Bus Eireann Women's National League Cup Final

Shamrock Rovers 0-1 Peamount United

Peamount United won the Bus Eireann Women's National League cup final with a narrow victory over Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium today (Sunday).

The triumph, secured by a Stephanie Roche winning goal on 33 minutes, completes the league and cup double for the west Dublin side after they had finished top of the Bus Eireann Women's National League.

Rovers pushed their opponents all the way on their home patch at Tallaght yet couldn't turn their second half possession into many clearcut chances.

Both teams were slow to get going, with Peamount's Caroline Thorpe first to threaten when her shot from the edge of the area yards sailed over.

Peas' skipper Louise Quinn tried her luck on the half hour with a long-range free-kick that Sarah Devlin comfortably dealt with.

Roche was starting to become more prominent in attack and she broke the deadlock.

Wendy McGlone fed a pass from the left to Sarah Lawlor, whose lay-off along the edge of the box was struck first-time by Roche high into the top corner of the near post.

More chances were fashioned by Peamount approaching the break, with Devlin denying Roche and Thorpe's effort clipping the crossbar.

Rovers had more purpose to their play after the break, allowing Niamh Connelly and Noelle Murray licence to roam forward more from midfield.

Unlocking Peamount's offside trap was their biggest challenge and, when they did, Linda Meehan was swift to advance from her goal to avert the danger.

The league champions had two opportunities in a minute to extend their lead. Substitute Caroline Healy drew a save by Devlin on 65 minutes before Thorpe's was once again thwarted by the post when her chip beat the 'keeper.

Seven minutes later, Murray's corner at the other end caused danger though Orlagh Nolan couldn't get a proper connection on her header and the opening went amiss. Dora Gorman could have settled it for Peamount moments after when sent clear but her drive brushed the crossbar and went over.

It was frantic stuff during the closing stage and, in stoppage time, a cross by Rovers substitute Zara Dillon broke kindly for Rachel Jenkins eight yards out yet her instinctive shot was gathered by Meehan.


SHAMROCK ROVERS: S. Devlin; N. Sinnott, C. Conlon, J. Ennis (L. Chambers 83), L. Hayden; N. Nolan (A. Moloney 65), N. Connelly, N. Murray; O. Nolan, R. Jenkins, G. Walsh (Z. Dillon h/t)

PEAMOUNT UNITED: L. Meehan; M. Haughton, S. Byrne, L. Quinn, S. McGlone (C. Healy 50); C. Thorpe, C. Mustaki (J. Ferrari 78), D. Gorman, W. McGlone; S. Roche, S. Lawlor.

REFEREE: Christine Buckley

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Peamount went into today’s round of matches knowing they just needed to avoid defeat to be confirmed as the Bus Éireann Women’s National League Champions and their 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers was enough to see them through. Raheny finished the season on a high with a 5-2 victory over Castlebar and Cork confirmed themselves as third placed finishers with a 1-1 draw at home with Wexford.


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