Cork City’s Saoirse Noonan scored twice to lead her team to the FAI Women’s Cup Final for just the second time in their history SPORTSFILE
CORK CITY will meet Peamount United in the 2020 FAI Women’s Senior Cup Final on December 12th after they each advanced from their respective semi-finals.
Two goals from Saoirse Noonan led Cork to victory over Treaty United in Bishopstown Stadium, while a single strike from Dearbhaile Beirne earned Peamount United a win against holders Wexford Youths.
Both Cork and Peamount have each lifted the trophy once in their respective histories and this will be a first match-up of the two teams in the showpiece event.
Cork City 2-0 Treaty United
When Saoirse Noonan is in form, Cork usually prevail. That was certainly the case in this semi-final duel as her impact proved to be the difference.
Two first-half goals were enough for Ronan Collins’ team to book a place in the Final, but Treaty certainly made it difficult for them and they can be proud of their performance.
Noonan headed the home side in front when she rose highest in the penalty area to meet an in-swinging corner kick and power the ball into the back of the net.
Treaty hardly had time to catch their breath when Noonan scored her second of the game and that was it despite Gillian Keenan and Aoife Cronin going close to pulling a goal back.
Wexford Youths 0-1 Peamount United
Just four days after their admirable display in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Peamount were back in the thick of the action and they went with the same starting line-up.
This was always going to be a fierce contest with the current Cup holders against the League champions, so it was no surprise that the intensity was high from early on and Wexford keeper Kiev Gray was called on to save a crucial save on 15 minutes.
There was little between the sides as they went in at the break scoreless, but it was Peamount who eventually took the lead when Dearbhaile Beirne fired in. And the Dublin outfit hung onto that slender lead until the very end.
Wexford emptied their bench with Sinead Taylor and Vanessa Ogbonna introduced to find some firepower up front, but Peamount showed maturity in seeing the game out with Karen Duggan standing out with her performance.
FAI Women’s Senior Cup Final
Saturday, December 12th
Cork City v Peamount United
LIVE on RTE2
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IN the Women’s National League, Shelbourne extended their lead at the top by clinching a 5-0 win over Galway WFC, while DLR Waves were held scoreless at home to Athlone Town.
Pearl Slattery, Jessica Gargan, Ciara Grant, Jessica Ziu and Isibeal Atkinson supplied the goals for Shels, who are now four points ahead of Peamount.
Shelbourne 5-0 Galway WFC
DLR Waves 0-0 Athlone Town