Peamount United manager James O’Callaghan expressed his delight with his side's first away win of the Só Hotels Women’s National League season with a well-deserved but hard-fought victory over Limerick at the Markets Field on Sunday.

As the final whistle sounded around the Garryowen venue, the scoreboard read 4-0 in favour of the visitors, and O’Callaghan was quick to praise his girls for eventually breaking down a resilient young Limerick side.

“I’m delighted with the result - good three points. It was a tough game, especially the first half - the conditions with the wind. Everything we got, we really earned it,” he said.

Limerick, afresh from their 5-0 away defeat to Shelbourne , in which all five goals came in the second half, seemed happy to sit back in the opening minutes against a very experienced Peamount side.

Despite this, Peas ultimately found the breakthrough just shy of the half hour mark, and as Limerick went in search of that all important equaliser in the second half, the visitors began to find their stride.

“They were very defensive, Limerick,” said O’Callaghan.

“They were well organised, they were very compact with five at the back, and they were dropping off us.

“So, they made it very difficult for us, especially in the first half,” he added.

Following the restart, as the likes of Amber Barrett and Áine O’Gorman began to find space and link up well, the Newcastle side added a further three goals.

“In the second half I thought we moved the ball quicker from side to side. We found more gaps in behind them and we got the goals,” said the relieved Peamount boss.

Full of praise for his battling opponents, O’Callaghan reiterated Limerick manager David Rooney’s recent thoughts that experience is crucial for any side who are looking to progress and pick up regular results in the Women’s National League.

“I think Dave’s team is a very good up-and-coming side – there are a lot of very good players in that team. Give them a season or two at this level,” said O’Callaghan.

“Expose them to the more senior players and they are really going to do well. In fairness, today they were really good. Our girls had to really work hard.

“I had to give a little bit of a talking-to, to our girls at half-time to improve our performance,” he admitted.

In light of this, the upbeat Peamount manager uttered his relief with the end result, which ensured that the South Dublin side maintained their perfect start to the season ahead of their home clash with the league champions this Saturday.

“With last week’s game [versus Galway WFC] called off, we were probably a little bit rusty but that is two wins out of two for us.

“We have Wexford next so all our focus will go into playing Wexford this week,” he said.

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