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Billy Clery's Galway WFC side overcame Peamount United 5-1 thanks to four second-half goals.

 

The early exchanges went Peamount's way, with captain Amber Barrett fashioning a chance in the seventh minute after she cut inside from the right flank before firing a shot at goal which was blocked away for a corner - the set piece also came to nothing.

 

Peamount were in the mood to cause trouble when Megan Smyth Lynch played a reverse pass for Heather Payne but the striker's touch let her down when she looked to be through on goal in the 18-yard box.

 

It was the 'Galway Girls', however, who made the breakthrough after Aoife Brennan was taken down inside the box by Peamount's 'keeper Naoisha McAloon in the 22nd minute. Brennan herself stepped up to take the spot kick and dispatched it with ease to the right of the custodian.

 

James O' Callaghan's side responded in the 28th minute when Sarah McEvitt controlled a cross expertly from the right flank before dinking the ball over Tina Hughes to level the scores.

 

Following the restart, Galway earned a slice of luck when Grainne Barrett edged her side ahead, converting spectacularly directly from a corner kick that sailed past everyone and went in off the back post.

 

From there, Clery's charges gained a surge of confidence and two goals in the space of three minutes saw them establish an unassailable lead.

 

First, Jennifer Byrne scored inside the area to send the home fans wild before Brennan doubled her tally to all but seal the three points on a drizzly and breezy evening on the banks of the river Corrib.

 

The travelling contingent will be disappointed to not have made more of a contest in the second period, but Barrett missed a brace of sitters before substitute Louise Masterson forced Hughes into the save of the match, when she blasted a long-range screamer that looked destined for the back of the net only for Hughes to deny her with a graceful dive.

 

At the death, Lynsey McKey popped up to rifle an effort from distance after collecting a ball pumped long - the strike whistling past McAloon into the top corner to seal all three points.

 

Galway WFC: Tina Hughes, Jennifer Byrne, Alina Cheatham, Keara Cormican, Lynsey McKey, Meabh de Burca (Therese Hartley 85), Sadhbh Doyle, Lisa Csserly, Grainne Barrett, Aoife Brennan, Aislinn Meaney.

 

Peamount United: Naoisha McAloon, Jade Reddy (Doireann Fahy 60), Lauren Kealy (Lauryn O' Callaghan 60), Chloe Moloney, Emma Byrne, Lucy McCartan, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Megan Smyth Lynch (Louise Masterson 75), Sarah McEvitt, Amber Barrett, Heather Payne.

 

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