A brace from Republic of Ireland international Clare Shine was enough to give Cork City WFC their second Women's National League win of the season, triumphing 2-0 over Galway WFC at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Shine's first strike arrived in the eighth minute when the home team's defence fell asleep. Saioirse Noonan pounced on a ball played in behind the defence before lobbing Tina Hughes with a shot that looked destined to go wide before the Cork no. 10 pounced to turn it expertly home at the left post.
After that, there were half-chances for both teams. Cork's Laura Coughlan produced a shot in the 12th minute that was saved at close range. Minutes later, Noonan was again involved as it was her cut-back that caused panic in the Galway six-yard box and forced Aoife Walsh to produce a goalmouth clearance.
Lisa Casserly responded with the home team's first shot on target of the match in the 23rd minute, but it was comfortably dealt with by Amanda Budden. Alina Cheatham followed that up with a superb defence-splitting pass shortly after that Aislinn Meaney latched onto, but her first touch was poor and as the ball ran away from her, she collided with Budden who required treatment.
Following the restart, the 'Galway Girls' had a great opportunity to score from a free kick 20 yards put, positioned to the right of the goal but Lynsey McKey's drilled set-piece could only deflect off a body and go wide.
The travelling Cork contingent thought their lead had been doubled when Laura Coughlan rose highest to head home inside the centre of the area from a corner, but referee Marc Lynch ruled it out for an infringement.
Cork asserted themselves thereafter, but didn't score again. Danielle Sheehy showed great industry to dribble her way into the box, but failed to convert a one-on-one as Hughes made herself big at her near post to block the right-footed shot. Then, Shine almost doubled her tally with a shot from the edge of the area only for Hughes to again produce an excellent save.
Billy Clery's troops looked most dangerous from set-pieces and they almost pulled level in the 81st minute as Budden's punch clear from a free kick on the left flank landed only as far as Cheatham 10 yards from goal, but her instinctive volley was hit straight back at the Cork custodian.
However, it was Cork who had the final say, Shine finally scoring her second with virtually the last kick of the match, converting following a counter attack move after the defence had successfully dealt with a dangerous free kick.
Galway WFC: Tina Hughes, Aoife Wlash, Shauna Fox, Meabh de Burca, Lisa Casserly (Jennifer Chambers 88), Aislinn Meaney, Lynsey McKey, Rachel Baynes (Shaunagh Jackson 55), Tessa Mullins, Megan Carroll (Therese Hartley 65), Alina Cheatham
Cork City WFC: Amanda Budden, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Evelyn Daly, Saoirse Noonan, Clare Shine, Laura Coughlan, Megan Kelleher (Nathalie O' Brien 46), Meehan Bourque, Maggie Duncliffe, Danielle Sheehy


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