The Bus Éireann Women's National League title race will go down to the wire after champions and leaders Raheny United were held to a draw by Castlebar Celtic tonight, while title rivals Peamount United won emphatically in Cork.
Raheny still lead the league by three points and will secure the title with a point in their final fixture against Shamrock Rovers at the AUL Complex on Sunday.
Peamount host Cork Women’s FC once more in their final fixture. Goal difference does not separate sides in the division so a play-off would be required if Raheny and Peamount were to end level.
Castlebar Celtic 1 - 1 Raheny United
Castlebar are in great form recently and went into the tie boosted by their cup success against Peamount at the weekend. They took the lead in the tenth minute when Ireland U19 star Sarah Rowe produced a stunning strike after a brilliant burst in from the left.
Raheny had to work hard to force an equaliser and that eventually came when senior international midfielder Rachel Graham found the top corner with another impressive long range effort.
Unfortunately for the Pandas they had experienced duo Siobhan Killeen and Noelle Murray sent-off late on. Murray was shown the red after the final whistle.
Cork Women's FC 0-8 Peamount United
Meanwhile, Peamount were inspired by Stephanie Roche as they blitzed Cork at Bishopstown. Roche scored two in the first half then notched another three after the break to end with a five-goal haul.
Amy McLoughlin and Julie-Ann Russell had also found the net to give the Peas a 4-0 half-time lead. Clare Kinsella was also on the score-sheet after the break.
The odds may still be in Raheny’s favour but the intensity of the campaign has been shown by the fact that the title will be decided on the last day.