After finding themselves 4-1 down early in the second half, our WU17 team produced a sensational comeback to draw 4-4 with Bohemians at Glenmuir on Saturday.
Jason McConville’s side looked dead and buried when former Dundalk player Sophie Hanlon scored her second of the game with a classy finish to make it 4-1 early in the second half.
The gutsy Lilywhites rallied, however, and Kelly, who opened the scoring with a spectacular long-range effort in the 11th minute, pulled one back from the spot after Ciara Whyte was taken down in the penalty area.
Laura Woods set up a thrilling finale when she swept the ball from a Hanna Crowley cutback before goalkeeper Caoimhe Magee played her part with a great save from Bohemians’ Leigh Glennon.
Roared on by the crowd, Dundalk kept going and they got their just rewards in the final minute. Woods set Sarah Byrne away on the left and when her dangerous ball across the face of the goal fell to Crowley, she did just enough to find Kelly and the striker showed great feet to pull the ball back and prod home the equaliser.
The goal put the cap on an entertaining game that saw Bohs recover from Kelly’s stunning opener to race into a 3-1 lead at the interval.
Millie Webb made it 1-1 in the 17th minute before Hanlon capitalised on a mix-up in the Dundalk defence to put the visitors in front and Holly McCarthy extended their lead with a good finish in the 37th minute.
Dundalk showed remarkable resilience in the second half and the result keeps their good run of form over the past couple of weeks going.
FT: Dundalk FC WU17 4-4 Bohemians
DUNDALK FC WU17: Caoimhe Magee, Maggie Holland, Abagaile Martin, Zara Farrell, Laura Woods, Ciara Whyte, Grace Kelly, Mia Donovan, Ellie Smyth, Robyn Chidgey, Ella McKenna. Subs: Kelly Pease, Jennifer Freeman, Sarah Byrne, Madaline McKinley, Charlotte Fogarty, Hanna Crowley, Emma Goodman.
Pictures: Ciaran Cullgan