Shelbourne Ladies FC will meet UCD Waves in this season’s Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup Final.
Shelbourne ended Wexford Youths WFC’s hopes of a clean sweep in a dramatic 4-2 semi-final win in Tolka Park, inspired by a Noelle Murray hat-trick.
Leanne Kiernan gave Shels the lead with just three minutes gone. Kiernan with a scotching solo run past Ruth Fahy and Orlaigth Conlan and firing past Tamara Furlong.
Murray doubled Shels lead on 17 minutes collected a weighted pass from Rebecca Creagh and sliding the ball under Furlong.
Murray made it 3-0 eight minutes before half-time with a speculative effort from 40 yards which Furlong misjudged and the ball somehow sneaked in.
Murray completed her hat trick on 56 minutes after Conlan brought down Kiernan in the box. Murray put the penalty away at the second time of asking.
Aoibhin Webb pulled one back for Wexford just before the hour with Emma Hansberry adding a screamer for Wexford, alas it was not enough as Shelbourne Ladies progress to the final.
Meanwhile, UCD Waves came through an eventful night in Jackson Park to book their first ever appearance in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup Final with a 2-1 win over Galway WFC.
Julie-Anne Russell gave UCD the lead after half an hour, Russell’s second League Cup goal of the season and her fifth in all competitions.
Aine O’Gorman doubled UCD’s lead five minutes into the second half after her goal bound strike took a deflection off Meabh De Burca and went past Tina Hughes.
Aislinn Meaney gave Galway a lifeline with her third goal of the season, but it was too late as UCD Waves progressed to the League Cup final.