It was the largest crowd for a women’s senior domestic football game in the Republic of Ireland and the 3,053 who turned up at Tallaght Stadium witnessed a thriller as Wexford Youths overcame Shelbourne FC to claim the Evoke.ie sponsored trophy for the third time in four years.

Early indications suggest that viewing figures for the game on RTÉ2 are also at an all-time high with more exposure brought to the Cup Final than ever before as EVOKE.ie celebrate their first year as primary sponsors of the competition.

Lynn Marie Grant put Wexford ahead with a lobbed effort over goalkeeper Amanda Budden early on but Shelbourne hit back before half-time through midfielder Ciara Grant. Wexford regained the lead via a deft flick from captain Kylie Murphy before Edel Kennedy fired in a superb goal from distance to seal the win.

“It was fantastic to see a record crowd attend the EVOKE.ie FAI Women’s Cup Final, which further showcases the rapidly expanding growth of the girls and women’s game in Ireland,” said FAI CEO Jonathan Hill.

“This is an area that is really important to the FAI and will be a major part of our Strategic Plan 2022-2025.”

“We are thrilled with how our partnership with DMG Media has gone to date and we appreciate the efforts that Paul Henderson and his team at EVOKE.ie have gone to in order to raise the level of coverage for this competition.”

“There is no doubt that without the engaging activity produced across their channels that we would not have achieved a record attendance today. We look forward to working with DMG Media going forward as we continue to elevate stands – on and off the pitch – in girls and women’s football.”

“We are really proud to support women’s sport, particularly through our partnership with the FAI,” added Paul Henderson, CEO of DMG Media.

“Sport has never been more important in Irish society. The attendance recorded today is recognition of how enormously important women’s sport is and how and we are stronger with sport.”

“We’re excited to watch the EVOKE.ie FAI Women’s Cup continue to grow over the coming years.”

Sport for Business Perspective

With back to back Women’s Internationals in Tallaght Stadium in the next ten days as part of the campaign to qualify for the 2023 FIFA World Cup, the Women’s game has never been in a stronger position to maintain momentum

Strong media partnerships including the live broadcast on RTÉ and the support of Sky, Off The Ball and DMG Media is also of huge importance in getting the message out that this is sport worth watching, worth supporting and worth playing.

 

 

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