By Dave Donnelly
Peamount United returned to joint top of the Women’s National League, while DLR Waves continued their fine season with another win, on an eventful weekend in the capital.
Captain Aine O’Gorman (inset) scored a goal in either half as the champions saw off Bohemians to join Shelbourne on 28 points at the summit.
Elsewhere, Ciara Maher scored a spectacular late winner for Waves as Graham Kelly’s side remain within seven points of the top two with a narrow 1-0 defeat of Cork City.
The Kilnamanagh native has endured a frustrating couple of years with injury but the substitute looked back to her best as she picked out the top corner with just two minutes remaining. City keeper Abby McCarthy could have been forgiven for thinking there was little danger when the midfielder picked the ball up 25 yards out.
Maher took one touch to steady herself before smashing the ball over the outstretched arms of McCarthy, who had pulled off a string of outstanding saves, to send the home crowd into raptures.
The result ensures the south Dublin side go into Saturday’s derby with Shelbourne on the back of two wins, and the knowledge that a win would cut the gap between them to three points. It makes things so much easier because we’re up there in the table, instead of drawing and only getting a point,” Maher told the Dublin Gazette.
“Graham said just don’t let the standards drop a.”
Kelly added: “I thought we deserved the win – Cork were very good first half but I thought second half we controlled the game.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the three points – it brings us back in close, six points off Shels and Peamount now.
“Shels are top of the league – they’re a fantastic side and we know it’ll be a tough game. But we’ll go into it with confidence and see what happens.”
Saoirse Noonan’s Shels and keeper Niamh Reid-Burke’s
Peamount United can’t be seperated at the top of the
Women’s National League. Picture: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile
PHOTO CAPTION – Saoirse Noonan of Shelbourne with Peamount United goalkeeper Niamh Reid-Burke during the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League match between Shelbourne and Peamount United at Tolka Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile