Peamount United 3 - 2 Cork Womens FC
Ruth Comerford 47’ (Peamount United)
Louise Quinn 51’ (Peamount United)
Stephanie Roche 58’ (Peamount United)
Laura Lynch 68’ (Cork Womens FC)
Denise O'Sullivan 89’ (Cork Womens FC)
Raheny United 3 - 2 Shamrock Rovers
Katie McCabe 38’ (Raheny United)
MARY WALDRON 42’ (Raheny United)
Noelle Murray 74’ (Shamrock Rovers)
Killeen Siobhan 78 ‘(Raheny United)
Nicola Sinnott 90+3’ (Shamrock Rovers)
Castlebar Celtic FC 3 - 4 Wexford Youths Womens AFC
Brianne O'Connor 4’ (Wexford Youths Womens AFC)
Cherelle Khazgal 11’ 27’ (Wexford Youths Womens AFC)
Susie Cunnigham 20’ (Castlebar Celtic FC)
Avril Kilkelly 52’ 84’ (Castlebar Celtic FC)
Edel Kennedy 90+2’ (Wexford Youths Womens AFC)
League leaders Peamount United entertained Cork Women’s FC. Throughout the first half, the game could’ve swung either way with both teams creating good chances. The best of which fell to Peamount’s Sara Lawlor. Cleverly beating the offside trap, Lawlor was through one on one with the Cork keeper Rachel Mullins. Her quick feet saw her skip round the keeper, and with an empty goal to aim at, full back Amy McCarthy was on hand to deny Peamount taking the lead blocking Lawlor’s shot.
Into the second half and Peamount were quick off the mark, Mullins’ could only parry the initial shot, but Ruth Comerford following in was able to give the home side the lead. Moments later the Peas took a two nil lead, Lawlor out jumped the Cork defence and fed a ball through to Louise Quinn. Despite being closed by Mullins, Quinn slotted the ball home. A reshuffle in Cork line up saw the introduction of Ericka O’Sullivan at full back which saw Lauren Murphy move into midfield and the impact was almost instant. Murphy linked up well with Laura Lynch. It was Lynch’s driving run which saw her through on goal, to give Cork a lifeline. Peamount had other idea’s Stephanie Roche punished Cork following a poor kick out, putting Peamount very much into the ascendency again. Cork continued to play some neat football, and probably deserved more from the game. They never gave up, and when Denise O’Sullivan pounced in the dying moments to make it 3-2, it all added up to a nervy few minutes for Peamount. However, they managed to hold out to take all three points and retain their place at the top of the league.
Elsewhere, Castlebar Celtic and Wexford Youths Women’s FC played out a thriller in Mayo. Wexford stormed into a two goal lead thanks to Brianne O’Connor and Cherelle Khazgal. Wexford were flying high, but this was cut short when Susie Cunnigham pulled one back for Celtic. The pressure from Wexford continued and the visitors extended the lead back to two, when Khazgal was on hand to block the keeper’s clearance and grabbed her second of the game.
Beginning of the second half, Celtic came out all guns blazing. They were rewarded for their dominance when Kilkelly smashed home a shot from over 30 yards, giving the keeper no chance. Game on now and Celtic were very much on front foot and when Kilkelly grabbed her second to draw the game at 3-3, it looked like Celtic would go on to claim all three points. Wexford had other ideas and for the remaining ten minutes took a hold of the game once again. The visitors weren’t content with sharing the points and were able to grab all three when Edel Kennedy scored late into injury time.
Back in the capital, Raheny United were at home with Shamrock Rovers the visitors. Rovers were in for a tough afternoon, with Raheny losing last week; Rovers could’ve been faced with the back lash. Rovers managed to keep Raheny at bay until late in the first half, but two goals in the space of 5minutes put Raheny very much in control at half time. Rovers have developed a fighting spirit and weren’t to give up without a fight. Noelle Murray pulled one back for the visitors, but moments later Raheny had restored the advantage as Siobhan Kileen made it 3-1. Into injury time and like the near rivals Peamount, Raheny were made to sweat, Nicola Sinnott saw her free kick hit the back of the net to make it 3-2. It was too little too late for Rovers as Raheny held on to secure the win.
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