Cork City fell to a late 4-3 defeat against DLR Waves in an end to end game at Bishopstown on Sunday in their latest Só Hotels Women’s National League game.
City started the game stronger with early efforts from Eabha O’Mahony and Christina Dring testing Erica Turner in the Waves goal. City came closest when Christina Dring got behind the Waves defence having a shot just put out for a corner by Turner in the 18th minute. City however would not be denied for long with Katie McCarthy back-heeling in the resulting Maggie Duncliffe corner to give City a 1-0 lead. City swiftly doubled their lead in the 21st minute when Christina Dring again got behind the Waves defence, beat Erica Turner and put it away to give City a 2-0 lead.
At the other end Maria O’Sullivan was on hand to deny Waves a goal back when she made a full stretch save to keep it out and keep it at 2-0. City continued to press forward testing the Waves defence with chances from Christina Dring and Maggie Duncliffe which were saved by Turner and the first half ended 2-0.
DLR Waves started the half stronger and got back into the game when the referee awarded them a penalty in the 49th minute which was put away by Rachel Doyle to make it 2-1. City however would restore their two goal advantage when Christina Dring received the ball from Eabha O’Mahony and she made a good run down the left flank getting by four Waves defender and finishing from a very tight angle to make it 3-1 to City.
DLR Waves were not out of the game however and in the 65th minute made it 3-2 when Ciara Maher fired a powerful shot in from 20 yards out. Waves remained well on top for the last 25 minutes putting severe pressure on the City defence and the pressure told in the 82nd minute when a Waves corner deflected off a City defender into the net to make it 3-3. They would fully complete the comeback in the last minute of added time when City failed to clear their lines and Ciara Maher had an effort from just outside the box which took a deflection off a City player into the net and the game ended 4-3 to DLR Waves.
City return to action on the 14th of July at Bishopstown when they host Limerick WFC with a 2pm kick off.
Cork City: Maria O’Sullivan, Nathalie O’Brien, Ciara McNamara, Emma Farmer, Shaunagh McCarthy, Maggie Duncliffe (Riona Crowley 67’), Zara Foley, Danielle Burke (Rachel O’Regan 72’), Katie McCarthy, Eabha O’Mahony, Christina Dring.