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U.C.D Waves kept their hopes of winning the Continental Tyres Women’s National League title alive as they comprehensively defeated Cork City Women’s 5-0 in Bishopstown on Wednesday evening.

An excellent hat trick from the impressive Aine O’Gorman and a brace from Keran Duggan was enough to deservedly earn U.C.D the victory that sees them remain in third place but close the gap on league leaders Wexford Youth Women’s to just two points.

The visitors made the brighter start and it was Keran Duggan who had the game’s first shot in anger but her ambitious long range effort sailed harmlessly wide of the target.

Waves maintained the pressure on the City goal, forcing five successive corners in the opening exchanges but City defended well to deny them the opener.

U.C.D continued to dominate and they were unfortunate not to take the lead just shy of the quarter of an hour mark.

Dearbhaile Beirne’s superb cross from the left was directed towards goal by Orla Nolan but the U.C.D number ten was unlucky to see her neat attempt crash against the far right post.

The host’s first meaningful opportunity of the match came moments later when Clare Shine secured possession in the middle of the park before charging at the student’s rear guard.

The forwards run took her to the edge of her opponent’s box but her powerful effort was well saved by goalkeeper Erica Turner.

But it was U.C.D who looked the more likely to ending the stalemate and they almost did just that midway thought the first half.

Winger Chloe Mustaki’s superb corner found Dearbhail Beirne in the middle but her fine looping header clipped the top of the crossbar.

The Dublin club weren’t to be denied for too much longer as they finally snatched the opener that their performance merited shortly before the half time interval.

Another dangerous corner, this time delivered by Orla Nolan, broke kindly to Keran Duggan in the penalty area and she made no mistake, drilling into the net from close range.

Waves started the second half in a similar manner to how the ended the first as they quickly doubled their advantage.

And again it was Duggan who got it as her stunning strike from distance sailed into the roof of the net despite the best efforts of City keeper Amanda Budden.

Waves all but made sure of the three points after 66 minutes when Aine O’Gorman notched her first of the game from the penalty spot.

Karen Duggan was fouled in the box but rather than attempt to complete her hat trick, it was left to O’Gorman to fire the ball into the top right corner.

O’Gorman added a fourth with the game drawing to a conclusion as she expertly chipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper when through on goal.

And the talented attacker completed the scoring, snatching her third and her sides fifth in injury time when she again powered past Amanda Budden when through one on one with the shot stopper.

CORK CITY WOMENS: Amanda Budden, Nathalie O’Brien, Danielle Burke (Courtney O’Keefe 80), Maggie Duncliffe, Ciara McNamara, Stacey Paul (Ann Lehmann 72), Danielle Sheehy, Christina Dring, Ciara Desmond (Tara O’Gorman 60), Clare Shine, Saoirse Noonan.

U.C.D Waves: Erica Turner, Jetta Berrill (Sophie O’Donoghue 75), Keran Duggan, Clare Walsh (Roisin McGovern 77), Rebekah Carroll, Chloe Mustaki, Dearbhail Beirne, Aine O’Gorman, Orla Nolan, Sinead Gaynor, Chelsea Snell.

Referee: Jason Mannix.

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