Champions Raheny United were given an early scare from newcomers Galway WFC before emerging with a hard-earned 4-2 victory in the Bus Éireann Women’s National League at Morton Stadium on Sunday.
Lisa Casserly gave the Galwegians a surprise lead in the seventh minute and Raheny did not level matters until U19 international Clare Shine found the net in the 44th minute.
A spell of domination early in the second-half turned the tide in favour of Terry Eviston's side. Seana Cooke put United ahead in the 56th minute while Sinead O'Farrelly extended that lead on the hour.
Noelle Murray looked to have wrapped it up with a 76th minute penalty but Becky Walsh brought it back to 4-2 three minutes later. Raheny were content to hang on for the three points.
Peamount United got back on track with an emphatic 6-1 away victory over Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park.
The Peas stormed into an early lead with Emily Cahill and Sara Lawlor making it 2-0 by the 16th minute with both goals coming from poorly defended corners.
Julie-Ann Russell made it 3-0 in the 31st minute then Wexford fell further behind when Stephanie Roche volleyed home three minutes into the second-half. Ruth Comerford added another for Peamount in the 51st minute.
Ciara Rossiter pulled one back for the Model County side in the 76th minute but Roche added her second in the 85th minute to seal a lopsided result.
Meanwhile, Castlebar Celtic secured a 2-0 over DLR Waves at Celtic Park. Deirde Doherty opened the scoring in the fifth minute with low shot from outside of the box.
Under 19 international Sarah Rowe made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute with a brilliant strike from distance.
Elsewhere, Shamrock Rovers recorded their first win of the season when they beat Cork Women's FC 6-1 at the AUL. Julie Conlon opened the scoring for the Hoops in the ninth minute after Rosie Maguire laid the ball back to Conlon.
Michelle Browne levelled for Cork in the 11th minute but Rosie Maguire really stamped her authority on the game with an impressive hat-trick.
Laura Chambers made it 5-1 in the 76th minute before Riona Cullen finished off a memorable day for Rovers when she fired home after an excellent passing move.
The Bus Éireann Women’s National League fixture between Cork Women's FC and Wexford Youths originally scheduled for Sunday, 20 October at Bishopstown will now take place on Saturday, 19 October at St Colman’s Park, Cobh with a kick-off time of 7.00pm.