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Date Time League Season
5 March 2022 4:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Quartet of scorers powers Waves win

Goals from debutantes Lynn Craven and Joy Ralph helped DLR Waves to a 5-0 win over Treaty United this afternoon.

A really composed performance by the Dublin outfit, as they bid for title success.

Craven had them ahead at the break before Kerri Letmon added a second just after the restart, Avril Brierley had them 3-0 ahead after the hour mark before Ralph wrapped the game up in the 81st minute.

A tough loss for the visitors as they failed to threaten the Waves defence, a few half chances all afternoon as the hosts have made a statement of intent to their counterparts.

Waves had the first attempt at goal, Fiona Donnelly striking the ball cleanly first time from 25 yards out but Michaela Mitchell in the Treaty goal did well to get down and tip it behind for a corner kick.

The hosts continued to search for the opening goal, a lovely through ball from Kerri Letmon on the turn played in Donnelly running from deep, Emma Deegan however was in place to clear the danger for the Limerick outfit.

Another half-chance for Waves came on the 14 minute mark as Jess Gleeson's header was controlled by Sophie Watters and her shot on the turn was easily saved by Mitchell. They should have gone ahead a minute later with an exchange of passes between Shauna Carroll and Rachel Doyle, down the right before a great ball was sent to the back post but Letmon couldn't turn it home.

It took until the 33rd minute for the first effort from Treaty at goal, Emma Costelloe tried her luck from range and the effort was not far off the target, Treaty playing the majority of the opening half on the back foot, as they had very few attempts at goal.

Waves took the lead after 41 minutes, an inswinging corner by Carroll was only palmed away by Mitchell in the Treaty goal, the visitors failed to clear and Lynn Craven on her debut side footed home to give them a 1-0 lead.

Watters came close to getting a debut goal after 43 minutes, she was played through on goal and looked to pick her spot in the corner of the net, but Mitchell made a great save to turn it behind, as Waves led 1-0 at the interval.

Just two minutes after the restart Kerri Letmon steered home from close range to give Waves a two-goal advantage, another Carroll corner where a defender managed to get a touch before Letton turned it home.

Minutes later the hosts were appealing for a penalty but the referee waved away the protests, as Letmon looked to have been brought down inside the area, it remained one way traffic as Treaty could not get going in the half.

Two became three after the hour mark, Avril Brierley heading home goal number three, an immediate impact off the bench from Sarah McKevitt, who marked her debut with an assist as she crossed for Brierley to nod home from close range.

Waves kept on the front foot looking for a fourth goal, a great effort from McKevitt off the right wing had Mitchell tipping the ball off the post and wide, the pressure remaining at the Treaty half with Joy Ralph and Letmon both winning the ball high up and Letmon's shot was well blocked by Jesse Mendez.

Watters had another half-chance at goal, but it was U17 star Ralph that managed to make it 4-0 in the final ten minutes, a well struck half-volley from another McKevitts cross, a dream start in her senior debut for the Dubliners.

Ralph had another effort five minutes from time, firing a shot from 20 yards out which flew past the Treaty goal, but she would be rewarded in injury time as she would volley home another effort from close range, to finish off a five star opening day performance by DLR Waves.

  • 94'

    Full time here where Waves record a 5-0 win over Treaty United, a brace on her senior debut for Joy Ralph, another debut goal from Lynn Craven and strikes from Avril Brierley and Kerri Letmon see Waves win on the opening day

  • 92'

    The dream debut continues for Ralph as she volleys home from close range!

  • 81'

    A first Waves goal for U17 star Joy Ralph, a really composed half-volley from McKevitt's cross, a dream start for the young star

  • 80'

    Final sub from Treaty sees Kelsey Wing come in for Amy Madden

  • 77'

    Final Waves sub sees Kerri Letmon replaced by another debutante, Orlagh Fitzpatrick

  • 70'

    Change for Treaty as Laoise Browne comes in for Shannon Parbat

  • 69'

    Triple sub from Waves sees Mia Dodd replace Rachel Doyle for her debut, while Katie Malone replaces Fiona Donnelly and Joy Ralph comes in for Avril Brierley.

  • 61'

    Avril Brierley who heads home goal number three, an immediate impact from McKevitt, who marks her debut with an assist as she crosses for Brierley to nod home!

  • 60'

    First Waves sub sees Shauna Carroll replaced by debutante Sarah McKevitt

  • 58'

    Substitution for Treaty Olivia Gibson on for Cara Griffen

  • 47'

    Kerri Letmon makes it 2-0 for Waves just after the restart, a lovely finish by the forward

  • 45'

    Half Time at the UCD Bowl, where Lynn Craven gets her Waves career off to a great start with the only goal of the half, coming from a corner that Treaty could not clear leaves the score at the break, 1-0 to the Waves

  • 41'

    Waves hot the breakthrough, from a corner Treaty failed to clear the ball and it's side-footed home by Lynn Craven on her Waves debut, to give them a 1-0 lead

  • 33'

    First real effort from Treaty sees Emma Costelloe tries her luck from range and it's not far off the mark, remains 0-0

  • 15'

    All Waves so far but they have struggled to find the opening the deadlock remains to be broken at the Bowl

  • 1'

    Kick Off at the Bowl

  • Treaty may struggle again this year, changes across the board on Shannonside this season, interesting to see what could happen for their season, tough opponents in Waves this afternoon

  • Waves could be a title contender this season, today will be a test for them to see how they can get going on the opening afternoon, has their off season prep paid off we will see later this afternoon

  • The sun continues to shine as both teams have been named for the afternoons tie, Joy Ralph makes the Waves bench as she looks for game time this season, a much changed Treaty have Heidi O'Sullivan to lead the line, interesting to see can she get the service

  • You are very welcome to a sunny UCD Bowl as DLR Waves begin their season at home to Treaty United, both teams aiming for a great start to the season with kick off under an hour away, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will keep you updated an informed on all todays events.

DLR Waves

18Eve Badana Goalkeeper
2Nicole Keogh Defender
3Lynn Craven Defender 41'
5Jessica Gleeson Defender
6Fiona Donnelly 10 Midfielder
7Rachel Doyle 20 Midfielder
9Kerri Letmon 14 Forward 47'
13Aoife Brophy Defender
16Avril Brierley 27 Midfielder 61'
22Sophie Watters Midfielder
25Shauna Carroll 26 Midfielder
1Rugile Auskalnyte Goalkeeper
10Katie Malone 6 Forward
14Orlagh Fitzpatrick 9 Forward
17Oleta Griffin Defender
20Mia Dodd 7 Midfielder
21Jane McKevitt Midfielder
23Kate Mooney Forward
26Sarah McKevitt 25 Forward
27Joy Ralph 16 Forward 81', 92'

Treaty Utd

1Michaela Mitchell Goalkeeper
2Alix Mendez Defender
3Emma Deegan Defender
5Shannon Parbat 25 Defender
6Jesse Mendez Midfielder
8Lauren Keane Midfielder
9Héidí O’Sullivan Forward
11Cara Griffin 7 Forward
16Emma Costelloe Midfielder
19Amy Madden 21 Midfielder
23Emily O’Halloran Forward
12Trish Fennelly Hunt Goalkeeper
7Olivia Gibson 11 Midfielder
10Shannen O’Donovan Midfielder
15Niamh O’Byrne Defender
18Eimear Carey Defender
21Kelsey Wing 19 Midfielder
25Laoise Browne 5 Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 27)
1 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Markets Field

Treaty United v DLR Waves

(Series 18)
5 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Treaty United

(Series 9)
0 - 5
LOI Women's Premier Division
Jackman Park

Treaty United v DLR Waves

(Series 3 - Group 2)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Markets Field

Treaty United v DLR Waves

(Quarter Final)
2 - 0
FAI Women's Cup
Markets Field

Treaty United v DLR Waves

(Series 4)
0 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Treaty United

Ground

UCD Bowl
UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.