Avenir Sports All-Island Cup semi-final line up confirmed

Cork City won through to the Avenir Sports All-Island Cup semi-finals
Cork City celebrate the only goal of the game at Crusaders Strikers. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

Cliftonville, Cork City, Galway United and Wexford Youths won their Avenir Sports All-Island Cup groups to progress to the semi-finals.

Galway United topped Group A with a 2-0 victory over Shelbourne, Gemma McGuinness sealing the points in stoppage time, following Abbie Callanan’s opener. Athlone Town were 2-1 winners at Linfield with Roisin Molloy’s decider to take third spot.

Wexford Youths came from behind to win 2-1 at Peamount United, Aoibheann Clancy and Rianna Jarrett striking in the last 15 minutes. It proved enough to win Group B, after Glentoran lost 3-2 at home to Shamrock Rovers for whom Shannon Coady netted her first two senior goals.

Cliftonville pipped Sion Swifts by one point in Group C despite being held at home by Sligo Rovers, as Danielle Maxwell’s effort was immediately cancelled out by Emma Doherty. Swifts got the only goal against Bohemians through Caoirse Doherty.

Avenir All-Island Group Stage Crusaders Strikers 0-1 Cork City
Cork City edged Crusaders Strikers 1-0. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Cork City took maximum points in Group D after winning at ten-player Crusaders. Fiana Bradley made the breakthrough before Strikers’ Rachel McLaren received a second caution. DLR Waves finished second with a 2-0 result at Treaty United, Freya Roche with a late goal to add to Katie Malone’s first-half goal.

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