|30 May 2021||2:00 pm||LOI Women's Premier Division||2021|
Carla McManus’s brace, along with Ciara Maher, Katie Malone and Shauna Carroll’s goals confirmed Waves’ return to the capital with all three points from a 5-nil win over Treaty United in the Women’s National League.
A double-taste result for the Dubliners as they take advantage of the scoreless draw between Shelbourne and Wexford to reduce matters from the top-three.
The visitors came into Limerick’s venue very aggressive after last week’s defeat facing the champions Peamount, and locked up Treaty inside a very tight siege after an emotive first quarter-hour when both teams put their claws out.
Waves got their first goal with 21 minutes on the clock as Ciara Maher’s shot from the edge of the box suffered a deflection, betraying Michaela Mitchell.
Jenna Slattery brought an audacious reply from outside the 45 yards as the ball went slightly off the bar.
On the other side, Carla McManus showed more efficiency in her header as she sent in Kerri Letmon’s superb cross from the right-wing.
Treaty’s girls were showing themselves cranked with the opponent’s capacity to maintain such a high pressure, and saw the scenario get even darker when Katie Malone smashed in a third goal with a wonder strike from 30 yards.
Aoife Horgan got her chance to reduce matters seconds from the break, but her attempt came inches away from the post.
The substitute Cara Griffin replied with a strong shot, forcing Eve Badana to slap it away for a corner; the negative forced Treaty to ask more question in the second 45 minutes, but not enough to hold Waves’ power.
McManus came initially close to her brace with a poor attempt, before Shauna Carroll brought another fantastic shot; as she sent a stunning effort off the crossbar, following a lovely flick.
The mountain got even bigger for Treaty to climb, especially facing a side that managed to slow down the pace of the play while keeping the ball.
Jesse Mendez and Nadine Clare tried to take some out of the game for Treaty, however, it was McManus who got her brace.
After a failed first attempt just with Mitchell to beat, she came once more face-to-face with the keeper as she slotted the ball in with a nice finish.
|Jackman Park, Limerick, V94 23T8, Ireland|