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