|24 September 2022||4:30 pm||FAI Women's Cup||2022|
Athlone Town are through to this year's FAI Womens Cup final after a 3-0 victory over Wexford Youths in Lissywollen this evening.
Madison Gibson’s hattrick ensured the victory for Athlone. She netted just 2 minutes in, then again on the half hour and hour marks, knocking the holders out of this years’ competition.
The quick start came when Athlone won a corner in the 2nd minute. Gibson went to take it out right, playing it short instead to Kayleigh Shine just inside the box.
Shine returned the pass and Gibson cut inside, sending a beautiful curling effort into the far corner. An absolutely ideal start, whilst Wexford essentially chased the game from here on out.
The visitors applied pressure constantly, but struggled to make any sort of breakthrough or create any real chances. Athlone seemed perfectly happy to sit back and soak up the Wexford pressure and attempt to hit them on the counter.
It was from such a counter attack that Athlone and Gibson would get the second goal. An aimless ball forward was poorly dealt with by Nicola Sinnott, who sent a short ball back to Maeve Williams in goal.
Williams was in a situation where she should’ve stormed out to clear the ball, but instead took it at her feet. She was dispossessed by Gibson, who took her time and floated it over the Wexford defence rushing back to the goal line to make it 2-0.
Wexford looked as if they may have gotten something from this through Ciara Rossiter on the left-hand side. Twice before half time, she was played through down the left-hand side and on both occasions, drove to the byline.
Both efforts went awry, one flashing across the face of goal whilst the other was saved by Niamh Coombes handily. Youths found themselves with a mountain to climb in the second half.
The peak of the mountain became unreachable on the hour mark when Gibson got the hat-trick. Herself and Muireann Devaney nicked Youths of possession inside their own half, which allowed Gibson to run at the opposing defence.
The American worked it to the edge of the box and whilst falling off balance, lobbed Williams to make it 3-0. Wexford attempted long shots from here on out, but to no avail.
The win sends Athlone to their first cup final as a WNL side, where they will meet last year's runners up Shelbourne in Tallaght on November 6th. Given how they’ve played against the Reds this year, they’ll fancy their chances.
|12. Maddison Gibson||2'|
|12. Maddison Gibson||31'|
|38'||16. Nicola Sinnott|
|12. Maddison Gibson||60'|
|Athlone Town Stadium|
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