The Peamount United FC team celebrate at the end of the FAI Women's U18 Cup Final. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile

PEAMOUNT United Under-18 manager Shay Martin praised his players for the dominant display that saw them crowned FAI Under-18 women’s champions with a 6-2 win over Cregmore Claregalway FC at Eamon Deacy Park last Sunday.
“It was a fantastic day and a fantastic performance from the girls. It was something they worked hard for all season and it was a well deserved win,” Martin told GazetteSport.
“Cregmore were a decent side. They played a bit of direct football but I think our football made the difference in the end. We outplayed them.”
He picked out Nicole Plunkett’s goal as indicative of the quality on display while Louise Masterson’s performance was another that caught the eye.
“The fifth goal was probably one of the better team goals. There was a lovely bit of passing then down the wing where Robyn [McEvoy] crossed it and Nicky [Plunkett] back-heeled it into the net. It was a really cheeky goal.
“It was a goal she [Masterson] deserved because she worked hard throughout the game and had plenty of chances but the keeper pulled off some good saves. She eventually got one in the end so we were delighted for her.”
Martin also believes that Cregmore saw favour from the referee for both their goals as the first was a penalty and the second came from an indirect free kick for an apparent back-pass.
“The two goals they got were controversial. For the second goal, the two of them came together and the ball went back towards the goalkeeper.
“Our player was adamant that she didn’t get a touch to it, that it was their striker who got the touch and our keeper picked the ball up, obviously believing that she could.”
With his players putting in such excellent performances, Martin is aware that he will likely lose some of his players to the club’s senior squad as they progress up the ranks.
“Their coach has said to me that there are four or five players that they would be interested in once the league is finished.
“In that squad alone, we have five players who play for the Ireland Under-17s and four players who play for the Ireland Under-16s so it is a really, really talented squad.”

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