Peamount United manager James O'Callaghan wore a satisfied smile after steering his side to an impressive 1-0 win over Wexford Youths in their Só Hotels Women’s National League top-of-the-table clash at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening.

Eleanor Ryan-Doyle stylishly scored the only goal of the game 11 minutes before the break, although the visitors could easily have been two or three to the good at the interval, such was their dominance in the first-half.

O'Callaghan agreed with that assessment, saying he was delighted with how they weaved a host of quality moves together and managed to carve open the Youths defence.

“I thought in the first-half we were really good. There was a good high tempo to our play. We were keeping the ball in play and moving it quickly and we got a goal which was great, and we hit the post as well, so we could have had one or two more,” he said.

The second-half was a more even affair, and although Peamount largely kept the hosts at arm's length they did have to survive one major scare just before the end, when goalkeeper Naoisha McAloon had to claw the ball away before seeing it rattle her crossbar.

The Peas manager said he breathed a massive sigh of relief after that let-off but believed it was a slice of good fortune his side thoroughly deserved.

“I thought the second-half was 50-50 and Wexford threw a lot at us near the end. I don't know how it didn't go in to be honest, but we got that bit of luck. We don't often get it down here. We've come down here a good few times and got no luck at all, but that was a massive chunk of luck we got there at the end,” he said.

Despite making it 11 wins from 11 league outings and moving eight points clear of the champions and ten ahead of Shelbourne, who have a game in hand, a position which in most people's eyes makes them unstoppable in the title race, O'Callaghan refuses to get carried away and says his team will live by the old adage that your next game is the most important.

“It's a big result but it's only halfway into the season so I've just told the girls we'll take one game at a time. We've Kilkenny next week so that's all we'll be focusing on now. We're in a nice position but we won't look too far into the future,” he said.

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