Cork City Womens progressed to the semi- finals of the Continental Tyres FAI Women’s Senior Cup as they edged past Peamount United 3-2 in an enthralling contest at Bishopstown on Saturday evening.

Goals from Clare Shine and Ciara McNamara before a second half strike from Saoirse Noonan was enough to see the City Women’s progress to the final four of the cup at the expense of Peamount, who twice reduced the deficit through Amber Barrett and Heather Payne.

Cork City started the game ten points and four places behind their opponents in the Women’s National league having played a game more but they made a dream start here as they took the lead after just three minutes.

The impressive Clare Shine took control of possession following a neat interchange before drilling a sensational, dipping effort into the roof of the net from 25 yards.

The home side ought to have doubled their advantage moments later when Saoirse Noonan sent Danielle Sheehy through on goal but the winger could only drill her effort over from a tight angle.

Peamount finally threatened to snatch a leveller on ten minutes but Sarah McKevitt couldn’t rise high enough to head in Lauren Kealy’s excellent cross from close range.

That miss proved costly as with just over a quarter of an hour on the clock, Cork doubled their lead through Ciara McNamara.

Danielle Sheehy’s dangerous corner eventually broke to McNamara at the back post and the defender made no mistake, tucking her strike in off the near upright.

The visitors responded well to that set back and they reduced the arrears midway through the first half following an excellent attacking move.

Sarah McKevitt picked up the ball on the left wing before clipping a sensational pass in behind the City rear guard towards Amber Barrett, who calmly curled into the bottom right corner when through on goal.

City twice went close to restoring their two goal lead either side of the half time interval but both Danielle Sheehy and Clare Shine’s ambitious shots from distance were saved by United goalkeeper Naoisha McAloon.

But the Leesiders finally grabbed their third of the game on 49 minutes when Saoirse Noonan powered Clare Shine’s neat lay off into the net from a few yards out.

Shine ought to have made it four on the hour mark but after a fine first touch, the forward thumped over with only the keeper to beat.

Peamount set up a grand stand finale with 17 minutes remaining when Heather Payne rifled a stunning strike from distance across the goalkeeper and into the far top left corner.

And United somehow failed to level the scores in injury time with the normally clinical Amber Barrett inexplicably slicing wide from a few yards after rounding the goalkeeper as City march on to the semis.

CORK CITY WOMENS: Amanda Budden; Kate O’Donovan, Ciara McNamara, Maggie Duncliffe, Daniel Burke; Katie McCarthy, Meghan Bourque; Danielle Sheehy (Ciara Desmond 92), Saoirse Noonan, Christina Dring (Angie Carry 74); Clare Shine.

PEAMOUNT UNITED: Naoisha McAloon; Lauryn O’Callaghan, Niamh Barnes, Chloe Moloney, Lauren Kealy (Clare Kinsella 65); Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Megan Lynch; Heather Payne, Niamh Farrelly, Sarah McKevitt; Amber Barrett.

Referee: Ricky Crean.

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