Date Time League Season
5 November 2021 7:45 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Galway and Athlone tied in WNL

The WNL game between Galway WFC and Athlone Town finished all square in Eamonn Deacy Park this evening, a penalty and an own goal the only marks on the scorecard.

Kellie Brennan bagged a goal in the 20th minute to open the tally, with an own goal deflected off Chloe Flynn surfacing in the 69th.

While both sides pursued the all important winner, in an action packed affair; it never appeared meaning the fifth and seventh placed outfits both receive a share of the spoils.

The Tribeswomen dominated the opening exchanges, with captain and Irish international Savannah McCarthy to the fore of their efforts.

There she came to blows with Athlone Town maestro and powerhouse Muireann Devaney, the Leitrim woman often linking up with the in-form Roisin Molloy.

Brennan was the one to notch the first fatal strike however, a ball over the top delivered by Devaney seeing her win and convert her own spot kick.

The hosts had opportunities to equalise via Abbie Callanan, Julie Ann Russell and Lynsey McKey but the score remained tipped in The Town’s favour come the interval.

While arguably more skilful, Galway’s midfield was outworked by their Midlands opponents and even though they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession Athlone continued to hold tight in defence.

They only came undone twenty minutes from full time when a McKey shot was blocked by Abbiegayle Ronayne, the resulting corner yielding a ping pong scuffle around the box before ricocheting off Flynn and into the back of the net.

Nearing the conclusion tension ramped up in the ground but neither were able to capitalise on some superb passages of play to become ultimate victors.

Bohemians the only team to now split the duo in the table, the point benefits Athlone greatly in that they will now draw even with The Gypsies if they fall victim to Shelbourne tomorrow.

For Galway on the other hand it further cements their fifth accolade and turns a hopeful spin on one of their last games of the season.

  • 94'

    All over. 1-1 the final score

  • 93'

    The injured Julie-Ann Russell off, Lynagh on as Corbet's shot is saved by the Galway keeper

  • 93'

    Freekick for Athlone Town

  • 92'

    Stoppage there for a minute as Russel received attention

  • 90'

    2 minutes of additional time announced

  • 87'

    Edging closer to the conclusion here tension has ramped up in the Galway ground

  • 83'

    Callanan off, Donovan on for Galway

  • 82'

    Great save from Roynayne to keep the score level

  • 81'

    Corner Galway

  • 80'

    Aisling Mahony on for Athlone, Kelsey Munroe off

  • 73'

    Russel shot blocked by Flynn and its a Galway corner

  • 73'

    Savannah McCarthy and Muireann Devany battle it out, two greats in the WNL meeting over the ball

  • 69'

    McKey shot results in a corner. Ball in comes off defender Flynn and its 1-1.

  • 69'

    Hennessy cuts the ball out from Costello

  • 68'

    Calls for a handball on Munroe in Athlone's box which would have resulted in a penalty but referee says no

  • 68'

    Russel and McKey do superb their for Galway and showcase their skills too

  • 66'

    Ryan intercepts and plays in Corbet. She gets a shot off but its a weak one and collected by Cohen

  • 64'

    Kate Slevin on, Elle O'Flaherty off

  • 64'

    Emma Starr tries to pick up Callanan but its plucked out by Athlone's defence

  • 63'

    Molloy throws an impressive ball into the box but its not picked up and Galway go on the break instead

  • 59'

    Costello takes on a long range shot and while it dipped dangerously it goes out for a goal kick

  • 58'

    Corbet on for O'hAodha

  • 55'

    Cohen palms the attempt out for a corner kick

  • 54'

    Freekick for Athlone Town on the edge of Galway's box. Kelsey Munroe lining it up

  • 52'

    Molloy called for another tackle there as the Sligo woman comes in late

  • 51'

    Owens sends O'hAodha in but Galway regain the ball and a Roisin Molloy foul sees a free kick out

  • 49'

    McCarthy's shot blocked away on the line by Owens. Its been all Galway in the first few minutes of the second half

  • 47'

    McCarthy makes a lot of ground there as she finds herself amongst her own strikeforce but no joy with further progression after that

  • 45'

    The second half has started!

  • 45'

    Halftime and it's 1-0 to Athlone going into the break

  • 43'

    Athlone deep in Galway's part of the turf here. Molloy and Brennan causing plenty of headaches

  • 40'

    A myriad of chances there for Galway as the ball ping ponged back and forth between their grass and the Athlone keeper, ends up in a kick out

  • 40'

    Another corner for Galway, can they capitalise on this one?

  • 38'

    Touch of class there from McKey to turn her player but the ball just drifts away from her

  • 36'

    Cross for Galway, Brennan takes

  • 35'

    Good play from Abbie Callanan culminates in a shot but it sails over the bar

  • 32'

    Sustained attacking from Galway being witnessed now, Athlone holding up well so far however

  • 30'

    Muireann Devaney really excelling for Athlone so far. She's been standout for the Midlands outfit and is popping up all over the pitch

  • 29'

    Opportunity for Galway at the back post after a shot cross but its out over the crossbar

  • 27'

    Flynn stamps out a Galway chance there and puts the ball out for a throw

  • 26'

    Possession more evenly spread since the goal, Athlone growing in confidence with their one mark cushion

  • 22'

    Freekick for Galway sees McCarthy get a head to the ball in Athlone's box but its out for a goal kick

  • 20'

    Brennan converts her own penalty to give Athlone the lead. What a 19th birthday present for the talented footballer!

  • 19'

    Goal kick for Galway

  • 17'

    O'Kane to Brennan who releases a long range curling effort but its collected by Leah Hayes Cohen

  • 16'

    High press serving Galway well as they regain possession in Athlone's half

  • 14'

    Good battle raging between McCarthy, Brennan and Roisin Molloy

  • 13'

    Galway keen to keep play in motion too, opting for the quick free kick too

  • 8'

    Foul on Kelsie Munroe and Athlone take it quickly to go on the break and play Roisin Molloy in for a chance. Strike goes wayward however

  • 7'

    Galway with most of the pressure on in the first seven minutes

  • 3'

    Abbie Callanan with the shot there but its well blocked by Athlone's keeper

  • 2'

    An energetic passage in the opening stages in Galway, both teams well up for it tonight

  • Underway in Galway!

  • 5 minutes until kick off!

  • Galway's line up is in! We await Athlone's and will bring it to you as soon as it is available. 35 minutes until kick off

  • End of year awards looming too, Lynsey McKey and AFLW star Rachel Kearns sustain top scorers in Connacht, while Katelyn Keogh takes Athlone’s most frequent scorer’s accolade. Down the other side of the pitch Leah Hayes Cohen has four clean sheets racked up so far this season, with The Town’s Abbiegayle Roynane behind significantly with one. Stats and data aside however, all that will matter to the players this evening is the output and performance on the pitch along the River Corrib in County Galway.

  • Galway on the other hand fell victim to The Reds on the Tg4 stage, Abbie Larkin and Jessica Stapleton seeing them undone in Tolka Park.

  • They no doubt take confidence from their recent victory over Waves, scraping a 1-0 result thanks to a first half Roisin Molloy goal.

  • Last time out they snatched the triumph on a scoreline of 2-1 in Lissywoolen, Chloe Singleton and an Anna Fahey header getting the job done for them. Lucy Jane Grant bagged Athlone’s strike in that one and the visitors will aspire to go a goal or two better in today’s encounter.

  • Bohemians break up the two in the middle and as they face highflyers Shelbourne tomorrow this may be an ample opportunity for Athlone to leapfrog. While that possibility is out of the question for the Tribeswomen given they trail DLR by 11 marks, the victory would ode to a sweet conclusion to what has been a semi successful season for the Westerners.

  • The penultimate series of this year’s competition, every point counts as they strive for the best table position possible. The hosts tonight currently sit in fifth, with The Town in seventh and eight points in total between the duo. Tonight's match commentary is brought to you by Alanna Cunnane

  • Friday night football fans are in with a treat as unusually this evening there is Women’s National League action to feast on. Galway WFC and Athlone Town the involved parties, their battle at Eamonn Deacy Park is sure to be an exciting affair.

Galway WFC

20Leah Hayes Cohen Goalkeeper
3Savannah McCarthy Midfielder
5Meabh de Burca Defender
6Shauna Brennan Defender
8Julie-Ann Russell 16 Midfielder
10Lynsey McKee Forward
12Elle Rose O’Flaherty 15 Forward
13Aoibheann Costello Midfielder
14Therese Kinnevey Defender
18Emma Starr Midfielder
23Abbie Callanan 11 Forward
25Karen Connolly Goalkeeper
7Chloe Singleton Midfielder
9Aoife Thompson Forward
11Sinead Donovan 23 Midfielder
15Kate Slevin 12 Defender
16Aoife Lynagh 8 Defender
25Hannah Walsh Goalkeeper

Athlone Town

1Abbiegayle Ronayne Goalkeeper
2Fiona Owens Defender
5Chloe Flynn Defender 69'
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
10Kellie Brennan Forward 20'
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
13Kelsey Munroe 26 Defender
14Roisin Molloy Midfielder
19Laoise Ó hAodha 21 Midfielder
20Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
22Melissa O’Kane Midfielder
50Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
21Emily Corbet 19 Forward
23Ava Dolan Forward
26Aisling Mahony 13 Forward
15Lucy Jayne Grant Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 17)
1 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway WFC

(Series 8)
3 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Athlone Town

(Series 3)
3 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway WFC v Athlone Town


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

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.