Shelbourne were the better side on Saturday evening in the west when they ran out 3-0 winners over Galway WFC at Fahy’s Field in the Só Hotel’s Women’s National League.

Emily Whelan was the star of the show and the striker capped a wonderful performance with a goal in each half and then an assist to set up a wonderfully taken goal by Alex Kavanagh with just over 15 minutes to go.

Galway had the early chances starting in the 2nd minute with an on target effort from Sadhbh Doyle, after being set up by Lynsey McKey, being saved by Amanda McQuillan.

The home side should have been in front after six minutes when Lynsey McKey struck the bottom left post from a direct free-kick.

Lucia Lobato was first to react to the rebounding ball but the defender could not keep her effort down and the ball blazed over the bar.

Shelbourne dealt Galway a sucker punch just two minutes later when Emily Whelan cut through the defence with a great run onto the end of a long ball. Shauna Fox initially put a halt to the forward but Whelan got a second chance on the ball and slotted it into the corner of the net.

Lynsey McKey was involved again in the 42nd minute when she took the ball down the left flank. Her cross into the box to Aoife Thompson was perfect but the striker chose to play the ball back to the winger who had to settle for rattling the side of the net rather than the back of it due to the acute angle she was shooting from.

To close out the half, Alex Kavanagh went very close to doubling the lead when Alannah McEvoy stormed down the right wing, before pulling the ball back. Kavanagh’s shot went just inches over the bar however.

It took the Reds 20 minutes after the re-start to double their lead and Whelan, who had been a danger to the defence all evening managed to slip through after receiving a cross leaving very little that Ria McPhilbin could have done as the forward smashed the ball under the goalkeeper for her second goal of the game.

Whelan could have netted her hat-trick two minutes later after she escaped the Galway defence once more but this effort was struck just wide of the goal.

The visitors put the game to bed in the 74th minute and Whelan managed to get involved in the final goal for her side also. Whelan had the ball in the Galway box but she unselfishly played it out to Kavanagh, who scored the goal of the game with a long range effort that nearly burst the Galway net and was perfectly placed into the far corner of the goal.

Galway WFC: Ria McPhilbin; Shauna Fox, Keara Cormican, Chloe Singleton (Aislinn Meaney, 57), Sadhbh Doyle, Lynsey McKey, Sinead Donovan (Elle O’Flaherty, 80), Lucia Lobato, Aoife Thompson, Sarah Baynes, Tessa Mullins (Aoife Walsh, 80).

Shelbourne: Amanda McQuillan; Jess Gargan (Isibeal Atkinson 80), Pearl Slattery, Jamie Finn, Alex Kavanagh, Rachel Graham, Alannah McEvoy (Kate Mooney, 80), Emily Whelan, Chloe Mustaki, Rebecca Cooke, Lynn Craven (Jess Gleeson, 67).

Star Player: Emily Whelan

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