Cork City made it three wins in a row thanks to a late Christina Dring goal during a 1-0 victory over Limerick WFC in their latest Só Hotels Women’s National League match at Fairgreen, Limerick.
The first half was a tight affair with City having most of the possession and pressure but rarely being able to get meaningful efforts past a resolute Limerick defence. Katie McCarthy had an early effort which went just wide in the 13th minute, while Dring headed a Maggie Duncliffe free-kick just past the post on 30 minutes.
Eadaoin Lyons replaced Lauren Egbuloniu in the 36th minute, while Limerick were reduced to 10 two minutes later when Megan Kelleher was shown a straight red card for a professional foul. The first half ended 0-0.
The second half continued much as it had been in the first with City having the majority of possession but rarely threatening to get past a strong Limerick back four despite their player advantage. Eabha O’Mahony had an effort which went just wide on the hour mark, while eventual-goalscorer Dring had an effort at goal saved in the 75th minute.
Riona Crowley replaced Duncliffe on 80 minutes, and City finally got the important breakthrough a minute later as substitute Lyons set up Dring, who finished well on the half volley to give City a 1-0 lead. City brought on Nathalie O’Brien for Zara Foley in the final few minutes of the game and saw out the encounter to claim another three points.
It’s Só Hotels Women’s League Cup action next for City when they host Shelbourne FC at Bishopstown on Sunday, April 28th with a 3pm kick off.
Limerick WFC: Karen Connolly, Tara Mannix, Shannon Parbat, Maura Shine, Sophie Liston, Megan Kelleher, Cara Griffin, Lauren Keane, Chloe Connolly (Anna Shine 75’), Sylvia Gee, Clodagh Doherty.
Cork City FC: Maria O’Sullivan, Shaunagh McCarthy, Savannah McCarthy, Ciara McNamara, Zara Foley (Nathalie O’Brien 85’), Maggie Duncliffe (Riona Crowley 80’), Emma Farmer, Katie McCarthy, Eabha O’Mahony, Christina Dring, Lauren Egbuloniu (Eadaoin Lyons 38’).