Thursday 18 January 2018

Bree are best in a five-goal thriller

Premier One Shield Group A: East End United 4, Benfica LFC 2: After a rebuilding season last year, East End are back stronger than ever this year and overcame Benfica 4-2 in this opening Shield game.

Kate Hurley and Leah O'Donohue were both on target for the visitors but goals from Lauren Valentine (two), Caoimhe Shiel and Ria Lawson gave the Bennettsbridge girls victory.

Premier One Shield Group B

All Blacks 0, North End United 2: North End are returning to women's soccer after a year's absence and quickly got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win away to All Blacks. Danielle Chin and Lauren Roche were both on target for the Wexford town girls.

Premier One Shield Group D

Kilmore United 2, Bree United 3: Bree travelled to Kilmore and came out on top in a five-goal thriller and have shown they will be a force to be reckoned with in Division One this year.

Goals from Amy Long (2) and Mary O'Gorman saw Bree eventually come out on top with Becky Furlong scoring both goals for the home side.

Divisional Shield Group A

Tombrack United 5, St. Cormac's 0: After a scoreless first half, Tombrack took control in the second half and ran out comfortable 5-0 winners over a battling St. Cormac's side.

Sharon Walsh (two), Kelli Maguire, Sarah Merrigan and Mary Boland were all on target for the home side.

Divisional Shield Group B

St. Leonards 5, Stoney LFC 0: Fiona Ryan opened her season with a hattrick in this Shield game as they ran out 5-0 winners over Stoney. Aisling Murphy also found the net as did a Stoney defender who deflected the ball into her own net.

Fastnet Rovers 6, New Ross Town 2: Rovers proved too strong for a young Town side and ran out comfortable 6-2 winners.

Jenny Delaney and Sinead Ryan were on target for Town while goals from Joanne Jordan (two), Kathlynn Gabbett, Lorraine Breen, Amy Cleary and Triona Kelly made up Rovers tally.

Divisional Shield Group C

Cushinstown AFC 0, Shelburne FC 2: Shelburne made a winning return to women's soccer with a hard-fought 2-0 win away to Cushinstown. Kelly O'Rourke scored both goals for the Ballywilliam girls and get their season off to a winning start.

Seaview United 'B' 1, Cloughbawn AFC 5: Cloughbawn continued where they left off last season with a strong performance away to Seaview United's second team. Shannon Doyle scored for the home side but a Gina Foley hat-trick and goals from Kate Cullen and Tina Cullen gave the visitors victory.

Divisional Shield Group D

Ajax Athletic 1, Arklow Town 6: Sophie Savage was on target for the home side but a quick forward line gave their defence a torrid time and Arklow made their debut at this level a winning one.

Bunclody AFC 3, Moyne Rangers 2: This match between two of the Shield favourites was probably the match of the day with both sides bouncing back from poor seasons last year.

Megan O'Shea gave Moyne an early lead before goals from Kate Hendrick, an own goal and Katlyn Murphy put Bunclody 3-1 ahead. Siobhan Grant Moorehead did manage to pull one back for Moyne but the home side held on for the three points.

Divisional Shield Group E

Rosslare Rangers 1, Bridge Rovers 4: Bridge are a team that could make an impact this season and showed their potential when they travelled to Rosslare Rangers and came away 4-1 winners. Lauren Barry scored for Rangers but goals from Deirdre Byrne (two), Hayley Lacey and Michelle Carr gave the Castlebridge side victory.

St. Joseph's 7, Wexford Bohs 1: Aideen Byrne scored a header for new club Wexford Bohs but it was not enough against a very strong St. Joseph's side.

Emer O'Leary (two), Tracey McCormack (two), Michelle Gahan (two) and Orry Murphy were all on target for the home side who could be serious contenders this season if they can hold this squad together.

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