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

Match Report

Strong first half powers Galway to win in Cork

First half goals from Nicole McNamara and Aoibhínn Donnelly helped Galway get the Alan Murphy era off to a winning start at Turners Cross. 

It was a very impressive performance from Galway who were dominant in possession and caused huge trouble for the City defence especially through Lynsey McKee down the left flank. 

Murphy’s side made their early dominance count on seven minutes when Nicole McNamara headed in a dangerous cross at the far post to put the visitors ahead. 

Galway took that momentum forward into the rest of the half. This was cemented by a superb long-range strike from Aoibhínn Costelloe to double their lead on 28 minutes.  

City to their credit, did not let the heads drop and were better in the second-half with Aoibhínn Donnelly and Aoife Cronin on her debut the bright sparks for Paul Farrell’s side. A couple of half chances were created as they began to enjoy a greater spell of possession. They will regret not making more from the corners they had however. 

It was Galway who would strike again however on 74 minutes through Julie Ann Russell who struck a beautiful shot into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 3-0.  

City kept going and went close on a couple of occasions towards the end and arguably deserved a goal for their efforts. Galway’s defence led by captain Savannah McCarthy held out however for an impressive 3-0 win. 

Overall, an excellent performance from Alan Murphy’s Galway who will hope to bring that form into next week when they host a heavily fancied Peamount United. Farrell will take encouragement from the second half but will hope for a more cutting edge in attack as they face Treaty United next week. 

  • 90'

    Full time at Turners Cross. An impressive 3-0 win for Galway on Alan Murphy's managerial bow. They host Peamount next week while Cork head to Treaty United.

  • 90'

    Fourth official has indicated three minutes of added time.

  • 86'

    Cork having a better spell of possession now but fail to convert from two corners.

  • 83'

    Triple substitution for Cork, not sure who's coming on yet but will update.

  • 71'

    A third for Galway through Julie Ann Russell, a lovely finish in the bottom corner.

  • 62'

    Worry here for Cork as Ciara McNamara appeared to take a heavy knock. She's back on her feet now thankfully.

  • 58'

    Sub for Cork. Shauna McCarthy comes on for Aoibhínn Donnelly who has been one of their few bright sparks this evening.

  • 56'

    Gotten a little bit scrappy especially in the middle third. City edging this half so far however.

  • 51'

    Good volley from Costelloe which just goes right and wide after a good run from Julie Russell.

  • 48'

    Promising start to the second half from City with Coen having to come out and collect a dangerous cross.

  • 46'

    Back underway, no changes to note.

  • Teams back out for the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time at Turners Cross and a very impressive performance from Galway. Goals from Nicole McNamara and Aoibhinn Costelloe have Galway in a deserved 2-0 lead at the break.

  • 45'

    Cork getting a bit more of the possession now. Another long range effort, this time from Eva Mangan goes to the right and wide.

  • 40'

    Good long range effort from Lauren Singleton but it\'s tipped around the post by Coen. Two corners in a row for Cork now.

  • 36'

    Jamie Ericksen on for the goalscorer McNamara.

  • 33'

    Best chance of the game for Cork through Donnelly but her shot goes just right and wide of the goal.

  • 28'

    Second goal for Galway through Aoibhinn Costelloe whose long range strike beats Abby McCarthy. 2-0.

  • 24'

    Great run from McKee down the left again whose shot is tipped over for a corner.

  • 21'

    Good run by Aoibhinn Donnelly but her cross hits the side netting. Better from City though.

  • 20'

    Galway very much in the ascendency without creating many clear cut chances. Lyndsay Mckee and Shauna Brennan very influential for them so far.

  • 15'

    Good save by McCarthy to deny Jenna Slattery. One way traffic at the minute at the Cross.

  • 7'

    Goal for Galway as they make their early dominance pay. Nicole McNamara gets on the end of a cross on the back post

  • 3'

    Appeals for a Galway penalty but Ciara McNamara's tackle is just about spot on.

  • 1'

    First chance of the match goes to Galway, great run down the left before it's headed off the post of Abby McCarthy's goal.

  • Teams out on the pitch.

  • Both sides met each other on the opening day last season, playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw in Eamonn Deacy Park. If today is anything like that, we are in for a real spectacle.

  • Hello and welcome to a very sunny Turners Cross for Cork City v Galway WFC in the opening round of the WNL.

Cork City

1Abby McCarthy Goalkeeper
4Danielle Burke Defender
4Ciara McNamara Defender
5Zara Foley 3 Defender
6Aoife Cronin Forward
14Aoibhinn Donnelly 14 Midfielder
18Becky Cassin Midfielder
20Eva Mangan Midfielder
21Nadine Seward 8 Forward
22Kelly Leahy 24 Midfielder
25Lauren Singleton Defender
26Hannah Walsh Goalkeeper
3Nathalie O’Brien 5 Defender
8Kate O’Donovan 21 Midfielder
14Shaunagh McCarthy 14 Defender
17Riona Crowley Defender
24Lauren Walsh 22 Defender
Orlaith Deasy 25 Defender

Galway WFC

1Leah Hayes Cohen Goalkeeper
4Nicole McNamara 18 Defender 7'
6Shauna Brennan Defender
8Julie-Ann Russell Midfielder 71'
9Jenna Slattery 13 Midfielder
10Lynsey McKee 15 Forward
11Lindsay Guerrero Midfielder
12Aoibheann Costello 7 Midfielder 28'
14Therese Kinnevey Defender
17Taylor Rutland Midfielder
19Savannah McCarthy Midfielder
20Abbiegayle Ronayne Goalkeeper
7Chloe Singleton 12 Midfielder
13Aoife Thompson 9 Forward
15Abbie Callanan 10 Forward
18Jamie Erickson 4 Defender
19Saoirse Healey Forward
23Maya Rutland Forward
24Roisin Jacob Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 19)
6 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

(Series 10)
0 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

(Series 1)
3 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

(Series 5 - Group 1)
2 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

(Series 9)
1 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

(Round 20)
2 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

(Round 14)
4 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

(Round 8)
3 - 5
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

(Round 15)
3 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

(Round 8)
3 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

(Round 1)
0 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

1 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

5 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

0 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

2 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

3 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

1 - 6
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

4 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

(Round 18)
1 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

(Round 11)
5 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

(Round 4)
2 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

(Round 17)
9 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

(Round 10)
0 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Galway WFC

(Round 3)
3 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Cork City

Ground

Turner's Cross
Beaufort Park, Turner\'s Cross C, Cork, County Cork, Munster, T12 E3H5, Ireland

Sam is an avid sports enthusiast who has been working in journalism since he was 16. Along with his work, he also plays tennis and is a Government and Political Science student at UCC. Most importantly of all however is that he's from Cork.