It was anything but a Saturday stroll as Peamount United maintained their 100% start to the SSE Airtricity Women's Premier Division season with a hard fought win at a lively Dalymount Park.
Second half goals from Karen Duggan and Kate Mooney bagged all three points for the Peas, a victory made just that bit sweeter having seen title rivals Shelbourne drop points earlier in the day, as the resolute and competitive Gypsie's failed to score for the second home game running.
Within the first quarter of an hour, the visitors in their changed strip of light blue had already fashioned a couple of gilt edged chances. Hotshot Kate Mooney met a devilishly whipped corner from Irish youth International, Tara O’Hanlon, but couldn't guide her free header on target.
Minutes later Mooney was at it again dispossessing centre back Ciara Maher, and quickly spotted Rachael Kelly off her line, but saw her left footed floated effort sail agonisingly wide of the target.
But with only the one slight blot on this season's copybook, a home defeat to reigning Champions Shelbourne and having stunned the visitors the last time they visited Dalymount, Bohs fought their way back and looked a threat out wide on the counter.
As the end of the half approached, the 2020 league winners ramped up the pressure yet again. Rebecca Watkins was found unmarked at the back post, controlling the deep cross delightfully her thigh, before smacking the ball off the near post eventually seeing the ball scrambled away.
The visitors, and in particular O’Hanlon, came flying out of the traps in the second half as the speedster was at the heart of creating the open goal. Almost running the length of the pitch, O'Hanlon burst into the area, got to the endline and just as she shaped to cross was caught late by the sliding Ciara Maher on the cover, giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.
Up stepped skipper Karen Duggan to slam home the opener from 12-yards for her second of the season.
O’Hanlon struggled to carry on and was replaced shortly after, but her side continued to push for a second as the game became stretched.
Sadhbh Doyle picked up a loose ball in the middle of the park before cleverly slipping in Carla Mcanus down the right channel, but the winger - with the goal at her mercy - failed to hit the target, slicing her shot over the bar.
With Bohs chasing the equaliser, Peamount grabbed their second of the afternoon with a wonderful free flowing team move. Doyle, again at the heart of it, strode through the midfield before slipping in Kate Mooney behind the Bohs rearguard.
The ex-DLR Waves striker made no mistake finishing brilliantly past the onrushing Kelly at an angle, capping a fine performance up front and sealing the victory.
In the day's early kick-off, Shelbourne suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at home against Galway.
Shels got off to the perfect start when Jessica Stapleton gave them the early lead, scoring from a corner after just three minutes as she headed home from point blank range at the far post.
The hosts were unable to build on that lead however and Galway put together a second-half fightback which saw them turn the game on it's head inside three minutes.
Aoife Thompson levelled for the visitors on the 56th minute when she took advantage of some mix-up in the Shelbourne defence to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball home.
Two minutes later and Galway had hit the front courtesy of an expertly struck free-kick from Jenna Slattery.
Shelbourne were handed a boost with just over 20 minutes to go when Gemma McGuinnes was sent-off for a second-yellow card but they were unable to force their way back into the game.
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Treaty United came behind at Sligo Rovers to earn their first win of the season. Emma Dohery put the Bit O'Red three minutes before half-time with a good strike, but Ciara Griffin levelled on 62 minutes with a lovely chipped finish and Hannah Saidi poked home eight minutes from the end to snatch the victory.
DLR Waves and Athlone Town played out a nil-all draw at the UCD Bowl. That reslt left both teams on four points with three games player.