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Peamount United move top of WNL

Apr 18, 2021 17:04 By Dave Hooper
Peamount United move top of WNL Peamount United move top of WNL
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Champions Peamount United moved joint top with Shelbourne after Dublin derby victory

Champions Peamount United moved joint top of the SSE Airtricity Women's National League after overcoming rivals Shelbourne.

This Dublin Derby never comes up short on the entertainment scorecard. There were 53 goals netted in 15 previous League encounters before Peamount edged this one 2-1 in PRL Park.

Peamount have now earned eight wins in this League rivalry but they had to do it the hard way. Eleanor Ryan-Doyle got them started with a 25th minute goal, which was more about Shelbourne's defensive mix-up than the forward's finishing ability.

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Shels goalkeeper Amanda Budden did make amends when denying Ryan-Doyle with a brilliant penalty save but she was caught off-guard by Áine O'Gorman when she curled in a stunning left-footed finish on 38 minutes.

The Reds never gave up and that made it a thrilling game having a goal ruled out for offside before Ciara Grant pulled one back 16 minutes before full-time but it was too little too late.

Meanwhile Bohemians showed their steal as they converted a late penalty to earn a 3-3 draw with Cork City.

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Chloe Darby smashed the all-important spot-kick into the back of the net seven minutes from time to earn a point for Sean Byrne's side.

Bohs took the lead through Erica Burke after four minutes before Lauren Egbuloniu netted twice for Cork on 26 and 32 minutes to shoot them into the lead.

Bohs Substitute Aoife Robinson finished well to level matters again after 70 minutes.

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Three minutes later Cork thought that they had won it when Laura Shine fired in but Darby penalty saw Bohs claim a point.

Elsewhere on Saturday, DLR Waves showed a fighting spirit as Katie Malone notched a later winner over Galway WFC.

A superb cross from defender Aoife Brophy was not dealt with by Galway goalkeeper Maja Zajc and Malone was in the right place to hook in from close range three minutes from time.

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This was DLR's first win of the season and they opened the scoring when Kate Mooney rose highest in the penalty to head in a perfect delivery from Jessica Gleeson on 15 minutes.

Galway did respond, through top goalscorer Rachel Kearns with her fifth goal in three games, but her header wasn't enough for the visitors as DLR won out 2-1.

On Sunday Wexford Youths crushed Treaty United 7-1 in Jackman Park.

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Fresh from earning her third & fourth Republic of Ireland WNT caps, Ellen Molloy scored four times to show just how clinical she can be if given any space around the penalty area.

Ciara Rossiter netted inside 10 minutes and Treaty responded almost straight away with a fine header from Aoife Cronin. But Wexford simply shifted up a gear to take control of the game.

Sinead Taylor, one of those changes, smashed in a volley before Molloy made it 3-1 with a sweet finish. Then Kylie Murphy converted a penalty before Molloy added three more with this solo effort being the best of the bunch.

Athlone Town had a free week.

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