Eleanor Ryan-Doyle admitted she turned away from her match-winning extra-time strike against Shelbourne on Saturday evening as they thought the keeper had saved it.

Ryan-Doyle stood stunned with her back to goal when she learned her sweetly-struck volley had eventually its way past Shels keeper Amanda McQuillan.

McQuillan had gotten a strong hand to initial strike – which was all the more impressive as the midfielder caught it on the turn – and pushed it onto the bar.

There was nothing the keeper could do about the wicked bounce the ball took off the AUL Complex pitch and could only watch it spin into the net – which was more than Ryan-Doyle saw of it.

“To be honest, I took the strike and turned my back because I thought it went over the bar,” Ryan-Doyle said after the match.

“I just saw everybody sprint to me and it went in. I was [overwhelmed]. To score a goal in the last minutes of extra time is something else.”

The Peas had run out comfortable 4-1 winners over Shels at the FAI National Training Centre in their first match of the season.

This was always likely to be a more closely-fought affair and so it was after Shelbourne took an early lead through captain Noelle Murray's clinically-dispatched spot kick.

It took Peamount until the third minute of stoppage time to force an equaliser through a brilliantly-taken strike from Irish international Aine O'Gorman, and the visitors pushed on in extra time.

Shels tried in vain to rescue an equaliser in the second half of extra time but found the Peas' defensive discipline too hard to break.

“We knew they were always going to be tough competition, but they're always tough and we just fought to the end.”

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