A strong second half display gave Cork City their first win of the Só Hotel Women’s National League season at the Watershed on Sunday 24th of March thanks to two goals from Katie McCarthy and a goal from Rachel O’Regan.
The first half was a quiet affair with both sides struggling to create any chance of real note. City came the closest when Maggie Duncliffe had an effort from distance which went just wide while Rachel O’Regan also came close but fired effort just wide of the post.
City brought on Stacey Paul O’Regan for Megan Sheehan for the second half. City started the second half brighter with Emma Farmer firing just over the bar from outside the box. City took the lead in the 62nd minute as Stacey Paul O’Regan sent Rachel O’Regan through with a defence splitting pass and she finished low across the goalkeeper to give City a 1-0 lead. City quickly doubled their advantage in the 65th minute as Shaunagh McCarthy played Katie McCarthy through who turned and finished with a left footed shot to give City a 2-0 lead.
City brought on Kate O’Donovan for Emma Farmer in the 70th minute. Savannah McCarthy almost gave City a 3-0 lead with an effort from distance that was just cleared by the Kilkenny defence. City’s final substitution was Abby McCarthy making her senior Women’s National League debut replacing Maria O’Sullivan. Kate O’Donovan came close to making it three with an effort was just saved by the Kilkenny goalkeeper. City would wrap up all three points in the 88th minute as Katie McCarthy lost her marker and headed home a Stacey Paul O’Regan corner to give Cork City a 3-0 win.
Cork City will host Shelbourne FC next Sunday 31st of March at Bishopstown with a 2pm kick off.
Cork City FC: Marie O’Sullivan (Abby McCarthy 75’), Nathalie O’Brien, Shaunagh McCarthy, Ciara McNamara, Savannah McCarthy, Maggie Duncliffe, Emma Farmer (Kate O’Donovan 70’), Megan Sheehan (Stacey Paul O’Regan 45’), Riona Crowley, Rachel O’Regan, Katie McCarthy.
Unused Substitute’s: Christina Dring, Eadaoin Lyons, Danielle Burke, Elizabeth O’Connor