Eleanor Ryan Doyle scored four times, including a hat-trick inside eight first-half minutes, as Peamount United cruised to victory over Cork City to clinch the Só Hotels Women's National League championship in style at PRL Park, Greenogue.
Peamount finished with 56 points from their 21 games, two ahead of Shelbourne.
It’s the Newcastle club’s second title since winning the inaugural WNL in 2011/12 and they now qualify to represent the league in the UEFA Women’s Champions League next season.
Before that manager James O’Callaghan’s side will be going for a double when they face rivals Wexford Youths in the Só Hotels Women’s FAI Cup final next Sunday.
As expected, Peamount started on the front foot, forcing two early corners before Niamh Farrelly missed a bit of a sitter when somehow shooting wide close in from Lauryn O'Callaghan’s cross on seven minutes.
Cork responded well with a couple of corners of their own, the second of which from Danielle Burke was headed just over the top by Zara Foley.
But it was another corner back at the other end that brought Peas the lead on 17 minutes. Megan Smyth-Lynch whipped over an inviting delivery for Ryan Doyle to power a header past Marta O’Sullivan.
The same pair combined to double Peamount’s lead four minutes later.
Smyth-Lynch floated over a slightly deeper corner that was helped on for Ryan Doyle, who was there again to head it to the net from close range.
The hat-trick arrived on 24 minutes. Left-back Dearbhaile Beirne overlapped to cross low to the near post where Ryan Doyle arrived on cue to drive her shoot to the corner of the net.
The game was all but over as a contest just past the half hour when Peas added a fourth goal.
Farrelly won the ball to put Smyth-Lynch away on the left and her cross was forced home by skipper Aine O’Gorman, though a defender may have got the final touch.
It was 5-0 on 34 minutes, Smyth-Lynch’s sixth corner of the game finding it’s way directly to the net.
A brilliant save from O’Sullivan prevented a sixth Peamount goal three minutes before half-time, the City keeper going full stretch to turn Karen Duggan’s drive from distance out for a corner.
The crossbar then deprived central midfielder Duggan minutes into the second half when another right-foot effort from some 25 yards rattled the frame of the Cork goal.
Ryan Doyle continued to find the range, though, as she added her fourth goal of the game on 52 minutes, drilling a shot to the net from the edge of the area.
Liz O’Connor got Cork’s consolation goal on 61 minutes, confidently slotting home a penalty after she had been fouled inside the area by Peas’ goalkeeper Niamh Reid Burke.
Wing wizard Smyth-Lynch struck her second goal of the game on 77 minutes, curling in a left-footer from outside the box.
Somewhat fittingly, O’Gorman completed the rout in the first minute of stoppage time, rifling home from Smyth-Lynch’s cross, before duly collecting the trophy in front of her jubilant team-mates as the celebrations began.
Peamount United sealed their first Só Hotel Group Women's National League title in seven years tonight with an 8-1 win over Cork @peamountutd pic.twitter.com/a6OUvIQ0NV— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) October 26, 2019
Peamount United: Reid Burke; O’Callaghan, Corrigan, Walsh (Moloney, 58), Beirne; Duggan, Farrelly (Chemaou, 53); O’Gorman, McCartan (Kealy, 71), Smyth-Lynch; Ryan-Doyle.
Cork City: O’Sullivan (A. McCarthy, 72); Burke, McNamara, Jones, Lyons; K. McCarthy; Liston, Foley, O’Donovan, Crowley (Seward, 56); O’Connor (Howard, 82).
Referee: Paula Brady (Dublin)