Date Time League Season
17 October 2021 2:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Shels in control in Limerick

While Shelbourne were donning their away kit against Treaty United this afternoon in the WNL, there was nothing blue about their red hot 6-0 performance.

With Fairview Rangers the venue, the Limerick outfit threw their best efforts at the game but were thrown out of kilter by six well worked team goals - all of which were from different players.

Pearl Slattery, Saoirse Noonan, Rachel Graham, Noelle Murray, Taylor White and Jesse Stapleton all found the back of the hosts net.

Approaching kick off The Reds would have felt the pressure to rack up the result and put on a show today given both Wexford Youths and leaders Peamount United accumulated points yesterday, and that they did.

While it did take 28 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, the tallies began to mount from there when Shels turned on the flare.

Slattery was first on the scoresheet when Murray’s flick on saw her poke the ball past Michaela Mitchell. 

The siege then continued when ex Cork star Noonan doubled the lead at the end of Murray’s corner, making it 2-0 before the interval.

Graham then bagged Noel King’s teams’ third of the day with a spectacular strike before provider Murray turned scorer in the 75th minute when she got on the end of a rebound for a poacher’s goal.

Treaty never gave up in their strives forward but it wasn’t to be their day at the back. Worryingly though for Shelbourne it wasn’t all bright and optimistic as this season’s 10-time clean sheet holder had to come off around the hour mark with an injury that appeared evident since early in the first half.

She was replaced by Sophie Lenehan but looking toward the final games of the season and the upcoming WFAI Cup match the net minder would be a massive loss to The Reds if she was to remain out for a long period of time.

Substitute Taylor White’s strike also then surpassed Mitchell, as did Jessie Stapleton’s insult to injury for the 6th just before the final whistle sounded.

  • 92'

    Stapleton makes it 6

  • 91'

    Taylor White with the killer blow there for Treaty. That's 5-0 now

  • 90'

    Stapleton nearly got in there but its cleared by Treaty

  • 87'

    Aoife Cronin making strives toward goal there but it doesn't quite come off for her

  • 86'

    Closing in on the final few minutes of this one in Fairview Rangers

  • 83'

    Yellow card for Esra Kengal as she brings down Noonan

  • 78'

    Corner to Treaty after some great work by Aine Walsh

  • 75'

    Another goal for Shels! That\\\'s 4-0 now in the books for them. Noelle Murray gets on the end of rebound to convert

  • 69'

    Substitutions for Treaty. Browne and Kengal take to the pitch

  • 67'

    Big save there from Micheala Mitchell

  • 64'

    Number 81 Eimear O'Halloran on, Olivia Gibson makes way

  • 63'

    Gillian Keenan chases down a ball and puts Shels's back line under pressure to knock the ball out

  • 59'

    A melee of substitutions follows suit too

  • 58'

    Amanda Budden has to come off for Shels, Lenehan takes her place

  • 57'

    Shelbourne comfortable on possession as they continue to push forward

  • 53'

    Shelbourne off the bar! Mitchell clears

  • 52'

    Graham! Rachel nets Shel's third goal of the day with a spectacular strike.

  • 49'

    Bit stop start after the interval thus far

  • 45'

    We're off once again between Treaty and Shels

  • 46'

    Halftime. We'll be back with you shortly

  • 45'

    1 minute added time announced

  • 43'

    Gibson sends Gillian Keenan running but Shels deal with it to clear the ball and go on the attack themselves

  • 41'

    Into the final few exchanges before halftime now

  • 38'

    Noonan tagged offside by the officials

  • 33'

    Goal! Shels make it 2-0 in Limerick when Murray\'s corner locates Noonan who smashes it into the back of the net

  • 32'

    Corner Shels, Murray to take

  • 31'

    Murray ball into the box gathered by Mitchell

  • 28'

    Noonan finds Murray in the box before Pearl Slattery pokes the ball into the back of the net. 1-0 Shels

  • 24'

    Clodagh Doherty getting Treaty out of a difficult situation there as she steals the ball from Shels's graps

  • 24'

    Ciara Grant and Noelle Murray link up there to get a shot off but its well saved by Mitchell

  • 22'

    Beautiful football followed by a chipped ball into Saoirse Noonan but she was deemed offside

  • 20'

    Clodagh Doherty battling it out there up top for Treaty

  • 16'

    Corner Shels

  • 14'

    Chance Shels, Lauren Keane helps out at the back to put a stop to it

  • 14'

    Chance Shels, Lauren Keane helps out at the back to put a stop to it

  • 12'

    Parbat been a major factor so far in plugging holes in Treaty\'s defence. A brick wall Shels are yet to breakthrough

  • 10'

    Treaty earn themselves a free kick inside the hallway line Walsh to take

  • 8'

    Noonan again involved in the action. Tries to get on the end of one at the far post of the cross but to no avail

  • 8'

    Noonan attempts to breakthrough the ball to her teammate but ultimately the ball bumbles over the endline and out for a goal kick

  • 5'

    Amanda Budden down injured for the Dublin unit

  • 5'

    Great ball into the box by Ziu but its flagged as offside

  • 2'

    Corner to Shels

  • The Reds turn blue: Shelbourne today in their blue kit as Treaty tip off

  • 10 minutes until kick off!

  • The teams are in and we're 30 minutes until kick off!

  • Treaty on the other side remain 4 points clear of next closest Cork City in eighth, but a win may do wonders for their confidence going into the back end of the season.

  • A win would see the Reds pluck away once again at the ever elusive gap between themselves and title holders Peas. Wexford Youths are also now level on points, lending to the perception that what was once a three horse race now seems to have a clear frontrunner emerging.

  • Noelle Murray has been in sensational form for this afternoon’s away team too in the run up to this battle, as has 13 time scorecard marker Saoirse Noonan. In antithesis to United they also are well capable of stamping out opportunities, Amanda Budden with 12 clean sheets to her tally so far this year.

  • They face similarly attacking minded opponents today in Shelbourne. A 1-0 granting them an FAI Cup finale spot last weekend, it also replicated the same scoreline that occurred in their latest WNL meet. A TV debut for the league to remember, Noel King’s ladies overcame DLR Waves thanks to a lone Alex Kavanagh wondergoal.

  • An area which has been torn asunder for the Limerick group however is their back line, goalkeeper Michaela Mitchell and her defence yet to record a clean sheet this season. This personified itself beyond doubt when Peamount struck double digits against them in series 23, 10 goals leaking in past Treaty.

  • Jenna Slattery netted a brace to no avail on that day, the youngster a crucial component of the United outfit throughout the season.

  • Shels ran away 7-2 winners during their most recent encounter back in July with Emily Whelan, Saoirse Noonan (2), Jessie Stapleton, Keegan Keenan, Ciara Grant and Mia Dodd paving the way to glory at Tolka Park.

  • The Reds are coming off the back of some WFAI Cup action that ultimstely saw them through to the final, while The Shannonsiders will be keen to bounce back after a hefty defeat at the hands of Peamount United last round.

  • Basement side Treaty United take on highflyers Shelbourne today in series 24 of the Women’s National League at the unusual location of Fairview Rangers (2pm). My name is Alanna Cunnane and I will be bringing you todays match commentary!

Treaty Utd

20Michaela Mitchell Goalkeeper
4Shannon Parbat Defender
7Cara Griffin 19 Forward
9Rebecca Horgan Forward
11Gillian Keenan Forward
12Olivia Gibson 23 Midfielder
13Clodagh Doherty Defender
14Aoife Cronin Forward
18Emma Costelloe 16 Midfielder
21Lauren Keane Midfielder
24Jesse Mendez Midfielder
1Medbh Ryan Goalkeeper
10Aoife Horgan Forward
16Esra Kengal 18 Midfielder 83'
19Aine Walsh 7 Forward
22Eimear Carey Defender
23Emily O’Halloran 12 Forward


1Amanda Budden 16 Goalkeeper
2Jessica Gargan 21 Defender
4Pearl Slattery Defender 28'
6Alex Kavanagh Midfielder
7Jessica Ziu Midfielder
8Rachel Graham Defender 58'
10Noelle Murray Forward 75'
11Saoirse Noonan Forward 34'
24Ciara Grant Midfielder
30Shauna Fox Defender
Chloe Mustaki Midfielder
16Sophie Lenehan 1 Goalkeeper
Abbie Larkin Forward
3Jessie Stapleton Defender 92'
13Mia Dodd Defender
17Keeva Keenan Defender
19Leah Doyle Defender
#Rebecca Creagh Forward
21Taylor White 2 Forward 91'

Past Meetings

(Round 24)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Treaty United

(Series 15)
7 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Treaty United

(Round 15)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Jackman Park

Treaty United v Shelbourne

(Series 6)
0 - 5
LOI Women's Premier Division
Jackman Park

Treaty United v Shelbourne

(Round 6)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Treaty United

(Series 9)
0 - 7
LOI Women's Premier Division
Markets Field

Treaty United v Shelbourne


Markets Field
Markets Field, Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, V94 AY9C, Ireland

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