FAI Continental Tyres Women’s National League round-up
UCD Waves 1 Raheny United 1 (Played Saturday)
Galway WFC 5 Cork City Women’s 0
Peamount United 2 Castlebar Celtic 2
Galway WFC recorded their first victory of the season with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Cork City Women’s FC at Eamonn Deacy Park. Lynsey McKey gave Don O’Riordan’s side the lead after 11 minutes. Lisa Casserly and Eleanor Stafford both came close before Ruth Fahy doubled the lead on 25 minutes. The Connacht side dominated the second period with Stafford denied again when her header was cleared off the line five minutes after the restart. But Stafford made it third time lucky on 61 minutes with Lynsey McKey’s second eight minutes later and a stoppage time strike from Roisin Jacob giving Galway a five goal winning margin.
Elsewhere, Peamount United and Castlebar Celtic played out a 2-2 draw in Greenogue as both looked to edge into the title race. Peas’ keeper Amber Barrett couldn’t get enough behind Jess Nolan’s 22nd minute free kick as Adrian Carberry’s side aimed for their first away win of the campaign. Robbie Mulligan’s Peamount are no pushovers though and U17 international Eleanor Ryan Doyle bagged a brace to bring her total in her debut season to eight goals. Doyle grabbed her first two minutes before the break and then gave the Peas the lead just after the restart. Castlebar maintained their renowned late scoring reputation when Katie Melly grabbed the equaliser, and a share of the spoils, four minutes from time.
UCD Waves and Raheny United played out a tense 1-1 draw in Jackson Park on Saturday evening. Waves keeper Monica McGuirk was at her best to keep Katie McCabe out in the early stages with Siobhan Killeen also coming close for the champions. Two minutes before the break Aine O’Gorman nicked the ball off Niamh Walsh and chipped Pandas’ keeper Niamh Reid Burke with her left foot. In what was a tight contest between the FAI Continental Tyres Women’s Cup finalists, it took some time after the break before either side created a second-half opportunity. Raheny levelled on 66 minutes when Noelle Murray slotted home from the penalty spot after Alison Brien was adjudged to have fouled Siobhan Killeen. Waves came within a whisker of grabbing a winner right at the death when Caroline Thorpe’s diving header from Ciara Grant’s pin-point free kick flashed wide.
Wexford Youths remain top of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League with 21 points, one point clear of UCD Waves with defending champions Raheny United third on 17 points.
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