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Every saga has a beginning. Every generation needs a first step.
 
On this very website 12 months ago I made the point that the Continental Tyres Women’s National League was only finding its feet.
 
As season six of WNL is now in full swing and women’s football moves into a summer direction and a new era, it is important not to forget its past.
 
Again I will show my age in this column and refer to a striker long retired from the game by the name of Brian Deane.
 
Deane wrote himself into the history books at five minutes past three o'clock on August 151992 when he headed the ball past Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel for the very first goal in Premier League history.
 
November 13, 2011 saw the very first fixtures of the FAI Women’s National League with the six founding members all in action. For that first season all fixtures kicked off at 2pm.
 
Season One, Round One saw Cork Women’s host Peamount United, Castlebar Celtic travelled to Wexford Youths Women's FC and the first Dublin derby saw Shamrock Rovers host Raheny United.
 
At 13 minutes past two o'clock, Stephanie Roche landed the very first goal of the Women’s National League her first of 24 that season, coincidentally three of Peamount’s six in the 6-1 victory.
 
“However, United went in front on 13 minutes when Cork Women’s FC defender Laura Lynch inadvertently chested the ball into Stephanie Roche’s path in the area, the Peamount star needing no invitation to find the back of the net.” Is how 
Peter McNamara, then of extratime.ie described the goal.
 
History written in front of your eyes, a record I am sure Stephanie Roche will keep with her in her medal laden career.
 
Goal number two of the women’s national landed five minutes later some 188 kilometres away in Ferrycarrig Park, Emma Mullin putting Castlebar Celtic 1-0 up against Wexford Youth’s WFC.
 
In fact there were goals a plenty that very first Sunday afternoon, for the record the opening Sunday saw 14 goals across three games.
 
Stephanie Roche and Aine O’Gorman would both find the net to give Peamount a 3-0 lead away to Cork, while Fiona Bennett would score Wexford’s first WNL goal to see them level with Castlebar at half time.
 
Not to be outdone Ciara Grant would find the Rovers net around the time Bennet would score for Wexford, grabbing Raheny United’s first goal just before the half time whistle in Tallaght stadium.
 
The Sunday afternoon’s second half continued in the offensive vein.
 
At CIT, Stephanie Roche would complete her hat-trick four minutes into the second half, with Louise Quinn and Claire Kinsella getting on the score-sheet. 
 
Claire Shine “fired home with authority” for Cork WFC in the final minute according to Peter McNamara, Peamount winning their very first game 6-1.
 
In Ferrycarrig Park, Emma Mullin scored just before the hour with Rianna Jarrett equalising with 74 minutes on the clock. A 2-2 final score, although Ciara O’Brien missed a penalty for Wexford.
 
Tallaght was far from quiet during it all, Siobhan Killeen, Rebecca Creagh and a Katie McCabe double saw Raheny United run out 5-0 winners on Shamrock Rovers.
 
An encouraging start to the new ball game. We may no longer start in the winter, the excitement has yet to leave us.