|31 July 2021||4:00 pm||LOI Women's Premier Division||2021|
Athlone Town managed to grab a precious point visiting the DLR Waves, with the final score at the UCD Bowl marking a surprising 1-all tie, with Jetta Berril and Kellie Brennan on the goal sheet.
This was ultimately a tasty draw from the visitor’s point of view, as they leave the bottom of the table handed over to Cork and come closer to Bohemians after their defeat earlier this Saturday against Wexford.
The Blues left exposed the huge difference in quality between both teams for most of the show, but the Town resilience paid off with a penalty claimed and converted by substitute Brennan in the second half.
Berril was eager to impress early in the proceedings, but she failed to connect herself to Abril Brierley’s cross just with the goalkeeper to beat.
Berril found the right move to break the locker shortly after, by sending home a perfect cross sent in by Catherine Cronin.
Waves kept coming looking for a safer result via Fiona Donnelly’s long shot, forcing Abbiegayle Ronayne to go down to stop it.
Contrasting with Eve Badana’s afternoon, Ronayne was called to action consecutively; She held the Town to the game close to the break denying Avril Brierley the 2-nil.
The Dubliners brought the same face for the 45 minutes and came close to double the score at early doors.
Jessica Gleeson forced Ronayne to slap away a dangerous ball from a freekick in the first minute after the break, before sending a firm header wide off the post.
Athlone's best moment arrived passing the hour mark, with Jessica Hennessy and Roisin Molloy coming very close to beating Badana.
The key for Badana’s goal was on Kellie Brennan’s right boot, as the substitute got tackled inside of the box and herself found the back of the net from 12-yards.
Graham Kelly’s girls kept looking for a late goal that never came, with the final whistle blow confirming Athlone Town’s returning home with a deserved point pocketed in.
|UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland|