** Peamount United’s Karen Duggan wins a midfield challenge with Galway’s Savannah McCarthy. Picture: Francis Kennedy-Beirne/Eirefoto
Galway WFC 0 v Peamount United 2
Peamount United kickstarted the second phase of the 2020 Women’s National League season by collecting another victory to maintain their slender two-point lead over Shelbourne.
The Greenogue club recorded a 2-0 win over Galway WFC in their Women’s National League clash behind closed doors at Deacy Park, Galway on Saturday with Aine O’Gorman hitting the high notes a couple of days out from Ireland’s vital European qualifier.
The Peas opening goal came in the 24th minute following an interception by Lucy McCartin. She slipped the ball to O’Gorman whose shot from 20 metres forced a tip-over from Galway goalkeeper Amanda Budden.
The resulting corner taken by Alannah McEvoy and was won in the air by Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, setting up the chance for O’Gorman to turn in from close range.
For the hosts, Lynsey McKee had an opportunity on the half-hour mark but an timely tackle from player of the match, Niamh Farrelly, caused her to hit her shot wide of Niamh Reid-Burke’s goal.
The game was subsequently settled in the 80th minute when a long throw from the left by Dearbla Beirne was helped on by Ryan-Doyle through a static Galway defence. The ball rolled to the feet of the incoming McCartin who hit the net.
Having played nine games, Peamount United top the WNL table on 24 points, two points ahead of their nearest rivals, Shelbourne FC.