Date Time League Season
28 August 2021 7:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Laoise delivers vital Athlone win

Athlone moved off the foot of the WNL table with a win over Treaty United in Lissywollen tonight.

A first half penalty from Emily Corbett and a late strike by Laoise Ó hAodha were enough to beat the visitors, who got a goal themselves through Gillian Keenan.


The first major talking point of this game came ten minutes in. Roisin Molloy found herself chasing a through ball and Treaty goalkeeper Michaela Mitchell came off her line to clear the danger. The 50/50 that followed resulted in the keeper taking down Molloy. A red card would’ve been hard to argue with, but as some Treaty defenders were covering Mitchell, the referee gave her the benefit of the doubt and showed a yellow. The ensuing free produced nothing.

Treaty thought they had taken the lead in the 24th minute but they were mistaken. Esra Kangal squared the ball to Jenna Slattery who tucked it away, but the ref ruled that there had been a handball in the build-up, so the goal didn’t stand. The Treaty players seemed bemused at the decision.

The breakthrough came in the 37th minute. Muireann Devaney, who looked good on the ball all night, burst into the Treaty area. She was taken down by Jesse Mendez, who left the official no choice but to award the spot kick. Emily Corbett stepped up to the duty and slammed the ball right down the middle into the roof of the net. It remained 1-0 Athlone until the break.

Athlone should’ve wrapped it up in the 49th minute. Laurie Ryan found herself through on goal with only Mitchell to beat, but opted to square it to Corbett. The pass lacked power and Mitchell simply scooped it up. While selflessness is an admirable trait, an effort on goal would’ve nearly wrapped the game up. This would not go unpunished.

Six minutes later and Gillian Keenan found herself on the end of a through ball and finished calmly to equalise. Based on what had occurred in the game so far, the scoreline seemed fair at this stage.

Athlone got the last laugh however and it was thanks to a nice bit of link-up play through substitutes Kellie Brennan, Aoife Haran and Laoise Ó hAodha. Brennan, on the edge of the area, moved the ball wide to Haran. Haran crossed and Ó hAodha met the cross the make it 2-1 Athlone. That proved to be all she wrote, with Ó hAodha’s strike winning it for Athlone, giving them their second win of the season and moving them off bottom place in the WNL, leaving Treaty bottom.

  • 90'

    Full time. A much needed win for the hosts is secured.

  • 90'

    Devaney was through on goal with a chance to win it. Should've settled it.

  • 90'

    Slattery (again) tests Ronayne from way out. Ronayne dropped the initial effort but collects the spill.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added on.

  • 85'

    Slattery from way out threatens the Athlone net. Her speculative effort just dipped over.

  • 77'

    Goal! Ó hAodha makes up for her miss and meets a Haran cross to give Athlone the lead!

  • 75'

    Ó hAodha with a chance on the edge of the area after the ball fell to her after a corner. Her effort just went wide.

  • 70'

    Not much to report on in the fifteen minutes since the equaliser. Last twenty minutes are anyone's game.

  • 55'

    Goal! Gillian Keenan is played through and slots it in, putting Treaty level.

  • 51'

    Mannix with a long ranger. Was well wide.

  • 49'

    Ryan was through on goal, but opted to square it to Corbett instead of shooting. Should've taken the shot.

  • 46'

    Underway for the final 45.

  • 45'

    Half time. Not many clear cut chances for either side, but Athlone lead thanks to an Emily Corbett penalty. The home side will get us underway for the second half.

  • 45'

    One minute injury time.

  • 43'

    Devaney with a poor tackle on Rebecca Horgan in the corner of the pitch. Horgan can continue, but Devaney is lucky to escape without a booking.

  • 37'

    Corbett steps up and slams it into the roof of the net! 1-0 Athlone.

  • 36'

    Penalty Athlone! Mendez took down Devaney and left the ref no choice.

  • 28'

    Laurie Ryan with a good run to attack a corner, but her effort just dips over. Mitchell came off her line and did enough to disrupt the chance.

  • 26'

    Lucy Jane Grant now with a cross turned shot that nearly went in.

  • 24'

    Slattery stuck the ball in the back of the net, but it was disallowed for a handball in the build up.

  • 23'

    Water break occurs so the players can catch a breath.

  • 18'

    Seems to be fine to continue.

  • 17'

    Now Slattery is down and receiving attention.

  • 16'

    Jenna Slattery with a long ranger. Like Devaney's it dips just over the bar.

  • 8'

    Ensuing free on edge of area produces nothing.

  • 8'

    Mitchell very lucky not to go. Came out of her goal to sweep a through ball and took down the attacker. Defenders were covering her so referee gave her the benefit of the doubt and deemed it not to be a clear goal scoring opportunity.

  • 1'

    Early chance for Athlone. Muireann Devaney with the long ranger that just went over.

  • 1'

    And we're off. Treaty get us underway.

  • Athlone lineup is now in.

  • Both of these teams come into this game looking for a first win in eleven. No other teams in the WNL have gone through a run near that long all season.

  • Good weather for this game. Clear skies with not even a hint of wind or rain.

  • Treaty lineup is now in.

  • Hello and welcome to for tonight's WNL clash between Athlone Town and Treaty United, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout the evening.

Athlone Town

1Abbiegayle Ronayne Goalkeeper
2Fiona Owens Defender
5Chloe Flynn Defender
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy 10 Midfielder
15Lucy Jayne Grant Forward
20Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
21Emily Corbet 19 Forward 37'
22Melissa O’Kane 17 Midfielder
24Shauna Peare
16Ciara Glackin Goalkeeper
7Kayleigh Shine Defender
10Kellie Brennan 14 Forward
13Kelsey Munroe Defender
17Aife Haran 22 Midfielder
19Laoise Ó hAodha 21 Midfielder 77'
23Ava Dolan Forward
26Aisling Mahony Forward

Treaty Utd

20Michaela Mitchell Goalkeeper 8'
6Jenna Slattery Midfielder
7Cara Griffin 8 Forward
9Rebecca Horgan Forward
11Gillian Keenan Forward 55'
13Clodagh Doherty Defender
16Esra Kengal 17 Midfielder
21Lauren Keane Midfielder
22Eimear Carey 2 Defender
24Jesse Mendez Midfielder
25Tara Mannix 4
2Anna Shine 22 Defender
4Shannon Parbat 25 Defender
5Eve O’Sullivan Defender
8Emma Costelloe 7 Midfielder
17Maura Shine 16 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 17)
1 - 4
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Treaty United

(Series 11)
2 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Jackman Park

Treaty United v Athlone Town

(Round 8)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Jackman Park

Treaty United v Athlone Town

2 - 7
eLOI-Group B
Online Event

Athlone Town v Treaty United

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

Athlone Town v Treaty United

(Series 1 - Group 2)
2 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Markets Field

Treaty United v Athlone Town

(Series 6)
3 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Treaty United


Athlone Town Stadium
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