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Peamount United manager James O'Callaghan heaped praise on new signings Aine O'Gorman and Karen Duggan after they played a key role in a 4-1 opening day win over Shelbourne.

The international pair, along with a third in defender Claire Shine, arrived from UCD Waves over the winter and were instrumental in a well-deserved win.

O'Gorman scored once in either half – a spectacular free kick into the top corner in the first and an outstanding long-range finish after the break – but it was Duggan who drew particular praise.

The midfielder was tasked with tracking Shelbourne captain Noelle Murray during the game and did so to great effectiveness while providing an attacking platform for those in front of her.

“Aine scored two great goals and she's getting a bit of the limelight, but Karen was marking Noelle, who is a phenomenal player,” said O'Callaghan.

“That was a great battle between two really good players. It was great to see them fighting against each other, and Karen had a good day.”

Amber Barrett and Sarah McKevitt were the other names on the scoresheet for the Peas as they raced into a four-goal lead just past the hour mark.

Leanne Kiernan, scored a late consolation for Danny Crowley's Shels side but they were powerless against the Peas' attacking prowess.

“Shelbourne can count themselves unlucky. They had the chance that hit the post and they had another one or two chances near the beginning of the game.

“Shelbourne are such a phenomenal side, you're always thinking they're going to get a goal, and if they get another goal they could be back in the game.

“The girls have to keep working for 90 minutes. They know there's a lot of competition on the bench from the other girls to come on.”

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