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

Match Report

Sligo grab second half chances to beat Cork

Sligo showed a clinical edge to pick up their first three points of the season in a 2-1 victory over Cork City at Turners Cross.

The first half started off in entertaining fashion with City gaining the early ascendancy. A goal mouth scramble from a corner should have had the hosts ahead on four minutes but somehow the ball stayed out of the Sligo net. 

Kristen Sample was instrumental for the visitors. Playing against her former club, the goalkeeper made a couple of terrific saves from Shaunagh McCarthy and Aoife Cronin to keep it at 0-0 at the interval. 

City started the better in the second half, Becky Cassin went close on 49 minutes while Zara Foley hit a spectacular volley off the bar. 

It was Sligo who got the breakthrough however on 62 minutes when Gemma McGuinness struck a long range effort off the post which then hit off McCarthy before crawling into the back of the net. 

It got even better two minutes later as substitute Emma Doherty sped past the City defence to slot it past McCarthy to Sligo 2-0 ahead. 

Another sub, this time Nadine Seaward pulled one back for Cork on 72 minutes after taking advantage of some slack Sligo defending. 

Cork pushed for an equaliser in the last ten minutes but Paul Farrell’s side weren’t clinical enough to get the equaliser as Sligo held out though for a 2-1 win. An historic result as its their first ever win in the WNL. 

  • 94'

    Full time at Turners Cross and it's Sligo who are victorious by two goals to one.

  • 92'

    Great chance at the end for City to level it from a corner. the ball zips through everyone however and out wide.

  • 90'

    Four minutes of stoppage time at Turners Cross.

  • 89'

    Lauren Singleton goes down for Cork after a heavy collision. Thankfully she's ok.

  • 84'

    Leah Kelly on for Sligo instead of Helen Monaghan.

  • 79'

    Cork playing with a lot more urgency now as they go in search of an equaliser which on the balance of play, would be deserved.

  • 72'

    Nadine Seward gets one back for City, taking advantage of some slack defending to poke it into the net.

  • 70'

    2-0 Sligo as Emma Doherty breaks away from the City defence and slots the ball past McCarthy. A real sucker punch for Cork.

  • 67'

    Sub for Cork as Shaunagh McCarthy comes off for Aoibin Donelly .

  • 63'

    Nadine Seward is on for Cork instead of Kelly Leahy.

  • 62'

    Gemma McGuinness puts Sligo ahead! Her long range effort hits off the post and hits off Abby McCarthy and in to the net.

  • 61'

    Triple Sub for Sligo as Kate Melly comes off for Emma Doherty. Brennan off for McGrory and Hansberry off for Kiernan.

  • 57'

    How are City not in front? Shaunagh McCarthy once again causing havoc down the left, whipping in a great ball which Foley can't quite get on the end of in time.

  • 55'

    Cronin hits an acrobatic effort trying to take advantage of Sample coming off her line, the ball is cleared off the goal by a Sligo defender though. Cork getting very close.

  • 52'

    Great chance for City. Shaunagh McCarthy makes a great run down the left flank, putting in a great ball for Zara Foley whose volley rattles the Sligo cross bar.

  • 49'

    Another great save from Sample this time from Becky Cassin. The Sligo keeper is having a fantastic game so far.

  • 46'

    Second half underway.

  • 45'

    Teams coming out for the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time at Turners Cross in what has been a very entertaining game. All it's missing is a goal.

  • 45'

    End to end the past couple of minutes, Aoife Cronin and Zara Foley have been excellent for Cork with most of their side's chances coming through them. Sligo have been impressive on the counter attack but have lacked composure when through on goal.

  • 38'

    Good effort from Aoife Brennan from a Sligo free kick but the ball sails just past Abby McCarthy's goal. She has been very impressive so far for the visitors.

  • 37'

    Last few minutes have been ebb and flow with neither side being able to create a clear cut chance in what has been a very entertaining half so far.

  • 29'

    Lovely skill from Eva Mangan whose keepy uppies feed Cronin but her lob is dealt with by Sample. Moments later Zara Foley makes a run but her shot hits the side netting.

  • 26'

    Sligo to their credit have really come into the game in the past few minutes after being cut open on numerous occasions in the first quarter.

  • 25'

    Great chance for Sligo as Fiona Doherty puts in a great ball but Aoife Brennan misses the ball by an inch for a certain goal.

  • 17'

    All City the past few mins, completely dominant in midfield but have nothing to show for it so far. Paul Farrell will be delighted with their energy so far however.

  • 13'

    Great run from Aoife Cronin who plays in Shaunagh McCarthy through on goal but Sample comes out and makes a great save for City. She does it again just moments later. All against her former club.

  • 10'

    Good play again from City, Zara Foley runs down the right channel and takes on a shot from outside the box which goes just over.

  • 9'

    Entertaining start to this one with both sides looking threatening on the break. Another corner for City which Sample claims.

  • 4'

    First corner of the game goes to City which leads to a huge goal mouth scramble and somehow the ball stays out.

  • 1'


  • Teams coming out onto the pitch.

  • Fifteen minutes to kick off. Both sides looking to pick up their first points of the campaign. Despite some positive performances in their first ever season, Sligo are at the foot of the table after two games on -9 goal difference. City last game was two weeks ago in a 3-0 defeat to Galway.

  • Hello and welcome to Turners Cross for live text commentary between Cork City and Sligo Roves in the WNL. Kick off is at 5. Team news coming up shortly.

Cork City

1Abby McCarthy Goalkeeper
14Shaunagh McCarthy 14 Defender
5Zara Foley Defender
4Danielle Burke Defender
24Lauren Walsh Defender
4Ciara McNamara Defender
18Becky Cassin Midfielder
20Eva Mangan Midfielder
22Kelly Leahy 21 Midfielder
6Aoife Cronin Midfielder
25Lauren Singleton Defender
26Hannah Walsh Goalkeeper
3Nathalie O’Brien Defender
8Kate O’Donovan Midfielder
14Aoibhinn Donnelly 14 Midfielder
15Leah Murphy Forward
17Riona Crowley Defender
21Nadine Seward 22 Forward 72'

Sligo Rovers

26Kristen Sample Goalkeeper
Leah Kelly 22 Defender
5Orna O’Dowd Defender
12Amy Roddy Defender
8Lauren Boles Midfielder
Emma Hansberry 21 Midfielder
13Katie Melly Midfielder
6Amy Hyndman Forward
7Gemma McGuinness Forward 62'
11Aoife Brennan Forward
15Fiona Doherty Forward
10Erin Coyle Midfielder
14Kerri O’Hara Defender
16Amy Mahon Goalkeeper
18Paula McGrory Forward
21Sarah Kiernan Defender
22Helen Monaghan Defender
23Ciara Henry Midfielder
Emma Doherty 13 Forward 70'

Past Meetings

(1st Round)
2 - 3
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Cork City

(Series 17)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Cork City

(Series 8)
3 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Sligo Rovers


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.