Peamount United 10 Limerick WFC 1
Amber Barrett was back among the goals, scoring five times, while Aine O’Gorman hit a hat-trick, as Peamount United returned to winning ways in some style to record their biggest win of the season over second-bottom Limerick at Greenogue.
Keen to put two successive league defeats behind them, third-in-the-table Peamount started on the front foot with O’Gorman and Niamh Farrelly coming close to scoring inside the opening five minutes.
Three minutes later Peas were ahead from the first corner of the game.
Megan Smyth-Lynch floated the delivery to the back post where central defender Chloe Moloney arrived to score with a firm header.
Karen Connolly was busy in goals and was beaten again five minutes later, Barrett powering through on a surging run from the halfway line to clip the ball to the net.
The home side rampant now, winger O’Gorman got in on the scoring act to make it 3-0 on 21 minutes, using her pace to burst in from the right flank before drilling a low shot to the far corner.
Limerick started the second half well, capped by Sophie Liston scoring a stunning goal from long range, her shot sailing past Naoisha McAloon in the Peas goal on 53 minutes.
But it was merely a reprieve for the visitors as the Newcastle side responded to score three times within the next three minutes.
O’Gorman punished a defensive lapse to tap in her second goal of the game. Barrett then scored twice, on 55 and 56 minutes, to complete her hat-trick following assists from O’Gorman and Lucy McCartan.
Peas’ powerhouse striker Barrett was played in again on 62 minutes to slip the ball past Connolly to make it 7-1.
And the chances kept on coming for the home side. Ryan Doyle cracked home goal number eight with a stunning hit from some 30 yards on 70 minutes.
Barrett hadn’t finished yet, meeting substitute Niamh Barnes’ cross to head in her fifth goal of the game on 75 minutes.
That’s 26 strikes for the league season for the Peas bustling centre-forward, now just one behind Wexford Youths’ Rianna Jarrett.
O’Gorman completed the scoring when bringing it up to double figures on 83 minutes, slotting home from the penalty spot for her hat-trick.
Peamount United: McAloon; O’Callaghan, Corrigan (Barnes, 58), Moloney, McCartan; Duggan (McKevitt, 57), Ryan Doyle, Farrelly; O’Gorman, Barrett, Smyth-Lynch (Beirne, 80).
Limerick: Connolly; Mannix, Hartley, Kelleher, Keane; Liston, Johnson, M. Shine (A. Shine, 39), Curtin (Gleeson, h-t), Kenny (Brennan, h-t); Connolly.
Referee: Orla Devaney (Kildare).
Meanwhile, Wexford Youths remained at the top of the table with a one-all draw away to Galway Women’s FC in wet and windy Mervue.
Youths trailed at the break, but Lauren O’Dwyer hammered home a brilliant leveller from just inside the Galway half midway through the second half.
They now have a seven-point lead over second-placed Shelbourne LFC, with Peamount a further point back in third.