Date Time League Season
26 June 2021 2:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Bohs and Galway share the spoils

Bohemians and Galway split the honours in their WNL clash at Dalymount Park today.

The result is a fair one, given the balance of play. Both teams threatened plenty throughout the game and fought hard in a somewhat physical encounter.

Sinead O’Donovan put Galway in front right before the half hour mark, but that wasn’t enough for the visitors, as a Chloe Darby free less than five minutes from the whistle ensured the hosts snatched a point.

Bohemians threatened more often while either side had yet to find the net, but as Galway started to find their feet, Sinead O’Donovan ensured the visitors took the lead.

After a failed cross from the left turned into a back and forth battle for possession just outside the Bohemians penalty area, the ball found its way to O’Donovan, who with a first time strike found the top corner with her right foot. There was nothing Courtney Maguire in the Bohemians net could do to stop it.

Bohs looked lively before the end of the half but never had a clear cut chance. Abbie Brophy in particular looked dangerous for Dublin’s originals on the right wing.

The referee made a game changing decision right on the brink of half time, after Aoife Thompson appeared to be taken down by Maguire after being slipped through. The referee however, gave a free out and judged that Thompson had dived. A replay would have been handy, but the official seemed convinced in their call.

Bohs then started the second half well but tended to play around with the ball when they had it, rather than attempting to punish Galway. This nearly came back to bite them when Sinead O’Donovan attempted another long ranger, from even further out than her first. This one would’ve managed to top that, but Maguire rose to the occasion, tipping the shot over the bar.

With 15 minutes to go O’Flaherty was forced off with an injury for Galway and was replaced by Van Niekerk. The sub then nearly made an instant impact, meeting a lofted free in just inches from goal. The header however went wide, which would cost Galway just five minutes later.

Galway gave away a sloppy free on the edge of the area and Chloe Darby stepped up to take it. Despite a tame effort, the shot went in after Maja Zajc in the Galway net appeared to be wrong footed, an incident she’ll wish she could’ve had back. Bohs won’t care however, as that was enough to earn them a point.

The result was reflective of a fair game and both teams seasons. Both team remain in midtable and can take both pros and cons from this one. Player of the match has to go to Courtney Maguire, whose saves kept Bohs in the game and ended up proving vital.

  • 90'

    Full time in Dalymount and it's 1-1. A fair result, given the balance of play.

  • 90'

    Lubato off.

  • 90'

    Final sub of the game for Galway. Callanan on.

  • 86'

    Equaliser for Bohs! Darby puts it in from a free on the edge of the area. Zajc got down but the ball went by her, she'll be disappointed with that one.

  • 81'

    Taking Cahill's place.

  • 81'

    Robinson comes on for Bohs.

  • 80'

    Van Niekerk met a floating cross the left hand side but missed the target. Big opportunity missed to all but seal the points for Galway.

  • 75'

    Injury forces O'Flaherty off.

  • 75'

    Van Niekerk comes on for an injured O'Flaherty.

  • 65'

    Donovan was at it again, attempting to double her teams lead and get her second from long range with an effort that would've bettered her first. Courtney Maguire is in inspired form however and managed to tip it over the bar.

  • 63'

    Taking the place of captain, Sophie Watters.

  • 63'

    First sub of the game for Bohs. Murphy comes on.

  • 60'

    At the hour mark here and Bohs have had more of the ball so far in this half, but have yet to have a clear cut chance. Goal potentially in it for them.

  • 55'

    First sub of the game. Chloe Moloney makes way.

  • 55'

    First sub of the game. McNamara on for Galway.

  • 46'

    Galway get us back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time and it's been a good game in Dalymount. A Sinead Donovan screamer is the difference between the two. Galway have also had chances to double their lead, but Courtney Maguire is holding her own between the sticks. Bohs have looked dangerous too, with Abbie Brophy in particular threatening Galway on a few occasions. This one is all for the taking in the second half.

  • 44'

    Potential talking point here after Thompson ran through on goal and went down after a challenge from Courtney Maguire. The ref ruled against Thompson however and gave a free out for simulation, putting Thompson in the book too.

  • 43'

    McKey had a great chance to double the visitors lead and only had the keeper to beat after running through on goal. Courtney Maguire did well to deny her, however.

  • 40'

    Bohs starting to push on the verge of half time here. Brophy in particular is looking dangerous. A goal in the next five would be ideal for either side.

  • 36'

    Darby put the Galway defence under pressure with a high looping ball from a free. Zajc did well to meet the cross and get a strong fist to it however.

  • 29'

    Thompson nearly doubles Galway's lead after meeting Ruth Fahy's cross from the right wing. Her shot just skimmed over the bar, however. Galway emerging as the dominant side here now.

  • 24'

    Goal for Galway! Sinead Donovan hits it first time outside the area after a failed cross found her feet and found the top corner with her right foot. Excellent finish to give the visitors the lead.

  • 23'

    Halfway through the first half and it's been a fairly even game. Both sides creating half chances. Galway have gifted Bohs possession in their own third a few times, which they would want to cut out.

  • 10'

    Potentially scary moment early on as Sophie Watters seemed to have ahead injury after an off the ball collision. The Bohs captain is fine to continue however and after a brief stoppage a drop ball gets us back underway.

  • 1'

    Ready to start here. Bohs to get us underway.

  • Bohs lineups are out now.

  • A win for Bohemians today would cause them to leapfrog Galway in the table and potentially get them back on track after last weeks loss to Treaty. Galway however should be in high spirits after a victory over Cork last week. A win for the westerners in the capital would open up a real gap between the two halves of the table today.

  • Today's clash was supposed to be in the Oscar Traynor Centre, but was moved to Dalymount Park by Bohemians during the week.

  • Hello and welcome to for today's WNL clash between Bohemians and Galway, I'm Sean Comber and I'll be taking you through the proceedings today.


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

Galway WFC

1Maja Zajc Goalkeeper
4Shauna Fox Defender
6Shauna Brennan Defender
9Aoife Thompson Forward
10Lynsey McKee Forward
11Sinead Donovan Midfielder
12Elle Rose O’Flaherty 18 Forward
14Therese Kinnevey Defender
16Chloe Moloney 21 Defender
22Ruth Fahy Midfielder
24Lucia Lobato 23 Defender
18Elena van Niekerk 12 Forward
21Nicole McNamara 16 Defender
23Abbie Callanan 24 Forward
25Trish Fennelly Hunt Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Series 2)
3 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Bohemian FC

(Series 2)
1 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Galway WFC


Dalymount Park
Dalymount Park, Connaught Street, Phibsborough, Cabra East A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, D07 XH2D, Ireland

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