|22 May 2021||2:00 pm||LOI Women's Premier Division||2021|
Athlone confirmed the first win of the season with a lively 4-3 win visiting Galway, in the eighth round of fixtures of the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League.
There was late drama at Eamonn Deacy Park, as Muireann Devaney completed a brace in the final embers, with the visitors already down to 10 players.
Such an enthusiastic show deserved such an end of matters, which could have bounced for each side. Both teams performed brilliantly sharing dominating moments and leaving all they had on the pitch.
The Town came on eager to impress from the early stages looking for what they were missing so far - a win. Muireann Devaney didn’t take long to send her first warning, forcing the goalkeeper Maja Zajc to slap away a strong shot.
Against the run of the play, Abbie Callanan clipped the ball into the back of the net, confirming her goal debut on her initial start for the first team.
Kelly Brennan missed an equalising chance with five minutes gone, as she sent an incredible effort wide off the bar. Moments after this Katelyin Keogh put the away side back on terms as she sent in a loose ball resulting from a corner.
Devaney turned things around shortly after smashing the ball in from the edge of the box, putting some justice on the score, analysing their superiority during the first half an hour; She had a similar chance two minutes later, but not with the same accuracy as the ball went wide.
Kellie Brennan struck in the third for the visitors with a sweet finish with 41 minutes on the clock, but Lynsey McKey had plans to keep the Tribes ladies alive and reduced immediately sending the ball in directly from a corner kick.
The electrifying speed came back with the teams into the second half, with McKey again in focus as she completed the first brace of the show with class by pouncing the ball past Ciara Glackin.
Maz Sweeney, in her first game in charge, put fresh oil in the engine in the dressing room with the hosts asking much more questions in the second half.
Athlone came close to take the lead once again as the ball got cleared off twice on the goal line.
10 minutes from the end, Aoife Haran left her team down to 10 players when she got sent off.
Taking advantage of the situation, the maroon and white outfit came close to grab the win several times, but the golden moment happened in the other box and with three minutes of the five additional minutes already played.
Devaney completed her brace deflecting a ball coming from a corner and securing the win for the Town.
|15. Abbie Callanan||12'|
|15'||9. Katelyn Keogh|
|26'||6. Muireann Devaney|
|43'||10. Kellie Brennan|
|10. Lynsey McKee||45'|
|10. Lynsey McKee||47'|
|Elle Rose O'Flaherty|
|80'||25. Aife Haran|
|5. Shauna Fox||81'|
|90'||6. Muireann Devaney|
|Eamonn Deacy Park|
|Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland|