|20 August 2022||5:00 pm||Women's National League||2022|
First-half goals from Lynsey McKee and a Kate Thompson screamer were the catalyst as Galway were 6-0 winners against WNL's bottom side Treaty United at Markets Field.
Treaty made four changes to the side shredded by league leaders Shelbourne last weekend, but were behind after 48 seconds.
Chloe Singleton's surging sprint down the flank wasn't sufficiently challenged, allowing her time and space to cut the ball back for McKee - who couldn't miss from close-range.
You could hear goalkeeper Trish Fennelly give her teammates an earful after witnessing their sluggish start, and it was going to get worse.
They had their 'keeper to thank for keeping the score respectable with astute anticipation and multiple saves before half-time.
Saoirse Healey twice came close before the half-hour mark, while Julie-Ann Russell should've had an assist from an overlapping Singleton run in the box after breaching Treaty's backline once more.
As the game got increasingly scrappy with 50-50 challenges galore, Thompson doubled the visitors' lead with a fantastic finish from distance.
Galway gradually played their way forward but Alannah Mitchell's half-hearted clearance in mid-air fell to Thompson.
She took one touch to control, another to set herself and spotted Fennelly off her line before letting fly - deftly chipping into the far corner from 25 yards out.
The offside flag saved Treaty on multiple occasions before half-time, and you could understand Galway's collective eagerness to get more goals.
They would come in spurts after the interval instead. Russell showed great skill to spin Mitchell inside out, before releasing an incisive pass to an unmarked Singleton who calmly added a third.
She could've completed a three-minute brace but lacked conviction with the eventual first-time effort, before Healey finally got on the scoresheet to make it 4-0 after 53 minutes.
Fennelly made a strong low save initially to deny Russell's effort, but the rebound fell kindly for Healey and she fired into the far corner from a tight angle.
The attacking intensity had predictably died down with countless changes being made for both sides, though Singleton and substitute Rola Olusola threatened as time wore on.
Fennelly made an excellent fingertip stop to deny former teammate Jenna Slattery, another second-half sub, before Olusola got her reward for patience and pressing in the final third.
Treaty defender Grace McInerney had a disastrous cameo from the bench, first gifting a half-baked backpass towards Fennelly and watching Olusola pounce to score on 80 minutes.
Then just three minutes later, Galway were gifted their sixth with another different scorer: none other than a familiar face in Slattery, after Olusola outmuscled McInerney as they jostled for position from a poor Fennelly goal-kick and unselfishly teed up her teammate in the box.
Singleton limped off with a knock, but besides that, this was a perfect evening's work and well-deserved thrashing for Galway against a Treaty defence that continues to leak preventable goals.
|1'||10. Lynsey McKee|
|28'||21. Kate Thompson|
|49'||7. Chloe Singleton|
|53'||19. Saoirse Healey|
|11. Cara Griffin||77'|
|80'||16. Rola Olusola|
|2. Alix Mendez||83'|
|85'||9. Jenna Slattery|
|Markets Field, Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, V94 AY9C, Ireland|