Dundalk FC WU17 2-2 Sligo Rovers
LOI Academy WU17 League Tier Two North
After battling back from three goals down to secure a 3-3 draw against Finn Harps seven days earlier, our WU17 team produced another excellent display against Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park on Saturday.
Dundalk went ahead twice through Hannah Crowley and Ava McGeer but they just couldn’t hold out for what would have been their first win of the section.
Molly Gordon, who made her debut for the club, was a constant threat to the Bit o’Red backline, linking the play from back to front and the Lilywhites deservedly took the lead with a well-taken effort from Hannah Crowley.
Sligo levelled matters before the interval but Dundalk went in front again when Ava McGeer, who tormented the visitors’ defence, saw a powerful shot turned in by a Sligo defender but the visitors hit back again to leave with a point.
“It was a good result against a strong Sligo team but, overall, we were disappointed not to get the win,” said WU17 coach Phil Cox.
“The girls have made fantastic progress over the last two months, losing only one of their last seven games, and it is a very young group with massive potential.
“We can see the team progressing with each training session and game and we are very excited to see what they can achieve.”
DUNDALK FC WU17: Caoimhe Magee, Robyn Shanley, Niamh Norton, Leona Hanney, Ava McGeer, Meena McConnell, Erin Shannon, Wendy Benedo, Naomi Dowd, Hannah Crowley, Molly Gordon. Subs: Emma McDonald, Rebecca Rogan, Niamh Smyth, Aoife Manning, Jessica Cox, Caragh Fitzharris, Siun Kirby.
Dundalk FC WU19 3-1 DLR Waves
LOI Academy WU19 League Phase Two Tier Two North
Our WU19 team opened their Phase Two Tier Two North campaign with a fine 3-1 win over DLR Waves at Oriel Park on Sunday evening.
A well-worked move saw Molly Williams play Ella McKenna in after 21 minutes and she made no mistake with a cool finish.
DLR Waves equalised from the penalty spot 15 minutes later but McKenna doubled her tally in the 52nd minute when she collected a great pass by Madeleine McKinlay and made no mistake.
McKinlay added her name to the scoresheet in the final minute with a well-struck free kick.
“It was a horrible day for football but we played some excellent stuff,” said WU19 head coach Jason McConville.
“After doing well in the cup, it was great to start the league off with a win and to keep the momentum going.”
DUNDALK FC WU19: Rebecca Crowley, Laura Woods, Zara Farrell, Ciara Whyte, Sarah Byrne, Molly Williams, Madeleine McKinley, Ella McKenna, Stephanie Cunningham, Shannon Guildea, Maggie Holland. Subs: Caoimhe Magee, Kelly Pease, Kerry Gavin, Abigail Martin, Shauna Bell, Robyn Chidgey, Jodie McQuillan, Charlotte Fogarty.