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Galway WFC at Eamonn Deacy Park in Women’s National League action, as Noelle Murray and Kate Mooney converted to outdo Lisa Casserly’s late spot kick.


Galway’s Chloe Singleton fired a speculative effort on goal just before the half-hour mark, but she couldn’t trouble Amanda McQuillan from 35 yards.

In the 37th minute, Shelbourne got forward through Murray, and after some clever jinking turns, she laid the ball off for Tiegan Ruddy on the edge of the area and she fired a side-footed effort on target, but Hughes was able to collect comfortably.

Leanne Kiernan threatened to make a few darting moves forward as the first half progressed, but she was well controlled by Shauna Fox and Lucia Lobato at the back.

Following the restart, Murray did her best to bring the clash to life with some skill down the left side of Galway’s box, flicking the ball over her marker before directing an effort at goal, but again Hughes was alive to the danger.

Minutes later, a misplaced pass from Niamh Prior on the edge of her own 18-yard box gave Aislinn Meaney the chance to run at goal, but she was stopped in her tracks as the ball bobbled back to McQuillan.

Roma McLoughlin fired a shot at Hughes from 20 yards out after a nice interchange with Murray, but again there was no real venom in the strike. Galway responded with a half-chance of their own after Meaney tore down the right wing before firing a cross in for O’ Flaherty to hit from close range, but it went narrowly wide of the right post.

In the 70th minute, Galway had arguably their best chance of the match when Lynsey McKey’s corner was met by the head of Fox who did remarkably well to send the ball arrowing goal-ward inside a crowded area, but it hit the crossbar.

Ruddy forced Hughes into a save late on in the 77th minute with a right-footed effort from distance, but the real game-changer was to come in the 84th minute when Murray broke the deadlock, scrambling the ball over the line after the hosts failed to deal with a corner.

Then, substitute Kate Mooney rubbed salt in Galway wounds when she struck a beautiful effort into the back of the net in the 89th minute.

Galway pulled one back through Casserly from 12 yards out with virtually the last kick of the game after Sadhbh Doyle was brought down inside the area, but there was to be no late comeback as Danny Crowley’s troops secured maximum points on the road.

Galway WFC: Tina Hughes, Carlie Schecht, Aislinn Meaney (Aoife Thompson 85), Shauna Fox, Emma Starr, Sadhbh Doyle, Lynsey McKey, Elle O’ Flaherty (Sinead Donovan 65), Meadhbh De Burca, Chloe Singleton, Lucia Lobato (Lisa Casserly 78)

Subs not used: Tess Mullins, Lucy Hannon, Louise Creaven

Shelbourne Ladies: Amanda McQuillan, Jessica Gleeson, Tiegan Ruddy, Alex Kavanagh (Kate Mooney 72), Leanne Kiernan (Alannah McEvoy 84), Rachel Graham, Roma McLoughlin, Noelle Murray, Courtney Higgins, Niamh Prior, Lynn Craven

Subs not used: Jaime Finn, Pearly Slattery, Fiona Donnelly

Star player: Noelle Murray

Referee: Chris Campbell

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