Reigning Champions Shelbourne took bragging rights and all three points in a hotly contested North Dublin derby in the glorious sunshine at Dalymount Park.

Brilliantly taken goals from Saoirse Noonan, Jess Ziu and Noelle Murray did the damage in a hugely entertaining encounter in the sweltering heat.

The hosts were aiming to break their WNL attendance record and provided the pre-game entertainment with music, coffee, crepes and face painting, but that's where the niceties ended as once the whistle was blown as both sides refused to give an inch.

Bohs, off the back of a big 4-0 win away at Treaty United and a hugely impressive 1-1 draw with Peamount Utd. made life difficult for the visitors with Bronagh Kane looking a real threat on the left wing.

The home side were unlucky not to get the reward their great start deserved when Lisa Murphy's clever free kick clipped the edge of the post, nearly catching Amanda Budden out at her ner post.

Having edged the previous encounter on the first day of the season with a 1-0 victory, The league leaders stepped it up a gear and began to force the issue.

Rachel Kelly saved brilliantly from a Saoirse Noonan downward header just before the half hour mark, but just minutes later could do nothing about an incredible Noonan flick with the outside of her boot that sailed into the top corner.

The Bohs goal was beginning to live a charmed life as Irish International Jess Ziu had an effort cleared off the line before Noonan went close with a volley from the edge of the area.

As the first half drew to a close Bohs finished strong, desperately searching for the equaliser and trying to swing the tide back in their favour.

Erica Burke’s thunderous effort was smartly tipped around the post by Budden, and from the resulting corner Murphy’s towering header was cleared off the line.

The visitors looked determined to add a second after the restart and dominated large periods of the second half, and just five minutes after the restart pacey winger, Ziu, was unlucky to see her effort smash the crossbar as the ball sat up nicely following a corner not dealt with by the home side.

Just before the hour mark, Ziu got the goal her outstanding performance deserved, doubling the visitors lead with an excellent finish.

And just minutes later Noelle Murray got in on the act to make sure of all three points with a powerful finish of her own from just inside the area.

Both sides have a week until they taste action again as The Gypsies face a trip across country to face Galway United looking to bounce back from this defeat, whilst The Champions face a mouthwatering encounter with UCD Waves looking to keep their lead at the top.

Bohemians: Rachael Kelly, Abbie Brophy (Abbie O’Hara, 84), Lisa Murphy, Ciara Maher (Hannah Tobin-Jones, 55), AnnMarie Byrne, Katie Lovely, Kira Bates Crosbie, Erica Burke (Eimear Quinn, 84), Danielle Murray (Aoife Robinson, 84), Bronagh Kane (Lara Phipps, 64), Sinead Taylor.

Shelbourne: Amanda Budden, Jess Gargan, Jessie Stapleton, Pearl Slattery, Alex Kavanagh (Aoife Kelly, 73), Jess Ziu (Taylor White, 83), Rachel Graham, Noelle Murray, Keeva Keenan (Jemma Quinn, 73), Chloe Mustaki (Leah Doyle, 83), Saoirse Noonan (Megan Smyth-Lynch, 73).

Cork City 1-2 Wexford Youths

This was a first game in charge for Cork's interim manager Jess Lawton and she will be pleased with the performance of The Leesiders despite narrowly losing.

The first half ended scoreless as Cork did really well to limit the chances of Wexford, who were not as sharp and fluid in their play as they normally are.

Ellen Molloy eventually put Wexford in front with a superb free-kick that goalkeeper Abby McCarthy got a hand to but couldn't keep out.

Then Cork responded through ex-Wexford midfielder Becky Cassin with a brilliant strike.Cork continued to scrap for every ball and looked likely to score on a couple of occasions but a lapse in concentration allowed Ciara Rossiter to pick out Emma Walker to head in the winning goal.

DLR Waves 3-2 Sligo Rovers

Graham Kelly's team picked up a hard-fought three points at the UCD Bowl after going with an unchanged line-up and then losing Sarah McKevitt to injury early on.

The visitors opened the scoring on 10 minutes. A long ball broke to the on-rushing Gemma McGuinness, who kept her cool and slotted the ball past Eve Badana to put Sligo ahead.

Waves went close to an equaliser on 20 minutes, but Katie Malone's dangerous cross was well cut out by goalkeeper Amy Mahon, who had to be alert minutes later as she saved Avril Brierley’s looping header.

The hosts found the equaliser through midfielder Sophie Watters five minutes before the break, heading in from Rachel Doyle’s free-kick.

Waves then took the lead on 50 minutes, as Brierley scored from close range after some poor Sligo defending. Emma Doherty levelled matters again 10 minutes afterwards, but Kate Mooney was to be the match-winner as her thumping header won it for the home side, who remain in fifth place.

Galway WFC 3-0 Treaty United

This game was held up for 10 minutes in the first half due to a serious injury suffered by Treaty's Amy Madden. That blow will make this latest loss sting even more as they remain winless this season.

Galway did what they had to do with Jenna Slattery (2) and Shauna Brennan providing the goals that keeps Alan Murphy's side moving on up as they continue to find their rhythm.

Slattery opened the scoring against her former club and proved to be a threat all game before Brennan complimented a sweet pass from Lynsey McKey to make it 2-0.

Treaty, in fairness, never stop working hard and could have done more possibly when they did break into Galway's half. But Slattery wrapped things up late on to make it a home win.

Peamount United 0-1 Athlone Town

Athlone Town made it five wins on the bounce by overcoming Peamount on their own patch in PRL Park.

Stephanie Roche and Jetta Berrill went close for Peamount in the opening stages, but Athlone soon came into their own. The visitors took the lead on 21 minutes when Muireann Devaney did brilliantly to win possession and slotted in Emily Corbet to score her ninth goal of the season.

Áine O’Gorman had a super opportunity to equalise on the half hour mark but dragged her shot wide of the post. Sadhbh Doyle put Berrill’s cross over the bar just before the break, as Athlone entered half-time with the lead.After the restart, Roche went close again but couldn't keep her effort on target.

Peamount, searching for the equaliser, put the pressure on the Athlone back line. Tiegan Ruddy’s free-kick failed to test goalkeeper Niamh Coombes on the hour mark.

Athlone defended brilliantly throughout the closing stages, limiting the hosts to half-chances. Doyle went close with five minutes remaining before Roche’s shot from the edge of the box sailed over the bar.