Match report: UCD Waves 5-0 Peamount United By Aaron Clarke
Match report: Peamount United suffered their first defeat of the season against UCD Waves on Saturday evening
Peamount United suffered their first defeat of the season against UCD Waves on Saturday evening at Jackson Park as Eileen Gleeson’s side gained revenge for the recent cup defeat against the Peas a fortnight ago.
Despite a positive early start from Peamount United with both Sarah McKevitt and Lisa Casserly blazing over from outside the box, the Peas found themselves behind in the tenth minute when the defence failed to clear Julie-Ann Russell’s cross before the ball was recycled back to the winger who found Aine O’Gorman and the forward fired low past Naoisha McAloon.
Moments later, McAloon was again called into action, this time the shot-stopper produced an excellent save to deny Sylvia Gee.
As UCD continued to gain great success down the Peamount flanks, the Waves doubled their advantage in the 25th minute when a mix up between Rachel Doyle and McAloon saw the full-back put the ball through her own net.
With the Peas chances in the first period being limited, Orlagh Nolan almost extended the home side’s lead seconds after they doubled their advantage when Gee found the central midfielder free in the penalty area, but she could only head wide despite being unmarked.
The Peas best chance of the half arrived soon after when a long range free-kick from Tiegan Ruddy was headed over by McKevitt at the back post after the winger had evaded her marker.
With half-time fast approaching, McAloon was again called into action as Waves continued to look dangerous on the counter, Nolan’s cross picked out Eleanor Ryan Doyle who’s headed effort forced a smart save from the keeper.
When the side’s emerged from the break, it was the Peas who had the half’s first chance when Casserly struck from a distance, but her effort was well claimed by Erica Turner in the Waves goal.
Three minutes later, the Waves grabbed their third goal when Doyle appeared to stop running after attempting to claim offside, allowing O’Gorman through one-on-one before she fired past McAloon for her second of the game.
Despite being 3-0 up, the Waves continued to press forward and McAloon was again forced to deny Nolan before minuted later the keeper produced an excellent double save, however, Ryan Doyle fired home at the third time of asking to extend the Waves advantage.
UCD grabbed their fifth goal of the game with four minutes remaining when O’Gorman beat McKevitt down the right flank before finding Ryan Doyle who looped her headed effort into the far corner.
After suffering their first defeat of the season, the Peas must now turn their attention to Wednesday night when they welcome Galway WFC to Greenogue, kick-off 8pm.
Peamount United: Naoisha McAloon; Lauryn O’Callaghan, Emma Byrne, Tiegan Ruddy, Rachel Doyle (Vanessa Hullon 63); Clare Kinsella (Heather Payne 32), Niamh Farrelly, Roma McLaughlin, Lisa Casserly (Megan Lynch 82), Sarah McKevitt; Amber Barrett.
Subs Not Used: Lauren Kelly, Niamh Barnes, Jess Corr, Emma Donohue.
Booked: Niamh Farrelly (6), Amber Barrett (63), Roma McLaughlin (79).
UCD Waves: Erica Turner; Niamh Prior, Susan Hackett, Rebekah Carroll, Jetta Berrill; Julie Ann Russell, Sylvia Gee, Karen Duggan, Orlagh Nolan, Aine O’Gorman; Eleanor Ryan Doyle.
Substitutes: Monica McGuirk, Dora Gorman, Dearbhaile Beirne, Arabel Vilas Serin, Ciara Grant, Naima Chemaou.
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