowed the Irish International to race clear and finish beyond Fennelly. UCD then saw Catherine Cronin’s shot cleared off the line by Tara O’Gorman. O’Regan brought on Ciara Desmond and the winger had an instant impact as Stacey Paul’s cross field ball picked her out and she steadied herself before finishing beyond MaGurk.
Celebrations were short lived however as Emily Cahill powered home a corner with a thundering header to make it 5-1 to the visitors. The game largely petered out for the remaining half an hour as Cork shut out UCD Waves attack for the remainder of the game but couldn’t add to their single goal.
Next up for the Leesiders is a trip to Castlebar on November 14th before Peamount United call to Bishopstown on the 22nd November where the Contintenal Tyres Festival of Football will be happening.
Cork City W.F.C. – Trish Fennelly, Tara O’Gorman, Catherine Cooke (Ciara Desmond 50), Lorna O’Connell, Ciara McNamara, Stacey Paul, Katie McCarthy (Eimear Knightly 66), Barabara O’Conell (Nathalie O’Brien, 75), Saorise Noonan, Evelyn Daly, Mary Barrett
Unused Substitutions –Maggie Duncliffe, Chelsea Noonan, Angie Carry, Megan O’Keeffe
UCD Waves – Monica MaGuirk, Rebecca Carroll, Emily Cahill, Niamh Prior, Jetta Berrill, Chloe Mustaki, Oralagh Nolan, Julie Ann Russell, Catherine Cronin, Aine O’Gorman, Elanor Ryan Doyle (Susan Hackett, 64)
Unused Substitutions – Karen Duggan , Sarah Clune, Caroline Thorpe
Referee – Eoin Harte