/ Soccer

Raheny United claim Women's National League title

Updated: Sunday, 12 May 2013 21:04 | Comments

Raheny's Mary Waldron lifts the Women's National League trophy
Raheny's Mary Waldron lifts the Women's National League trophy

Raheny United have won the 2012-13 Bus Éireann Women’s National League.

They beat Wexford Youths 3-0 at Morton Stadium this afternoon thanks to two goals from Katie McCabe, one of which was from the penalty spot, and Rebecca Creagh.

Raheny finished one point ahead of defending champions Peamount United who finished their campaign by beating Cork Women’s FC 2-1 in Turners Cross.

Shamrock Rovers scored their second league win of the season with a 2-1 victory over League Cup finalists Castlebar Celtic at Tallaght Stadium.

Raheny United 3-0 Wexford Youths Women’s FC

Raheny United did exactly what was needed and won their final game of the Bus Éireann Women's National League season to become only the second winners of the competition.

A brace from Katie McCabe and one from Rebecca Creagh sealed a 14th win of the season for Sean Byrne's side, who never troubled by Wexford Youths at Morton Stadium.

After captain Mary Waldron went close twice early on and Siobhan Killeen skied an effort from close range, the Dublin club needed the class of McCabe to put them ahead on 26 minutes when she curled a shot in via off the far post.

Upon returning for the second half, Raheny shifted up a gear as they dominated possession and pushed their visitors onto the back foot.

A second goal was coming and it was hardly surprising that Creagh, who has been in superb form, got it.

The classy midfielder, who was playing up front, drilled a free-kick into the top corner of the net out of reach for Wexford goalkeeper Mary Rose Kelly.

Now holding a two-goal cushion, Raheny were cruising and quickly made it three.

A darting run by McCabe, cutting in from the right flank, caught out Lauren Dwyer, who brought down the winger inside her own penalty area.

The Republic of Ireland U19 international picked herself up and converted the spot-kick to seal the win.

Having lifted the FAI Umbro Senior Women’s Cup last October, this was a double celebration for Raheny, who pipped last year's champions, Peamount United, by a single point, but they showed their class at the right times, including the final day of the campaign.

Cork Women’s FC 1-2 Peamount United 

Eileen Gleeson insisted that her Peamount United team would focus solely on winning their game and not fret about matters in Santry, where Raheny needed to beat Wexford, and that is exactly what they did.

Former Paris Saint-Germain attacker Solene Barbance ghosted in for her eighth goal of the season to put the reigning champions in front at Turner's Cross and supply her team with some hope of retaining their title.

Cork tried to fight back with Claire Shine going close with a free-kick, but Peamount struck again when Stephanie Roche fired in an outstanding goal to put the away team 2-0 up.

Taking their chances is something that Gleeson's side do better than most.

If that wasn't bad enough for Cork, they then lost captain Denise O'Sullivan to a bad injury, but they pulled a goal back when Emily Cahill put the ball into her own net following pressure from Amy O'Connor.

Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Castlebar Celtic

With nothing but pride to play for, Shamrock Rovers celebrated their second victory of the season following a spirited display at Tallaght Stadium against a Castlebar team who will be contesting the Women's National League Cup final next Sunday against Peamount.

Orlagh Nolan, who has been a real unsung hero for the Hoops, opened the scoring on six minutes to give the hosts a much-needed confidence boost, but the visitors pulled level when Sara McGeough fired in on 12 minutes.

However, Rovers' next goal proved to be the winner when Aoife Maloney found the back of the net just before the interval.

The win gives the south Dublin club hope of building a stronger team for next season.

User contributions and/or comments do not, unless specifically stated, represent the views of RTÉ.ie or RTÉ.
Click here for Terms of use
Powered by NewsWhip