Date Time League Season
29 May 2021 2:00 pm Women's National League 2021

Match Report

Shels and Wexford share the spoils

Shelbourne and Wexford Youths fought out a 0-0 draw in a tense affair at Tolka Park in the Women’s National League this afternoon.

Keeper Caoimh Gray kept her side in the game with two excellent saves from Shels Saoirse Noonan and Emily Whelan in the first half. The home side were also denied by the cross bar in the second half, Pearl Slattery’s header hitting the woodwork before her rebound went wide.

Wexford also had good spells, relying on the counter attack to beat Shels, but failed to create any clear chances for most of the game.

Shelbourne pressed high and saw most of the ball in the first half.  Wexford grew into it around the 20-minute mark as forwards Kylie Murphy and Ciara Rossiter saw more space but failed to create clear goalscoring opportunities.

The hosts were soon back in it and created their two best scoring chances in quick succession. Ciara Grant’s forward ball opened the Wexford defence and Saoirse Noonan looked to be in on goal only for goalkeeper Caoimh Gray to put her body on the line to get in the way. Gray made a second save soon after when Emily Whelan found herself one on one but failed to bypass the keeper.

Shelbourne had a scare before half time, when keeper Amanda Budden dropped the ball in the box from a Wexford corner but quickly regathered. Ciara Rossiter took a favourably positioned Wexford set-piece just before the break but hit it straight at Budden, who gathered easily.

Shels dominated again in the second half. Jessica Ziu created an early chance for Emily Whelan, whose effort dipped onto the Slaneysiders crossbar. Pearl Slattery got on the end of a cross in the 73rd minute, heading the ball only for it to hit the crossbar again while her rebound header went left and wide.

Wexford again relied on the break to sneak a goal. Sinead Taylor had a good chance from close range in the 83rd, which Budden just pushed away, while Taylor poked another wide with three minutes remaining.

The visitors, however, will almost certainly be the happier of the two sides as Shelbourne’s dominance for most of the game failed to show in the final score.

  • 92'

    Full Time at Tolka Park, Shelbourne 0 - 0 Wexford WFC.

  • 90'

    2 minutes injury time

  • 87'

    Orlaith Conlon on for Dwyer

  • 87'

    Dwyer subbed off

  • 87'

    Taylor pokes the ball just wide of the Shels goal as Wexford counter

  • 85'

    Mia Dodd on for Murray.

  • 85'

    Noelle Murray subbed off for Shelbourne.

  • 83'

    Amanda Budden pushes the ball just wide after a shot inside the box from Wexfords Sinead Taylor.

  • 82'

    Gray claims the ball after end to end play from both sides. Game really starting to open up in the final 10 minutes.

  • 79'

    Kiev Gray makes another good save as Jessica Ziu sends a dangerous ball into the Wexford box from the right wing.

  • 76'

    Aisling Frawley is replaced by Doireann Fahey as Wexford make another attacking substitute.

  • 75'

    Emily Whelan fails to get good contact on the ball from Saoirse Noonans cross in a good chance for Shelbourne. The ball rolls into the hands of Wexford Keeper Gray.

  • 73'

    Emily Whelans shot goes over the goal as Shels counterattack

  • 71'

    Pearl Slattery header comes off the Wexford crossbar, Slattery gets the rebound and hits it just left of the goalpost.

  • 69'

    Saoirse Noonans shot easily saved by Kiev Gray

  • 68'

    Saoirse Noonan also booked

  • 68'

    Edel Kennedy booked

  • 66'

    Rossiters shot goes over the Shels goal as Kylie Murphy wins the ball back for Wexford in the opposition half.

  • 65'

    Jamie Finn gets the first booking of the game after being judged to foul a Wexford player in midfield as the visitors break. Protests from the Shels bench.

  • 64'

    Ziu fails to cross into the Wexford box after she gets on the end of a ball from Saoirse Noonan

  • 63'

    Sinead Taylor comes on for Kelly

  • 63'

    Lauren Kelly is substituted off for Wexford.

  • 55'

    Budden collects from Kylie Murphys shot at goal

  • 52'

    Kylie Murphy cant find the goal as her effort goes to the left and wide.

  • 48'

    Shelbourne coming out strong for the second half. Jessica Ziu crosses the ball to Emily Whelan nearly lobs the ball into the net but comes of the bar. Wexford relying on the counter attack but coming under pressure from Shels.

  • 47'

    Grants effort comes off Wexford defender for a Shels corner

  • 45'

    Shelbourne get things under way for the second half.

  • 45'

    High energy game so far between Shelbourne and Wexford Youths. Wexford keeper Kiev Gray keeping her side in it with two excellent saves from one on one efforts by Shels Saoirse Noonan and Noelle Whelan shortly after. Shelbourne have had more of the ball and the better opportunities although Wexford have looked dangerous on the break but failed to create any clear chances. It stands 0-0 at Tolka Park.

  • 45'

    Half Time: No injury time as the two sides head in for the break. It stands Shelbourne 0-0 Wexford Youths at Tolka Park.

  • 44'

    Budden collects the ball as Ciara Rossiters set-piece is directed straight at the Shelbourne keeper.

  • 42'

    Budden drops the ball from a Wexford corner but quickly regathers in the Shels box.

  • 39'

    Gray easily collects from Jamie Finns header in the box.

  • 34'

    Amanda Budden saves from a shot by Wexfords Kylie Murphy. Just moments after Kiev Grey makes a great save to stop Shels Whelan from scoring one on one. Game really picking up at Tolka.

  • 30'

    End to end stuff as Wexford have a chance at the Shels end while Noonan hits the ball at the Wexford keeper at the other end.

  • 28'

    Noonan sneaks past the Wexford defense and really should have scored from Grant's incisive ball. Well saved from Grey.

  • 26'

    Murray's set-piece from just outside the box hits the Wexford wall and collected by keeper Gray.

  • 23'

    Aisling Frawley just offside for Ciara Rossiters pass. Wexford coming more and more into it as Kylie Murphy and Ciara Rossiter get more space on the left.

  • 20'

    Ciara Rossiter wins a corner for Wexford as the visitors counter attack Shels high press. Home side protest against the corner, looks to have come off Rossiters leg.

  • 17'

    Ciara Rossiter sends a good cross into the Shels box but no Wexford players there as the visitors begin to work there way back in to the game.

  • 12'

    Gray collects the ball as Shels Jamie Flood hits the ball right at the keeper.

  • 10'

    Stapleton heads just over from a Noel Murray cross. Shels having more chances as Wexford look unsettled.

  • 9'

    Murrays delivery into Wexford box hit just right of the posts by Jess Gargan

  • 8'

    Back and fourth at Tolka between the two sides but no clear chances for either team yet.

  • 1'

    Kick Off: Kylie Murphy gets things under way for Wexford Youths at Tolka Park.

  • Two evenly matched sides going head to head today. Both have only lost once this season, both beaten by table-toppers Peamount United. Shelbourne have won their last 4 games while Wexford have won their last five. Sun is out as the two teams complete their warm ups.

  • Shelbourne Team News: Amanda Budden, Jessica Gargan, Jessie Stapleton, Pearl Slattery, Ciara Grant, Jamie Finn, Jessica Ziu, Rachel Graham, Noelle Murray, Saoirse Noonan, Emily Whelan Subs: Sophie Lenehen, Rachel Baynes, Leah Doyle, Taylor White, Abbie Larkin, Mia Dodd, Ella O'Connell

  • Wexford Youths Team News: Kiev Gray, Lauren Dwyer, Kylie Murphy (c), Edel Kennedy, Lauren Kelly, Lynn Craven, Ciara Rossiter, Aisling Frawley, Nicola Sinnott, Aoibheann Clancy, Lynn Marie Grant Subs: Maeve Williams, Orlaith Conlon, Freya Demange, Sinead Taylor, Katie O'Regan, Fiona Ryan, Kim Flood, Kira Bates Crosbie, Doireann Fahy

  • The two sides last met in October of last year when Shelbourne defeated Wexford 5-2 at Ferrycarrig Park in the WNL. A Jessica Ziu hattrick and two penalties by Noelle Murray provided the goals for Shelbourne on that occasion. Ciara Rossiter and Kylie Murphy scored for the home side but Wexford were left to rue several missed chances that night.

  • Hello and welcome to Shelbourne v Wexford Youths WFC at Tolka Park in round eight of the SSE Airtricity Women's National League. This game is of vital importance to both sides. A home win for Shelbourne today will see them keep the pressure on table-toppers Peamount United, while a Wexford victory will mean the visitors leap-frog today's opponents into second place in the WNL.


1Amanda Budden Goalkeeper
2Jessica Gargan Defender
3Jessie Stapleton Defender
4Pearl Slattery Defender
5Jamie Finn Midfielder 66'
7Jessica Ziu Midfielder
8Rachel Graham Defender
9Emily Whelan Forward
10Noelle Murray 13 Forward
11Saoirse Noonan Forward 69'
12Ciara Grant Midfielder
13Mia Dodd 10 Defender
16Sophie Lenehan Goalkeeper
17Rachel Baynes Defender
18Abbie Larkin Midfielder
19Leah Doyle Defender
21Taylor White Forward
22Ella O’Connell Midfielder

Wexford Youths

18Ciamh Gray Goalkeeper
5Lauren Dwyer 3 Defender
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder
8Edel Kennedy Midfielder 69'
9Lauren Kelly 10 Forward
11Lynn Craven Defender
12Ciara Rossiter Defender 90'
15Aisling Frawley 25 Midfielder
16Nicola Sinnott Defender
17Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder
19Lynn Marie Grant Forward
21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
3Orlaith Conlon 5 Defender
7Freya de Mange Midfielder
10Sinead Taylor 9 Forward
13Katie O’Regan Defender
22Fiona Ryan Defender
23Kim Flood Midfielder
24Kira Bates Crosbie Midfielder
25Doireann Fahey 15 Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 1 - Group 1)
2 - 5
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Shelbourne

(Series 5)
2 - 1
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Wexford Youths


Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University