Raheny United captured the Bus Éireann Women’s National League for the second successive year after a 4-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers at the AUL Complex this afternoon.
Casey McQuillan's side needed a single point to seal the title and duly produced a measured performance against a competitive Hoops which helped secure the three points.
Mary Waldron, back at the Pandas after a spell playing international cricket, grabbed the decisive opening goal to help settle the Raheny nerves when she lobbed to an empty net in the eight minute after Catherine Cronin poked the ball past on-rushing keeper Michelle Watson.
It was then Waldron who set up Cronin for the second Raheny goal as she raced through to poke past the advancing keeper in the 16th minute.
The third goal for the visitors ensured there would be no nervy finish for the north Dublin outfit as Clare Conlon set up Ciara Grant to sweep home from close range after a lightening counter-attack in the 28th minute.
Rovers worked hard to get back in the game but the Raheny defence held firm and it was 4-0 in the 84th minute when Waldron knocked the loose ball home after Watson had made a stunning save to deny Shauna Newman.
"It's very pleasing to get over the final hurdle and I'm delighted for the girls to have ended the season as champions," said McQuillan.
"This has been a real squad effort and we were delighted to have Mary Waldron back for this game as she had a big impact. We've worked very hard to get to this stage and Rovers pushed us hard so I couldn't really relax until the fourth goal went in.
"I'd like to acknowledge the work Terry Eviston did with the squad before me. I took over a side that was unbeaten and to go the whole season without losing a game is a testament to the quality of the girls.
"The next level is UEFA Champions League. We'll have to look at how we strengthen the squad for that as it is a step up and you'd like to think people who would come in and play in that for you will spend the season with you."
Peamount United beat Cork Women's FC 13-0 in their final fixture. Aine O'Gorman scored four for the Peas with Stephanie Roche bagging a hat-trick. The other goals were scored by Clare Kinsella, Dora Gorman, Chloe Mustaki, Jess Gargan, Karen Duggan and Caroline Thorpe.
On Saturday evening Wexford Youths sealed third spot with a 2-2 draw with DLR Waves. Linda Douglas put the Model County outfit 2-0 up with two first half goals but DLR responded after the break through substitutes Niamh Barnes and Margaret Doyle.
Galway WFC finished the season with a 3-2 away win over Castlebar Celtic at Celtic Park. Emma Mullin put the Mayo side ahead but Jenny Byrne levelled. Grainne Barrett put the visitors ahead before Sarah Rowe levelled for Celtic. Lynsey McKey ended up deciding the game for Galway in the second half.
Castlebar Celtic and Wexford Youths will meet in the Bus Éireann Women's National League Cup Final at Ferrycarrig Park on Sunday, 18 May with a 3pm kick-off.
Peamount United 13-0 Cork Women’s FC
Shamrock Rovers 0-4 Raheny United
Castlebar Celtic 2-3 Galway WFC
Wexford Youths 2-2 DLR Waves