Cork City 0

Peamount 6

Peamount United ended two years of Women's FAI Cup final pain as they thrashed Cork City 6-0 in the Tallaght Stadium decider to seal the league and cup double.

Peamount came into the game hoping to go third time lucky in three years in the decider, having lost the last two finals to Wexford Youths, and having not won the trophy since 2010, while Cork City were hoping to add a second victory after their 2017 triumph. 

A scoreless and somewhat stale first half had seen the league champions enjoy the better of the play, without looking like making a breakthrough. 

That changed quickly and decisively early in the second half as Republic of Ireland international Stephanie Roche bagged a quick break before captain Aine O'Gorman and Karen Duggan made it 4-0, and substitutes Rebecca Watkins and Teagan Ruddy completed the rout and secured the double.

Cork City had lost their last league head-to-head 3-0 last month but started brightly as they pressed Peamount early in the opening exchanges, but it was the Dublin side who began to assert themselves on the game as the first 10 minutes wore on, led by Ireland international Aine O'Gorman's forays down the right flank. 

The game settled down into a cagey pattern of Peamount probing and Cork’s attempts to break forward on the counter, although neither side engineered a shot until good work down the right from Stephanie Roche whose persistent pressing saw her win the ball. 

She reached the byline before pulling the back for O’Gorman who had drifted inside into the box but her left footed effort went over. 

Sophie Liston of Cork City in action against Dearbhaile Beirne of Peamount United

Cork City had their first effort on goal on 29 minutes but Sophie Liston’s speculative effort from distance looped high and well clear of Niamh Reid-Burke's crossbar. 

O’Gorman’s movement took the Peamount winger down the left as she swapped wings with Alannah McEvoy for the second phase of the half and her cross was met by the head of Eleanor Ryan-Doyle but her attempt was dealt with comfortably by Maria O’Sullivan. Seconds later, Roche flashed a dangerous shot just off target from a tight angle as Peamount continued to impose pressure. 

Karen Duggan, who scored a long range screamer for Peamount in the 2019 final, then headed just wide after a corner aimed towards the far post. 

Six minutes before the break, Duggan shot from outside the box, but her effort drifted wide. 

Just before the break, McEvoy got down the right flank for an increasingly dominant Peamount and found Ryan-Doyle.

But the attacking midfielder could not make a telling connection and the ball looped gratefully into the arms of O’Sullivan and the teams went into the break scoreless. 

Peamount had not been able to make their pressure count in the first half. But they set that straight immediately after the break. 

Barely 40 seconds after the resumption, Lucy McCartan fed a ball inside the Cork City right back which Stepanie Roche latched onto. 

From a tight angle, left of the goal, the forward fired a precise low shot beyond O'Sullivan and into the far corner of the net to break the deadlock. 

It was Roche who extended Peamount's advantage just six minutes later. Ryan-Doyle curled in a cross which McEvoy got onto. The Peamount winger showed composure in the box, teeing up the Roche as the striker found the same corner of the Cork City net.

McEvoy almost made it three on 54 minutes with an excellent side footed effort on the volley inside the box but the ball just went wide.

Roche, who was on for a hat-trick, came close to scoring her third just before the hour mark as she won the ball off Cork defender Danielle Burke and bared down on goal.

But O'Sullivan turned her shot around the post. At the other end, Cork City were struggling to make any headway into the opposition half as Peamount dealt comfortably with any forward forays and simultaneously freed up their own full backs Lauryn O'Callaghan and Dearbhaile Beirne to get up the pitch to inflict further damage.

Duggan then tried to add to Peamount's advantage as the midfielder received possession on the left edge of the box but her curling effort was well saved by O'Sullivan whose workload was increasing as this game wore on.

Roche tested O'Sullivan in the 73rd minute with a left footed shot from the right. The Cork City goalkeeper scrambled to her right and tipped the effort away for a corner.

And Roche was involved again for Peamount's third as she provided a deft assist in the box to play in Aine O'Gorman after intricate play between manager James O'Callaghan's attackers.

O'Gorman was composure personified as she slid the ball beyond O'Sullivan and into the back of the net.

Peamount ran riot in the final stages as Cork's challenge folded.

With 10 minutes to go, Duggan scored her second cup final goal in as many years as she headed in a corner to make it 4-0.

Karen Duggan celebrates with teammates after scoring Peamount's fourth goal

Two minutes later, Peamount made it 5-0 as substitute Rebecca Watkins reacted first as an O'Sullivan save fell invitingly into her path and she scored into an empty net.

They weren't finished as Teagan Ruddy fired high beyond O'Sullivan with an emphatic finish for Peamount's sixth with five minutes to go.

Cork City: Maria O'Sullivan; Zara Foley, Ciara McNamara )Nadine Seward '80), Danielle Burke, Nathalie O'Brien (Shaunagh McCarthy '80); Becky Cassin, Eabha O'Mahony; Sophie Liston (Lauren Walsh '80), Christina Dring (Laura Shine '71), Saoirse Noonan, Lauren Egbuloniu (Abby McCarthy '56).

Peamount United: Niamh Reid-Burke; Lauryn O'Callaghan, Claire Walsh, Niamh Farrelly (Della Doherty '84), Dearbhaile Beirne (Sadhbh Doyle '78); Lucy McCartan, Karen Duggan, Alannah McEvoy (Megan Smyth-Lynch '69), Eleanor Ryan-Doyle (Rebecca Watkins '78), Aine O'Gorman, Stephanie Roche (Tiegan Ruddy '84).