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Raheny United 2-1 Peamount United

Updated: Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 19:36 | Comments

Raheny United celebrate their first cup triumph at Dalymount Park
Raheny United celebrate their first cup triumph at Dalymount Park

Raheny United claimed the FAI Umbro Women’s Cup for the first time in their history after recording a dramatic 2-1 victory against Peamount United.

The Northsiders clinched the cup with a 90th-minute winner from Noelle Murray after the most enthralling of finishes to an exciting encounter at Dalymount Park.

Peamount United went ahead in the seventh minute with the game’s first attack of note.

Julie-Ann Russell showed great skill on the left wing and her low cross was swept home by Sarah Lawlor.

Lawlor might have extended that lead within seconds when she burst through on goal again after a good pass by Stephanie Roche, but she shot straight at Raheny keeper Emma Merrigan.

In the 19th minute, Lawlor latched on to a long ball, but saw her shot sail just inches off target.

Peamount almost scored a fortunate second goal in the 35th minute when a left wing cross by Grace Murray beat everybody but bounced off the Raheny crossbar.

Raheny started to make headway at the opposite end of the field and two minutes later a clever lay-off by Rachel Graham set up Mary Waldron for a shot that Peamount keeper Linda Meehan did well to save.

A set-piece handed Peamount another opportunity in the 40th minute when Russell fired over a dangerous corner that Susan Byrne headed narrowly wide from eight yards out.

Two minutes before the break, it was Lawlor again threatening the Raheny defence when she cut in from the left, but Raheny keeper Merrigan made an excellent save.

As the game entered first-half injury-time Raheny got the breakthrough they sought and leveled.

Murray’s low strike was parried by Meehan, but only as far as Rachel Graham and when the Peamount keeper blocked that shot the ball fell for Waldron to knock home.

Stung by the equaliser, Peamount came out for the second half looking to regain command and Lawlor was unlucky not to find the target in the 51st minute with a header that Merrigan got down comfortably to save.

Lawlor’s pace caused havoc for Raheny again two minutes later, but this time the Peamount striker fired into the side-netting with just Merrigan to beat.

Raheny thought they had taken the lead on the hour when a long range strike by Murray rattled Meehan’s crossbar. The rebound was headed back towards goal by Graham, but remarkably also hit the bar and the loose ball somehow bounced awkwardly for Waldron and she couldn’t connect with it.

Siobhan Killeen had a brilliant chance to make it 2-1 in the 66th minute, but with just Meehan to beat, her low shot somehow deflected off a defender and trickled narrowly wide of the Peamount goal.

Just when it seemed extra-time was inevitable, Raheny snatched the winner.

A brilliant pass by Kate Flood found Graham on the right and she sent in a low cross that slipped through to Murray and she tapped into an empty net for a memorable success.

Peamount United: Meehan, McLoughlin, G Murray, Duggan, Byrne, Comerford, Russell, Quinn, Haughton, Roche, Lawlor.

Raheny United: Merrigan, Newman, Campbell, Flood, Cooke, Grant, Creagh, Graham, Waldron, N Murray, Killeen.

Referee: Adam Conroy.

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