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A bright and sunny evening at Eamonn Deacy Park saw Peamount United extend their winning run to six games at the top of the Só Hotels Women’s National League with a hard fought 2-1 win over Galway on Saturday evening.

Peamount took the lead after 40 seconds when a tactful through ball from midfield played in Louise Masterson to split the defence. Masterson showed no hesitation and dinked the ball over Tina Hughes and into the net to give the visitors the lead.

With just ten minutes gone Peamount came close to doubling their lead when Claire Walsh met an Aine O’Gorman corner-kick with her head, but her effort whizzed just wide of the post.

The home side came close to scoring with their first effort of the game, on the quarter hour mark, after some great play by Elle O’Flaherty as she skipped passed the Peamount defence to lay the ball across to Lynsey McKey.

McKey turned in the box to avoid the pressure from centre-back Louise Corrigan, and just about nicked a pass off to Sinead Donovan with her shot drawing an excellent diving save from Naoisha McAloon.

Galway equalised on the 29th minute after a great free-kick by Sinead Donovan, from near the centre circle, found Tessa Mullins in the box. Mullins had nothing to do but to smash the ball past Peamount United’s McAloon, and the midfielder duly obliged, to bring the home side level.

United started early in the second half once again, on the 47th minute, when Eleanor Ryan-Doyle played a great pass into the path of Amber Barrett. Barrett had escaped the defence and could have had a great chance on goal but the forward lacked composure, on this occasion, and her effort blazed over the bar.

With 56 minutes gone Galway really should have taken the lead after a high ball was won in the air by Elle O’Flaherty and nodded into the path of Aoife Thompson. Thompson was one on one with McAloon in the Peamount goal but the striker’s shot was batted away to keep the sides level.

The game had somewhat cooled off in the second half but it was Amber Barrett who decided to take the game by the scruff of the neck on the 76th minute.

The forward took control of the ball and ran toward the box before rattling a shot off towards goal. Tina Hughes got a hand to it but the shot had enough on it to nestle in the top corner to clinch the three points for the visitors after a stunning individual effort from Barrett.

Galway WFC: Tina Hughes, Shauna Fox, Keara Cormican, Méadbh De Búrca, Lynsey McKey, Sinead Donovan, Elle O’Flaherty (Ailbhe Clancy, 87), Lucia Lobato, Aoife Thompson, Sarah Baynes (Rachel Baynes, 82), Tessa Mullins (Chloe Singleton, 45).

Peamount United: Naoisha McAloon, Lauryn O’Callaghan, Louise Corrigan, Claire Walsh, Dearbhille Beirne, Niamh Farrelly, Karen Duggan, Louise Masterson (Lucy McCartan, 67), Amber Barrett, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Aine O’Gorman.

Referee: Bartley Folan

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