Date Time League Season
26 March 2022 2:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Athlone grab first win of 2022

Athlone Town earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 win over Galway WFC at home today.

A Gillian Keenan brace as well as a free kick from Kelsey Munroe did the job for the town. Aoife Thomspon looked like she had put pressure on for the final 15, but Athlone held on.

This wasn’t a very action packed first half, but Galway seemed to have most of the chances. Chloe Singleton found a lot of joy on the right hand side and sent crosses in during the first twenty, but no one was taking advantage of any of her attempts.

Athlone perhaps got away with some poor set piece defending in the 23rd minute when Emma Starr sent in an in-swinging cross that was not dealt with and ended up hitting the post.

The closest chance of the first half came on the brink of half time when Jenna Slattery worked her way into the Athlone box and got a shot off. Her effort dipped just over the bar however.

Galway looked like they had taken the lead in the 53rd minute when Emma Starr got on the end of a Shauna Brennan cross and nodded in. The flag went up, but it was a ridiculously close call. Galway might have a reason to feel hard done by.

It came back to bite them. Ten minutes later, they did not deal with an Athlone corner and the ball fell to Gillian Keenan who hammered it in at the near post. Perhaps against the run of play, but Athlone to their credit took the first big chance that came their way.

Another ten minutes passed and it was 2-0. Kelsey Munroe off the bench hit a left footed free well out on the right and it dipped over Ronayne in. It looked like the points were sealed.

But barely 60 seconds later this was back in the balance. Singleton aggressively won the ball out right and sent in another cross, which was nodded home by Aoife Thompson to set up a grand stand final fifteen.

Galway failed to kick on though and were punished in the 86th minute when a through ball from another sub, Kellie Brennan, found its way to Keenan. Keenan chipped Ronayne to get her second and Athlone win number one on the year.

Athlone travel to the capital next to take on DLR Waves. Galway will look to bounce back v Treaty.

Athlone Town

1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
2Fiona Owens Defender
5Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
7Gillian Keenan Forward 63', 86'
8Dana Scheriff Forward
9Emily Corbet Forward
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy Midfielder
22Melissa O’Kane Midfielder
15Lucy Jayne Grant Forward
16Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
3Kayleigh Shine Defender
10Kellie Brennan Forward
13Kelsey Munroe Defender 73'
19Laoise Ó hAodha Midfielder
21Antea Guvo Midfielder
23Rita Lang Midfielder

Galway WFC

20Abbiegayle Ronayne Goalkeeper
2Becky Walsh Defender
5Emma Starr Midfielder
6Shauna Brennan Defender
7Chloe Singleton Midfielder
9Jenna Slattery Midfielder
11Lindsay Guerrero Midfielder
13Aoife Thompson Forward 74'
14Therese Kinnevey Defender
17Taylor Rutland Defender
18Jamie Erickson Defender
1Leah Hayes Cohen Goalkeeper
4Nicole McNamara Defender
12Aoibheann Costello Midfielder
16Rola Olusola Forward
19Saoirse Healey Forward
23Maya Rutland Forward
24Roisin Jacob Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 26)
1 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Athlone Town

(Series 17)
1 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway WFC

(Series 8)
3 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Athlone Town

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

Galway WFC v Athlone Town


Athlone Town Stadium
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