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Date Time League Season
6 August 2022 7:00 pm FAI Women's Cup 2022

Match Report

WFAI Cup Report: Athlone Town 2-0 Cork City

Athlone Town saw themselves through to the semi-finals of the FAI Womens’ Cup after a 2-0 win over Cork City in Lissywollen this evening.

A Muireann Devaney strike as well as a Gillian Keenan tap in, both in the second half saw the town advanced to the final four.

Athlone looked to threaten very early on. Just two minutes in, a cross from the left was met by Emily Corbet, who flicked it on to Keenan at the back post. Keenan got to it but Abby McCarthy was on the spot to save for Cork.

In the 11th minute Athlone had another good chance. Maddison Gibson created a chance after working some space out left and drilling one to Corbet in the box. Her shot was saved and the follow up fell to Devaney, who sent her effort over.

Cork started to come into the game and had Athlone under the kosh for some time. Five minutes after the Corbet/Devaney chances, Cork sent a corner in. A scramble had Athlone appealing for a handball and in a classic case of not playing the whistle, they allowed Cristina Dring to get into some space on the right hand side of the box.

She sent a low drilled cross into the mixer and although it was unclear who got the touch, the ball ricocheted off the bar. Perhaps good fortune for Athlone.

Athlone did come back into it after the half hour mark. Roisin Molloy drove aggressively at the byline out right and drilled a low one in. McCarthy came to deal with it but Gibson got there first, leaving the goalie stranded. She pulled it back to Corbet, who just couldn’t poke it in. It remained scoreless at the half.

Athlone started to get on top around the hour mark and it paid off. In the 65th minute, a loose ball on the right was sent long by Fiona Owens that allowed Devaney to give chase. Devaney kept her composure bearing down on goal and from the right hand side of the box, finished the effort off to make it 1-0.

The hosts would kill the game off with just under ten minutes to spare, after more pressure paid off.

The ball was passed around on the left wing and a cross came in that Keenan met. McCarthy saved again, but was powerless to stop the rebound. That goal would seal Athlone’s place in the semi-final of the cup.

  • 94'

    Full time

  • 90'

    Four minutes added on.

  • 81'

    Goal! Athlone have their second after a cross from the left is met by Keenan, whose header is saved by McCarthy, but Keenan puts in her rebound to likely send Athlone through!

  • 74'

    Devaney is played through again by Keenan and is in a similar position to where she got the first. McCarthy saves at the near post however.

  • 65'

    Goal! Fiona Owens plays it down the line and Muireann Devaney runs through and slots it away!

  • 64'

    Gibson does brilliantly to take the ball down the left and pull it back, but Molloy's effort is denied by McCarthy and parried away.

  • 60'

    Athlone work it into the box and have a chance, but just don't shoot. Molloy and Corbet seemed intent on finding that final ball.

  • 51'

    Devaney meets a loose ball and cracks it from range. Deflection takes it slightly wide.

  • 48'

    Cork get into the Athlone box and Aoife Cronin gets a shot off. Just wide.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 37'

    Molloy drives to the byline and drills a low one. McCarthy rushes out but Gibson beats her to it and the goalie if left stranded. Gibson pulls back to Corbet who can't get full power on it and pokes wide. Well worked chance nonetheless.

  • 33'

    From the following corner, McCarthy rushes to meet it but misses and Hennessy makes contact but it's wide.

  • 32'

    Hennessy meets a corner at the back post and Cork have to put it out for another corner.

  • 28'

    Free comes in from the left for Cork and Dring rises at the back post, but can't keep her effort down.

  • 26'

    Laura Shine shoots from range and Coombes is forced to scramble and spills it. Cork can't quite make use of the rebound.

  • 20'

    Another scramble in the Athlone box that's eventually cleared. Cork have responded well to a shaky start.

  • 16'

    Cork have hit the bar! Unclear who got the touch onto it but Dring drove the ball in and from close range it's hit the woodwork!

  • 11'

    Gibson works it into the area and her ball to Corbet is saved. The follow up by Muireann Devaney is well over.

  • 5'

    Cork are attempting to play out constantly but can't beat the Athlone press. Completely camped deep into their own half early on.

  • 2'

    Keenan gets an early chance at the back post after a Corbet flick, but McCarthy saves.

  • 1'

    And we're off.

  • Teams out of the tunnel. Kickoff imminent.

  • Both of these teams demolished non league opposition 7-0 in the previous round. Both will be aware a much tougher challenge is in store tonight, maybe more so for Cork.

  • The teams are now in.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for live updates of tonight's FAI Womens Cup Quarter Final clash between Athlone Town and Cork City, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout.

Athlone Town

1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
2Fiona Owens 22 Defender
5Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder 65'
7Gillian Keenan 10 Forward 81'
9Emily Corbet Forward
12Maddison Gibson
13Kelsey Munroe Defender
14Roisin Molloy Midfielder
17Scarlett Herron 3 Midfielder 70'
18Kate Slevin 19 Midfielder
16Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
3Kayleigh Shine 17 Defender
10Kellie Brennan 7 Forward
19Mairead Teehan 18
22Melissa O’Kane 2 Midfielder

Cork City

1Abby McCarthy Goalkeeper
5Zara Foley Defender
6Aoife Cronin 25 Midfielder
8Kate O’Donovan 17 Midfielder
9Christina Dring Forward
14Aoibhinn Donnelly 11 Forward
16Laura Shine Forward
20Eva Mangan Midfielder
24Lauren Walsh Defender
28Chloe Atkinson 27 Forward
31Heidi Mackin Defender
13Katie Irwin Goalkeeper
11Shaunagh McCarthy 14 Defender
17Riona Crowley 8 Defender
25Lauren Singleton 6 Defender
27Ellie O’Brien 28 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 27)
6 - 1
First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Round 15)
1 - 0
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(Round 9)
1 - 4
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Round 15)
1 - 2
First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(Round 7)
4 - 1
First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Series 23)
2 - 0
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(Series 21)
3 - 1
First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Series 14)
2 - 2
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Series 12)
0 - 2
First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(Series 5)
2 - 2
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

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

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Series 7)
2 - 0
Women's National League
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

Athlone native currently studying journalism in Dublin City University.