Cork City W.F.C. 0 – Castlebar Celtic 3
(Herbert 10, Melly 42, Kearns 53)
Cork City fell to defeat in Bishopstown over the weekend after an even game between the Leesiders and Mayo outfit Castlebar Celtic. The Cork club started brightly but conceded two first half goals which put Castlebar into a commanding position at the break before Rachel Kearns added a third in the second half.
After an even opening ten minutes, Aoife Herbert put away the first real chance of the game after good work from Hansbury allowed the striker to chip Fennelly. City almost struck back instantly after Angie Carry saw her header fly tamely into Aoife Brennan’s hands from a Ciara McNamara free kick on the right. This was closely followed by two big chances for the Cork side as first Vanessa Ogbonna chased down Brennan’s clearance but after getting to the ball steered her header just wide. Ciara Desmond then cracked a drive into the keeper’s arms after a smart backheel turn.
Shannon Carson then blocked down a Hansbury cross, with the important interception preventing a sure goal with Melly rushing in at the back post. City were almost made to pay a few minutes later as Fennelly rushed out to prevent a Emma Hansbury following a mix-up with Carson and luckily for the home side Maggie Duncliffe cleared the lines.
The home side nearly equalised after a lung-busting run into the box from Carson was met by Megan Carroll but her shot flew just over. That was a big let off for Castlebar as barely three minutes later, Katie Melly put the visitors two up after beating Carson for pace and rounding Fennelly to finish well. There was just enough time in the half for Desmond to see a shot stopped on the line by Aoife Brennan from a corner, the Cork side unlucky to be two behind.
However, things got worse for the Leesiders when Rachel Kearns met Hansbury’s pass into the box and the ball looped over Fennelly to give the Mayo side an unassailable lead. The fight went out of the spirited Cork side and in the remainder of the game, they had goalkeeper Fennelly to thank for keeping the score down as she first stopped a Jess Nolan header, quickly followed by a Hansbury shot from distance. Fennelly was again called into action late on to deny Herbert after the striker was out through one on one.
Carson managed to tee up one final chance for the home side but Eleanor Lucey’s effort was chipped straight at a grateful Brennan. Melly than had one final effort to score but Fennelly again saved well, the Cork stopper had an imposing game and could do little about the goals.
There will now be a break in the season till January 24th in 2015 when Cork City will take on Wexford Youths in Ferrycarrig.
Cork City W.F.C. – Trish Fennelly, Angie Carry (Fiona Considine, 73), Shannon Carson, Ciara McNamara, Amy Quinn, Maggie Duncliffe, Emer Gilroy (Eleanor Lucey, 45), Katie McCarthy (Chloe Ahern, 61), Ciara Desmond, Megan Carrol, Vanessa Ogbonna
Unused Substitutions – Tara Murphy
Castlebar Celtic – Aoife Brennan, Sarah Baynes, Jess Nolan (Charlene Graham, 70), Nicole Fawley, Aisling Egan, Yvonne Hedigan, Sarah Rowe, Rachel Kearns (Danielle Caldwell, 60), Aoife Herbert, Emma Hansbury, Katie Melly