Date Time League Season
3 July 2021 4:00 pm Women's National League 2021

Match Report

Waves win in Galway

Shauna Fox’s own-goal and Katie Malone header guaranteed DLR Waves a 2-nil win visiting Galway in the 12th round of fixtures in the Women’s National League, keeping them at the door of the podium waiting for a slip at the top.

The Waves make their return journey with all three points after a very organised and lacy performance, simplifying what was expected to be a tough task.

Both teams started matters aware of how important would be a victory in this game, and eager to set a fast-paced football.

Carla McManus brought the first attempt of the game from the 25 yards, however not enough to bother the goalkeeper Leach Coen Hayes.

Lynsey McKey replied short after with a powerful left-foot shot as Eve Badana went down to deny her the first change in the score.

The Dubliners ultimately hit the front through an own-goal in the 11th minute; Rachel Doyle sent in a very nice cross, as Carla McManus first touch got deflected into the goal by Shauna Fox, leaving no chances for the keeper to stop it.

The early goal set the pace for the entire first half, bringing the marron outfit up in the field, with the capital side engaged in solid and organized defensive work.

Anna Fahey got on her head the best chance to put Galway back on levels terms, as she took some skin out of the right post heading Lynsey McKey’s cross.

 Right before the break, Oleta Griffin played the hero role booting away a dangerous ball looking for Sined Donovan inside of the box.

The visitors returned from the dressing room intending to increase their advantage in the score, and trying to grab the three points with two hands.

The Galway crest got stuck in the opponent’s web, and just for once was capable of threatening Badana’s goal, in a sequence of a freekick; the keeper stopped easily McKey’s intentions.

Katie Malone confirmed Waves’ win in the 76th minute by heading home the second goal of the afternoon; a deficient approach by Leah Hayes Cohen to a ball sent in from a corner ended up with Malone sending the ball into the back of the net.

  • 90'

    FT: Galway 0-2 Waves. A very solid performance played out by the capital side allowed them to make their return journey with all three points pocketed in.

  • 90'

    Two minutes of additional time.

  • 76'

    Katie Malone heads home the second goal of the afternoon. A deficient approach by Leah Hayes Cohen to a ball sent in from a corner ends up with Malone heading the ball into the back of the net.

  • 71'

    Lynsey McKey brings Galway’s first attempt in the second half from a free-kick; as her shot brought no concerns for Eve Badana.

  • 68'

    Carla McManus with a shot from close-range goes straight into Leah’s hands.

  • 66'

    Fiona Donnelly’s shot easily gathered by the keeper Leah Hayes Cohen.

  • 51'

    First five minutes gone in the second half shows a slightly different attitude from the visitors; They are now looking for a second goal and trying to hold the three points with two hands.

  • 46'

    Galway kick us back into the game.

  • 45'

    HT: Galway 0-1 Dublin Waves.

  • 45'

    One minute of additional time.

  • 44'

    Savannah tries her luck with a left-foot shot, Badana chested it well.

  • 41'

    Aoife Thompson does a very nice job on the right as she looks for Sinead Donovan inside of the box; Oleta Griffin came off with a crucial tackle to put it a stop.

  • 35'

    Donovan with an ambitious effort tries to surprise Eve Badana from the 30 yards as the ball goes off not too fat away from the bar.

  • 30'

    Lynsey McKey sends in a very nice ball from a corner, Anna Fahey came very close to the equalizer as her head took some skin off the right post. What a chance.

  • 29'

    The home side have been coming forward in the pitch eager to come back on levels terms. The capital side have been showing a solid organization at the back.

  • 11'

    Dublin Waves hit the front through an own-goal! Rachel Doyle sent in a very nice cross, as Carla McManus first touch got deflected into the goal by Shauna Fox, leaving no chances for the keeper to stop it.

  • 7'

    Lynsey McKey sends in a powerful left-foot shot as Eve Badana goes down to deny the first goal in the game.

  • 3'

    Carla McManus brings the first shot of the game from the 25 yards, no worries for the goalkeeper Leach Coen Hayes

  • 1'

    Waves kick us into the first half.

  • The Sky Blues visit Galway following a 3-1 loss away to Wexford, which meant a step-down in their aspirations looking for the podium spots.

  • The Westerners are coming from a 1-all draw visiting the Dalymount Park, where Courtney Maguire denied the marron outfit all three points by keeping Bohs alive until the final whistle with crucial interventions.

  • It is expected a very entertaining show between 5th and 4th placed in the table respectively, although separated by five points; the Waves close the top-4 with 16 points, the Galway side lead the bottom half of the classification with 11 points.

  • Good afternoon and welcome to the live coverage of the meeting between Galway and Dublin Waves. My name is Bernardo Santos and I’ll let you know all bout have of the action in the Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway WFC

20Leah Hayes Cohen Goalkeeper
6Shauna Brennan Defender
4Shauna Fox Defender 11'
14Therese Kinnevey Defender
3Savannah McCarthy 16 Midfielder
11Sinead Donovan 21 Midfielder
9Aoife Thompson Forward
10Lynsey McKey Forward
24Anna Fahey Forward
12Elle Rose O’Flaherty 23 Forward
22Ruth Fahy 13 Midfielder
16Chloe Moloney 3 Defender
1Maja Zajc Goalkeeper
2Aoife Walsh Defender
18Elena van Niekerk Forward
21Nicole McNamara 11 Defender
13Aoibheann Costello 22 Midfielder
23Abbie Callanan 12 Forward
8Julie-Ann Russell Midfielder

DLR Waves

18Eve Badana Goalkeeper
5Jessica Gleeson Defender
6Fiona Donnelly Midfielder
7Rachel Doyle 8 Midfielder
10Katie Malone Forward
12Niamh Prior Defender
13Aoife Brophy 2 Defender
17Oleta Griffin Defender
20Carla McManus 16 Forward
22Jetta Berrill 9 Midfielder
25Shauna Carroll 11 Midfielder
1Rugile Auskalnyte Goalkeeper
3Katie Burdis Defender
2Nicole Keogh 13 Defender
8Ciara Maher 7 Defender
9Kerri Letmon 22 Forward
11Catherine Cronin 25 Midfielder
14Rebekah Carroll Defender
16Avril Brierley 20 Midfielder
21Jane McKevitt Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 3)
Women's National League
Belfield Bowl

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


Eamonn Deacy Park
Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland

With previous experience on a top-tier sports newspaper and a media department of a former European Champion club, Bernardo also collaborates as a sports journalist and media editor at St. Patrick's Athletic.