Peamount United manager James O’Callaghan insists the Newcastle club are taking it ‘one game at a time’ as a potential Women’s National League and FAI Cup double remains on the cards.
An 8-0 victory over DLR Waves on Sunday, shows the Peas have no intention of taking their foot off the gas with their final game of the season to come against Cork City on Sunday.
Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Megan Smyth-Lynch and substitute Chloe Moloney each scored doubles, with former Waves captain Áine O’Gorman was also on target for the league leaders at Jackson Park.
A win of any stripe over fifth-placed Cork City – whom they’ve beaten twice already this season – will confirm Peamount’s first title since the inaugural season in 2012.
“We always knew it would go down to the last match,” O’Callaghan told the Dublin Gazette.
“I thought Shels would have been favourites to beat Wexford in that game so we just had to concentrate on playing DLR today.
“I was really impressed with our girls – they put in a really good performance. The girls were just focused on today, making sure we got the three points.
“That’s all we were interested in. We weren’t worrying about any other scores. The girls just keep going.”
True to form, they left nothing to chance on an unseasonably sunny day in Kilternan, and took the lead inside the opening two minutes.
A Smyth-Lynch cross was turned on goal by Ryan Doyle and, despite the home sides’ protests, the referee’s assistant ruled it had crossed the line.
Cruel luck befell Waves once more on the 15-minute mark, as Katie Burdis was forced to intercept a Smyth-Lynch cross and turned it back into her own goal.
And Ryan Doyle doubled her tally with another smartly-taken finish, before the base of the post denied her a 30-minute hat-trick.
Captain O’Gorman made it four early in the second half before Smyth-Lynch scored her first with a pinpoint strike.
Smyth-Lynch’s corner found sub Chloe Moloney to add a sixth within minutes of her introduction, and the winger bagged her 17th of the season with another stunning strike.
O’Callaghan had the luxury of withdrawing Ryan Doyle after an hour to manage her fitness as a long season draws to a close, but will be concerned by a hamstring strain picked up by Lucy McCartan.
Moloney added goal number eight from another Smyth-Lynch corner at the death to leave Peas just two games away from a remarkable double.
O’Callaghan insisted that his side only have eyes for the next game against Cork City despite the carrot of exacting revenge for last season’s Cup final defeat to Wexford Youths.
“It was a great performance we put in against Shelbourne to get to the Aviva and we’re delighted with it. We’ve just got to focus on our next match against Cork to get the three points.”