Bohemians left it until the final game of the First Phase of the 2020 Women’s National League season but they now have a first win to celebrate.
The Dublin outfit overcame Athlone Town, while Galway WFC, Wexford Youths and Shelbourne all recorded victories on the road.
The Second Phase will kick off on October 17th with the League structure splitting into two – one group of five teams, one group of four teams.
Bohemians 1-0 Athlone Town
Niamh Kenna went into this season preaching about the potential within a newly-formed Bohemians squad and the midfielder finally got to see that faith rewarded at the Oscar Traynor Centre.
It was just before half-time when Kenna managed to fire Bohs in front and even though it was a nervous second period for the hosts, this is the result that they needed to boost their confidence.
In Sean Byrne, the club have one of the best coaches in women’s football so it was only a matter of time before his influence rubbed off on a young squad as they have been improving week on week.
Athlone are also newcomers this season and they made sure that Bohs had to scrap to take all three points. There wasn’t much between the two teams but the home win – no matter how productive it might have been – will go down in the history books.
Cork City 1-2 Galway WFC
A run of five League wins in a row came to a halt for Cork as two second-half goals from Lynsey McKey proved to be the difference in this game.
Cork have been in fantastic form and earned a lot of plaudits as a result – including Saoirse Noonan collecting the Barretstown / WNL Player of the Month award – but Galway have been playing well too.
In fact, Billy Clery’s side have largely gone under the radar in the First Phase but their game-winning ability was on full display here as the wily McKey got them going.
Two goals from the experienced striker opened up a lead that Cork could not close in spite of a late goal from midfielder Becky Cassin.
DLR Waves 0-2 Wexford Youths
The talent of Blessing Kingsley had been recently highlighted and the flying winger lived up to that top billing by getting Wexford off the mark in the UCD Bowl.
Inside the opening half hour Wexford showcased their attacking flair with some clever movement and slick passing. It felt like only a matter of time before they would score and Kingsley did just that.
DLR tried to respond but they could not find that breakthrough that their positive play perhaps merited. The work being done by manager Graham Kelly is revealing itself with each passing game and they are not far away from clicking altogether.
Wexford, in contrast, have several players who know how to grind out results in this League, as well as some exciting youngsters who want to contribute – such as Aoibheann Clancy who netted the winner.
Treaty United 0-7 Shelbourne
Following back-to-back defeats in the League and FAI Women’s Cup, Shels needed to register a response that showed everyone that they are still very much in the title race.
It took time before they could get past a stubborn Treaty backline but once Emily Whelan got their first goal it all started to flow for Dave Bell’s team with Ciara Grant, Noelle Murray and Whelan again scoring inside the first half.
Treaty tried to keep up with their opponents and made it very physical as they contested every ball. Nobody could question their effort but, ultimately, Shels were too strong for them.
Two goals from Jessica Gargan and one from Mia Dodd wrapped up a victory that will make the Dublin team feel like they are in seventh heaven following recent results