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Peamount United today became the first ever Irish women's side to emerge from the UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying phase following an emphatic 5-1 victory over Pärnu of Estonia.

Peamount United today became the first ever Irish women's side to emerge from the UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying phase following an emphatic 5-1 victory over Pärnu of Estonia.


The Dublin outfit now advance to the round of 32 knock-out phase where they will meet some of Europe's biggest teams such as Arsenal, Lyon and Frankfurt.


Despite losing 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano in their opening game courtesy of a 91st minute strike, Peamount bounced back in emphatic style with a 7-0 victory over Slovenian opposition, Krka who hosted the four team tournament.


Today's 5-1 victory ensured that Peamount United created history as the first Irish team to qualify for the Champions League proper courtesy of a best runner-up spot across the eight qualifying groups.
Rachel Jenkins put Peamount ahead in the 5th minute while Sara Lawlor stunned the Estonian opposition with two quick-fire goals in the 30th and 33rd minute.


Ivanova pulled a goal back for Pärnu in the 56th minute but Irish international striker, Stephanie Roche killed off any hopes of a late comeback with two goals in the 80th and 92nd minute which also ensured the elusive runner-up spot with a superior goal difference.


Peamount United: Linda Meehan (GK), Nicola Sinnott, Grace Murray, Byrne Susan Byrne, Rachel Jenkins, Louise Quinn (C), Wendy McGlone, Sara Lawlor, Karen Duggan, Stephanie Roche, Denise O'Sullivan.


Substitutes: Sarah Finnerty (GK), Emma Donohoe, Ruth Comerford, Claire Walsh, Cathriona Dunne, Amanda Parkes (on for Byrne, 62 mins), Julie Russell (on for McGlone, 71 mins)

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