Date Time League Season
4 August 2021 7:45 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

O’Brien penalty key as Cork edge Treaty

Nathalie O’Brien’s second-half penalty saw Cork City edge out Treaty United by two goals to one at Jackman Park in a cracking Munster Derby this evening.

Leah Murphy’s early header opened the scoring for Cork but Treaty fought back to equalise from a Jenna Slattery stunner from outside the box on 15 minutes.

However, when Cork’s Christina Dring was fouled in the box early in the second, it was O’Brien that stepped from the penalty spot to seal City’s first away win of the season despite the home-side’s continuous pressure.

Cork came out of the blocks fast in the first-half and it wasn’t long until the visitor’s pressure told. 

Eva Mangan came close with a volley in the box in the first minute leading to a Cork corner to be taken by Sarah McKevitt. Her ball found the back post and a number of Cork attackers including Leah Murphy, who nodded the ball in to the left corner to put the visitors 1-0 up with only two minutes played.

Though taken aback at first, the home-side soon fought back with strong running from midfield causing Cork trouble at the back.

When Jenna Slattery found herself in space outside the visitors box, she took a wonderful shot and found the back of the net for her third goal in two games to equalise on 15 minutes.

Treaty then enjoyed a spell with the Aoife Horgan and Aoife Cronin in particular posing a threat to the visitors but failing to find goal.

Cork though soon regrouped with long-range efforts from Eva Mangan and Sarah McKevitt just off target for the sides to go in to the break level.

The visitors began the next half the stronger and controlled much of the possession as they looked to find a second goal. When Christina Dring was pushed over in the box by Aoife Horgan and won a penalty, the visitors pressure once again proved successful when O’Brien stepped up to slot home to put Cork up 2-1.

The visitors found themselves under pressure for the remaining time however, as Olivia Gibson and Aoife Horgan led the Treaty attack with determination. Horgan came close a handful of times but failed to hit the target while Gibson’s goal in the 63rd was ruled offside.

With Cork holding on for dear life in the closing stages, Treaty finished with four consecutive corners until Slattery blazed the game’s last good chance over the crossbar, seeing the visitors take all three-points and leapfrog their Munster rivals in the league table.

  • 95'

    Full-Time at Jackman Park as Cork hold on for three points to leapfrog Treaty in the league table while the hosts are left to rue missed chances. Treaty United 1 - 2 Cork City

  • 94'

    Cork just holding on with a minute remaining!

  • 94'

    Jenna Slattery hits over the corssbar from a corner as Treaty continue to pressure!

  • 90'

    5 minutes added time!

  • 89'

    Treaty piling on the pressure here in the closing stages

  • 86'

    Treaty's Aoife Horgan shoots just wide again as the Cork defence is in disarray amid Treaty pressure

  • 85'

    Murphy clears the ball from the Cork box as the home-side pile on the pressure in search of an equaliser

  • 74'

    Triple substitution for Treaty United! as they chase the game!

  • 73'

    Esra Kengal has to go off injured after the earlier clash with McCarthy

  • 69'

    McCarthy down for Cork in her goal after being fouled by a Treaty attacker as she batted away a corner delivery

  • 64'

    New signing Niamh O'Donoghue replaces penalty scorer Natalie O'Brien for Cork

  • 63'

    Rebecca Horgan sets up Olivia Gibson, who puts it in the back of the net only for it to be called off-side!

  • 61'

    Horgan comes close again for the home-side but hits the side-netting!

  • 59'

    Aoife Horgan comes close but shoots just right and wide of the Cork goal as Treaty come into the game more and more

  • 57'

    McCarthy does enough to disrupt the Treaty corner into the box, just after saving from Treaty's Gibson which led to the corner

  • 54'

    Laura Shine should really do better as she shoots left and wide for Cork after an impressive run!

  • 52'

    Natalie O'Brien strikes into the left of goal from the penalty spot to put the visitors ahead again!

  • 51'

    Penalty to Cork after Aoife Horgan fouls in the box

  • 46'

    Cork corner as Mitchell forced to pad away an opening attempt by the visitors

  • 45'

    Second-half just underway!

  • 45'

    Half-time at Jackson Park after a high-energy 45 minutes. End to end play at times although Cork finished the stronger with a number of long-range efforts. Leah Murphy's early goal was the difference until Jenna Slattery stepped up with a stunning effort from outside the box in the 14th minute to get her third goal in two games. It stands 1-1 as the sides go in for the break.

  • 43'

    Treaty keeper Michaela Mitchell forced to leave her goal and clear the ball as Cork attackers pressure the Treaty defence

  • 41'

    Mangan's shot goes right and wide for Cork

  • 37'

    McKevitt now tries a long-ranger and comes too close for comfort for the Treaty defence!

  • 36'

    Eva Mangan comes close with a long range effort but it goes over the crossbar

  • 32'

    McCarthy saves a timid shot from Treaty as the home side are most certainly in the ascendancy

  • 26'

    Treaty putting increasing pressure on Cork with numerous balls into the box

  • 14'

    Jenna Slattery scores a stunning goal from outside the box! 1-1 here at Jackman Park!

  • 12'

    O'Gorman's shot is cleared off the line as Treaty are now on top!

  • 9'

    End to end stuff as Shaunagh McCarthy's cross finds no one in the Treaty box and the home side then go on the counter

  • 2'

    Murphy heads in for Cork from a corner!

  • Treaty United team news just in!

  • These sides last met at Turners Cross in May, when visitors Treaty won 3-2 thanks to two goals from Rebecca Horgan and another from Gillian Keenan. A long-range strike from City's Sarah McKevitt brought the sides to 1-1 on the half-hour mark that day but Treaty were the stronger team, and Becky Cassin's 90th minute penalty came too late for Cork to snatch a late equaliser.

  • Treaty United welcome Munster rivals Cork City to Jackman Park this evening in the Women's National League. My name is Jack Joy and I'll be taking you through tonight's game. Kick-off is at 7.45pm!

Treaty Utd

20Michaela Mitchell Goalkeeper
3Alannah Mitchell Defender
5Eve O’Sullivan Defender
6Jenna Slattery Midfielder 14'
8Tara O’Gorman 4 Midfielder
10Aoife Horgan Forward
10Rebecca Horgan Forward
11Gillian Keenan Forward
12Olivia Gibson 21 Midfielder
14Aoife Cronin 16 Forward
24Jesse Mendez Midfielder
1Medbh Ryan Goalkeeper
2Anna Shine Defender
4Shannon Parbat 8 Defender
7Cara Griffin Forward
16Esra Kengal 17 Midfielder
17Maura Shine 16 Midfielder
21Lauren Keane 12 Midfielder
22Eimear Carey Defender
23Anna Shanagher Defender

Cork City

1Abby McCarthy Goalkeeper
3Nathalie O’Brien 6 Defender 52'
4Danielle Burke 8 Defender
4Ciara McNamara Defender
9Christina Dring Forward
14Shaunagh McCarthy Defender
15Leah Murphy Forward 2'
16Laura Shine Forward
20Eva Mangan Midfielder
23Sarah McKevitt Forward
24Lauren Walsh Defender
13Aisling Irwin Midfielder
8Kate O’Donovan 4 Midfielder
17Riona Crowley Defender
18Becky Cassin Midfielder
19Tiffney Taylor Defender
22Kelly Leahy Midfielder
6Niamh O’Donoghue 3 Midfielder
11Rachel O’Regan Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 14)
2 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Treaty United

(Series 8)
2 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Treaty United

(Round 5)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Markets Field

Treaty United v Cork City

(Semi Final)
2 - 0
FAI Women's Cup
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Treaty United

(Series 3)
2 - 5
LOI Women's Premier Division
Markets Field

Treaty United v Cork City


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Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University