Galway WFC 0-3 UCD Waves: Kealy’s charges secure passage to semi final




UCD Waves emerged victorious at Drom Soccer Park with a 3-0 victory over Galway WFC in the League Cup quarter final thanks to goals from Karen Duggan, Julieann Russell and Dearbhaile Beirne.

It was the ‘Galway Girls’, however, that started the brightest on the afternoon as Tessa Mullins almost gifted them an early lead in the fifth minute when her header from a Keara Cormican cross dragged narrowly wide of the mark.

Following that, Orlagh Nolan responded with an effort of her own for the visitors when she was allowed to turn and shoot from an angle inside the box, but it was cleverly tipped over by Hughes for a corner that came to nothing.

Karen Duggan opened the scores in the 34th minute after a scramble for possession following a corner for the visitors saw her shoot from 18 yards. Although there may have been a slight deflection on the effort, it was well hit and sailed over Tina Hughes and into the back of the net.

Waves began to dominate from there, dictating possession and passing the ball around comfortably – manager Noel Kealy audibly cajoling his players at every opportunity he could to ‘win every ball’.

The encouragement was effective as Cormican was forced into a goalmouth clearance before Jetta Berrill’s cross after a daring run placed the ball on a plate for Duggan, but she couldn’t double her tally.

Following the restart, the hosts were in dire need of an equaliser, but it was the hosts who had the first chance, a speculative effort from Nolan from 25 yards that Hughes gathered easily. Then in the 57th minute, O’ Gorman turned onto her left to fire a cracking effort at goal from the edge of the area, but again Hughes was on hand to palm away.

Shaunagh Jackson hit the crossbar within seconds of coming on as a substitute after a pass from Sadhbh Doyle fed her, but then Galway’s Lynsey McKey couldn’t finish the rebound after it bounced into her path six yards out.

UCD Waves doubled their lead shortly following the hour mark through Russell, directly after Galway’s chance to equalise as she converted smartly past Hughes to effectively end the contest.

Galway fought until the end, something epitomised by substitute Jackson’s work-rate which saw her create a shot on goal in the 78th minute, but UCD always had the measure of the hosts and they wrapped up their passage to the last four when Beirne netted in the 89th minute.

Galway WFC: Tina Hughes, Alina Cheatham, Shauna Fox, Keara Cormican, Aoife Walsh (Therese Hartley 63), Tessa Mullins, Lisa Casserly (Shaunagh Jackson 63), Meabh de Burca, Sadhbh Doyle, Lynsey McKey, Sinead Taylor

UCD Waves: Erica Turner, Jetta Berrill, Emily Cahill, Aisling Dunbar (Orla Haran 76), Rebekah Carroll, Karen Duggan, Orlagh Nolan (Sinead Gaynor 86), Julieann Russell (Lauren Kelly 78), Dearbhaile Beirne, Kerri Letmon, Aine O’ Gorman

Referee: Joe Hession