Women's National League Round-Up: Peamount United warm up for Cup final with 9-1 rout of Cork

Mon, Oct 29 2018

Megan Smyth-Lynch (pictured) opened the scoring direct from a corner. Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

Peamount United go into next season's FAI Cup final in a rich vein of form after they closed off their Women's National League campaign with an emphatic 9-1 win away to Cork City.

The Peas led 6-0 at the break and added three more in the second half to ensure they finish the season as top scorers with 77 – an astonishing 3.7 goals per game.

Amber Barrett scored a hat-trick – her seventh of the season – to take the golden boot for the season with 30 goals, three clear of Wexford Youths' Rianna Jarrett.

Aine O'Gorman scored twice, while Megan Smyth-Lynch, Dearbhaile Beirne, Karen Duggan and Eleanor Ryan Doyle were also on target, while Rachel O'Regan got a consolation for Cork.

Peamount's opponents in next Sunday's final, Wexford, were much-changed for their final game as they were held to a 1-1 draw by UCD Waves at Jackson Park.

A late goal from Sinéad Gaynor snatched a point for the impressive Students after Wexford had taken the lead when Ally O'Keefe turned Katrina Parrock's shot into her own net.

A double from Isibeal Atkinson and goals from Jamie Finn and Alannah McEvoy earned Shelbourne a 4-0 home win over Kilkenny United, having been scoreless at the break.

And Galway finished with a resounding 7-1 win over Limerick at Eamonn Deacy Park in a game officiated entirely by the referee after no assistant officials showed up.

Aoife Thompson scored four, Lucia Lobato once and there were two own goals as the Tribeswomen wrapped up a fourth-placed finish, equalling their best-ever placement from the 2015/16 season.