Peamount United continued what seems to be an inevitable march towards the WNL title with a dominating display over Athlone, beating the Midlanders 4-0.
It was good goals all around for Peamount, with the goals coming courtesy of Stephanie Roche, Sadhbh Doyle and a superb Lucy McCartan brace.
The league leaders wasted little time getting to work in this one. Five minutes in, Aine O’Gorman was fouled on the edge of the box by Ava Dolan, who received the games only yellow card for the offence. Stephanie Roche stepped up and hit it bottom corner, as if she had taken a penalty.
In the 17th minute, things got even better. Peamount were playing passes at will and the ball found it's way to Lucy McCartan. The midfielder took her shot first time, curling it into the far top corner. To say it looked routine would be an understatement.
Athlone did have a spell of slight pressure, testing Peamount’s set piece defending with a series of corners and frees. From open play, Kellie Brennan and Emily Corbett had half chances.
The deal was sealed in the 42nd minute. Once again, Peamount were passing the ball at will. Sadhbh Doyle was played through and slotted past Abbiegayle Ronayne. This game never looked in doubt for Peamount and this goal confirmed it.
Ten minutes after the restart Lucy McCartan only went and did it again. Build up play resulted in Peamount striking the post, before the ball fell to McCartan way out. She spotted Athlone substitute goalkeeper Niamh Coombes off her line and took her effort first time, sending it into the net. That’s two goals in one game from her that could challenge for goal of the week.
Megan Smyth-Lynch had a nice cameo appearance for the hosts after she came on for an injured Sadhbh Doyle in the 65th minute. However, Coombes in the Athlone net also had a decent cameo, denying Smyth-Lynch on three separate occasions. She pulled off a point blank range save at the back post, came off her line to smother a chance after Smyth-Lynch carved through the Athlone defence and pushed over an attempted chip all in the final fifteen, possibly keeping this from looking very bad.
Nonetheless, Peamount move to four clear at the top of the league, with a game in hand on Wexford in second. It seems the title is certainly headed back to South Dublin.
Both captains netted in a thrilling encounter between Wexford Youths and Peamount United this afternoon, some Kylie Murphy magic manoeuvring the away side into the Evoke.ie FAI Cup final after extra time.
Substitute Lynn Marie Grant supplementing the skipper’s brace, they eclipsed the WNL leaders 3-1 and will now face Shelbourne to decide the ultimate winners on November 21st.
Always anticipated to be a tight affair, the stalemate was only broken 10 minutes before the interval. Youths having caused havoc in the box located Murphy who stitched the ball into the back of the net at the end of a Ciara Rossiter corner.
Throughout the rest of the game Dearbhaile Beirne proved a massive asset to the Girls In Green nipping a lot of Wexford’s exploits in the bud, while Della Doherty excelled against her former club and Teegan Lynch created chaos in midfield.
80 minutes in tensions rose beyond doubt with all of Peas’s effort exploited in going forward. While Lauren Kelly, Alannah McEvoy and Stephanie Roche all came close, they were all to no avail.
Just when it looked as if they were home and hosed Aine O’Gorman put away the equaliser in the 1 minute after regulation time to prolong the game.
Two 10 minute halves were to follow and the action only intensified from there.
Wexford then came back with vigor, Murphy scoring her second in the 91st with
Grant capping things off in the 98th.
Nicola Sinnott’s yellow card for an impeachment on McEvoy who was clean through may be disputed after the proceedings, but it was time that was United’s biggest enemy in the second half.
Ellen Molloy could have added insult to injury in the closing seconds when Niamh Ried Burke came off her line to suffocate another avenue attack, but the ball veered just inches wide.
Seeing as Galway were handed a narrow defeat by The Reds earlier in the day, it’s to be a different cup winner than league victor this year which will be decided by second and third place runners of the WNL.
Emulating what may well be the title race after this fixture, Peamount put this one to bed early with five stunning goals from the boots of five different players in a game where Shels looking promising but never hit top gear.
PLR Park the venue, The Reds will be Green(ogue) with envy that they didn’t capitalise on some early chances by Sarah Rowe, Saoirse Noonan and Jess Ziu as Alannah McEvoy broke the deadlock 17 minutes in and it was all one way traffic to follow.
Synonymous with breath taking goals, Stephanie Roche then doubled their lead 10 minutes before the break, but Lucy McCartan may give her a run for her money in terms of goal of the season contenders, her smashing volley coming on the hour mark.
Substitute Lauren Kelly and captain Aine O’Gorman then concluded the tie with their strikes making it 5-0 and a tough day at the office for Noel King’s side.
The tension and gravity was evident from the get-go with plenty of close calls from both outfits early on. Tiegan Ruddy a big player in the first quarter of an hour, clearing her lines but also playing cutthroat passes to initiate the Girls and Green into attack.
Similarly Pearl Slattery was steadfast in defence for Shels but when it rains it seemingly pours and once the scoring account was open frustration seemed to take a grip of the visitors in place of their tenacity.
2-0 at the interval it looked a long way back for them and whilte Chloe Mustaki was determined to shove them into action in the second half it was to no avail.
McCartan’s thunderbolt began to sum things up as she rocketed the ball into the top right corner and dimmed Shels’s hopes even further.
66 minutes in Lauren Kelly replaced Beirne only to add to her tally four minutes later and current WNL top scorer Aine O’Gorman couldn’t resist but to get in on the fun as she sliced the ball past Amanda Budden with 10 minutes to go.
The victory now means Peas go into the driving seat of the league, three points clear with a game in hand on today’s opposition.
Peamount have gone three points clear at the top of the table, after a tough 2-1 win over DLR Waves, at PRL Park this evening.
Goals by Aine O’Gorman and Lauryn O'Callaghan, were enough to give the home side all three points. They were made work for it however as a freak Rachel Doyle free kick, almost cost the side two points in the second half.
From the start Peamount looked stronger, but a great final period by DLR, added by a freak goal for the visitors, made for a nervous time for The Peas.
The first chance of the tie fell to Peamount, a cross from O’Gorman was whipped across goal, but Eleanor Ryan-Doyle failed to meet the ball, which could have easily made it 1-0 for her side.
Long range shooting seemed to be the tactic for The Peas, the side trying shots from distance, in the hopes of beating Eve Badana in the Waves goal, the keeper well capable of dealing with the efforts.
The first main change for the visitors came in the 28th minute, Jetta Berrill found space in the box, but her shot failed to hit the target.
Ryan-Doyle thought she had found the opener, ten minutes before the break, Badana came out to clear a cross but missed the ball, she was left stranded out of her goal, Ryan-Doyle fired an effort toward goal, but her shot was headed clear by Jessica Gleeson.
The opening goal came just after the hour mark, O’Gorman, back in the side from the weekend; shot toward goal with the ball managing to go through the hands of Badana and into the net.
In a 20-minute spell we had all three goals in the tie, Rachel Doyle found the back of the net, just two minutes after coming off the bench. She fired a free kick into the box, the ball managed to elude everyone and go directly into the net.
The match winner came in the 78th minute, a surprising goal scorer, as right back O'Callaghan, got into the box and fired past Badana.
Peamount United reiterated their primacy in the Women’s National League once again today as they put five past a stubborn Treaty United at PLR Park.
Eleanor Ryan was denied a burning hattrick in Greenogue but struck a goal in both halves to help her side assert their vantage in the title race, aided by goals from Sadhbh Doyle, Alannah McEvoy and Karen Duggan too.
Treaty managed to get on the scoresheet through Aoife Cronin before the interval, but it wasn’t enough to put it up to the reigning champions who after Shelbourne’s win against DLR Waves mount the top of the table on goal difference.
The Doyle duo were on top form once again for Peamount United in this match, Sadhbh getting the inaugural goal of the game and Eleanor Ryan doubling the home side’s lead in the 37th minute for her 13th goal of the season.
The merriment amid The Girls in Green and the crowd there to cheer them on didn’t last long however as in the very next minute Aoife Cronin completed a dream response for Treaty when she slotted the ball past Niamh Reid Burke, sending the teams in at 2-1 at halftime.
On the hour mark Alannah McEvoy regained Peamount’s two goal advantage and Eleanor Ryan Doyle continued her endeavour in the golden boot race when she completed her brace just three minutes later.
Karen Duggan netted The Peas’ fifth of the game at the end of a Tiegan Ruddy corner kick to draw a line under the game in the 85th minute, heading the ball past Michaela Mitchell for the final time of the match.
The implication of the three points manifests Peamount at the top of the table again, level with The Reds but edging ahead only on goals scored.
While the weather may have been scorching so too is the WNL heading into the business end of the season between James O'Callaghan’s ladies and their Dublin rivals.
Peamount patience pays off off as strikes from Aine O’Gorman late in both halves earns a hard fought win against a stubborn Bohemians side at PLR Park in Greenogue.
Irish International O'Gorman delivered a goal in either half - the first coming in the 38th minute; before delivering for the second time 11 minutes from the end.
This game was a slow burner, with neither team able to get a real grip on matters in the first 20 minutes with both teams coming close - Peamount through top scorer Eleanor Ryan-Doyle whilst Bohs attackers Abbie Brophy and Erica Burke was the attempted to torment the Bohs defence on a number of occasions.
The home side played patiently working the ball into dangerous areas several times only to find Bohs keeper Maguire equal to anything that came close to her area.
Peas pushed to break the deadlock however the stubborn Northsiders defence stood firm with Bronagh Kane and Ally Cahill putting their bodies on the line when needed. The opening goal came when Alannah McEvoy broke forward on the left, her cross found O’Gorman who headed it into the Bohemians net for her seventh goal of the season six minutes before the break.
That goal seamed to spark something in the Bohs players with Burke catching Dora Gorman in possession, Burke, one on one with onrushing Naoisha McAloon in the United net, drove her effort just with of the upright. This was a close call for Gorman who could only look on in despair.
The half ended with a flurry for Peamount after surviving that scare with Sadhbh Doyle coming close rattling the side netting in additional time.
The second half started lively with O’Gorman looking for her second with a strike from distance, however, she was way off with her attempt.
Bohemians almost got an equaliser as there was calamity at the back for Peamount but they get away with it, McAloon smashes it off her own player but Burke is unable to capitalise.
As Bohs pushed for an equaliser, Peamount broke through McEvoy who struck straight at Courtney Maguire, and Ryan-Doyles found the net but her effort was deemed offside.
Bohemians continued to push on but were unable to take advantage of mistakes at the back by the Peas.
This left gaps at the back for United to exploit with just over ten minutes to play, O’Gorman, received the ball on the edge of the area, turn and hit the back of the net with a sweet left footed strike.
The home side were buoyed by the doubling of their lead, tried to push for a third when substitute Megan Smyth-Lynch only minutes after coming on received extensive treatment which say the deployment of the stretcher, however the former underage international opted not to use it.
Bohemians pushed for a consolation in added time but were almost hit for a third when O’Gorman once again struck only this time Courtney Maguire saved here team once more.
The Peas return to the top of the league by virtue of goals scored host Treaty United next Saturday while Bohs host DLR Waves in two weeks' time.
Peamount United dropped their first points of the season after a 2-2 draw with Wexford Youths at PRL Park today.
Two first half goals from Megan Smith-Lynch and Aine O’Gorman gave Peamount the lead. However, Wexford managed to pull it back level late on through goals from Nicola Sinnott and Kylie Murphy.
Wexford were the last team to take points off Peamount and they have done it again.
A slight delay to kick-off certainly didn’t deter any of the players. A frantic start saw the home side draw first blood through Megan Smyth-Lynch. The winger connected with a cross wonderfully and found the back of the Wexford net via the right-hand post.
What followed was a battle all around the pitch with plenty of heavy tackles going in from both sides which saw several players having to receive attention. It was a surprise that only one yellow card was issued all game.
Peamount’s second came in added time in the first half. Aine O’Gorman cut inside from the right and let fly. Her shot bounced down off the crossbar and over the line as she put her side two ahead.
Going into halftime Wexford had struggled to create any clear cut chances and did not test Naoisha McAloon in the Peamount goal.
The start of the second half saw both sides struggle to find any rhythm in their play and neither created any real chances.
Naoisha McAloon was forced to make a number of excellent saves in an attempt to keep her clean sheet intact.
However, the away side pulled one back after 76 minutes through Nicola Sinnott. The defender got her head onto the end of a corner and gave her side a fighting chance.
Wexford continued to knock on the door and eventually drew themselves level with 88 minutes on the clock when Kylie Murphy’s effort from a brilliant cross went over the line.
McAloon popped up again late on with a wonderful save to keep her side level.
Peamount will be disappointed that they could not hold onto their lead. Their goals conceded was doubled tonight after two were put past them.
Wexford on the other hand will be delighted that they could come back and get a point against the league leaders.
Goals from Claire Walsh, Aine O’Gorman, and a Eleanor Ryan-Doyle brace; were enough to give league leaders Peamount United a comfortable 4-0 victory over Galway WFC at PRL Park this afternoon.
Pea’s boss James O’Callaghan will be delighted with his side’s solid performance, where they looked in no danger of losing this game once they took an early lead.
New Galway manager Stephen Lally on his first time in the dugout with the club will have been somewhat happy with his side’s second half response. They defended resolutely and saw some fantastic saves from their Slovenian international goalkeeper Maja Zajc throughout the game despite the result.
The game was only five minutes old when Karen Duggan’s lateral pass into the path of Claire Walsh was expertly struck to the top corner of the Galway net from well outside the box.
It had shades of a similar strike from Duggan in the corresponding fixture last season. A game that would start a run of a dozen consecutive wins for the league champions. A streak which shows no sign of slowing down based on this afternoon’s performance.
Aine O’Gorman and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle combined well to create an opportunity but as the Galway defence closed in on O’Gorman and limited her options, she selflessly fed the ball back to the oncoming Ryan-Doyle who stroked it past the dive of Zajc to double their lead.
Just before the break, O’Gorman would once again turn provider. Fouled near the corner flag during yet another attack, she floated the resulting free kick to the back post finding the head of Della Doherty. The youngster rose highest and guided the ball back across goal and effectively ended the game as a contest well before half time..
Defensively Galway were vastly improved in the second period, the introduction of the experienced Ruth Fahy & Aisling Meaney as part of four substitutions at the interval and a reshuffling of the defensive personnel saw them deal with the never ending Peamount attacks for the entire second half.
As well as resolute defending it took countless interventions from Zajc and a few fortunate moments for the westerners to keep their hosts scoreless through the second half. It was the 89th minute before they finally coughed up that opportunity, Zajc fouled Ryan-Doyle in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.
The league’s top scorer made no mistake from twelve yards to put the added cherry on top of a fine team performance. A four goal victory probably doesn’t reflect the dominance enjoyed by the Pea’s but Lally and Galway will be eager to build on a solid showing from their last line of defence as they try to get the westerner's season back up and running.
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