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Champions Raheny United ease to opening day victory

Updated: Sunday, 25 Aug 2013 17:28 | Comments

Caroline Thorpe opened the scoring for Raheny against DLR Waves
Caroline Thorpe opened the scoring for Raheny against DLR Waves

Champions Raheny United began the defence of their Bus Éireann Women’s National League crown with an emphatic 4-0 victory over DLR Waves at Morton Stadium.

Caroline Thorpe opened the scoring for the Northsiders when she found the net in the 29th minute after a tense opening half by heading home from a Rebecca Creagh corner.

After the break Katie McCabe gave the home side control of the game when she netted four minutes in after a defensive mix-up and Thorpe added a decisive third in the 71st minute when she headed home from a McCabe cross.

The score-line was perhaps a little cruel on DLR as Raheny finished the scoring in the third minute of injury-time through Noelle Murray after she burst clear of the visiting defence.

Castlebar Celtic started their campaign with a tight 2-1 victory over Cork Women’s FC at Celtic Park.

Katie Walsh put the Mayo side ahead in the 11th minute with a shot from distance but Emer Gilroy levelled in the 29th minute to send the sides in level at the break. Emma Hansberry claimed the winner in the 73rd minute with a powerful drive.

At Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway WFC played their first ever competitive campaign and would have been more than pleased to come away with a point after Sinead Taylor’s 82nd minute penalty following a foul on Lucy Hannon.

Maria Delahunty had fired Wexford into an 11th minute lead after finding the net with a thumping free-kick from 25 yards out but Galway leveled through Grainne Barrett in the 28th minute after the visitors failed to clear a corner.

Wexford went in leading 2-1 at the break after Kylie Murphy converted a 41st minute penalty following a foul by home keeper Melissa Casserly on Claire O’Riordan.

A massive home attendance went home with smiles on their faces after Taylor’s penalty ensured a share of the spoils.

Bus Éireann Women’s National League
Castlebar Celtic 2-1 Cork Women’s FC
Galway WFC 2-2 Wexford Youths Women’s AFC
Raheny United 4-0 DLR Waves 

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