Date Time League Season
10 September 2022 4:00 pm Women's National League 2022

Match Report

DLR Waves and Athlone Town share spoils at the Bowl

A goal in either half of the 1-1 draw at the UCD Bowl forced DLR Waves and Athlone Town to share the points in the Womens National League.

After being subjected to relentless pressure in the first period of the first half, DLR took the lead thanks to a superb headed goal from Kate Mooney.

The visitors came back with a determined second half performance, and although having a few chances that were close, they finally scored late in the match when Maddison Gibson gave the midlanders their due for their perseverance by levelling the game with a late strike.

Athlone nearly took the lead early in the contest as Emily Corbet's initial shot was blocked by Lynn Craven, she got a second bite of the cherry but her curling effort was cleared off the line by Aoife Brophy. 

For the Waves, some good build-up down the left by Kerri Letmon saw her cross to Fiona Donnelly saw the midfielder strike from range that had to be well saved by Coombes in the Athlone goal. 

Emily Corbet had a glorious chance to put Athlone ahead but her shot after a cross from Molloy saw the striker hook her shot over the bar with the goal at her mercy.

Despite being under pressure for most of the first half DLR took the lead after Sarah McKevitt's cross was met by Kate Mooney and she headed low past Niamh Coombes at the back post to put the home side in the lead. 

The Blues nearly added a second early after the break as Kerri Letmon’s attempt on goal saw her effort go just wide on the six-yard box after an excellent cross from Kate Mooney to her. Athlone continued to press with Muireann Devaney having a sight on goal with a shot from just outside the area that was well saved by Eve Bandana. 

Maddison Gibson who had a great chance missed in the first half made amends for that as she levelled for the away side. Collecting the ball from an initial cross in the DLR goal area she calmly teed up her shot by switching her feet and striking from close range. 

Scarlett Herron a second-half change for Athlone nearly sealed the three points but the Irish under 19’s effort just went wide. 

  • 78'

    DLR Waves make a double change. It’s a senior debut for Robyn Bolger as she replaces Sarah McKevitt. Also coming in is Shauna Carroll replacing Kerri Letmon.

  • 77'

    GOAL: And Athlone's persistence has paid off and they have got their equaliser. A cross into the area found Maddison Gibson who pounced to level the tie.

  • 61'

    CHANCE: ATHLONE go close with a header from Scarlet Herron as the Monaghan native just heads wide.

  • 59'

    CHANCE: Muireann Devaney has a chance with a shot from just outside the area but it is gathered by Eve Badana.

  • 56'

    Emily Corbet is off and is replaced by Irish Under 19 Scarlet Herron.

  • 53'

    Athlone press for an equaliser in recent minutes but Lynn Craven is ensuring that all passes into the area are cleared as the experienced defender is ensuring no trouble is finding Bandanas way.

  • 51'

    CHANCE: Kerri Letmon has an attempt on goal and goes close as her shot goes wide from inside the six-yard box after an excellent cross from Kate Mooney into the area.

  • 50'

    A quiet opening to the second half - DLR and Athlone have both pressed forward but nothing of note to put pressure on the respective keepers.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF: We are back underway at the UCD Bowl.

  • 46'

    Carla McManus comes into the game replacing Fiona Donnelly as Graham Kelly looks to add a more attacking threat to the DLR front line.

  • 45'

    The teams are back out on the pitch and we will be ready for the second half in a few moments.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Athlone pressed for much of the half but its DLR who took the lead after an impressive goal from Kate Mooney.

  • 45'

    Mia Dodd with a fantastic effort from outside the box that comes off the underside of the crossbar and back into play. DLR could have easily doubled their lead there.

  • 45'

    Athlone pressing for an equaliser here as we reach the half time but as things stand it is the home side who are in the lead: there are three added minutes at the end of the first half.

  • 39'

    GOAL: They have been under pressure for most of this game but Kate Mooney heads DLR in front from close range after a clever cross from Sarah McKevitt.

  • 33'

    Kate Mooney at the back post defending for DLR had to make sure the dangerous Athlone corner from Kayleigh Shine was cleared at the last minute.

  • 28'

    SAVE: Gillian Keenan broke free of the DLR defence and her shot was excellently saved by the onrushing Eve Bandana.

  • 24'

    CHANCE! For DLR Fiona Donnelly struck a long-range effort that was well saved by Coombes in the Athlone goal. The build-up saw some good work down the left by Kerri Letmon.

  • 24'

    CHANCE! Emily Corbet with a glorious chance to put her side ahead but her shot from Molloy but she hooks her shot over! So close!

  • 22'

    CHANCE: Roisin Molloy bears down the left and gets two chances to cross the ball into the DLR Waves area - the ball falls to Maddison Gibson whose effort was blocked en route to goal.

  • 17'

    A free kick sent into the DLR area is well saved by Eve Bandana - she releases the ball quick and the home sides counter attack comes to nothing and its a goal kick to Athlone.

  • 13'

    A great cross into the area was nearly met by Mia Dodd but she clashed with Jessica Hennessy and the referee calls a foul - Hennessy has to receive attention from the physios.

  • 11'

    Kate Mooney is down receiving attention following going down with an injury - the players going over to see her show the measure of how worried they are about her.

  • 7'

    Another big chance for Athlone as a cross sent into the area is cleared by Aoife Brophy, the away side have really penned DLR to the hilt at the moment.

  • 3'

    OFF THE LINE: Athlone nearly take the lead as Emily Corbet's initial shot was blocked by Lynn Craven, she got a second bite of the cherry and her curling effort was cleared off the line by Aoife Brophy - that was excellent defending as Corbet's shot had beaten Bandana at the near post.

  • 2'

    CHANCE: A corner sent in was met by Fiona Donnelly but her shot was blocked down.

  • KICK OFF: We are underway at the UCD Bowl as DLR gets the game underway.

  • We are just about to kick off here, both teams in their respective huddles.

  • Conditions at the UCD Bowl are perfect for today's game. The sun is out and there the pitch isn't too cut up from last nights contest between UCD and Dundalk.

  • The team news from DLR Wavesto faces Athlone Town. There are two changes from last week see Lynn Craven and Kerri Lemon replace Sophie Watters and Avril Brierley. There are also many congratulations to goalkeeper Eve Badana who captains the side today on her 50th appearance for the club.

  • Good Evening from FinalWhistle HQ - Ciaran Callan here to go through this afternoons action between DLR Waves and Athlone Town.

DLR Waves

18Eve Badana Goalkeeper
2Nicole Keogh Defender
3Lynn Craven Defender
4Louise Corrigan Defender
6Fiona Donnelly 20 Midfielder
9Kerri Letmon 25 Forward
10Katie Malone Forward
13Aoife Brophy Defender
20Mia Dodd Midfielder
23Kate Mooney Forward 39'
26Sarah McKevitt 19 Forward
1Rugile Auskalnyte Goalkeeper
11Catherine Cronin Midfielder
16Avril Brierley Midfielder
19Robyn Bolger 26 Forward
20Carla McManus 6 Forward
21Jane McKevitt Defender
25Shauna Carroll 9 Midfielder
27Joy Ralph Forward
30Neema Nyangasi Defender

Athlone Town

1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
3Kayleigh Shine Defender
5Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
7Gillian Keenan Forward
9Emily Corbet 17 Forward
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
12Maddison Gibson Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy Midfielder
16Kate Slevin 15 Midfielder
22Melissa O’Kane 13 Midfielder
10Kellie Brennan Forward
13Kelsey Munroe 22 Defender
15Lucy Jayne Grant 16 Forward
16Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
17Scarlett Herron 9 Midfielder
19Emma McGrath Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 18)
2 - 1
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v DLR Waves

(Round 5)
0 - 1
Women's National League
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Athlone Town

(Series 25)
1 - 0
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v DLR Waves

(Series 16)
1 - 1
Women's National League
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Athlone Town

(Series 7)
0 - 1
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v DLR Waves

(Series 2 - Group 2)
0 - 0
Women's National League
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Athlone Town

(Series 8)
1 - 4
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v DLR Waves


UCD Bowl
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Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.