WNL: Shelbourne take control at top of table

by Aaron Dunne
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After a dominant 8-1 win over Cork City the previous weekend, Peamount were left frustrated by a determined Bohemians side, drawing 1-1 as they dropped two points at a wet and windy PRL Park on Saturday.

After early pressure by Peamount, the visitors soon settled into the game and took the lead on 27 minutes through Lisa Murphy’s looping header.

Stephanie Roche’s effort smashed the crossbar ten minutes after the restart, but she soon found the net to level the game. Murphy fouled Roche inside the box, and March’s Player of the Month scored from the spot, bagging her sixth goal this season.

Peamount had two late chances to nick all three points. Karen Duggan dragged her effort to the left and wide on 80 minutes, before Roche’s curling shot was well saved by Rachael Kelly, who was impressive all afternoon.

Elsewhere, Shelbourne went two points clear after a comprehensive victory over bottom-side Treaty United. The Limerick side endured a difficult afternoon, as Shelbourne remain unbeaten at Tolka Park this season.

Don O’Riordan’s side gave themselves a mountain to climb early on, as Shelbourne went 2-0 up inside the opening five minutes. Megan Smyth-Lynch’s fantastic cross from the left found Gloria Douglas, whose header flew into the corner. Two minutes later, Alex Kavanagh’s free-kick cracked the crossbar and Jessie Stapleton was first to pounce to make it 2-0.

Fabulous footwork from Abbie Larkin allowed her to cross to Saoirse Noonan on 22 minutes, who tapped in from close range. Noonan netted her second on the half hour mark before Douglas scored again mid-way through the second half. Trish Fennelly produced a terrific save on 75 minutes to deny Jess Gargan’s looping effort, as Shels saw out an emphatic win.

DLR Waves produced a dominant display at the UCD Bowl to keep the pressure on the top three with a 6-0 win over Cork City.

The hosts’ early pressure paid off as they took the lead on the half-hour mark. A Waves corner landed inside the six-yard box, and Katie Malone was first to stab the ball past McCarthy to put her side ahead.

Malone hit her second with a super strike into the top corner. She bagged a hat-trick just before the break before Kerri Letmon netted her first goal of the season, with a nice volley at the back-post just after the restart. With 20 minutes remaining, Avril Brierley capitalised on a Cork error and slotted the ball past McCarthy to put the hosts 5-0 up. Letmon scored her second late on to round off an impressive afternoon from the hosts.

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