Date Time League Season
17 September 2022 4:30 pm Women's National League 2022

Match Report

Athlone Town beat Shelbourne at home and close in on first place

Athlone dealt Shelbourne’s title chances a big blow after beating the Reds 2-0 in Lissywollen this evening.

There were large periods of little chances in this one, but a three minute period in the second half that saw Scarlett Heron and Kellie Brennan net for the town ultimately decided it.

Shels dominated possession and had some half chances in the opening few minutes of this game. They looked dangerous but never had a chance that looked like it was going in.

This allowed Athlone to come into it and they had a couple of chances in the 17th and 18th minute. Muireann Devaney forced a Budden save from a long shot and Heron headed the resulting corner over.

The visitors had their best chance of the half and essentially the match in the 41st minute. A ball from the right came into Abbie Larkin’s possession and the Athlone defence stood off her.

This allowed Larkin to turn and shoot, but she blasted over. Arguably a chance she should’ve taken.

By the hour mark the match continued to lack any real flow but substitute Kellie Brennan wound up having a real effect on the match. In ten minutes time, she’d have set up a chance and scored one herself.

In the 65th minute Brennan was found in oceans of space on the left hand side and drove at the Shels defence, eventually working a scoring opportunity. Her effort forced Budden to palm over a certain goal at the near post and the following corner proved fruitful.

Melissa O’Kane swung it in from the left and every Shels defender missed it, allowing Heron to pop up and nod the header in. From here, Athlone drove on.

Just three minutes later their attack had a spell of pressure just outside the box which resulted in a half clearance out right being chased down by Corbet. Corbet chased the ball, swung it in and hit the bar.

Budden was unfortunate as her effort to tip over the cross left her stranded and after it hit the woodwork, the ball fell to Brennan for a headed tap in. In a matter of minutes, this one was sealed.

The visitors failed to threaten the rest of the way and came away with a loss. Athlone now move to two points behind Shels, but will remain in 4th as Peamount look set to beat Sligo. With a win against Treaty, Wexford Youths will move 4 points clear at the top.

  • 93'

    Full time.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 74'

    King is rolling the dice with a triple sub.

  • 68'

    Goal! Kellie Brennan gives Athlone a 2-0 lead after a Corbet cross hits the bar and falls to her for the tap in!

  • 65'

    Goal! Athlone take the lead from the following corner through a Heron header! Shels didn't deal with the ball in and Heron met it!

  • 64'

    A great ball is played to Brennan on the left, who forces a Budden save at her near post. Closest Athlone have come.

  • 60'

    At the hour mark. The 0-0 reflects the match fairly.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 41'

    Best chance of the game so far goes to Shels. A cross from the right finds Larkin, who turns and shoots in the box. Fires over however.

  • 36'

    Fox meets a header from a corner, but it's straight into Coombes arms.

  • 26'

    Starr takes a pot shot, right into Coombes arms.

  • 18'

    Scarlett Heron heads the resulting corner just over.

  • 17'

    Athlone work their first real chance and Devaney forces Budden to tip wide.

  • 12'

    Ball falls to Starr at the back post but she volleys over.

  • 3'

    Stapleton tries her luck with a long range effort but Coombes parries away. All Shelbourne so far.

  • 1'

    We are off.

  • The teams are now in.

  • It's a bit chilly and it will get colder, but the skies are clear and there's no wind. Conditions won't have an effect on today's match.

  • Athlone are in 4th, five points off Shels in 2nd, who are a point off the top following last weeks loss to Peamount. Given the shape of the top of the table, today's game will have big implications.

  • Hello and welcome to for live coverage of today's WNL encounter between Athlone Town and Shelbourne, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout.

Athlone Town

1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
3Kayleigh Shine Defender
5Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
7Gillian Keenan Forward
9Emily Corbet Forward
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
12Maddison Gibson 10 Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy 15 Midfielder
17Scarlett Herron Midfielder 65'
22Melissa O’Kane Midfielder
16Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
10Kellie Brennan 12 Forward 68'
13Kelsey Munroe Defender
15Lucy Jayne Grant 14 Forward
19Emma McGrath Defender
21Antea Guvo Midfielder


1Amanda Budden Goalkeeper
3Jessie Stapleton Defender
4Pearl Slattery Defender
5Shauna Fox Defender
9Abbie Larkin Forward
10Noelle Murray 15 Forward
11Megan Smyth-Lynch 16 Forward
12Keeva Keenan Defender
13Leah Doyle Defender
18Aoife Kelly Midfielder
21Emma Starr 6 Midfielder
38Courtney Maguire Goalkeeper
6Alex Kavanagh 21 Midfielder
8Rachel Graham Defender
15Jemma Quinn 10 Forward
16Lia O’Leary 11 Forward
17Taylor White Forward
19Kate O’Dowd Midfielder
22Leah Riley Midfielder
31Ciara Giles

Past Meetings

(Round 17)
1 - 1
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Round 3)
0 - 2
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 25)
1 - 1
First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 19)
4 - 0
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 16)
1 - 3
First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 10)
5 - 0
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 7)
1 - 0
First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 1)
0 - 2
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Quarter Final)
4 - 1
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 4)
0 - 3
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne


Athlone Town Stadium
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