All-Island Cup report: Bohemians 4 - 0 Lisburn Ladies

Stacey Murdough of Lisburn Ladies tackled by Fiona Donnelly of Bohemians on Sunday, 24 March 2024.

Stacey Murdough of Lisburn Ladies tackled by Fiona Donnelly of Bohemians on Sunday, 24 March 2024. Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

Paul Corcoran reports from Dalymount Park

Bohemians have gone top of Group A in the Women’s All-Island Cup with a 4-0 win over Lisburn Ladies at Dalymount Park on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Katie Lovely, Savannah Kane and Alannah McEvoy – as well as an own goal – saw Ken Kiernan’s side take the three points in their opening game in this season’s competition.

In the fifth minute Alannah McEvoy caught Lisburn’s Rebecca Magee in possession, the Bohs forward rushed her shot and struck from outside the box, sending the ball over the bar.

McEvoy was involved again not long after when she crossed from the right wing, finding Orlagh Fitzpatrick but her shot didn’t have a lot of power on it and Jessica Poots made the save.

Lisburn Ladies dealt with Bohemians attacking threat well for the next 15 minutes with Aoibhe Brennan drawing a save from Poots in the 21st minute after a good ball by Lynn Craven.

The Gypsies found their breakthrough in the 25th minute however, when a defensive header from an Orlagh Fitzpatrick cross fell to Katie Lovely in the box – the midfielder made no mistake from 12 yards as she fired the ball into the net.

Just five minutes later the home side had doubled their lead, Lisburn’s Casey Duffy lost her footing while in possession in the box and Savannah Kane nipped in to take advantage as she fired Bohs into a 2-0 lead.

Poots was busy in the Lisburn goal minutes later with a great save to deny Kane a second goal, Tiegan Ruddy fancied her chances from long range in the 34th minute and the shot stopper again made the save.

The home side were 3-0 up before half-time – Kane involved again in the 37th minute, this time with a through ball to send Aoibhe Brennan through on goal. Lisburn’s Hayley Anderson did everything she could to stop the goal, but her interception of the shot ended up sending the ball into the net, a real stroke of bad luck.

With such a commanding lead for Bohs there was less action to open the second half, although Kane went close in the 50th minute after a well worked move and Lynn Craven had a shot saved from long range.

Their fourth goal arrived in the 68th minute when Fitzpatrick, who had been patrolling the left flank all afternoon and causing trouble with her crosses, found McEvoy’s head in the box with a ball from deep. McEvoy timed the header perfectly to add to Bohemians goals.