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Date Time League Season
1 May 2021 7:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Athlone and Cork share spoils

Athlone Town and Cork City shared the spoils in this evening's SSE Airtricity Women's National League encounter at Athlone Town Stadium.

It finished 2-all in an exciting encounter, which really doesn't benefit either side as they remain close to the bottom of the table.

Cork City got the dream start – when Becky Cassin hit the net with a header from a corner in the second minute. This heralded a frantic opening period, with both clubs making some unforced errors. However, the match settled after the tenth minute and both sides enjoyed some good periods of passing play.

The hosts had two good chances in the 32nd and 33rd minutes, when Kelly Brennan hit a good strike which went just to the side, and substitute Katelyn Keogh put a chance over the crossbar.

Eventually the Midlanders got their breakthrough when Kelly Brennan put some good pressure on after Abby McCarthy left her goal line. A City player was deemed to have backed into Emily Corbett and the resulting penalty was put away by Emma Donohue. 1-1 at half time.

The first quarter of the second half saw no gilt-edged chances for either team, but Christina Dring had the Leesiders back in front in the 61st minute with a great strike.

Cork looked comfortable and you would be forgiven for believing they would see the game out at this stage.

However, Emma Donohue popped a free kick in well to the box in the 81st minute which was met by three Athlone Town players and was seen to the back of the visitor's net. Nobody was quite sure who had the final touch, but Melissa O'Kane was in the hunt, as was an onrushing Emma Donohue.

The hosts tried to get the winner in the final 10 minutes or so, and Katelyn Keogh did have a shot on goal but it just went wide.

Overall the 2-all draw was the fairest result on the night – both teams enjoyed periods of dominance and either could have taken all three points with chances at various stages and the shared spoils reflect that.

  • 82'

    Emma Donohue\'s free kick is met by three Athlone Town players and is nudged to the net to leave it all square! Nobody quite sure yet who got the final touch.

  • 68'

    A back pass results in an indirect free kick for Athlone Town, from which Melissa O'Kane has a great strike on goal which Abby McCarthy gets her finger tips to, to push it over the crossbar.

  • 62'

    Christina Dring has put Cork City back in front with just under half an hour to go!

  • 49'

    Emma Donohue takes an excellent free kick that look destined for the top corner of the net but McCarthy does well in the Cty goal to clear it.

  • 45'

    Emma Donohue makes no mistake with a penalty for the home side after the ref deemed Emily Corbett was fouled in the box. It's level at half time.

  • 42'

    Kellie Brennan has another chance for another that goes over the crossbar - Athlone Town are looking more and more dangerous.

  • 40'

    Katelyn Keogh has another chance for the home side, but she hits it straight at the keeper and it remains 1-0 to the Leesiders.

  • 33'

    After a spell without any real chances, two come one after another - both for Athlone Town! Kellie Brennan had a great effort after a long ball in from Emma Donohue but just pushed it wide of the post. Then from the restart, substitute Katelyn Keogh took a great strike, which just went over the bar.

  • 23'

    Cork City's Christina Dring looks to have been pushed in the box but the ref waves play on despite protests from her teammates.

  • 20'

    Very evenly matched encounter so far. Both teams have had periods of dominance with passing but no clear cut chances.

  • 10'

    The game has settled since a frantic opening but no other chances falling to either side since that Cork City goal.

  • 1'

    What a start for the visitors Cork City! Becky Cassin gets her head to a corner and slots it into the back of the net!

  • Cork City are currently in 7th in the table, while Athlone Town are in 8th spot but have a game in hand.

  • These two sides are looking to bounce back from defeats last weekend. Athlone Town were edged out by Wexford Youths, while Cork City lost out to DLR Waves.

  • Good evening! We are here from 7pm with live updates from Athlone Town v Cork City!

Athlone Town

1Abbiegayle Ronayne Goalkeeper
3Emma Donohoe Defender 45'
4Leah Brady Defender
7Kayleigh Shine Defender
8Kayla Brady 9 Midfielder
10Kellie Brennan Forward
11Laurie Ryan 19 Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy Midfielder
17Aife Haran 5 Midfielder
21Emily Corbet Forward
22Melissa O’Kane Defender 82'
5Catherine Hyndman 17 Defender
9Katelyn Keogh 8 Forward
19Roisin Jacob 11 Defender

Cork City

1Abby McCarthy Goalkeeper
3Danielle Burke Defender
4Ciara McNamara Defender
6Eabha O’Mahony Midfielder
7Lauren Egbuloniu Forward
9Christina Dring Forward 62'
16Laura Shine Forward
18Becky Cassin Midfielder 1'
20Eva Mangan 10 Midfielder
24Lauren Walsh Defender
25Lauren Singleton Defender
13Leah Hayes Cohen Goalkeeper
8Kate O’Donovan Midfielder
10Katie McCarthy 20 Forward
14Shaunagh McCarthy Defender
15Leah Murphy Forward
17Riona Crowley Defender
21Nadine Seward Forward
22Kelly Leahy Midfielder
23Sarah McKevitt Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 3)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Series 7)
2 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

Ground

Athlone Town Stadium
Athlone Town Stadium, Old Rail Trail, Garrycastle, Athlone East Rural Electoral Division, The Municipal District of Athlone — Moate, County Westmeath, Leinster, N37 N1F2, Ireland