Date Time League Season
26 April 2022 7:45 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Athlone deliver upset against DLR Waves

Athlone managed to pull off the upset after going to Belfield tonight and beating DLR Waves 1-0.

Chances were at a premium in this one and neither side really had many clear cut ones. It took a Niamh Prior own goal in the 57th minute to decide it.

You’d be forgiven for thinking in the opening ten minutes that this could be an action packed game. Athlone had a trio of corners in the 2nd minute, but to no avail.

Five minutes later a wayward pass in midfield from DLR sent Gillian Keenan through on goal. With a defender breathing down her neck, she had a crack at goal. It was at a favourable height for Eve Badana though and she palmed the shot away.

From here on out for the rest of the half however, there was very little action. The closest DLR came to scoring all game really came in the 41st minute, when a Sarah McKevitt cross took a ricochet in the box and both Orlagh Fitzpatrick and Katie Malone got shots off, but the pair were both blocked.

The second half started in quiet fashion as well, with no real chances coming in the first ten. It would take a little bit of luck for either side to break the deadlock.

In the 57th minute, Athlone won a deep free that did not seem threatening. Kelsey Munroe swung it into the box nevertheless and DLR dealt with it poorly, allowing it to bounce in the box.

Badana came to claim it but Niamh Prior got the vital touch, sending it into her own net whilst trying to ensure Kayleigh Shine didn’t get to it. A bit of luck, but Athlone won’t care.

DLR lacked serious urgency the rest of the way, failing to get any clear cut chances or even pepper the Athlone box whatsoever. They made a triple sub in the 73rd minute to roll the dice, but this didn’t inject any life into them.

Athlone could’ve wrapped it up in the 75th minute when a long ball found Emily Corbett and she got a run through on goal, getting to the ball before Badana but sending her shot wide, failing to repeat her heroics of Saturday. A missed chance that could’ve let the Waves back into it.

They failed to press on however. Athlone hang on for the upset win, earning their third victory of the season.

  • 93'

    Full time. Athlone pull it off.

  • 93'

    Full time. Athlone pull it off.

  • 91'

    Shine lashes a shot goalwards but sends it over.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 75'

    Corbett is played in and gets a shot off but shoots wide. Massive let off.

  • 73'

    Quadruple sub for DLR. Rolling the dice...

  • 70'

    Athlone have done a solid job of keeping DLR at bay since the goal. Twenty minutes left for DLR to get something out of this.

  • 57'

    Goal! Athlone take the lead after a deep Munroe cross isn't dealt with and Niamh Prior heads into her own goal!

  • 46'

    DLR start the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 45'

    Munroe feels ambitious after her goal at the weekend and swings a long free right at Badana, who catches with ease.

  • 41'

    DLR get a shot off in the Athlone box after a ricochet off a cross but it's blocked.

  • 37'

    Coombes spills a corner and gives DLR a chance, but Keenan eventually clears it.

  • 30'

    At the half hour mark and the tempo hasn't picked up. More frustrating for DLR, despite the fact Athlone have had the best chance. Jessica Hennessy also having a notably good game.

  • 20'

    This game has lacked much action in the opening twenty. Athlone seem happy to soak up pressure and then hit Waves on the counter, but they've been confined to their own half mostly.

  • 7'

    Kennan is sent through on goal but Badana stands firm.

  • 2'

    Nothing came of it but Athlone just had three corners in a row. Early pressure.

  • 1'

    Athlone kick us off.

  • The DLR Waves lineup is now also in.

  • The Athlone lineup is now in.

  • Both these teams come into this one fresh off wins at the weekend, so both are looking to string together some good results.

  • Hello and welcome to for coverage of today's WNL clash between DLR Waves and Athlone Town, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout the evening.

DLR Waves

18Eve Badana Goalkeeper
3Lynn Craven Defender
5Jessica Gleeson Defender
6Fiona Donnelly 27 Midfielder
8Nadine Clare Midfielder
10Katie Malone 16 Forward
12Niamh Prior Defender 57'
13Aoife Brophy Defender
14Orlagh Fitzpatrick 9 Forward
20Mia Dodd 7 Midfielder
26Sarah McKevitt Forward
1Aja Chambers Goalkeeper
7Rachel Doyle 20 Midfielder
9Kerri Letmon 14 Forward
16Avril Brierley 10 Midfielder
17Oleta Griffin Defender
21Jane McKevitt Defender
22Sophie Watters Midfielder
27Joy Ralph 6 Forward
28Lovisa Lindquist Forward

Athlone Town

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

Past Meetings

(Series 25)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v DLR Waves

(Series 16)
1 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Athlone Town

(Series 7)
0 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v DLR Waves

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

DLR Waves v Athlone Town

(Series 8)
1 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v DLR Waves


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