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Bus Éireann Women's National League round-up

Updated: Sunday, 12 Jan 2014 20:40 | Comments

Rebecca Creagh scored for Raheny
Rebecca Creagh scored for Raheny

There were goals galore across the country in what was an exciting afternoon of football on the return of the Bus Éireann Women's National League after a five-week break.

Despite country-wide wind and rain, only one of the four scheduled games had to be postponed. The venue that fell victim to the weather was Bishopstown in Cork where Cork Women's FC were set to host second-placed Peamount United.

Raheny United 5-0 Shamrock Rovers

The postponed game gave table toppers Raheny United a massive chance to widen the gap between themselves and Peamount in a Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers at Morton Stadium.

It didn't take long for Raheny to get a foothold in the game as Katie McCabe put them ahead in style with a 30-yard power drive into the top-right corner of the net.

Playing against a huge wind in the opening half, Raheny quickly doubled their advantage through Noelle Murray. Catherine Cronin dribbled her way into the Rovers penalty area before squaring the ball to Murray who had the simple task of tapping it into the net.

Things went from bad to worse for Rovers in the 33rd minute when goalkeeper Michelle Watson fouled McCabe in the box and the hosts were awarded a penalty. Rebecca Creagh stepped up and placed the ball neatly into the back of the net to make it 3-0 at the interval.

Catherine Cronin scored added a fourth goal for United just 15 minutes after the restart. 10 minutes later Rovers had their first chance of the game, but when the ball fell to Rosie Maguire she fluffed her lines and put the ball wide of the post from close range.

Cronin was impressive in attack for the Northsiders and it was her liveliness that led to the corner which resulted in Raheny's fifth and final goal. The corner was whipped in dangerously by the excellent McCabe and Rovers defender Joanne Ennis headed the ball into the back of her own net.

DLR Waves 3-3 Wexford Youths Women's AFC

There was plenty of drama at the home of Wayside Celtic where DLR Waves and Wexford Youths Women's AFC battled out a 3-3 draw.

The sides, who sit next to each other on the league table, simply could not be separated. The hosts took the lead on two occasions in the first half but they are left kicking themselves for allowing Youths back into the game. The result means Wexford will retain their two point lead over the Dublin side as they head into the next round of fixtures.

An exciting opening 20 minutes saw Rachel Doyle put DLR 1-0 up in the eighth minute. However, Katie McCarthy struck back with a goal for Youths at the other end only five minutes later.

The home said regained their lead in the 19th minute when Sharon Cullen was rewarded with a goal for her attacking efforts in the early stages of the game.

DLR Waves took that lead into the break, but a game-changing substitute turned the game in the visitors favour at the start of the second half.

The newly introduced Amy Walsh pulled Youths level in the 58th minute. Walsh, who was only five minutes on the pitch, slotted home her second to give her side a hard-earned 2-3 lead.

However, DLR Waves weren't leaving Wayside empty handed and a Sylvia Gee goal four minutes from time earned them a share of the spoils in dramatic fashion.

Galway WFC 1-1 Castlebar Celtic

In the only other game on the day, there was another draw but this time it was between Galway WFC and Castlebar Celtic in Eamonn Deacy Park.

Dark clouds along with wind and rain meant the floodlights had to be switched on, and conditions were far from football friendly.

Castlebar came into the game knowing they needed to take at least a point from their Connacht rivals if they were to stay in third spot on the table.

The visitors got off to a disastrous start when their very own Katie Walsh put the ball into her own net to give Galway a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.

Galway took that lead into the break and they looked set to be victorious on this occasion, but an Emma Mullin strike ten minutes from full-time rescued a point.

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