DLR Waves 0-2 Peamount United
Eleanor Ryan Doyle moved clear at the top of the Women's National League goalscoring charts as her brace saw Peamout United to a deserved 2-0 win at DLR Waves.
The striker, who is surely pressing the case for inclusion in the full international squad, scored once in either half to move to eight for the season as the champions maintained their flawless record.
Peamount have struggled to break down teams this season, with three of their seven victories coming after opening the scoring in the final half hour, but they got off to a dream start in UCD.
Ryan Doyle had already tested the reflexes of Ireland keeper Eve Badana with a shot from the edge of the box, while the former Cork City keeper also denied Aine O’Gorman.
They made the breakthrough on 17 minutes following a fine move that saw O’Gorman cross for the Lucan native to connect with a diving header that left Badana with no chance.
Rachel Doyle saw one shot blocked and a second clear the bar as Waves worked their way into the game, but Peas continued to create as Ryan Doyle saw a header saved.
O’Gorman had a great chance to double the lead just before half time after being picked out by Sadhbh Doyle but she shanked her shot wide of the post.
The second half saw the home time adopt a more attacking impetus but Peamount continued to have the majority of the chances, Ryan-Doyle again denied by a strong Badana save.
Ryan-Doyle got her second just before the hour as Aoife Brophy was judged to have pulled back Lucy McCartan, though replays showed any contact was minimal.
She wasn't going to pass up a chance to make the points safe, however, and she buried the spot kick past a helpless Badana to double the visitors’ lead.
She could have had a hat-trick shortly afterwards but the in-form Badana denied her once more, as the keeper did substitute Steph Roche.
With Wexford Youths not in action this week, it meant Peamount extended their lead at the top of the table to three points.
DLR Waves: Eve Badana; Aoife Brophy (Nicole Keogh 84), Jess Gleeson, Niamh Barnes, Katie Burdis (Niamh Prior 63); Ciara Maher (Kerri Letmon 63), Rachel Doyle, Nadine Clare (Fiona Donnelly 63); Katie Malone, Shauna Carrol (Catherine Cronin 84l, Carla McManus.
Peamount United: Naoisha McAloon; Lauryn O’Callaghan, Claire Walsh, Tiegan Ruddy (Della Doherty 88), Dearbhaile Beirne; Karen Duggan, Lucy McCartan (Dora Gorman 88), Sadhbh Doyle (Becky Watkins 69); Aine O’Gorman, Megan Smyth-Lynch (Stephanie Roche 69), Eleanor Ryan Doyle (Alannah McEvoy 90).
Referee: Sean Stephens (Dublin).
Galway WFC 3-4 Athlone Town
It required a 90th-minute goal to seal the victory but Athlone Town will not care one bit because all that mattered was securing the three points in Eamonn Deacy Park.
The home side had interim manager Mazz Sweeney calling the shots and her game-plan appeared to be a remedy to their recent poor form when youngster Abbie Callanan scored after 12 minutes.
However, that goal just fired Athlone up even more when Katelyn Keogh responded within five minutes before Muireann Devaney put them ahead with a superb left-footed effort.
Kellie Brennan got in on the scoring act before Galway's Lynsey McKey hit back with two goals. Athlone then had Aife Haran sent off before Devaney got the vital touch to their final goal to seal a first win of the 2021 season.
Cork City 2-3 Treaty United
Sometimes you have to create your own luck. Certainly that is how Treaty United will have felt this season having failed to celebrate a win before this fixture.
A stunning solo effort from Gillian Keenan summed up their approach to deciding their own fate at Turner's Cross but that only came after the visitors had scored twice already.
Sisters Aoife and Rebecca Horgan combined for the opener with the latter providing the finish - albeit with some luck involved - and Rebecca netted again before the interval.
Cork did draw level initially through a fine strike from Sarah McKevitt but they were always chasing this game, even when Becky Cassin scored a late penalty. This was Treaty's one to celebrate.
Bohemians 0-1 Shelbourne
A first-half finish from Emily Whelan proved to be the difference in this Dublin duel but, in truth, there was not much between the teams at the Oscar Traynor Centre.
Whelan latched onto a chipped pass from Saoirse Noonan to score on 28 minutes and bring the Republic of Ireland WNT international's overall tally for the season up to four goals.
Bohs goalkeeper Courtney Maguire, on her first start of the season, didn't have much to do after that, which showcased the battling effort registered by Sean Byrne's side.
Shels looked dangerous at times but they were unable to bring any fluidity to their play. So taking three points from this game will be seen as a big positive, while Bohs can be proud of their display.