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WNL Round-up: Cork City win third game on the bounce while Peamount see off Shels to maintain perfect record

Sat, Apr 20 2019

Christina Dring (right) celebrates her goal with Éabha O'Mahony as Cork made it three wins in three. Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

Updated April 21st, 22.51pm

Peamount United remain top of the Women’s National League on goal difference after seeing off title rivals Shelbourne 2-0 in Greenogue on Saturday night.

Wexford Youths kept pace with the west Dublin side thanks to a 2-0 win of their own over bottom-of-the-table Kilkenny United, while Galway saw off DLR Waves 3-0 at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Goals in either half from former Irish international pair Áine O’Gorman and Karen Duggan saw the Peas maintain their 100% record at the top of the table with five wins from five.

Captain O’Gorman broke the deadlock 12 minutes before half time when she raced onto Amber Barrett’s through ball before deftly chipping the ball over the advancing Amanda McQuillan.

Ireland international Emily Whelan could have equalised for Shels before the break, but she blasted her shot over the bar.

Megan Smyth-Lynch nearly doubled the Peas advantage after the break but her dipping shot from 30 yards was tipped around the post by McQuillan.

From the resulting corner, Smyth-Lynch found the head of midfielder Duggan, who found the net with a downward header to record her first goal of the season.

Champions Wexford made surprisingly hard work of their time with pointless Kilkenny at Ferrycarrig Park, only sealing victory with five minutes to go through substitute Blessing Kingsley.

Youths led as early as the seventh minute with Ireland striker Rianna Jarrett as met McKenna Davidson’s cross with a fine first-time finish to stretch her tally for the season to nine.

Under-19 international Kingsley eventually settled Wexford nerves late on as she netted her first-ever senior goal after charging down a clearance and slotting the ball home.

In Galway, Aoife Thompson maintained her record of having scored in every game so far this season to cap off a comfortable win at the expense of DLR Waves.

Both sides had chances in a competitive first half but it was the home side who drew first blood when Chloe Singleton blasted home Lucia Lobato’s centre.

Lynsey McKee doubled Galway’s advantage on the hour with a fine solo effort, before Thompson nicked her fourth of the season when Waves failed to deal with a corner.

In the weekend’s final game, Cork City edged out Limerick 1-0 at Fairview Rangers as Christina Dring struck late for the second game in a row.

The home side - playing in Fairview due to maintenance work at the Markets Field - played more than half the game with ten players after Megan Kelleher was sent off.

The former City defender was caught in possession by Katie McCarthy and hauled down the striker, and referee Adam Walsh brandished the red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

It seemed City would still have to settle for just a point before Dring took Éabha O'Mahony's cross and volleyed past Karen Connolly to make it three wins on the bounce for Rónán Collins' side, who move back into fourth.