Holders Peamount United got off to a solid start with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over DLR Waves in the opening game of their defence of Bus Éireann Women’s National League Cup this afternoon.
The Peas secured the three points in their Group Two fixture thanks to the goal-scoring prowess of their strike partners Stephanie Roche and Aine O'Gorman, who notched a brace.
It was O'Gorman who opened the scoring in the 20th minute by sprinting after a fine through ball and placing the ball neatly into the back of the net.
Peamount took that 1-0 lead into the interval and doubled it ten minutes after the restart when O'Gorman netted her second and Roche confirmed the result for the hosts in the 80th minute by getting on the end of a Ruth Comerford corner.
In the other Group Two fixture, Wexford Youths needed two late goals in order to squeeze past Cork Women's FC 2-0.
The Leesiders, who remain without a win or a draw so far this season, had a penalty shout turned down midway through the opening half, and the sides were tied level at 0-0 at the break.
The teams looked inseparable until an 88th minute goal from Ciara Rossiter for Wexford and Maria Delahunty added a goal deep into injury time.
In Group One, the most eye-catching result of all was that at Celtic Park where Castlebar inflicted an embarrassing 9-1 defeat on Shamrock Rovers.
Rovers, who were 3-0 down at half-time, had a second-half collapse which saw Sarah Rowe and Emma Mullin complete hat-tricks for the hosts – Mullins’ three goals coming in an eight minute spell late in the game.
Finally, Raheny United played their first game in the absence of Terry Eviston who reportedly stepped down from his position as team manager during the week.
United travelled into the west for what very nearly turned out to be a major upset against Galway WFC.
The home side took a surprising lead in the 36th minute through the excellent Lynsey McKey, before
Raheny striker Clare Shine found the net twice in the second half to complete a fantastic turnaround.
Despite being reduced to ten players when Noelle Murray was given her marching orders late on, Raheny dodged the bullet ran out as 2-1 victors.
National League Cup Results
Galway WFC 1-2 Raheny United
Castlebar Celtic Women’s 9-1 Shamrock Rovers
Peamount United 3-0 DLR Waves
Wexford Youths Women's AFC 2-0 Cork Women's FC