Cork City lost 5-4 on penalties to Wexford Youths after a tight game at Turner’s Cross in the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League Development Shield Final today.
The first half saw City largely be on top having several chances to break the deadlock. A good pass from Kate O’Donovan in the 9th minute found Katie McCarthy inside the penalty area but her effort went just to the right of the post. A good run and pass from Eadaoin Lyons down the right wing found Saoirse Noonan inside the box but her effort went just over the bar.
Wexford had arguably the best chance of the first half as they forced Amanda Budden into a good save from Aisling Frawley. City continued to threaten however with efforts from Maggie Duncliffe and Kate O’Donovan from distance unable to find the target.
The second half started tight with neither side really threatening either goalkeeper. On the hour mark Saoirse Noonan had a good run into the penalty area but her powerful effort on goal drifted just to the right of the post. Maggie Duncliffe had a free kick which was well saved by Sophie Lenihan in the Wexford goal. The best chance of the second half came on 76 minutes when a Maggie Duncliffe free kick found Christina Dring but her effort crashed off the post and the second half finished 0-0 and went to extra time.
Extra time had few chances until near the end of the second half of extra time when Saoirse Noonan had a powerful dipping effort from just outside the penalty area which was just tipped over by Sophie Lenihan. Noonan again came close shortly after with her effort deflected wide by a Wexford defender and it went to penalties to decide the winner.
Both sides scored their opening 3 penalties with Nathalie O’Brien, Ciara McNamara and Maggie Duncliffe putting them away for City. Saoirse Noonan’s 4th penalty was well saved by Lenihan with Wexford scoring their 4th and while Amanda Budden scored City’s 5th penalty Wexford also scored giving them a 5-4 win on penalties and the WNL Shield.
Next up for City is a return to league action as they host Kilkenny United WFC at Bishopstown next Sunday 14th of October with a 2pm kick off.
Cork City: Amanda Budden, Nathalie O’Brien, Ciara McNamara, Savanah McCarthy, Eabha O’Mahony, Maggie Duncliffe, Eadaoin Lyons (Hannah O’Donoghue 74), Katie McCarthy, Kate O’Donovan (Danielle Burke 63), Christina Dring (Courtney O’Keefe 115), Saoirse Noonan.
Wexford Youths: Sophie Lenihan, Nicola Sinnott, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Becky Cassin, Kylie Murphy, Katrina Parrock (Rachel Hutchinson 80), Aisling Frawley, McKenna Davidson (Ciara Delaney 105), Edel Kennedy, Emma Hansberry.
Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan.