Cork Women’s FC and Castlebar Celtic produced a thrilling 3-3 in the Bus Éireann Women’s National League at Turner’s Cross on Sunday.
The visitors took an early lead when the lively Shaunagh Jackson opened the scoring with a fine strike but Cork levelled through a stunning volley from Sarah O’Donovan.
Emma Mullin headed Castlebar in front when she connected with a good cross by Sarah Rowe and Celtic extended their lead when Jackson fired home after good build-up play involving Sarah Rowe and Emma Hansberry.
Jackson almost bagged her hat-trick just before the break but hit an upright and that let-off proved costly to the visitors as O’Donovan pulled one back early in the second half when she found the net with a long range effort to get Cork back in the game.
Lauren Murphy scored a brilliant equaliser for the home side when she burst out of defence and fired past Celtic keeper Amy Hopkins and it set up a grandstand finish.
Lynsey McKey might have grabbed a winner for Cork but she hit the Castlebar upright and the two teams exited with a share of the points.
Champions Peamount United produced another awesome display in hammering DLR Waves 10-1 at Greenogue to extend their lead over second-placed Raheny United to eight points – these rivals will meet next week in a critical encounter.
Stephanie Roche scored an early opener for the Peas and Grace Murray made it 2-0 in the 15th minute before Sara Lawlor added a third in the 21st minute.
The onslaught never stopped and Áine O’Gorman and Murray each found the net again before half-time.
The second half continued with the torrent on the DLR goal.
Sara Lawlor finished off a fine move involving Murray, Julie-Ann Russell and Roche to make it 6-0 before Russell scored two more to make it 8-0.
Roche made it 9-0 with a finish from 15 yards out after connecting with a cross by Clare Kinsella then completed her hat-trick after being set up by Kinsella.
Katie McCarthy got a late response for DLR Waves but it was scant consolation on a bad day at the office.
Elsewhere, a tight encounter at Ferrycarrig Park saw Maria Delahunty grab the only goal as Wexford Youths kept up their push for a top three spot with a hard-fought victory over Shamrock Rovers.