Galway secured an impressive three points in the Só Hotels Women’s National League as they defeated Cork City 5-3 in an enthralling contest in Bishopstown last Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Lynsey McKey, Méabh De Burca, Chloe Singleton and an Aoife Thompson brace ensured Galway emerged victorious at the expense of a spirited Cork City side who responded in vain with finishes from Danielle Burke, Éabha O’Mahony and Christina Dring.

City started the game on the front foot and they took the lead inside the opening minutes thanks to a brilliant strike from Danielle Burke.

Rachel O’Regan’s clever lay-off allowed Nathalie O’Brien to swing a cross towards the back post and Burke was on hand to volley the ball past the goalkeeper.

But Galway responded perfectly to that set back as they levelled term in the fifth minute when Lynsey McKey incredibly beat the opposing keeper directly from a corner kick.

And they completed the turnaround moments later when Aoife Thompson intercepted a poor pass amongst the Cork rear-guard before slotting the ball into the back of the net for the third goal of the game in just eight minutes.

The match adopted a less frantic tempo as the half progressed and the best chance before the half time break fell to Eadoin Lyons could only send her header from Danielle Burke’s cross inches wide of the target.

The second half began in a similar manner to the first but on this occasion, it was the visitors who scored not long after the referee’s whistle.

Just twenty seconds after the restart, Chloe Singleton secured possession on the edge of the box and drilled a stunning shot past Maria O’Sullivan to double her side’s advantage.

The home side soon began to pile forward in numbers as they looked to get themselves back into the contest and they made it 3-2 with 52 minutes on the clock.

Republic of Ireland international Éabha O’Mahony followed Singleton’s lead as she picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and fired an unstoppable shot into the corner.

Rónán Collins quickly introduced attackers Saoirse Noonan and Katie McCarthy from the substitute’s bench and they both went close to grabbing an equaliser just after the hour mark.

Katie McCarthy saw a powerful effort saved well by Tina Hughes before the Galway number one reacted excellently to also stop Noonan’s rebound.

But they would finally make it 3-3 a couple of minutes later and McCarthy, who was recently nominated for the player of the month award for April was heavily involved.

Her pass in behind the defence found its way to Turner but the alert Christina Dring blocked her clearance and coolly rolled the ball across the line to set up a fascinating finale.

City remained in control of possession but as they went in search of a winner they left themselves exposed at the back.

Galway would punish them for that as they swiftly counter attacked their opponents and Méabh De Burca restored her side’s advantage with an expertly converted penalty and they secured the win late on thanks to a fine finish from Aoife Thompson for her second of the afternoon.

Cork City: Maria O’Sullivan, Nathalie O’Brien, Savannah McCarthy, Emma Farmer, Éabha O’Mahony, Maggie Duncliffe (Kate O’Donovan 90’), Zara Foley, Eadaoin Lyons (Saoirse Noonan 55’), Rachel O’Regan, Danielle Burke (Katie McCarthy 56’), Christina Dring.

Galway: Tina Hughes, Keara Cormican, Méabh De Burca, Chloe Singleton, Lynsey McKey, Sinead O’Donovan, Elle O’Flaherty, Lucia Lobato, Aoife Thompson, Sarah Baynes, Tessa Mullins.

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