Date Time League Season
14 May 2022 4:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Mooney Magic delivers win for DLR Waves

An 80th minute Kate Mooney header saw DLR Waves to a 3-2 victory over a resilient Sligo Rovers.

Rovers took the lead early on through Gemma McGuinness but DLR pegged them back before half-time thanks to a Sophie Watters header.

Avril Brierley took Waves into the lead after half-time although Emma Doherty shot in an equaliser for Sligo later on.

Mooney ensured it would be the home side's day however, she rose highest for a late DLR corner to head home the winner in Belfield.

Sligo had the edge in the opening stages as they pushed up on DLR, who had trouble breaking down the visitors when they attacked.

The South Dublin side had an early setback when Sarah McKevitt was injured and forced to leave the field of play in the sixth minute, to be replaced by Avril Brierley.

Another blow would follow for the home side shortly after when they would concede the opening goal of the game.

Rovers' Gemma McGuinness found herself running onto a long Sligo clearance played between the two DLR centre-halves, and the winger used her pace to beat her markers to the ball. She drifted right and shot left past Waves 'keeper Eve Badana to put Sligo up 1-0 in the ninth minute.

Despite conceding, it was Waves that controlled play from then on, although they struggled to beat the excellent Sligo 'keeper Amy Mahon, who was filling in more than enough for injured number 1 Kirsten Sample.

The breakthrough finally came for DLR on 38 minutes. Rachel Doyle won a free in a dangerous position outside the visitor's box and her delivery made its way to the head of Sophie Watters, who headed home an equaliser to see the sides go into the break level.

Waves continued their momentum into the second-half and after some good work on the right wing, Avril Brierley received the ball in the box and she shot in her side's second goal to see them take a 2-1 lead on 49 minutes.

Dominant on the ball, it looked as if DLR would go on to extend their lead. Brierley came close to getting another but she was denied by another Amy Mahon diving save which appeared to boost the visitors.

Rovers headed toward the other end and won a corner, to be taken by Gemma McGuinness. The winger's delivery eventually fell to the feet of Emma Doherty, who used her footwork to make space and the powered her shot into goal to see Sligo go level against the run of play.

It was end to end after that, DLR still saw most of the ball but were kept at bay by Mahon while Sligo countered effectively to create some big chances.

Emma Doherty's strong effort bounced down off the crossbar while Paula McGrory's follow up was blazed over. McGrory found herself in on goal soon after but her attempt went narrowly wide of the left post to keep things level.

DLR proved the more clinical in the end. Substitute Kate Mooney timed her run into the box so that she could head home from a corner to hand DLR the lead on 80 minutes while a late McGuinness chance at the other end was hit right at Eve Badana to see Waves earn a well needed three points.

  • 95'

    Full-Time as DLR take their chances in the second-half to secure a 3-2 victory over Sligo Rovers

  • 94'

    Sligo corner now, could be last chance for the visiting side

  • 94'

    DLR threatening late on

  • 91'

    McGuinness has a late chance but shoots right at the 'keeper and Badana can catch the powerful shot

  • 88'

    Sligo forced to defend in this game's closing stages

  • 85'

    DLR have been the better side since taking the lead

  • 81'

    Waves take the lead again as Kate Mooney powers in a header to make it 3-2!

  • 78'

    DLR free from Griffin is headed wide

  • 75'

    Helen Monaghan replaces Kerri O'Hara for Sligo

  • 74'

    Jess Gleeson heads over from a DLR corner

  • 74'

    Eve Badana catches Doherty's header as Sligo counter effectively again

  • 72'

    Two DLR subs on for the home side

  • 71'

    Paula McGrory finds herself one on one with Badana, her shot goes narrowly wide of the left post

  • 69'

    Mahon deals with Kerri Letmon's shot

  • 69'

    Rovers doing well on the counter

  • 68'

    Oleta Griffin brings down Emma Doherty and earns a booking

  • 67'

    DLR win a corner at the other end

  • 67'

    Emma Doherty's shot bounces down from the DLR crossbar and the follow up attempt is blazed over. Rovers coming close!

  • 63'

    Katie Malone free in the box but called offside

  • 62'

    DLR have to push for another now

  • 59'

    GOAL for Sligo!!!!!! The ball falls to Emma Doherty in the DLR box, she powers in an equaliser. 2-2

  • 58'

    Fiona Doherty wins a corner for Sligo

  • 57'

    Good save by Amy Mahon, who dives left to deny Brierley's attempt

  • 55'

    Letmon's shot is left and wide

  • 52'

    DLR controlling play, Sligo can't keep the ball

  • 49'

    Avril Brierley shoots in DLR's second, to take her side up 2-1

  • 48'

    Waves putting the visitors under pressure from the start

  • 47'

    DLR free on the stand side

  • 45'

    Second-half begins courtesy of Sligo!

  • 46'

    Half Time. DLR 1 - 1 Sligo in Belfield

  • 44'

    DLR have been in control since scoring, threatening for another

  • 44'

    1 minute additional time at the UCD Bowl

  • 38'

    Watters heads in an equaliser for DLR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 38'

    Rachel Doyle wins a free for DLR in a good position

  • 37'

    Sligo not seeing much ball but their front three looks very dangerous when close to goal

  • 35'

    Great diving save by Mahon to deny Watters

  • 33'

    Brierley goes high and well wide of the target

  • 32'

    Watters shot iis collected by Mahon

  • 30'

    Sligo being pressed hard by Waves

  • 29'

    Badana saves from Doherty's effort at the other end

  • 27'

    Katie Malone does well to cross into the Sligo box but Mahon gets to it yet again to stop the ball falling to Brierley

  • 25'

    Rovers nearly through on goal again but called offside!

  • 23'

    Letmon wins a corner for DLR

  • 20'

    Waves still pushing but Sligo are keeping them out. Another save by Mahon to deny Brierley getiing a header

  • 19'

    A great save by Mahon to deny Rachel Doyle's powerful effort from long range!

  • 17'

    Amy Mahon can punch clear a DLR delivery

  • 17'

    The home side trying to push for an equaliser in recent moments

  • 15'

    DLR corner defended

  • 10'

    Sligo Goal!!!!!!!!!!! The visitors take the lead through a Gemma McGuinness score!

  • 6'

    Avril Brierley replaces the injured McKevitt

  • 5'

    Sarah McKevitt down injured, looks like she will be replaced for DLR

  • 4'

    No huge chances yet , Sligo attacking now

  • 1'

    Sligo kick things off at the Belfield Bowl!

  • Kick-Off less than 5 minutes away!

  • Rachel Doyle scored a second-half brace against Sligo in DLR's 3-0 win over the Bit O'Red at the start of the season. She starts today for the Waves

  • Its a big day for Amy Mahon, who replaces the injured Kirsten Sample in goal for Sligo

  • Team news in!

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle\'s coverage of the WNL clash between DLR Waves and Sligo Rovers in Belfield. My name is Jack Joy and I'll be taking you through the game with live updates. Kick-Off is at 4pm!

DLR Waves

18Eve Badana Goalkeeper
3Lynn Craven Defender
5Jessica Gleeson Defender
6Fiona Donnelly 8 Midfielder
7Rachel Doyle 14 Midfielder
9Kerri Letmon 23 Forward
10Katie Malone Forward
13Aoife Brophy Defender
17Oleta Griffin Defender 68'
22Sophie Watters Midfielder 38'
26Sarah McKevitt 16 Forward
1Rugile Auskalnyte Goalkeeper
8Nadine Clare 6 Midfielder
12Niamh Prior Defender
14Orlagh Fitzpatrick 7 Forward
16Avril Brierley 26 Midfielder 49'
21Jane McKevitt Defender
23Kate Mooney 9 Forward 81'
28Lovisa Lindquist Forward
30Neema Nyangasi Defender

Sligo Rovers

16Amy Mahon Goalkeeper
2Leah Kelly 21 Defender
5Orna O’Dowd Defender
6Amy Hyndman 13 Forward
7Gemma McGuinness Forward 10'
8Lauren Boles Midfielder
9Emma Doherty Forward 59'
12Amy Roddy Defender
14Kerri O’Hara 22 Defender
15Fiona Doherty Forward
18Paula McGrory Forward
30Caoimhe Brennan Goalkeeper
3Ruth Monaghan Defender
10Erin Coyle Midfielder
11Aoife Brennan Forward
13Katie Melly 6 Midfielder
17Lauren McLellan Forward
21Sarah Kiernan 2 Defender
22Helen Monaghan 14 Defender
23Ciara Henry Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v DLR Waves


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

Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University