Galway WFC turned in a dominant Continental Tyres Women’s National League performance to beat Kilkenny United WFC 5-1 at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Billy Clery’s charges will be delighted to keep their good run of form going which sees them with just one league defeat in their last six, especially positive considering that their FAI Shield final showdown with UCD Waves is on the horizon.

They started brightly when Player of the Match Aislinn Meaney tested Tamara Furlong early on with two chances in quick succession.

Sylvia Gee responded for the visitors from a 25-yard free-kick that was hit straight at Tina Hughes between the Galway posts, but the flurry of goals for the hosts would soon begin thanks to a 17th-minute strike from Meaney that saw her dribble past three players down the left flank before coolly slotting past the ‘keeper.

The next goal occurred on the half-hour mark when a scramble inside the box from a corner saw captain Meabh De Burca capitalise on the mayhem to produce a well-struck effort from close-range that flew into the net.

Less than 10 minutes later and the ‘Galway Girls’ had added another – Aoife Brennan bent a wickedly accurate strike from 20 yards that flew over Furlong to give her side an unassailable lead, but events were to get even worse for Casey McQuillan’s troops when Galway added a fourth in the 44th minute.

Lynsey McKey converted following some great link-up play from Sadhbh Doyle and Brennan saw the Galway no.17 pull the ball back into the path of the awaiting McKey who made no mistake by turning the ball home from six yards.

After the break, Galway could have grabbed another early on after Meaney was involved in a race against Furlong to reach a stray back-pass, but despite getting to the ball and rounding the stranded custodian she couldn’t convert from the tight angle having run wide with possession.

Kilkenny earned a consolation in the 59th minute when Leanne Payne popped to chip the ball into the net from a free kick. It sparked a mini-resurgence from the visitors – prompting ex-Republic of Ireland international Gee to have a couple of shots on goal that tested Hughes but couldn’t beat her.

Substitute Elle O’ Flaherty came close to adding another for the Tribeswomen when she hit the crossbar in the final 10 minutes from a difficult angle, but Clery’s troops would convert their fifth with four minutes left through Grainne Barrett to truly rub salt in the visitors’ wounds.

Galway WFC: Tina Hughes, Rachel Baynes (Aoife Walsh 64), Shauna Fox (Grainne Barrett 24), Keara Cormican, Meabh De Burca, Chloe Singleton, Aislinn Meaney, Tessa Mullins (Elle O’ Flaherty 46), Sadhbh Doyle, Aoife Brennan, Lynsey McKey

Kilkenny United WFC: Tamara Furlong, Cliona Ni She, Ciara Delaney, Erica Byrne, Karley Leavy, Beth Carroll, Leanne Tumulty (Nikki Plunket 50), Leanne Payne (Leanne Payne 86), Sylvia Gee, Sarah O’ Donoghue, Jennifer Chambers

Referee: Martin O’ Brien

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