Date Time League Season
6 November 2022 3:00 pm FAI Women's Cup 2022

Match Report

Shelbourne crowned FAI Women’s Cup Champions

Shelbourne sealed the double following a 2-0 win over Athlone Town in the FAI Women's Cup Final in Tallaght Stadium this evening.

Two fortunate goals in the first half from set pieces sealed it for Shels. Jessica Stapleton gave them the lead in the 6th minute, whilst Pearl Slattery doubled their lead in the 23rd.

Athlone had the nightmare start just six minutes in when Shelbourne won a free on the left wing. Alex Kavanagh whipped it and Niamh Coombes came to collect it. She dropped it and Jessie Stapleton was on the spot to bundle it in, pegging Athlone back early on.

It went from bad to worse for Athlone in the 23rd minute after Coombes dealt with another set piece poorly. Megan Smyth Lynch whipped in the corner from the right and the Athlone keeper came out to punch it clear.

She once again got her queues all wrong and the ball fell right to Pearl Slattery. The skipper put it in to double her side's lead and Athlone were in a serious hole.

From here on out, Athlone would threaten but to no avail. There were a couple of half chances before the break, but none clear cut.

It could’ve been 3-0 five minutes out of the interval when Keeva Keenan sent one in from the right. Her mis-hit cross rattled the bar and Athlone managed to survive the effort.

Tommy Hewitt rolled the dice with a triple sub before the hour mark, sending on Kate Slevin, Kellie Brennan and Kayleigh Shine. Brennan and Slevin seemed to have made a difference.

The Town stuck it into the net in the 70th minute. Madison Gibson whipped in a second ball from a corner and Scarlett Heron headed in, but the flag went up. Initial replays suggest it was a harsh call.

They would miss a golden chance in the 78th minute when Brennan laid off Gibson in the box. Gibson took it on her right with the goal gaping, but blazed over. It was clear it was not Athlone’s day.

Brennan herself could’ve had a goal two minutes later. She bombed down the right-hand side of the box and got a shot off, but Kavangh’s tremendous block kept it out. This would be enough for The Reds.

With this win, Shels sealed the double. They also manage to overcome losing last year's final, so Noel King and his side will be thrilled. Athlone may be going home empty handed, but with a young side they have to know the future is bright.

  • 96'

    Full time.

  • 90'

    Five minutes added on.

  • 80'

    Brennan has a good chance for Athlone, but Kavanagh puts in a brilliant block.

  • 78'

    Brennan lays off Gibson who has the goal gaping but she sends it over. Best chance so far for them.

  • 76'

    Yet again, Gibson hits a good free kick but it's straight at Budden.

  • 73'

    Gibson finds space and has a shot, but once again it's right at Budden.

  • 70'

    The initial viewing would suggest it's harsh.

  • 70'

    Gibson whips in a cross and Heron heads in, but the flag is off.

  • 67'

    Ball falls to Heron and she tries a left footed strike, but it's right at Budden.

  • 64'

    Athlone are turning the screw a bit but they need a goal sooner rather than later.

  • 59'

    Hewitt is about to roll the dice with a triple sub.

  • 57'

    Noelle Murray fires a shot right at Coombes.

  • 50'

    Keeva Keenan mis-hits a cross and it rattles the bar. Athlone survive the chance.

  • 46'

    Smyth Lynch with a good chance at the back post. Saved by Coombes.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 45'

    Two minutes added on.

  • 42'

    Molloy gets a cross in from the left and Corbet goes for it, but Budden gets out and clears it. Athlone need one before the half.

  • 38'

    Devaney plays through Corbet and she's forced onto her left. Her shot is blocked and Budden collects, but Athlone have just showed they can work chances.

  • 38'

    Athlone mis-hitting so many passes. Confidence is waining.

  • 26'

    Athlone work a half decent chance, but Devaney's eventual effort is way off.

  • 23'

    Goal! Shelbourne make it 2-0 after Coombes deals with another set piece poorly and Slattery heads in!

  • 13'

    Corbet gets a header off for Athlone but it's right at Budden.

  • 6'

    Goal! Shels whip a free in, Coombes deal with it poorly and it goes in! Goal is awarded to Jessie Stapleton!

  • 1'

    And we're off.

  • Teams coming out now. Nearly ready to rock.

  • Complete curse of the commentator moment. It's just started to drizzle.

  • So far it's a good day for it. Hopefully the rain steers clear.

  • The teams are now in.

  • Shelbourne are looking to wrap up a double after winning the league last week whilst Athlone are looking for a first trophy at this level.

  • Hello and welcome to for live updates of today's WFAI Cup final between Shelbourne and Athlone Town. I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout.

Athlone Town

1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
5Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
7Gillian Keenan 18 Forward
9Emily Corbet 10 Forward
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
12Maddison Gibson Midfielder
13Kelsey Munroe 3 Defender
14Roisin Molloy 24 Midfielder 43'
17Scarlett Herron 15 Midfielder
22Melissa O’Kane Midfielder
16Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
30Ciara Glackin Goalkeeper
3Kayleigh Shine 13 Defender
10Kellie Brennan 9 Forward
15Lucy Jayne Grant 17 Forward
18Kate Slevin 7 Midfielder
19Emma McGrath Defender
23Antea Guvo Midfielder
24Millie Daly 14 Midfielder


1Amanda Budden Goalkeeper
2Jessica Gargan Defender
3Jessie Stapleton Defender 6'
4Pearl Slattery Defender 23'
5Shauna Fox Defender
6Alex Kavanagh 21 Midfielder
9Abbie Larkin Forward
10Noelle Murray 15 Forward
11Megan Smyth-Lynch 7 Forward
12Keeva Keenan 8 Defender
13Leah Doyle Defender
38Courtney Maguire Goalkeeper
7Heather O’Reilly 11 Midfielder
8Rachel Graham 12 Defender
15Jemma Quinn 10 Forward
16Lia O’Leary Forward
17Taylor White Forward
18Aoife Kelly Midfielder
21Emma Starr 6 Midfielder
22Leah Riley Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 23)
2 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Round 17)
1 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Round 3)
0 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 25)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 19)
4 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 16)
1 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 10)
5 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 7)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 1)
0 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Quarter Final)
4 - 1
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 4)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne


Tallaght Stadium
Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24, D24 XC9W

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