Date Time League Season
5 March 2022 2:00 pm Women's National League 2022

Match Report

Champions Shels off to winning start

Shelbourne put Bohemians to the sword with a 1-0 score-line today in Tolka Park, fittingly captain Pearl Slattery bagging the reigning champion’s first goal of the 2022 WNL season.

The Dublin derby may have appeared to be becoming a stalemate as frustrations and tensions rose and it took until the 74th minute for the deadlock to be broken with a Noelle Murray assist putting a header on a plate for the skipper.

Although Bohemians put in a solid defensive effort, both outfits struggled to apply their shooting boots today and will be looking to improve in that aspect in the coming games.

The Reds set their intentions straight from early on when Jessie Stapleton hit the crossbar at the end of a Jess Ziu attack within three minutes of kick off, but it was to remain a difficult encounter for them trying to break the final third thanks to some stellar defensive work from Abbie Brophy and new signing Katie Burdis.

Both groups adapted a long ball tactic early on, with Megan Smyth Lynch and Murray tenacious for Shels but with little attacking options appearing for them to link with in the box.

Likewise Fiona Ryan and Sinead Taylor made a myriad of attempts bombing down towards Amanda Budden in the host’s net, but to no avail.

Halftime yielded a 0-0 scoreline and both fans and teams alike left wanting for more intensity in the battle.

The substitutions then began to rain down on Tolka Park, with Anne Marie Byrne and Lisa Murphy coming in for The Gypsies and Abbie Larkin, Gloria Douglas, Amanda McQuillan, Katie Lovely and Jemma Quinn rolling on for Shelbourne.

As full time drew near the desperation in attack became clear for both units, and a Murray corner was to be the difference. After a shuffle in the box Slattery rose highest to slam the ball into the back of the net and send the ground rocking with delight to victory.

Bohs clash with Athlone Town next time out, while last year’s league and cup winners come to blows as Shelbourne and Wexford meet in Ferrycarrig Park.

  • 93'

    All over. Shels emerge 1-0 winners

  • 92'

    Douglas has a shot from long range but it goes out for a goal kick

  • 90'

    Jemma Quinn on for Jess Ziu

  • 90'

    3 additional minutes announced

  • 85'

    Bohs desperately seeking an equaliser but no joy as of yet

  • 80'

    Jessie Stapleton has to leave the field of play for a moment as she receives treatment

  • 74'

    GOAL! Murray sets up Pearl Slattery for a very fitting first goal of the season for the reigning champions

  • 73'

    Shelbourne getting frustrated as they search for a winner but are called for offside again

  • 69'

    Lovely in for Murphy for Bohs

  • 68'

    McQuillan comes on for Budden who appears injured

  • 65'

    Bohemians get a corner after Murray has a good passage of play down the right wing

  • 62'

    Larkin on for Kavanagh, new signing Douglas in for fellow newcomer Megan Smyth Lynch for Shels. Jess Ziu moves to the left

  • 61'

    Rachel Graham does well to nab the ball from Erica Burke but her through ball has a touch too much on it

  • 60'

    Noelle Murray deemed offside once again

  • 57'

    Anne Marie Byrne replaces Fiona Ryan for Bohs

  • 53'

    Shels bombing into Bohemians' final third relentlessly now, struggling to find the final ball however

  • 47'

    Shels press forward with determination here and they earn a corner for their efforts

  • 45'

    Second half has started, Jessie Stapleton trying a long range shot right from the whistle

  • 47'

    Halftime in Tolka. 0-0 between Shels and Bohs.

  • 45'

    2 minutes added time announced

  • 44'

    Sensational ball from Gargan as she tries to find Murray inside the box but she can't get to it and the ball bobbles out over the endline

  • 42'

    Good forward possession there from Shels. Murray shot out for a corner

  • 41'

    Nearing halftime there is yet to be a goal in Tolka Park. Signs of rustiness on show no doubt, but mostly a need for more intensity if the game is to escalate

  • 39'

    A moment stoppage there for an injury

  • 38'

    Budden collects the ball at the front post

  • 34'

    Danielle Murray attempts to catch Budden off her line there but the ball jumps over the crossbar. Bohs growing into the game as it progresses

  • 33'

    Sinead Taylor takes the ball on the hop off her knee in the Shels box but it veers over the crossbar

  • 31'

    Megan Smyth Lynch shot drifts over the bar

  • 26'

    A lot of back and forth at the minute in this one, quite a lot of ball being played in the middle of the park. Long passes are being utilised often thus far

  • 22'

    Murray with some fancy footwork plays in Ziu and Shels win their own thrown in to retain possession

  • 22'

    Long ball not coming off for Shels as of yet

  • 19'

    Mustaki does well to stamp out a Bohs counter

  • 16'

    Shels pressing forward consistently now, yet to break through however

  • 12'

    Fiona Ryan gets into a dangerous area down the left wing but her cross goes wayward and out over the endline

  • 9'

    Megan Smyth Lynch plays Noelle Murray in but it doesn't quite come off for Shels

  • 9'

    Megan Smyth Lynch plays Noelle Murray in but it doesn't quite come off for Shels

  • 3'

    Stapleton hits the crossbar and Ziu collects to have another shot on goal but Stapleton is marked offside

  • Underway in Tolka!

  • There’s plenty to look forward to from the young guns of Abbie Larkin and Jessie Stapleton to the away team’s Hannah Tobin Jones and Erica Burke. It gets underway at 2.00pm, with coverage on LOITV and live updates here with FinalWhistle.

  • The Reds took all three points on the three occasions the teams met last year, the latest of which was a 3-1 display at the Oscar Traynor Centre in November. There Jess Ziu struck twice and was helped along by a Jessie Stapleton goal too to cancel out Lisa Murphy’s earlier net.

  • Noel Kings outfit will have champions league and cup commitments alongside their league adventures and so signings Amanda McQuillan, Megan Smyth-Lynch, Aoife Kelly, Kate O’Dowd and Jemma Quinn will all look to aid their team depth. Bohs on the other hand have poached sensational talent from their Women’s National League counterparts, welcoming Rachael Kelly, Katie Burdis, Ciara Maher, Fiona Ryan, Kira Bates Crosbie and Sinead Taylor to the newly christened Dalymount Park presiders.

  • The Dublin Derby duo have both strengthened their reserves ahead of the 2022 season and will look to start their journey this year as they mean to go on, with a victory.

  • The WNL kickstarts with a bang today at two o’clock as reigning champions Shelbourne open their campaign in Tolka Park against Bohemians. My name is Alanna Cunnane and I'll be bringing you this afternoon's match commentary!


1Amanda Budden 20 Goalkeeper
2Jessica Gargan Defender
3Jessie Stapleton Defender
4Pearl Slattery Defender 74'
5Shauna Fox Defender
7Jessica Ziu 15 Midfielder
6Alex Kavanagh 9 Midfielder
8Rachel Graham Defender
10Noelle Murray Forward
11Megan Smyth-Lynch 22 Forward
14Chloe Mustaki Midfielder
20Amanda McQuillan 1 Goalkeeper
12Keeva Keenan Defender
9Abbie Larkin 6 Forward
13Leah Doyle Defender
15Jemma Quinn 7 Forward
16Lia O’Leary Forward
18Aoife Kelly Midfielder
21Taylor White Forward
22Gloria Douglas 11 Forward


20Rachael Kelly Goalkeeper
11Abbie Brophy Forward
3Katie Burdis Defender
3Lisa Murphy 17 Midfielder
5Isobel Finnegan Forward
10Chloe Darby Midfielder
7Kira Bates Crosbie Midfielder
9Erica Burke Forward
15Fiona Ryan 2 Defender
16Danielle Murray Midfielder
13Sinead Taylor Forward
1Courtney Maguire Goalkeeper
14Hannah Tobin Jones
17Katie Lovely 3 Defender
18Bronagh Kane Forward
8Ciara Maher Defender
23Abbie O’Hara Defender
2Annemarie Byrne 15 Defender
24Izzy Chambers Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 26)
1 - 3
Women's National League
Oscar Traynor Centre

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Series 17)
3 - 2
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 8)
0 - 1
Women's National League
Oscar Traynor Centre

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Series 14)
1 - 3
Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
3 - 0
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 5)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne


Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.