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22 May 2021 2:00 pm Women's National League 2021

Match Report

Lone Whelan goal the difference for Shels

In a game that saw little between the sides, it was always going to take something small to break the deadlock in a tense match between Bohemians and Shelbourne, and Emily Whelan's goal in the first half was all that.

Shels kept their impressive form intact, while Bohs will be ruing their bad luck once more.

In what was a very solid defensive and organised performance from the home side, a soft header back in the direction of goalkeeper Courtney Maguire was all that Whelan needed to slot the ball past her opponent to take the three points back to Tolka Park.

This result means Shelbourne maintain the pressure on leader Peamount United while Bohemians will be looking to add more to their attacking game next week.

The opening exchanges were a series of attacks from the visitors who looked to take the game to Bohs, the best of those chances fell to Noelle Murray as a cross from the right fell to the forward on the edge of the area but her effort fell wide of the mark. In a game of little give, it was important to take the chances when presented.

Whelan and Saoirse Noonan were next to test the hands of Courtney Maguire in the Bohs goal but Noonan’s effort also flashed wide. The away sides persistence paid off when Isobel Finnegan's headed pass back to Maguire fell short of its target and Whelan was on hand to latch onto the loose ball and despatch with ease.

Bohemians tactics of counterattacking with pace started to pay dividends in the second half as Sean Byrne’s side got more joy. Once again Courtney Maguire was called into action as she pulled off a fantastic save to deny Noonan who was one on one with her. The hosts tried their best from set-piece plays and from a corner the ball fell to Sophie Watters but she couldn't get a proper connection. Erica Burke continued to press for the home side but her free-kick didn’t trouble Shelbourne's defence.

Both Whelan and substitute Aoife Robinson had chances late on to have a say on the outcome of the game but it was the formers early goal that was enough to claim the three points in a game that showed the Sean Byrne’s side is not as far off as the likes of Shelbourne than the table suggests. 

  • 90'

    Full Time: In a game that saw little between the sides, it was always going to take something small to break the deadlock in a tense match between Bohemians and Shelbourne. Emily Whelan's goal in the first half was all that separated the sides as Shelbourne kept their impressive form intact while Bohemians will be ruing their bad luck once more. In what was a very solid defensive and organised performance from the home side, a soft header back in the direction of goalkeeper Courtney Maguire was all that Whelan needed to slot the ball past her opponent to take the three points back to Tolka Park. This result means Shelbourne maintain the pressure on leader Peamount United while Bohemians will be looking to add more to their attacking game next week.

  • 90'

    Stapleton tries her luck in the dying seconds but it goes over the bar.

  • 90'

    Mulligan comes on to make an appearance in the final minutes.

  • 90'

    Bronagh Kane comes off in the last minute.

  • 89'

    Lisa Murphy comes on to replace her.

  • 87'

    Brophy did get some joy down the right hand side in the first half but her chances were few and far between in a very solid performance.

  • 84'

    Aoife Robinson nearly makes a dream impact with a header at the back post that just goes over, a bit of direction and it could have caused Shelbourne some problems.

  • 76'

    Robinson has had a big impact scoring from the bench will today be another one of those days?

  • 76'

    A tough game for Chemaou feeding off scraps as she comes off.

  • 75'

    Katie Lovely comes on to replace her.

  • 75'

    Bohs make their first sub of the day as Cahill comes off.

  • 75'

    The goal scorer Emily Whelan comes off, will her goal be the deciding one?

  • 75'

    White comes on for the final quarter of the game.

  • 73'

    Emily Whelan finds herself in the area after a high ball is sent into her and she was unmarked, she hits the effort on the volley but it goes high and over the bar.

  • 69'

    From a corner, Jessie Stapleton gets a free header by the back post and her powerful effort is saved well by Maguire.

  • 67'

    Burke's free-kick is sent in but the keeper collects with ease, there was pace on the ball and could have troubled the keeper but she gathered with ease.

  • 64'

    The first attacking effort for Bohemians in the second half sees a corner come into the area but Sophie Watters couldn't get a proper connection on the ball.

  • 58'

    Big chance to make it 2-0 as Jamie Finn breaks free in a sweeping attacking move but her effort just goes wide of the post.

  • 58'

    Dodd comes on to replace the injured Ziu

  • 58'

    Jessica Ziu comes off with an injury

  • 56'

    It looks like Jessica Ziu's game is finished and will be replaced.

  • 55'

    There is a pause in the game as a Shelbourne player has gone down injured, Bohemians players to their credit were told to put the ball out of play and they did so in order for the player to receive attention.

  • 50'

    A fantastic stop by Maguire to deny Noonan a second goal as he pulled off an excellent save one on one. The ball sent cleared for a throw in.

  • 46'

    We are back underway for the second half, Shelbourne kicks us off and we are back underway.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: It has been the tale of two teams performances, Bohemians very solid approach to defending against a very fluid and attack-minded Shelbourne side. It will be interesting to see what approach will come in the second half.

  • 43'

    Almost a calamity for Bohemians but Maguire it seemed let the ball run across the face of goal but she got down to catch the ball at the last second.

  • 35'

    End to end stuff here as both sides look to get a real foothold in the game, Bohemians starting to get a little bit of luck with their forward play and are getting some sights on goal all the while Shels are looking to press with a high line against the Bohemians defence.

  • 26'

    And Shels have taken the lead, Isobel Finnegan's header back to Maguire was weak and Emily Whelan was on hand to latch onto the loose ball and score with ease.

  • 25'

    It appears that Bohemians have identified the right side of the Shelbourne defence as a weak spot as every time they counter-attack it's played down that flank with Abbi Brophy and Erica Burke linking up.

  • 19'

    Emily Whelan breaks for the left and sends the ball into Saoirse Noonan in the area but her effort as she took her shot across the face of goal goes well wide of the mark.

  • 15'

    Jamie Finn breaks into the area and avoids a tackle to hit a speculative effort at Maguire in the Bohemians goal but her effort was always rising, the angle was tight for the Shels player.

  • 13'

    Big chance for Noelle Murray to open the scoring, a cross from the right fell to the forward on the edge of the area but she pulls her shot wide of the Bohemians goal. Her reaction to the effort said it all.

  • 8'

    Murray's free-kick takes a deflection off the wall and its a corner, it was a free kick in a dangerous position for the away side but they failed to test Maguire in the Bohemians goal.

  • 5'

    The opening exchanges have seen Shelbourne look to take it to the hosts, they have had a series of sights on goal but none of consequence. Bohemians have held firm in defence and are looking to play a counter-attacking game against the visitors. For the majority of the opening exchanges, Bohemians have been pegged into their own half.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF: We are underway at the Oscar Traynor Centre, Bohemians kick us off for today's match.

  • Bohemians are out warming up as we speak, the one big absentee is Niamh Coombes with the Bohemians number one not featuring in the match day squad.

  • Bohemians have made three changes from last week as Maguire, Cahill and Chemaou replace Coombes, Erica Byrne and Flynn.

  • For Shelbourne Rebecca Creagh and Alex Kavanagh are still absent with long term injuries while Chloe Mustaki is in the final stages of her return from injury but she won't feature today.

  • If conditions are the same here in HQ as they are in the Oscar Traynor Centre then they are perfect for football. We will have the team news as it happens up on the system.

  • Good Evening from Final Whistle HQ, Ciaran Callan here reporting on Bohemians vs Shelbourne in what is a Dublin Derby of sorts.

Bohemians

25Courtney Maguire Goalkeeper
2Annemarie Byrne Defender
5Isobel Finnegan Forward
6Ally Cahill 17 Forward
7Bronagh Kane 14 Forward
8Sophie Watters Midfielder
9Erica Burke Forward
10Chloe Darby Midfielder
11Abbie Brophy 13 Forward
15Naima Chemaou 12 Forward
19Yvonne Hedigan Defender
3Jade Reddy Defender
12Aoife Robinson 15 Forward
13Paula Doran 11 Midfielder
14Ciara Mulligan 7 Defender
16Niamh Kenna Midfielder
17Katie Lovely 6 Defender
20Georgia Monks Forward
21Sinead O’Farrelly Defender

Shelbourne

1Amanda Budden Goalkeeper
2Jessica Gargan Defender
3Jessie Stapleton Defender
4Pearl Slattery Defender
5Jamie Finn Midfielder
7Jessica Ziu 13 Midfielder
8Rachel Graham Defender
9Emily Whelan 21 Forward 26'
10Noelle Murray Forward
11Saoirse Noonan Forward
12Ciara Grant Midfielder
16Sophie Lenehan Goalkeeper
13Mia Dodd 7 Defender
17Rachel Baynes Defender
18Abbie Larkin Midfielder
19Leah Doyle Defender
21Taylor White 9 Forward
22Ella O’Connell Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 14)
1 - 3
Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
3 - 0
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 5)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

Ground

Oscar Traynor Centre
Castletimon Road, Kilmore A ED, Dublin, Dublin 5, Leinster, D05 K3C3, Ireland

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.