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Galway Women’s FC kept the pressure on the top three sides in the Só Hotels Women’s National League thanks to a comfortable 6-1 win over Limerick FC Women at the Market's Field.

A brace from American striker McKenna Doyle, an own goal and goals from Sadbh Doyle, Aoife Thompson and Chloe Singleton ensured a well-deserved victory for Billy Clery’s side on Shannonside.

The visitors led 3-1 at the break, ensuring a mountain to climb for Dave Rooney’s young guns.

The promised rain fell in the second half but this didn’t stop Galway from adding a further three goals against a tiring and inexperienced Limerick side.

Billy Clery’s side hit the front through the towering Chloe Singleton after just eight minutes. The in-form winger lost her marker to meet a perfectly weighted Lynsey McKey corner to head home.

Minutes later, Galway were two goals to the good when McKenna Doyle tapped in from close-range after some impressive play from McKey, who got in behind the Limerick defence with ease.

Limerick responded well and pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to go before half-time.

A well-worked Sylvia Gee corner found Marie Curtin on the edge of the penalty area. Her effort was met by Shannon Parbat who somehow found the back of the net to give the hosts some hope.

However, just two minutes later Galway doubled their lead yet again as a lopping effort from Sadbh Doyle swung the momentum back in favour of the visiting side.

Just shy of the hour mark, another well-taken corner put the result beyond any doubt, a Limerick own goal making it 4-1 to the Tribeswomen.

In a bid to salvage something from the game, Limerick pushed forward but Galway took full advantage of this as Doyle grabbed her second goal of the afternoon.

The pacy striker beat Limerick’s high line before rounding Connolly to put four goals between the two sides.

With 15 minutes to go, Galway made it six as Lynsey McKee took possession of a superb through ball before squaring the ball to an alert Aoife Thompson who slotted home from close-range.

An excellent save from Karen Connolly with just five minutes remaining denied Billy Clery’s side a seventh.

Limerick: Karen Connolly; Yasmin Reeves Wasik; (Amber Kenny 77) Marie Curtin, Maura Shine (Gillian McKenna 56), Anna Shine (Rosie Young 56); Clodagh Doherty; Lauren Keane, Sylvia Gee, Chloe Connolly, Shannon Parbat; Mairead Teehan.

Galway: Rita McPhilpin; Sadbh Doyle (Leah Brady 61), Shauna Fox, Keara Cormican, Tessa Mullins; Rachel Baynes (Aislinn Meaney 73), Sinead Donovan, Lynsey McKey, Chloe Singleton; McKenna Doyle, Aoife Thompson.

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