Peamount United closed the gap to Shelbourne Ladies at the top of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League to just one point as they defeated Cork City 5-0 at Bishopstown on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Heather Payne, Eleanor Ryan Doyle and a brilliant hat-trick from Aine O’Gorman was enough to earn Peamount the victory and inflict defeat on Ronan Collins in his first game in charge of City.

It was City who created the first opportunity of the match but following good build-up play from Saoirse Noonan, attacker Michelle O’Driscoll couldn’t beat the Peamount goalkeeper Niamh Reid Burke.

The visitors quickly gained control and they broke the deadlock after just four minutes through Heather Payne, who finished well following a swift counter-attack.

Peamount continued to pile players forward and they doubled their lead just a matter of moments later as Aine O’Gorman drilled an excellent strike into the bottom right corner from the edge of the penalty area.

City looked stunned and it wasn’t until the quarter of an hour mark that they next threatened to reduce the deficit but Saoirse Noonan’s long free kick drifted just off target.

Karen Duggan also tried her luck from distance just shy of the half hour but her powerful shot was well saved by Cork keeper Amanda Budden.

And with the first half drawing to a close, United finally doubled their lead as Aine O’Gorman grabbed her second of the afternoon with a clever finish.

The Republic of Ireland striker raced on to a superb through ball from Eleanor Ryan Doyle before rounding her Irish colleague Amanda Budden and calmly slotting into the empty net in front of the watching international manager Colin Bell.

Peamount remained in complete control in the second period and they scored their fourth just past the hour mark when Eleanor Ryan Doyle headed home Claire Walsh’s fine cross to grab the goal that her performance deserved.

But it wasn’t enough to earn her the player of the match award as that went to Aine O’Gorman, who completed her hat trick and the scoring with 20 minutes remaining.

The forward again found herself through one on one with the City goalkeeper and she made no mistake, coolly slotting the ball across Budden and into the bottom left corner to seal a comprehensive win for Peamount.

CORK CITY: Amanda Budden, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Courtney O’Keefe, Mary Barrett (Hannah O’Donoghue 54), Christina Dring, Saoirse Noonan, Michelle O’Driscoll (Eadaoin Lyons 76), Danielle Sheehy, Maggie Duncliffe, Katie O’Donovan (Amy McCormack 81).

PEAMOUNT UNITED: Niamh Reid Burke, Lauryn O’Callaghan, Louise Corrigan (Niamh Barnes 71), Chloe Moloney, Claire Walsh (Megan Smyth Lynch 64), Karen Duggan, Niamh Farrelly, Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Aine O’Gorman, Heather Payne (Sarah McKevitt 64), Lucy McCartan.

Referee: Keith Callanan.

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