Date Time League Season
12 September 2021 2:00 pm Women's National League 2021

Match Report

DLR deliver against Galway

DLR Waves got their revenge on Galway for last week’s defeat in the FAI Cup quarter-final, as they saw off the same opponents 2-0 at Belfield Bowl.

The win seals back-to-back wins for Waves and has improved their outside chances of breaking into the top three.

Waves are in fourth on 29 points, 14 behind third place Wexford Youths but with two games in hand.

It was the visitors who started the better of the two sides, dominating possession and territory.

Meabh de Burca went close, before Jess Singleton put a great ball into the box that was reached by Kate Slevin who fired a shot at goal that was well saved by Eve Badana.

To the shock of all in attendance, the Waves took the lead completely against the run of play and what a goal it was.

Jetta Berrill produced an audacious effort from the right, on the edge of the box that fired over the helpless Leah Hayes Cohen and into the top left corner.

Galway were in shock as to how they were behind in a match they had dominated from the off but just a minute later they were dealt another blow.

Berrill then turned provider as she played a lovely ball across the face of goal that picked out Rachel Doyle, who tapped home from two yards out.

The two quickfire goals from the hosts really knocked the stuffing out of the visitors.

Becky Walsh spurned a great chance after she missed a header, just a yard out at the far post.

Julie-Ann Russell went close with an outside the box strike that was well tipped over by Republic of Ireland international Eve Badana.

In the second half, the home side sat back and endured pressure as they surrendered territory and possession.

But their game plan worked as they held on for an important three points.

  • 93'

    Full time: DLR Waves 2-0 Galway

  • 90'

    The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of three additional minutes to be played.

  • 88'

    Galway break forward but their attack breaks down and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

  • 83'

    Barrell is okay to continue and is back on the pitch.

  • 83'

    Barrell leaves the field and play continues.

  • 82'

    A break in play as Jetta Barrell is down receiving treatment.

  • 80'

    This time the corner is comfortably cleared.

  • 80'

    The corner is played in and Aoife Thompson fires her effort across the face of goal and the ball is deflect out for another corner.

  • 79'

    Corner to Galway.

  • 78'

    DLR Waves sub: Shauna Carroll is replaced by Catherine Cronin

  • 75'

    Katie Malone has a shot that flies well over the bar.

  • 73'

    Controversy strikes as the referee should have played advantage as Galway were through on goal. Stephen Lally lets the referee know just that.

  • 71'

    Jess Gleeson is yellow carded for a foul on Aoife Thompson.

  • 66'

    The Waves are looking to close the game out and are happy to surrender territory and possession.

  • 62'

    Galway subs: Kate Slevin is replaced by Aoife Thompson and Lynsey McKey is replaced by Nicole McNamara.

  • 61'

    The corner is eventually cleared after Kate Slevin's shot was blocked.

  • 60'

    Julie-Ann Russell has an effort from outside the box that is very well tipped over Badana. Corner for the visitors.

  • 60'

    The corner doesn't stay in play and goes out for a goal kick.

  • 59'

    Corner to DLR Waves.

  • 58'

    Great effort by Avril Brierley, who flicks the ball up and volleys from outside the box that goes just over the bar.

  • 54'

    The corner is played short, quickly to Kate Slevin who turns Brophy and produces a delicious ball into the far post but Becky Walsh misses a sitter as she heads wide.

  • 53'

    Galway have a corner for a reward for their promising start to the half.

  • 51'

    Jetta Berrill breaks down the right and plays a ball into the box that Galway just clear.

  • 47'

    Galway have a corner that is punched away but the referee gives a free kick for a foul in the area by the attacking team.

  • 46'

    We are back underway in the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time: DLR Waves 2-0 Galway

  • 45'

    The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of two additional minutes to be played.

  • 43'

    Donnelly has an effort on goal that is straight at the keeper.

  • 42'

    McCarthy is okay to continue and the match resumes.

  • 42'

    A break in play as Savannah McCarthy is down injured receiving treatment.

  • 41'

    From the following corner, Galway clear their lines.

  • 40'

    Katie Malone holds a long ball up well and turns and fires a shot at goal that is well saved by Leah Hayes Cohen.

  • 39'

    Waves win their first corner that is whipped in and is punched away by Leah Hayes Cohen in the Galway goal.

  • 38'

    The Waves having a lot of success with the fast tempo they are now playing, using quick one-twos to exploit the timid Galway defence.

  • 35'

    DLR Waves fully on top now and continue to put pressure on the visitors.

  • 30'

    Singleton plays a neat one-two with Russell off a quick throw in but the final effort from Russell is high and wide. A better response from Galway though.

  • 27'

    The Waves are on top now and those two quickfire goals seemed to have put the visitors into their shells.

  • 22'

    Galway will be in shock as to how they are 2-0 down in a game they have dominated throughout.

  • 20'

    GOAL! Jetta Berrill is now the assister, as she provides a wonderful ball into the box that is tapped home by Rachel Doyle two yards out.

  • 19'

    Stephen Lally will be very disappointed with that after all his sides relentless early pressure, but as the saying goes: "goals win you games."

  • 18'

    GOAL! A goal completely against the run of play and it's an absolute screamer from Jetta Berrill. The midfielder produces an audacious effort from the right, on the edge of the box that fires over Leah Hayes Cohen's head and into the net.

  • 18'

    Brennan's corner is eventually cleared and the Waves win a free kick on halfway to alleviate some pressure.

  • 17'

    Another corner for Galway.

  • 13'

    Russell has a shot at goal but it is dragged wide. The pressure continues to mount on the home side, despite the scores remaining level.

  • 11'

    Promising start to the match made by the visitors, the home side are yet to get going.

  • 10'

    Singleton races down the right and plays a good ball into the box that is missed by McKey, but Kate Slevin reaches it and fires a shot at goal that is saved by Badana.

  • 8'

    Meabh de Burca has a good chance to break the deadlock but her effort is straight at Badana.

  • 6'

    Chloe Singleton plays a ball across the box but it evades the Galway attack.

  • 5'

    The corner is punched away by Eve Badana and the danger is clear.

  • 4'

    The corner is cleared but the away side come again and win another corner kick.

  • 3'

    Therese Kinnevey wins Galway the game's first corner.

  • 1'

    We're underway.

  • Welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of today's Women's National League clash between DLR Waves and Galway United.

DLR Waves

18Eve Badana Goalkeeper
2Nicole Keogh Defender
5Jessica Gleeson Defender 71'
6Fiona Donnelly Midfielder
7Rachel Doyle Midfielder 20'
10Katie Malone Forward
13Aoife Brophy Defender
16Avril Brierley Midfielder
22Jetta Berrill Midfielder 18'
24Niamh Barnes Defender
25Shauna Carroll 11 Midfielder
3Katie Burdis Defender
4Louise Corrigan Defender
11Catherine Cronin 25 Midfielder
12Niamh Prior Defender
15Nadine Clare Midfielder
20Carla McManus Forward

Galway WFC

20Leah Hayes Cohen Goalkeeper
18Emma Starr
2Becky Walsh Defender
3Savannah McCarthy Midfielder
5Meabh de Burca Defender
6Shauna Brennan Defender
7Chloe Singleton Midfielder
8Julie-Ann Russell Midfielder
10Lynsey McKey 21 Forward
14Therese Kinnevey Defender
15Kate Slevin 9 Defender
9Aoife Thompson 15 Forward
4Rachel Baynes Defender
21Nicole McNamara 10 Defender
1Hannah Walsh

Past Meetings

(Quarter Final)
FAI Women's Cup
Eamonn Deacy Park

(Series 12)
Women's National League
Eamonn Deacy Park

(Series 3)
Women's National League
Belfield Bowl

(Series 1)
Women's National League
Eamonn Deacy Park


Belfield Bowl
UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland

I am a Sports Journalism & PR graduate from Staffordshire University. During my time at Final Whistle, I have covered the LOI National League, international games and the Women’s National League. Outside of Final Whistle, I am a researcher for World Rugby and a writer for The Rugby Paper.