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Raheny United landed the FAI Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup for the first time with a last minute Katie McCabe winner.

A dramatic final was decided in the 120th minute as McCabe slotted home her fifth league cup goal of the season for the Panda’s.

McCabe came closest to opening the scoring in just the fourth minute with a speculative effort that came back off the Peamount post.

The Raheny hotshot bagged her 32nd goal of the season in all competition to give the Panda’s the lead after 10 minutes from the penalty spot. Referee Paula Brady adjudged Anna McCormack fouled McCabe as she raced in on goal and McCabe picked herself up to slot the spot kick home.

Peas were on level terms within five minutes. U17 international Eleanor Ryan-Doyle attacked down the right wing attack and set Claire Kinsella free to fire home across goal.

Peas had a more fluid approach in the opening half, as Slyvia Gee, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Linda Douglas and Hayley Nolan all combined across midfield.

Raheny needed Irish international goalkeeper Niamh Reid-Burke at her best on 28 minutes to deny a long range Gee strike in the Tolka Park sunshine.

Claire Shine couldn’t finish for the Pandas three minutes into the second half as the ball got stuck under her feet and two minutes later she hooked a corner over the bar.

The Peas struck with a classic counter, with just 10 minutes remaining. Eleanor Ryan-Doyle’s tricky run set Sinead Taylor through and she rounded Reid-Burke before scoring to leave Peamount on the verge of a third League Cup win.

But Raheny were not to be out done and showed a never say die attitude which culminated in a dramatic last gasp equaliser five minutes into stoppage time. Shanua Newman’s 35 yard free-kick was blasted at Pea’s keeper Brooke Dunne who couldn’t hold it and U17 international skipper Jamie Finn pounced quickest to blast the ball high into the net and send the game into extra-time.

Raheny came the closest to finding the net in extra-time as both teams tired. Siobhan Killeen’s magic produced a chance from nothing on 95 minutes but Claire Shine couldn’t stretch enough to finish it.

The game seemed destined for penalties when Katie McCabe raced onto a long ball, held off Emma Byrne and Anna McCormack, and poked the ball past Broke Dunne for the winner and 33rd goal of the season in all competitions as Raheny took the League Cup for the very first time.

 

Raheny United: Reid-Burke, Keenan, Walsh, Slattery, Dwyer (Rowe 68), Killeen, Shine (Brierley 107), Newman, McCabe, Creagh (Lynch 84), Finn.

 

Peamount United: B.Dunne, Gargan, Traynor (Byrne 80), McCormack, Doyle, Nolan, Gee, Kinsella, Douglas (M.Dunne 105), Ryan-Doyle, Cullen (Taylor 56).

 

Referee: Paula Brady

 

 

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