Date Time League Season
4 September 2021 7:30 pm FAI Women's Cup 2021

Match Report

Chloe’s Single’ goal power Galway win

Chloe Singleton bagged the only goal of the match in Eamonn Deacy Park to scrape Galway WFC past a lively DLR Waves and into the semi-finals of the FAI Women’s Cup.

A nip and tuck game to the nail biting end there was some fantastic football on show from both strike forces, but it took substitute Singleton’s dynamic and authoritative runs to open The Sky Blues up.

Her effort came in the 84th minute as she was just over 10 minutes off the bench but her rapid impact was felt immediately down the flanks of the Westerner’s home ground.

From the bounce it appeared as if Rachel Kearns, Emma Slevin and Emma Starr were to rule the roost in this match the entire opening quarter accredited with their brilliant confidence on the ball.

Waves grew into the game as time surpassed Eve Badana making some crucial saves to keep them in it, Nadine Clare and Rachel Doyle’s presence ever prominent in attack.

The majority of the notable opportunities surfaced from set pieces in the first 45 minutes, both Becky Walsh and Slevin coming ever so close with headers.

The Tribeswomen would have felt hard done by not to have earned themselves a penalty with multiple claims gone unrewarded, meaning things went into the interval all square at 0-0 a piece.

Intensity ramped up in the second half as the passion and knockout nature of the cup percolated into the fixture, Jessica Gleeson a brick wall at the back for DLR.

Her efforts were sidelined as futile when Singelton made her way onto the pitch, splitting open the barricade with ease and an injection of pace.

She came near a few minutes prior to shattering the stalemate, playing in Slevin who was just inches from poking the ball into the net.

Whatever the manner however Galway will have been elated to depart the occasion with the triumph, sending them into the semi-finals with Shelbourne, Wexford Youths and either Peamount or Treaty United.

  • Full time. Galway progress with their 1-0 win over DLR Waves here

  • 91'

    Yellow card given to Brophy

  • 90'

    4 minutes added time

  • 84'

    Barnes off, Brierley on for Dlr

  • 81'

    GOAL! Chloe Singleton makes an instant impact

  • 78'

    Just over 10 minutes to go and no goals as of yet. Both sides have come close but the deadlock persists

  • 74'

    Cronin on for Carroll

  • 72'

    Immense run by Chloe Singleton leads to a chance but Badana saves the day

  • 68'

    Chloe Singleton in fir Lynsey McKey to try and change things up for the home side

  • 66'

    Martyr work there by Gleeson to save the ball from falling into the feet of Galway's strike force

  • 66'

    Martyr work there by Gleeson to save the ball from falling into the feet of Galway's strike force

  • 62'

    Kate Malone in, Rachel Doyle off

  • 59'

    DLR Waves unfortunate not to convert their corner there, header edges just wide after a deflection.

  • 56'

    Niamh Barnes with the yellow card. Free in to Galway

  • 54'

    Another penalty claim for the home side, referee decides it was ball to hand and not the other way around it appears

  • 53'

    Looks to be a positional switch as Kate Slevin moves out to the right

  • 49'

    Two rapid opportunities for both groups immediately after the interval. 0-0 holds out though

  • 45'

    Back underway and its all to play for. The sides evenly matched in the first half we are yet to see who will progress along with Shels and Wexford Youths to the semis

  • 47'

    Halftime in Eamonn Deacy Park

  • 45'

    2 minutes added time

  • 41'

    Savannah McCarthy takes Galway's free but it's off target and too high on this occasion

  • 39'

    Star and Slevin pinging the ball around, one of these times the fancy footwork and clinical passing may come off

  • 35'

    Yet another penalty call for Galway as Kearns is taken down in the box. The collision however is not deemed enough of an offence for the referee and play continues

  • 33'

    Walsh gets a head to Brennan's cross and it looked as if it was in but it just scrapes by the post. Possibly the biggest chance of the game so far

  • 31'

    Some good football being batted about in Galway this evening. The deadlock yet to be shattered but an interesting game nonetheless

  • 29'

    Doyle hits one towards goal but Galway win it back via their keeper

  • 28'

    Free kick DLR, could this be their chance

  • 25'

    Jetta Berrill's cross only found by Leah Hayes Cohen

  • 21'

    Game levelling out as it progresses. DLR trying to play out from the back with some possession football

  • 18'

    Approaching 20 minutes gone and it's still 0-0 in Eamonn Deacy Park

  • 15'

    DLR struggling to find their feet but slowly growing into the fixture

  • 11'

    All Galway in the opening exchanges. Kearns, McKey and Slevin looking really tenacious

  • 8'

    Kearns earns herself a free for her valiant efforts there. About 10 yards from the box and too the right. They get a corner out of it

  • 6'

    Dangerous cross by Slevin there cut out by Badana

  • 4'

    The home side working well in the first few minutes. Both outfits well up for this, very lively and fast paced

  • 1'

    Chance for Rachel Kearns there but it comes to nothing. The Mayo woman was straight through on goal and had a penalty shout but they'll settle for the corner

  • Kick off in Eamonn Deacy Park

  • The home side's team are in. We await DLR's as of yet. KO in 20 minutes!

  • Under the new sponsorship regime of the competition seems to have gained another level of eyes as the surviving squads aspire to emulate what The Peas achieved last year - the title of FAI cup champions. Speaking on the move DLR’s Nadine Clare Remarked how the new partnership will hopefully “bring much more attraction” as “the women’s game is growing so with this sponsor it’s only going to go bigger.”

  • Waves on the other hand had their series 19 action postponed as a waterlogged pitch prevented them from making a storm against Wexford Youths and was rescheduled for Tuesday the 28th of September. Crucially this means their last outing was almost three weeks ago (The Gypsies cup tie), while series 18 and the 7th of August marks their most recent league display.

  • Their league form has been a mixed bag as of late, coming off the back of a stalemate draw with Bohs, a 6-1 victory against Cork City and preceding that a 3-0 loss to Peamount United.

  • A 3-0 trouncing of Bohemians at Dalymount Park saw DLR through to this fixture, goals from Carla McManus, Rachel Doyle and Ciara Maher proving conclusive on the day. Galway progressed on a bye in the luck of the draw

  • The quarter finals of the FAI Women’s cup are upon us as DLR Waves head to Galway WFC in Eamonn Deacy Park (7:30pm) to build on their prior stage success. My name is Alanna Cunnane and I'll be bringing you tonight's live updates

Galway WFC

20Leah Hayes Cohen Goalkeeper
2Becky Walsh Defender
3Savannah McCarthy Midfielder
5Meabh de Burca Defender
6Shauna Brennan Defender
8Julie-Ann Russell Midfielder
10Lynsey McKey Forward
14Therese Kinnevey Defender
15Kate Slevin Defender
17Rachel Kearns Forward
18Emma Starr
1Hannah Walsh Goalkeeper
9Aoife Thompson Forward
12Elle Rose O’Flaherty Forward
13Aoibheann Costello Midfielder
16Aoife Lynagh Defender
21Nicole McNamara Defender
23Abbie Callanan Forward
24Anna Fahey Forward

DLR Waves

18Eve Badana Goalkeeper
13Aoife Brophy Defender 91'
5Jessica Gleeson Defender
24Niamh Barnes 16 Defender 56'
12Niamh Prior Defender
6Fiona Donnelly Midfielder
15Nadine Clare Midfielder
22Jetta Berrill Midfielder
7Rachel Doyle 10 Midfielder
25Shauna Carroll 11 Midfielder
20Carla McManus Forward
1Rugile Auskalnyte Goalkeeper
2Nicole Keogh Defender
8Ciara Maher Defender
9Kerri Letmon Forward
10Katie Malone 7 Forward
11Catherine Cronin 25 Midfielder
16Avril Brierley 24 Midfielder
19Chloe McCarthy

Past Meetings

(Series 12)
Women's National League
Eamonn Deacy Park

(Series 3)
Women's National League
Belfield Bowl

(Series 1)
Women's National League
Eamonn Deacy Park


Eamonn Deacy Park
Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.