Cork City are through to the semi-final of the Continental Tyres Women’s Development Shield as they defeated Limerick 2-1 at Bishopstown on Thursday night.

Goals from Hannah O’Donoghue and Saoirse Noonan was enough to seal City’s place in the final four of competition at the expense of Limerick, who responded in vain through a Marie Curtin penalty.

This was the second meeting between the two Munster Rivals in just five days following their scoreless draw in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League match at Market’s Field on Sunday afternoon.

City started this match brightly and they almost took the lead within the opening two minutes but after racing on to Hannah O’Donoghue’s through ball, Eadoin Lyons’ effort was well saved by Limerick keeper Karen Connolly.

But there was nothing Connolly could do to stop the FAI Cup winners from taking the lead after just five minutes as O’Donoghue found the net with a superb finish.

The midfielder used her pace to latch on to Danielle Burke’s sensational defence-splitting pass before coolly tucking the ball past the visiting keeper and into the corner.

Limerick created their first opportunity just shy of the quarter of an hour mark but Cork goalkeeper Eve Badana produced an excellent save to stop Rebecca Horgan’s strike from the edge of the box.

And just shy of the half an hour mark, City again went close to scoring but after receiving Eadoin Lyon’s neat pass, Katie McCarthy was desperately unlucky to see her shot hit the post.

But the Leesiders would finally grab the second goal that their performance deserved as Saoirse Noonan found the target with 31 minutes on the clock.

Noonan was the hero in the first ever league meeting between these two sides back in the middle of March as her two incredible strikes saw City come from behind to seal the three points.

And she continued to be a torn in Limerick’s side here as she expertly drilled Maggie Duncliffe’s corner past the helpless Karen Connolly with her head from close range.

The striker again went close with a header shortly after the half-time interval but she could only direct Nathalie O’Brien’s free-kick wide of the goal frame.

Limerick, to their credit, continued to battle in search of a way back into the contest and their attitude was rewarded as they were given a penalty after Rebecca Horgan was fouled inside the area.

Marie Curtin took the responsibility and calmly stroked the ball past Eve Badana to give the Shannonsiders hope of completing a comeback.

Badana had to be at her best to tip Horgan’s attempt over her own bar as Limerick pressed for a leveller late on but it wasn’t enough to stop Cork progressing to the final four of the Shield.

CORK CITY: Eve Badana, Mary Barrett, Maggie Duncliffe, Ciara McNamara, Nathalie O’Brien, Danielle Burke, Eadoin Lyons, Kate O’Donovan (Danielle Sheehy 61), Katie McCarthy, Hannah O’Donoghue (Christina Dring 56), Saoirse Noonan.

LIMERICK: Karen Connolly, Megan Carroll (Sabrina McCarthy 63), Marie Curtin, Therese Hartley, Carys Johnson, Megan Kelleher, Rebecca Horgan, Lauren Keane, Sophie Gleeson, Aisling O’Connor (Sophie Hudner 81), Jane Anne McKevitt (Alanna Morris 63).

Referee: Ricky Crean.

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