Peamount United made it three wins from three at the start of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League as they narrowly defeated Cork City Womens at Bishopstown on Saturday evening.
An extraordinary strike from Lucy McCartan and an own goal from Cork’s Ciara McNamara, either side of a Saoirse Noonan leveller, was enough to see United earn the three points to maintain their winning start to the new season.
And it was the league leaders who began the game the better side and they took the lead within the opening minutes thanks to a stunning strike from Lucy McCartan.
After a surging run down the right flank from Eleanor Ryan Doyle, the wingers cross was cleared but only as far as McCartan, who fired a fine dipping effort into the far left corner from all of thirty yards.
City grew into the game as the half progressed but they struggled to break through Peamount’s stubborn defence, with striker Saoirse Noonan looking the homes sides’ best outlet.
The opening 45 minutes wasn’t one for the purists as genuine goal scoring chances were at a premium.
The visitors almost doubled their lead shortly before the half time interval but Louise Corrigan’s header from a corner was brilliantly tipped onto her own bar by City’s Amanda Budden.
The second half was a much livelier affair as Cork City snatched an equaliser just past the fifty minute mark.
Substitute Danielle Sheehy made an immediate impact as her superb cross from the right found the head of Saoirse Noonan but after her initial effort struck the cross bar, the forward was on hand to tuck in the rebound from close range.
But it took Peamount just nine minutes to restore their lead and it proved to be the match winner.
It also came thanks to a huge slice of good fortune as a hopeful ball into the City box was hacked clear by debutant Meghan Bourque before ricocheting off Ciara McNamara and into the bottom right corner.
City continued to pile forward in search of a second equaliser as the game drew to a close with Danielle Sheehy twice going close late on but attacker could drive both her attempts off target as Peamount held on.
Cork City WFC: Amanda Budden, Meaghan Bourque, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Stacey Paul, Katie McCarthy (Maggie Duncliffe 85), Evelyn Daly, Lauren Homan, Saoirse Noonan, Clare Shine, Ciara Desmond (Danielle Sheehy 45).
Peamount United WFC: Naoisha McAloon, Lauryn O’Callaghan, Lauren Kealy, Louise Corrigan, Chloe Maloney, Lucy McCartan, Niamh Farrelly, Clare Kinsella (Vanessa Hulllon 89), Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Jade Reddy (Emma Byrne 48), Heather Payne.
Referee: Sinead Forde.