Date Time League Season
17 April 2021 2:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Darby earns draw in six-goal thriller

A late Chloe Darby penalty ensured a share of the spoils in a six-goal thriller at the Oscar Traynor Centre for both Bohemians and Cork City.

Darby's effort at the death, means that City are still awaiting their first win of the season.

Despite going a goal down, a quick fire brace from Laura Edbuloniu put Cork in a healthy position. In what was an entertaining game both sides will feel they missed chances to clinch the tie.

Bohemians got off to the perfect start as they took the lead through Erica Burke. She took the ball off the Cork defender and had the easiest of tasks to slot it past McCarthy to open the scoring after just four minutes. The hosts continued to press and Chemaou's free-kick nearly caught McCarthy off guard in the visitors goal but she caught the ball at the last second.

It was going to take something special to beat the Bohs defence and Edbuloniu did so with a low range overhead kick that saw the striker equalize for Cork City. She added to her tally a moment later after a cross from the left initially fell to Dring but her deflected effort fell kindly to the eventual goal-scorer who slotted home from close range.

Sophie Watters had two attempts to equalize only for the goal and the steady hands to evade her, the latter chance saw her chip the keeper from the edge of the area that McCarthy had to tip over the bar.

Niamh Coombes had to be called into action early in the second half as City broke down on the left and Coombes cleared the ball at the edge of the area. The Turners Cross outfit had a great chance to go further ahead as Mangan got the ball at the back post but her effort hit the side netting.

Aoife Robinson has a knack of being sprung from the bench to score and she did so again as he took her goal excellently converting at the back post following some very clever build-up play. The celebrations were short-lived as a mix-up at the back saw Niamh Coombes lose possession and Laura Shine hit a fantastic strike to put Cork back ahead.

There was still more to come as Bohemians were awarded a penalty and Chloe Darby despatched it with ease to tie up the game. McCarthy was called into action for one last time as she made a fantastic save after a shot from range that she was outstretched to turn around the post for a corner but Bohemians couldn’t force a winner.
A share of the points but both sides will feel they left the win behind them. Cork City are still looking for their first victory of the season. For Bohemians next week is a crunch tie with Peamount United.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: A fantastic game here in Dublin that ends honours even. Match Report to follow.

  • 90'

    McCarthy with a fantastic save with a fantastic effort from range, she is outstretched and its a corner to Bohemians

  • 81'

    And Darby scores the penalty sending it to the roof of the net. We are level here and it's been an excellent game of football.

  • 81'


  • 76'

    Brophy gets cautioned for a foul

  • 70'

    Cork are back in the lead, a mixup at the back saw Niamh Coombes lose possession and Shine hits a fantastic strike to put Cork back ahead.

  • 69'

    And she has made an impact! Aoife Robinson at the back post finishes off a clever move.

  • 60'

    Robinson comes on, she had a decent outing in her last game scoring twice from the bench.

  • 60'

    Chemaou comes off she has had a decent game.

  • 60'

    From a corner Mangan is at the back post, she takes the ball down and her effort hits the side netting.

  • 55'

    Cork City break down on the left and Coombes clears the ball at the edge of the area, she had to be sure of her positioning otherwise it could have spelt trouble for Bohemians.

  • 50'

    From the corner O\'Mahony heads it well towards goal but Coombes does well to save.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF: Cork City get us back underway here at the Oscar Traynor Centre.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Bohemians got off to the perfect start with a goal from Erica Burke but a brace Lauren Egbuloniu has put Cork in the lead. An entertaining game so far with all to play for.

  • 44'

    Watters cuts in from the right and her shot is just tipped over the bar.

  • 37'

    Bohemians had a great chance to equalise with Sophie Watters at the back post but it just flashes wide.

  • 32'

    And Cork take the lead, a cross from the left is initially by Dring but her effort falls kindly to Edbuloniu who slots it home from close range.

  • 26'

    And Cork are level, the ball is sent into the area and Egbuloniu does excellently to strike the ball with a low overhead and it flies past Coombes.

  • 22'

    Chemaou's free-kick is sent into the area and it looked as if she had caught McCarthy off guard but she catches the ball at the last second.

  • 15'

    Bohemians a goal to the good here and both sides are playing a very attractive brand of football. Cork have had half chances but haven't been able to utilise it.

  • 9'

    Watters goes down in the area with a clash with McCarthy but the referee waves on. Bohemians continuing to put pressure on the Cork City defence are holding firm.

  • 4'

    And Bohemians take the lead! Erica Burke takes the ball off the Cork defender and has the easiest of tasks to slot it past McCarthy with to open the scoring.

  • Bohemians are with a clean bill of health going into today's game where as Cork City have selection headaches. On the injured list is Zara Foley, Sophie Liston and Katie McCarthy where as Danielle Burke, Kelly Leahy, Riona Crowley are doubtful.

  • Cork City have fared well against their Dublin opponents having beaten Bohemians both times the clubs have faced each other last season. They beat them in the WNL and then for a second time in the FAI Women’s Cup.

  • Bohemians will be looking to get win number two on the board whereas Cork City are looking for their first victory of the season. Bohemians are looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Galway two weeks ago where as Cork City fell to Shelbourne in Turners Cross.

  • Hello from FinalWhistle HQ where we will bring you live coverage of today's match between Bohemians FC and Cork City Fc in the Women's National League.


1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
2Annemarie Byrne Defender
4Erica Byrne Defender
5Isobel Finnegan Forward
8Sophie Watters Midfielder
9Erica Burke 19 Forward 4'
10Chloe Darby 16 Midfielder 81'
11Abbie Brophy 7 Forward 76'
13Paula Doran Midfielder
15Naima Chemaou 12 Forward
22Chloe Flynn Defender
25Courtney Maguire Goalkeeper
3Jade Reddy Defender
6Ally Cahill Forward
7Bronagh Kane 11 Forward 90'
12Aoife Robinson 15 Forward 69'
14Ciara Mulligan Defender
16Niamh Kenna 10 Midfielder
17Katie Lovely Defender
19Yvonne Hedigan 9 Defender

Cork City

1Abby McCarthy Goalkeeper
3Danielle Burke 16 Defender
4Ciara McNamara Defender
6Eabha O’Mahony Midfielder
7Lauren Egbuloniu Forward 26', 32'
10Katie McCarthy Forward
14Shaunagh McCarthy Defender
18Becky Cassin Midfielder
20Eva Mangan Midfielder
23Sarah McKevitt Forward
13Leah Hayes Cohen Goalkeeper
9Christina Dring Forward
8Kate O’Donovan Midfielder
15Leah Murphy Forward
16Laura Shine 3 Forward 70'
17Riona Crowley Defender
21Nadine Seward Forward
22Kelly Leahy Midfielder
24Lauren Walsh Defender
25Lauren Singleton Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 15)
3 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Cork City

(Quarter Final)
1 - 3
FAI Women's Cup
Dalymount Park

Bohemians v Cork City

(Series 6)
3 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Cork City

(Series 6)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Bohemian FC


Oscar Traynor Centre
Castletimon Road, Kilmore A ED, Dublin, Dublin 5, Leinster, D05 K3C3, Ireland

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.