Peamount United warmed up for the FAI Cup final in style as they comprehensively defeated Cork City 9-1 in Bishopstown on the final weekend of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League season.

United started the game on the front foot and they opened the scoring after just three minutes as Megan Smyth-Lynch beat the goalkeeper direct from a corner kick.

The visitors added a second moments later as Smyth-Lynch released Amber Barrett down the left wing and the Republic of Ireland international was fortunate to see her cross drop into the far top right corner.

Dearbhaile Beirne fired a brilliant effort into the bottom left corner to make it three before the FAI Cup finalists grabbed their fourth just shy of the quarter of an hour mark when Amber Barrett rolled Smyth Lynch’s unselfish pass into the back of the gaping net.

Peamount were enjoying themselves and they notched their fifth of the afternoon with a half an hour on the clock as Amber Barrett completed her hat-trick.

Aine O’Gorman saw a powerful effort brilliantly tipped onto the crossbar by City goalkeeper Eve Badana but Barrett was alert and nodded the rebound into the net from a few yards.

It was now just a matter of home many goals the visitors would score and they got their sixth when Karen Duggan planted her precise shot into the bottom left corner.

The League Cup winners made it 7-0 with an excellent finish from Eleanor Ryan-Doyle who volleyed Aine O’Gorman’s clipped pass into the far bottom left corner from the edge of the penalty area at the beginning of the second half.

On an incredibly disappointing afternoon for City, one positive they can take came courtesy of Rachel O’Regan, who scored her first goal for the club as she fired past Naoisha McAloon when through on goal.

But it was of little consequence as Peamount soon restored their seven-goal lead when Aine O’Gorman thumped Dearbhaile Beirne’s lay-off past the keeper from close range.

And O’Gorman completed the scoring late on as she again hammered Beirne’s unselfish pass into the net to seal the emphatic victory.

City end the campaign in fifth place while Peamount finish in third, nine points behind champions Wexford Youths who they face in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium next Sunday afternoon.

CORK CITY: Eve Badana, Nathalie O’Brien, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Eadaoin Lyons, Saoirse Noonan, Rachel O’Regan, Riona Crowley (Meghan Sheehan 67), Maggie Duncliffe, Katie McCarthy, Kate O’Donovan (Courtney O’Keefe 31).

PEAMOUNT UNITED: Naoisha McAloon, Lauryn O’Callaghan, Louise Corrigan, Niamh Barnes, Lucy McCartan, Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Karen Duggan, Aine O’Gorman, Dearbhaile Beirne, Amber Barrett (Sarah McKevitt 67), Megan Smyth Lynch (Jade Reddy 51).

Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan.

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