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Date Time League Season
19 March 2022 7:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Shels away win over Athlone

Shelbourne made it two wins from two with a 2-0 win over Athlone in Lissywollen tonight.

A Noelle Murray tap in right on the brink of the half hour mark and a goal from super sub Keeva Keenan in the final ten did the job for Shels.

There wasn’t a whole load of action in the first twenty minutes or so, with neither sides really taking hold of the game. However, Shels eventually started to show their quality.

They fired a warning shot in the 25th minute when Megan Smith Lynch sent in a cross to the back stick which was met by Jessica Stapleton who send a free header over the bar. It was a warning that Athlone did not heed.

Just four minutes later, Stapleton dropped deep and played through Jessica Ziu. She squared her effort across goal where Noelle Murray was waiting for the tap. Based off the previous few minutes, it had been coming.

Ziu got a lot of joy on the right and was fed through by Stapleton again two minutes later. Niamh Coombes appeared to have come out and quashed the effort, but she spilled the ball. Ziu got it back and squared to Smith Lynch, who fluffed her lines with the goal at her mercy.

Smith Lynch had another good chance at the back post a few before half time when Athlone failed to deal with a cross. Coombes was quick off her line to deal with this well however.

In similar fashion to the first, neither side looked on top for the first few minutes of the second half. Athlone tested Amanda Budden in the 62nd minute when Dana Scheriff got a free run through on goal and laid it back to Muireann Devaney, whose effort forced Budden to dive down and tip wide.

Ziu once again nearly had a second assist ten minutes later when her cross following some good play was met by Smith Lynch. Her acrobatic attempt was straight at Coombes, who spilled the effort but reclaimed the second ball.

Substitute Keeva Keenan wrapped it up however in the 83rd minute when the ball was squared to her and she fired straight at goal. Her effort went in and it ensured Shels took the points.

The win makes it two from two for Shels and another clean sheet. Athlone are still looking for that first win on the other hand.

  • 93'

    Full time.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 83'

    Goal! Keenan likely seals the points for Shels!

  • 80'

    Stapleton has another good effort after the ball was knocked down to her following a free. Coombes got down well to claim it though.

  • 79'

    Stapleton sends one over from close range. A bad miss.

  • 72'

    Slattery back on. Meanwhile, Ziu does brilliantly and puts a cross in, which Smith Lynch gets on the end of an meets with an acrobatic effort. It's straight at Coombes who initially spills it, before claiming the ball.

  • 71'

    Slattery seems to have hurt her finger following a challenge on Scheriff.

  • 62'

    Scheriff gets a run on goal but has to hold it up and feed it back to Devaney, who cracks a shot. Forced Budden to dive down and palm it wide.

  • 61'

    Scheriff gets an attempt off but Budden catches it at her near post.

  • 58'

    Smith Lynch has the first real effort of the second half, but her shot is straight at Coombes.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 45'

    Lang sends an in-swinging free from the right in. but Budden claims it.

  • 45'

    One minute added on.

  • 42'

    Ball falls to Smith Lynch at the back post but Coombes quashes her attempt.

  • 39'

    She comes back on.

  • 36'

    Ryan down for Athlone.

  • 31'

    Weird one. Stapleton played through Ziu (again) before Coombes appeared to have closed her down and claimed the ball. It spilled however and Ziu played it to Smith Lynch, who had the goal at her mercy but fluffed her lines. Should be 2-0.

  • 29'

    Goal! Murray gives Shels the lead after Ziu is played through and she squares it to her for a tap in.

  • 26'

    Stapleton threads one through for Ziu, but Coombes is fast off her line to meet it.

  • 25'

    Smyth-Lynch sends a cross in and Stapleton has an open header. Really should be 1-0 Shels.

  • 21'

    Molloy and Mustaki are having a decent battle. Molloy won it just there, skipping by Mustaki to put in a cross. Lacked end product, however.

  • 17'

    Ziu catches a shot on the edge of the box on the volley and hits a powerful effort, but it's straight at Coombes.

  • 17'

    A Lucy Jane Grant corner falls to Keenan at the back post, but she heads wide.

  • 16'

    She'll continue.

  • 14'

    Stoppage due to an injury to Fox

  • 10'

    Keenan bombs down the left after a ball from Ryan set her free. Took it onto her right and curled one, but it's wide.

  • 10'

    Not much to report since. Very even game so far.

  • 1'

    Shels deal with it.

  • 1'

    Keenan wins Athlone an early corner.

  • 1'

    Shels get us underway.

  • Teams coming out now. Kickoff soon.

  • Athlone have yet to win a game and tonight would be an upset, but Shels haven't played in a fortnight after last weeks clash with Wexford was postponed. Athlone will be hoping to catch them cold.

  • Decent evening in Athlone, bit chillier than earlier and wind has died down, but otherwise it's all good.

  • The teams are now in.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for coverage of tonight's WNL clash between Athlone Town and Shelbourne, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you on tonight's events.

Athlone Town

1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
5Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
6Muireann Devaney 2 Midfielder
7Gillian Keenan Forward
8Dana Scheriff 10 Forward
9Emily Corbet Forward
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy Midfielder
15Lucy Jayne Grant Forward
22Melissa O’Kane 3 Midfielder
23Rita Lang Midfielder
16Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
2Fiona Owens 6 Defender
3Kayleigh Shine 22 Defender
10Kellie Brennan 8 Forward
13Kelsey Munroe Defender
16Alana Roddy Defender
19Antea Guvo Midfielder
24Ciara O’Neill

Shelbourne

1Amanda Budden Goalkeeper
2Jessica Gargan Defender
3Jessie Stapleton Defender
4Pearl Slattery Defender
5Shauna Fox Defender
6Alex Kavanagh Midfielder
7Jessica Ziu 15 Midfielder
8Rachel Graham Defender
10Noelle Murray 22 Forward 29'
11Megan Smyth-Lynch 12 Forward
14Chloe Mustaki Midfielder
20Katie Keane Goalkeeper
12Keeva Keenan 11 Defender 83'
13Leah Doyle Defender
15Jemma Quinn 7 Forward
17Taylor White Forward
19Kate O’Dowd Midfielder
22Gloria Douglas 10 Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 25)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 19)
4 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 16)
1 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 10)
5 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 7)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 1)
0 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Quarter Final)
4 - 1
FAI Cup
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 4)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

Ground

Athlone Town Stadium
Athlone Town Stadium, Old Rail Trail, Garrycastle, Athlone East Rural Electoral Division, The Municipal District of Athlone — Moate, County Westmeath, Leinster, N37 N1F2, Ireland

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