Raheny United remain top of the Bus Éireann Women’s National League at the end of game week 12 after beating a resilient Galway United side 2-1 on the west coast.
That win for Raheney left Peamount United chasing the tails of the table-toppers for yet another week, despite securing three valuable points with a 2-0 home win against Wexford Youths.
Raheny had to grind out a victory in Eamon Deacy Park. The visitors scored two scrappy goals and Galway felt they should have taken at least a point from the game, despite a positive display from their players.
The Dublin outfit broke the deadlock in the second minute through a great Ciara Grant strike. The scoreline remained 0-1 at the interval, but Galway came storming out of the blocks after the restart.
Galway’s Eleanor Stafford made it 1-1 in the 47th minute when she got on the end of a pass over-the-top of the Raheny defence and placed the ball low into the net from inside the box.
However, Siobhan Killeen nicked the three points for Raheny midway through the second half with a goal against the run of play.
Fifth placed Wexford Youths made sure Peamount United had to work hard in order to win their fifth home league game of the season.
Nothing could separate the sides at the end of the first 45minutes, and there were very few incidents for spectators at Greenogue to discuss with their half-time cup of tea.
The game livened up in the second half, and Aisling Frawley got an early shot away for Youths. Despite the being put under pressure at the back, Peamount star Stephanie Roche showed her class to put the hosts 1-0 up with a lovely finish at the other end.
Peamount substitute Caroline Thorpe was shown a yellow card for a poor challenge as Wexford went in search of an equaliser.
Peamount were desperate to score an insurance goal and Aine O’Gorman came close, but they hit the jackpot with just under twenty minutes remaining as Roche scored her second goal of the game.
Youths refused to throw in the towel and continued to apply pressure in the dying embers of the game, but there was no light at the end of the tunnel as the game ended 2-0.
There were four teams battling for third spot in the league as the games got under way yesterday afternoon, and two of those teams, DLR Waves and Castlebar Celtic met at a windy Wayside in South Dublin.
DLR Waves goalkeeper Avril Kilkelly was the star of the show, and she was doing her utmost to keep the visitors at bay for the most part. However, Emma Hansberry eventually beat the in-form ‘keeper with a second-half strike from the edge of the box to earn Celtic a 1-0 win.
Sylvia Gee got the hosts off to a bright start by bursting down the wing and playing an enterprising ball into the danger area, but her side were lacking the crucial end product.
Kilkelly was on hand to keep out shots from Aileen Gilroy, Emma Mullin and Hansberry, but the latter managed to find the net shortly after the restart to put the cherry on top of some great team play.
The move started when Gilroy won the ball on the right and set up Sara Rowe on the by-line. The winger crossed the ball excellently into the box and Hansberry hammered it into the top corner of the net to cement her side into that coveted third spot on the league table.
Shamrock Rovers went six points clear of Cork Women’s FC at the bottom of the table after they put three goals past the pointless outfit at CIT.
Rovers’ manager Stephen Craig admitted after the game that his team were deserved 3-0 winners but praised a battling Cork side for their efforts. Rosie Maguire scored the first of her brace of goals early on to give the Tallaght women a 1-0 lead at the break.
Maguire scored her second goal after a series of chances for the visitors, and a Megan Lynch goal put the game to bed in the 70th minute. The loss leaves Cork with a mountain to climb if they are to get off the foot of the table at all this season.