Shelbourne LFC set tone in Continental Tyres Women’s National League.
Katie McCabe opened her Continental Tyres Women’s National League campaign with a hat-trick as Shelbourne LFC scored an empathic victory at Castlebar Celtic.
Siobhan Killeen made it 2-0 to Shels on 17 minutes, the Red Panda’s having taken the lead two minutes earlier via an own goal.
McCabe bagged her first on 24 minutes before Jennifer Chambers pulled one back for Celtic on the half hour mark. Sinead Taylor, McCabe and Niamh Barnes made it 6-1 at half-time.
McCabe completed her hat-trick seven minutes after the restart with Noelle Murray and Sinead Taylor’s second seeing Shels win out 9-1.
Elsewhere, Galway WFC got their season off to a perfect start on Saturday night with a 2-1 win over Peamount United thanks to strikes early in both halves.
Just seven minutes had elapsed when Peamount goalkeeper Michelle Watson parried away a Lynsey McKey corner and Jenny Byrne pounced to score the opening goal.
The Peas were level two minutes before half-time, catching Galway on the counter, Amber Barrett blasting home after a solo run from just inside half way.
Continental Tyres Player of the Match Lisa Casserly grabbed what proved the winner for the vistiors, five minutes into the second half, riffling home after a scurry in the Peas box.
On Sunday afternoon, Stacey Paul and Maggie Duncliffe were both on target as Cork City WFC got off to a winning start away to Kilkenny United WFC.
The hosts took the lead after 17 minutes with Jenny Clifford becoming United’s first WNL goalscorer, finishing off Emier Fennell’s assist.
Stacey Paul’s free-kick levelled it for Cork on 55 minutes with Duncliffe tapping home after Kilkenny keeper Jenny Russell spilled Evelyn Daly’s cross two minutes later.
The tie between UCD Waves and Wexford Youths WAFC was postponed.
Week 1 – Results
Peamount United 1-2 Galway WFC
Castlebar Celtic 1-9 Shelbourne LFC
Kilkenny United WFC 1-2 Cork City WFC
UCD Waves P-P Wexford Youth’s WAFC
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