The next seven days could all but secure European football for Shamrock Rovers in 2018.Sun, Sep 24 2017
UCD Waves lost their grip on top spot in the Women's National League but retained their unbeaten record as they drew 1-1 with champions Shelbourne at Morton Stadium on Saturday evening.
While Shels had drawn their first two fixtures – the second of which was given as a walkover against them after they were found to have fielded an ineligible player – UCD won two from two.
And the visitors took the lead after five minutes as Julie-Ann Russell was fouled in the box, and her Republic of Ireland international team mate Aine O'Gorman stepped up to convert the spot-kick.
It took Shelbourne just eight minutes to equalise, however, as Claire Walsh failed to clear a corner under pressure from Roma McLaughlin and captain Pearl Slattery stabbed the ball into the net.
UCD's Catherine Cronin forced a save from Shels keeper Amanda McQuillan when she volleyed Jetta Berrill's cross first-time, before Emily Cahill hit the bar with a well-time header.
After the break, a through-ball from Slattery picked out Niamh Prior, who forced a good stop from UCD keeper Brooke Dunne, while O'Gorman shot over for the Students as the game finished all-square.
Read Aaron Clarke's match report here, and watch the highlights below.