A second half brace from Saoirse Noonan made it two wins from two as CCFC came from behind to beat Limerick WFC and continue their perfect start to the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League on Sunday at CIT.
The first half lacked in real chances for either side as City had much of the possession but could do little with it to threaten Trish Fennelly in the Limerick goal. An attacking run from Danielle Burke found Michelle O’Driscoll who sent it out wide for Saoirse Noonan on the right wing who played the one two back to O’Driscoll whose shot was saved by Fennelly.
Limerick took the lead on 35 as they caught out the City defence as Rebecca Horgan was played through and she beat Eve Badana in the City goal to give them the lead. City immediately piled on the pressure to get back into the match and just before the end almost equalised as a great ball from the right from Christina Dring found Saoirse Noonan in the Limerick penalty area but she was off balance and could only scuff her shot and it was saved by Fennelly.
The start of the second half saw City make two changes as Kate O’Donovan and Danielle Sheehy replaced Michelle O’Driscoll and Christina Dring. City had much of the ball and possession throughout the second half but the Limerick defence stood strong and little in the way of chances. City finally found the equaliser on 70 minutes as a cross from the left wing found Noonan who finished brilliantly into the left hand side of the goal to make it 1-1.
City continued the pressure throughout the rest of the game looking for the three points with Limerick unable to threaten Eve Badana’s goal and brought on Eadaoin Lyons to replace Hannah O’Donoghue. City finally found the winner in the 88th minute as Saoirse Noonan was again on hand to seal it with a brilliant individual effort from outside the penalty area which sailed right into the top right corner to give City the win and all three points.
Next up for Cork City is a rematch of last season’s WFAI cup final as they host UCD Waves next Sunday 25th of March at CIT with a 2pm kick off.
Cork City: Eve Badana, Danielle Burke, Nathalie O’Brien, Ciara McNamara, Maggie Duncliffe, Savanah McCarthy, Katie McCarthy, Saoirse Noonan, Christina Dring (Kate O’Donovan 45’), Hannah O’Donoghue (Eadaoin Lyons 71’), Michelle O’Driscoll (Danielle Sheehy 45’).
Unused Subs: Amanda Budden, Courtney O’Keefe, Mary Barrett, Amy McCormack.
Limerick: Trish Fennelly, Tara Mannix, Rebecca Mahon, Marie Curtin, Therese Hartley (Claire Kelly 60’), Carys Johnston (Sabrina McCarthy 80’) Sophie Hudner (Chloe Connolly 70’), Megan Kelleher, Rebecca Horgan, Aisling O’Connor, Sylvia Gee.
Unused Subs: Karen Connolly, Megan Carroll, Shauna Rooney, Alanna Morris.
Referee: Jason Mannix
|18/03/2018||Women's National League||2018||2|
|CIT Sports Ground|
|Unnamed Road, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland|