Date Time League Season
29 March 2023 7:45 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2023

Match Report

Bohemians Secure First Home Berth In 2023 Season

Bohemians picked up their first victory at Dalymount this season with a 3-0 win over DLR Waves in an eventful Dublin Derby tonight.

Goals from Sarah Rowe from the spot and Erica Burke either side of an Isabel Finnegan red card for a clash off the ball with Burke all within seven minutes of the break sealed the points for the hosts. Bates Crosbie made it three as she came off the bench to tap home a rebound midway through the second half.

Bohs will be delighted with three wins from their first five at the quarter mark of their season as they go into an extended break now with the internationals to come along with their first bye week of the season. DLR Waves will look to regroup at home against Sligo in just over two weeks' time.

It was the home side who looked the brighter of the two inside the opening ten minutes, with Erica Burke proving a handful up top with some neat hold up play on multiple occasions but she could not help her team find an early lead.

The away side had their first big chance on the 15th minute mark, Eve O'Brien with a free header in the box but got underneath the ball and couldn't direct it on target to the relief of Rachael Kelly in the Bohs net.

Waves continued with another decent chance moments later, Lisa Murphy was forced into an incredible goal saving challenge on Michelle Doonan who pushed the ball past the onrushing Kelly but could not get her shot away despite the gaping net. Murphy did well to hold her up as when Doonan got past the Bohs netminder it looked a certainty that the away side would take the lead.

As we ticked towards the half hour mark the game was starting to fall into a little bit of a lull, understandably so after the flurry of early opportunities. Waves, having conceded just the single goal to Peamount in their three games so far, were looking comfortable at the back. Bohemians were looking at their most threatening hitting the wide flanks with Prior and Rowe looking lively chasing long balls in behind the back line.

Bohs took the lead just before the break from the spot. Katie Malone rushed back to try to intercept Sarah Rowe who picked up the ball free in the box but Malone was too aggressive in the tackle and knocked her down from behind. Rowe stepped up herself and smashed into the top right corner.

Things went from bad to worse for the away side moments later as Isobel Finnegan was shown a straight red card just five minutes before the break. Finnegan and Burke came together off the ball and Burke ended up on the floor with the referee showing Finnegan the straight red card to her absolute dismay. Finnegan and Burke went back and forth shoving each other and on the third shove seemed to have her hand slightly high, catching Burke potentially in the neck, Finnegan was immediately enraged about the decision and seemingly the players reaction to the incident but there was no changing minds for the official. The away side with an absolute mountain to climb to get back into this at this stage as they would just hope to get in level at the break.

Bohemians had other ideas though, as they pushed for a second goal before the break and got their reward due to some sublime moments of quality.. Burdis played a lovely ball down the left side to Rachel Doyle, who played a stunning ball onto the head of the inrushing Erica Burke, who had recovered from the blow that brought out the red card moments ago to rise up and guide the ball from 10 yards out into the side netting across Badana, doubling the hosts lead.

The second half was understandably dominated by Bohemians as they looked comfortable holding the ball playing against the ten women of Waves. Bohs made it three in the 67th minute of the game. Bates Crosbie poked home with ease having just come off the bench as a sub but all the plaudits on this have to go to Sarah Rowe who held off Waves defenders as they dropped like flies with Rowe driving into the area. The ball fell to Mia Dodd who struck well but Badana’s flying save ended up at the feet of Crosbie who scored within moments of coming on.

As the half wore on the frustration of the DLR Waves players was starting to show as tempers began to flare with tackles becoming more aggressive, the away side clearly feeling aggrieved after the red card decision.

Bates Crosbie should’ve picked up her second in eerily similar fashion as her first but this time the rebound ended up in the hands of the grateful Badana. Once again though Sarah Rowe coming in from the right causing havoc as her and Erica Burke seemed to be all over everything positive for the hosts tonight in Dalymount.

Waves did force Rachael Kelly into a big save in the final ten minutes with a well hit long range effort that Kelly met well parrying up and onto the bar and thankfully for her, behind for a corner.

Bohs saw the game out pretty well from here with Lara Phipps coming off the bench for the hosts and looking lively but they never really pushed on for a fourth goal. The Dalymount side will be very pleased with their performance against as Waves side who need to group and forget this one as they go again in a few weeks.


1Rachael Kelly Goalkeeper
3Katie Burdis 7 Defender
4Lisa Murphy Midfielder
5Ciara Maher Defender
6Fiona Donnelly Midfielder
8Rachel Doyle 19 Midfielder
9Erica Burke Forward 44'
10Mia Dodd Midfielder
11Niamh Prior Defender
14Sarah Rowe Forward 38'
17Katie Lovely Defender
20Meadbh Ryan Goalkeeper
7Kira Bates Crosbie 3 Midfielder 67'
12Aoife Robinson Forward
15Abbie O’Hara Defender
16Leah Hughes Midfielder
19Lara Phipps 8 Midfielder
21Sophie Hanlon Midfielder
23Amy Ellis Defender

DLR Waves

18Eve Badana Goalkeeper
2Nicole Keogh 19 Defender
3Aoife Brophy Defender
5Jessica Gleeson Defender
6Isobel Finnegan Midfielder 40'
7Sarah McKevitt 14 Forward
10Katie Malone 12 Forward
13Neema Nyangasi 8 Defender
17Oleta Griffin Defender
20Michelle Doonan 23 Forward
22Eve O’Brien Forward
1Rugile Auskalnyte Goalkeeper
4Hannah Tobin Jones Defender
8Rebecca McMahon 13 Midfielder
11Catherine Cronin Midfielder
12Bronagh Kane 10 Midfielder
14Amber Cosgrove 7 Forward
16Freya Roche Forward
19Robyn Bolger 2 Forward
23Cliodhna Donnelly 20 Midfielder
  • 90'

    Full-time, Bohemians have won at home for the first time this season.

  • 89'

    Bohs comfortably seeing the clock tick away here, don't expect much more to happen.

  • 84'

    DLR with their first major chance of the half, a long shot that Kelly did extremely well to get up and parry onto the bar and over for a corner.

  • 75'

    Bates Crosbie should've had a second rebound tap in but put it back across to Badana somehow. Rowe causing mayhem once again.

  • 75'

    No question of the outcome at this point as Bohs play through the final 15 minutes in control now.

  • 69'

    Kira Bates Crosby puts the hosts 3-0 up. Sarah Rowe held off absolutely everyone before getting a shot towards net, Badana saved well but Crosby who had just come into the game tapped home on the rebound.

  • 65'

    Burke looked to turn provider for Rowe this time and it was a peach of a ball but Rowe couldn't get ahold of it.

  • 63'

    Nyangasi with a chance for the away side but the onrushing Kelly did well this time.

  • 59'

    Kelly choosing to shuffle the cards just before the hour mark as DLR make a double change. Kane and Bolger come in.

  • 53'

    Bohs looking very comfortable playing infront of the ten women, would be extremely surprised if they do not net again.

  • 45'

    Second half back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time and the hosts lead 2-0.

  • 44'

    GOAL! Erica Burke recovers from the earlier incident to rise up and put a beautiful header into the side netting to double the home sides lead.

  • 44'

    Wow what a couple of minutes, DLR Waves will be hoping to make it to the break just one behind here to regroup.

  • 41'

    Finnegan has been sent off for DLR Waves! An off the ball coming together with Erica Burke who went down, Finnegan looked absolutely distraught at the sight of the card but Waves now have a mountain to climb.

  • 38'

    GOAL! Sarah Rowe steps up herself and smashed into the top right corner!

  • 35'

    Penalty for Bohs! Sarah Rowe tackled from behind on the ball, no controversies about this one!

  • 32'

    Bohs looking their best when hitting Waves on the break and have the opportunity to go in behind with Prior and Rowe on the wings.

  • 25'

    McKevitt replaced by Amber Cosgrove in an early enforced sub for the away side.

  • 23'

    This game has been a cracker so far. Waves with chances in the Bohs box and moments later Rowe provided Dodd with a lovely pull back to the edge of the box but Mia smashed just over.

  • 17'

    Lisa Murphy with an incredible goal saving challenge on Michelle Doonan who pushed the ball passed the onrushing Kelly but could not get her shot away despite the gaping net.

  • 15'

    Massive chance for the away side, Eve O'Brien with a free header in the box but got underneath the ball and couldn't direct it on target.

  • 12'

    A lovely through ball from Murphy down the right found Mia Dodd but she could not pick out Burke coming through the middle. Another half chance for Bohs.

  • 10'

    Bohs finally starting to come alive here, Erica Burke looking lively.

  • 7'

    Burke with some great back to goal play to slide in Rowe who was unable to find much contact with the attempted finish.

  • 6'

    Waves with the first corner but Nyangasi unable to find the target with a header.

  • 5'

    DLR Waves in the majority of the possession in the early phases of this game. A bright start for the South Dublin side.

  • 1'

    Underway in Dalyer!

  • Waves are without the services of Joy Ralph this evening as she featured for the Ireland U17s earlier today against France. Meanwhile, for Bohs Burdis and Prior come in Bates Crosby who drops to the bench and Craven who is not in the squad tonight.

  • Good evening and welcome to our live commentary of Bohs v Waves in the Women's Premier Division. Kickoff in Dalymount is less than 45 minutes away with the teams confirmed for you in the lineup tab.

Past Meetings

(Round 23)
2 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC 2-1 DLR Waves

(Round 14)
0 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Bohemian FC

(Round 6)
0 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v DLR Waves

(Series 24)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Bohemian FC

(First Round)
0 - 3
FAI Women's Cup
Dalymount Park

Bohemians v DLR Waves

(Series 15)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Oscar Traynor Centre

Bohemian FC v DLR Waves

(Series 6)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

DLR Waves v Bohemian FC

(Series 1 - Group 2)
0 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v DLR Waves

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

DLR Waves v Bohemian FC


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