By Dave Donnelly
Noelle Murray scored the winner for a second game running as Shelbourne took a major step towards their first Women’s National League title since 2016 at Tolka Park.
The striker notched a dramatic winner in the fifth minute of injury time as the Reds got the better of champions Peamount in a seven-goal thriller on Saturday afternoon.
Cabra native Murray (inset) spoke to the Dublin Gazette last week following her spectacular winner against Cork City seven days earlier, and the confidence she spoke of within the camp was evident once again.
Saoirse Noonan notched an early double for Shels, while Emily Whelan was also on target, as the Drumcondra side moved three points clear of their Dublin rivals at the top of the table.
Peamount will have a chance to draw level should they beat Bohemians in their game in hand in Greenogue on Saturday but will know they’re truly in a title race now.
DLR Waves, meanewhile, continued their fine start to the season as they cemented fourth place with a 2-0 win away to Galway.
An own goal from Shauna Fox and one from Katie Malone saw Waves cruise to their sixth win of the season to keep up the pressure on the teams above them.
Elsewhere, Bohemians fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Cork City as Becky Cassin netted the only goal of the game in spectacular circumstances midway through the first half.
And Aoibheann Clancy scored an injury-time winner for Wexford Youths as they edged Treaty United.
Picture: Bernie O’Farrell : noelle murray of shels – (SPORTSFILE)