|25/03/2018||Women's National League||2018||3|
Cork City fell to their first defeat of the season thanks to a second half brace by Naimi Chemaou as a clinical UCD Waves side won on Sunday at CIT in the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League.
City started much the stronger of the two sides as they applied early pressure to the UCD Waves goal. Hannah Donoghue put in a cross which was cleared to Savanah McCarthy whose effort from distance was straight at the UCD goalkeeper Erica Turner. Saoirse Noonan was inches from getting onto a great through ball from Katie McCarthy but Turner was on hand again to block the chance.
City continued to have most of the possession of the ball and chances and their best chance of the half came on the half hour mark as a Maggie Duncliffe corner went in and almost went out of play but was kept in by Nathalie O’Brien who sent it back to Hannah Donoghue whose shot at goal was saved.
There was strong claims for a City penalty as Hannah Donoghue went down in the penalty area a few minutes later but the referee said no penalty. On 36 minutes Katie McCarthy sent a ball to the right for Hannah Donoghue who put it back in for Saoirse Noonan whose effort under pressure from the UCD defence was scuffed and the keeper was able to make the save. Amanda Budden after having little to do throughout the first half in the City goal had to make a great double save to keep the scores level as the half was nearly up while at the other end some good work between Saoirse Noonan and Michelle O’Driscoll saw an effort go just over the bar from O’Driscoll.
City brought on Eadaoinn Lyons for the second half replacing Kate O’Donovan but got off to the worst possible start in the second half as a cross from the right touchline from Dearbhaile Beirne found Naimi Chemaou whose shot beat Amanda Budden to give UCD the lead. City almost equalised on the hour mark as Michelle O’Driscoll hit the crossbar with an effort from the edge of the box. UCD scored their second goal on 65’ as Beirne again set up Chemaou who made it 2-0. City had much of the ball for the rest of the game as they brought on Christina Dring for Hannah
Donoghue on 74 and Courtney O’Keefe for Maggie Duncliffe on 83 and had efforts from Saoirse Noonan and Eadaoin Lyon’s but were unable to get past Erica Turner in the UCD goal and the match finished 2-0 to UCD Waves.
Next up for City is a visit from Limerick WFC in the Continental Tyres WNL Development Shield on Saturday 7th of April at Bishopstown with a 2pm kick off.
Cork City: Amanda Budden Danielle Burke, Nathalie O’Brien, Ciara McNamara, Maggie Duncliffe (Courtney O’Keefe 83’), Savanah McCarthy, Katie McCarthy, Saoirse Noonan, Kate O’Donovan (Eadaoin Lyons 45’), Hannah Donoghue (Christina Dring 74’), Michelle O’Driscoll
Unused Subs: Eve Badana, Mary Barrett, Danielle Sheehy
UCD Waves: Erica Turner, Chelsee Snell, Aisling Spillane, Alison O’Keefe (Sophie O’Donoghue 74’) Sinead Gaynor, Dearbhaile Beirne, Chloe Mustaki, Leanne Payne, Avril Brierley (Kerri Letmon 74’), Eimear Lafferty (Orla Haran 84’), Naimi Chemaou.
Unused Subs: Carla Moran, Keelin McEntee, Jenny Chambers
Referee: Christopher Braganza.