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Killester Donnycarney’s Women’s FAI Cup dreams were extinguished by some international class.

by Jonny Stapleton
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Shamrock Rover’s Ireland World Cup star Abbie Larkin accounted for half of the Tallaght side’s massive eight-goal haul at the Tallaght Stadium on Saturday.

The Ringsend teen showed why she is being linked to a move to Bristol City with a finishing masterclass in the one-sided clash.

Rover’s manager Collie O’Neill showed the amateur side, who earned their spot in the competition by reaching the FAI Amateur Women’s Cup semi-finals, where they lost to eventual runners-up Bonagee United, massive respect by naming a near to full strength team.

As a result, the hosts were too strong for Killester and progressed with relative ease. Larkin stood out with four goals, while Jamie Thompson, Lia O’Leary, Joy Ralph, and Stephanie Zambre also got on the scoresheet.

Peamount United also progressed to the next round but not with the same ease.

The Newcastle side needed an Erin McLaughlin extra time to secure a spot in the second round.

McLaughlin cancelled out Treaty United’s 17th minute opener in normal time at the Markets Field. Aoife Cronin put the home side back in front before Kate Mooney leveled the tie once again, setting up McLaughlin to score a dramatic winner.


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