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Date Time League Season
23 April 2022 4:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Waves rock the boat with win over Shels

DLR Waves shook the boat in the Women’s National League this afternoon, overcoming reigning champions Shelbourne 1-0 at the UCD Bowl.

A long ball in found Katie Malone who chipped Amanda Budden to find the back of the net and ensure the home side snatched the lead just before halftime.

The second half saw plenty of opportunities too, but the score-line ultimately remained unchanged and signalled Shelbourne’s first defeat this year.

Kick off was slightly delayed in this Dublin derby as a flare and some goal net issues had to be dealt with. Much of the early play didn’t threaten either side in an enormous capacity, the main highlight other than the goal coming with 34 minutes on the clock when Ireland teammates Eve Badana closed down Abbie Larkin from close range.

Malone then netted in the 43rd minute, marking The Reds’ first goal conceded in the 2022 WNL campaign.

Niamh Prior replaced the injured Nicole Keogh and Saoirse Noonan entered the fray in place of Keeva Keenan in a bid to add some fresh intensity to the second half.

Larkin and Noonan peppered Badana’s goal early in the second half, as did Kerri Letmon and Malone down the other end. 

With around an hour gone Rachel Doyle replaced Sophie Watters, while Jessie Stapleton picked up a yellow card to followed in Pearl Slattery’s footsteps who collected one earlier in the game.

Joy Ralph later came on for Malone as Waves continued to cause problems for Shels with their attacking momentum.

Noel King tried to counteract by bringing in Gloria Douglas and Alex Kavanagh for Abbie Larkin and Rachel Graham in the 70th minute. Douglas in particular nearly had an instant impact, forcing Jess Gleeson into some last ditch defending to keep the ball out of the Sky Blues’ net.

Shauna Fox made way for Jemma Quinn, while Lia O’Leary made her debut for Shels senior team as she replaced Noelle Murray with minutes to go.

Next up for this duo are two rescheduled fixtures as Shels face Wexford Youths and DLR Waves are set to battle it out with Athlone Town.

  • 94'

    All over, DLR Waves win!

  • 94'

    Chance for Ralph but Badana stomps it out

  • 89'

    Lia O'Leary replaces Noelle Murray. It's her debut!

  • 82'

    Jemma Quinn in for Shauna Fox

  • 80'

    10 minutes left in this one! The question is can DLR hang on to inflict Shels' first defeat of the season

  • 78'

    Prior's shot is saved by Budden

  • 76'

    Great save from Badana to keep DLR in the lead

  • 70'

    Gloria Douglas and Alex Kavanagh come in for Abbie Larkin and Rachel Graham

  • 68'

    Joy Ralph enters the fray for Katie Malone

  • 62'

    Stapleton picks up a yellow as Rachel Doyle replaces Watters

  • 61'

    Chance Malone, narrowly escapes goal

  • 57'

    Effort from Noonan goes wide

  • 52'

    Saoirse Noonan came on for Keenan at the break

  • 45'

    Back in play!

  • 46'

    Halftime! DLR go into the break 1-0 up against the reigning champions

  • 45'

    Prior replaces the injured Keogh

  • 45'

    The goal from Malone came as she chipped Budden, marking Shels' first goal conceded in six games

  • 42'

    DLR WAVES TAKE THE LEAD!

  • 35'

    Stapleton hits the back of the net for Shels but the play had already been ruled out for an earlier foul

  • 32'

    Noelle Murray's lays the ball into Shauna Fox who heads the ball wide

  • 31'

    Shels win a freekick just outside of the box

  • 25'

    Noelle Murray down injured

  • 22'

    Kerri Letmon shoots from distance but it never looks like it was going to threaten

  • 21'

    DLR pick out Jess Gleeson in the box and she puts her head to it but nothing comes of it

  • 18'

    Freekick for DLR in a dangerous position

  • 16'

    Shels opportunity from Graham is skied over the bar

  • 13'

    Stapleton header from a Shels corner trickles wide

  • 6'

    A few touches of skill from Murray lead to another Shels opportunity but the ball is collected by Badana and cleared.

  • 5'

    Jessie Stapleton fires a shot towards goal but the effort goes wide for Shels

  • Bit of a delay but the game appears to have kicked off at the UCD Bowl now!

  • It's free to watch live on LOITV, with live updates here on FinalWhistle.ie throughout.

  • Murray has the most goals so far out of either side and so is one to keep an eye on, as is Saoirse Noonan who is returning from injury for the Noel King managed outfit and Sarah McKevitt who garnered a player of the month nomination for her stellar showcases in March.

  • There a Noelle Murray penalty and a controversial Shauna Fox flick on found the back of the net, while Amanda Budden amassed her fourth clean sheet of the year. Fox and Rachel Graham made the official Women’s National League team of the week for their efforts, while Mia Dodd too obtained a spot for Waves.

  • Graham Kelly’s team drew 0-0 in another capital city clash recently, an honors even deadlock split the result against Bohemians in Dalymount. On the other hand Shels collected all three points in a 2-0 win over Galway at Eamonn Deacy Park, setting a club record in both a men’s and women’s capacity as they clinched a 13th successive league victory.

  • The Reds hold first position on 15 points at the top of the table, with Peamount United on the same total but with a game extra played. Wexford Youths then are third in the hunt with 12 points and a game in hand also, which will be settled this coming Tuesday between themselves and Shels. Newcomers Sligo Rovers then find their side on nine points in fourth place, while today’s hosts Waves have eight points in fifth position.

  • After four games on the road the Sky Blues finally return to familiar turf as they hope neither the sprinklers or the current league leaders put a dampener on their parade.

  • DLR Waves look to disrupt Shelbourne’s unbeaten run so far in the 2022 WNL season, hosting the reigning champions at 4pm at the UCD Bowl for the Dublin derby.My name is Alanna Cunnane and I’ll be bringing you today’s match commentary.

DLR Waves

18Eve Badana Goalkeeper
2Nicole Keogh 12 Defender
3Lynn Craven Defender
5Jessica Gleeson Defender
8Nadine Clare Midfielder
9Kerri Letmon Forward
10Katie Malone 27 Forward 42'
13Aoife Brophy Defender
20Mia Dodd Midfielder
22Sophie Watters 7 Midfielder
26Sarah McKevitt Forward
1Rugile Auskalnyte Goalkeeper
6Fiona Donnelly Midfielder
7Rachel Doyle 22 Midfielder
12Niamh Prior 2 Defender
16Avril Brierley Midfielder
17Oleta Griffin Defender
21Jane McKevitt Defender
21Orlagh Fitzpatrick Forward
27Joy Ralph 10 Forward

Shelbourne

1Amanda Budden Goalkeeper
14Chloe Mustaki Defender
2Jessica Gargan Defender
5Shauna Fox 15 Defender
4Pearl Slattery Defender 34'
3Jessie Stapleton Defender 62'
8Rachel Graham 6 Defender
9Abbie Larkin Forward
14Jessica Ziu Midfielder
12Keeva Keenan 11 Defender
10Noelle Murray 16 Forward
20Amanda McQuillan Goalkeeper
6Alex Kavanagh 8 Midfielder
11Saoirse Noonan 12 Forward
13Leah Doyle Defender
15Jemma Quinn 5 Forward
16Lia O’Leary 10 Forward
17Taylor White Forward
18Aoife Kelly Midfielder
Gloria Douglas 9 Forward

Past Meetings

0 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Shelbourne

(Series 23)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v DLR Waves

(Series 14)
1 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Shelbourne

(Series 5)
2 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v DLR Waves

(Series 2)
1 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Shelbourne

(Round 16)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v DLR Waves

(Round 3)
5 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v DLR Waves

(Round 18)
0 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Shelbourne

(Round 12)
3 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v DLR Waves

(Round 5)
0 - 7
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Shelbourne

5 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v DLR Waves

1 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Shelbourne

1 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v DLR Waves

3 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v DLR Waves

1 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Shelbourne

0 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Shelbourne

1 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v DLR Waves

Ground

UCD Bowl
UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.