Goals from Rachel O’Regan, Éabha O’Mahony and Saoirse Noonan saw Cork City to a deserved 3-1 win over DLR Waves in a monsoon at Jackson Park on Saturday night.

Substitute Kerri Letmon bagged a late consolation for the home side, who were looking to make it two wins from two following last week’s 2-1 victory at home to Limerick.

Waves came out the right side of a seven-goal thriller when the sides last met in Bishopstown in June, while City racked up a 3-0 win in the earlier meeting at Jackson Park in April.

The visitors very nearly repeated that earlier scoreline and led 2-0 at the break as they quickly got to grips with the fierce wind and downpour high in the Dublin mountains.

City hit the front with just 15 minutes of their clock as an O’Mahony shot was palmed out by Sophie Lenehan only as far as O’Regan, and the winger picked out the corner.

Waves had been marginally the better side until the goal but they struggled to cope with Cork’s pace in wide areas and the threat of Christina Dring in behind.

Dring had a great chance to double the away side’s advantage when played in by Noonan but Lenehan stood tall to bat away her goalbound effort.

The former Wexford stopper was busy in the first half and she denied two efforts from O’Mahony before the Ireland international doubled City’s tally.

The left-back lined up a free kick on the right hand side of the box and floated in a half-cross, half-shot that seemed to deceive the Waves keeper and sailed into the top corner.

Waves made a game of it in the second half but always looked vulnerable to City’s quick counters, and Lenehan saved again from O’Mahony before Niamh Prior blocked Noonan’s shot.

Noonan nearly got her name on the scoresheet with an acrobatic overhead kick but Nicole Keogh was well-placed to clear off the line, while sub Kerri Letmon twice went close for Waves.

The third goal arrived 11 minutes from time as substitute Eadaoin Lyons, with her very first touch, teed up Noonan to find the net with a tidy finish.

Waves pulled a goal back almost immediately through the industrious Letmon, who showed pace and poise to fire a low shot that Maria O’Sullivan couldn’t stop from trickling into the net.

The home side continued to push and Leanne Payne forced a good stop from O’Sullivan while the last chance fell to Noonan, but the striker couldn’t beat Lenehan to double her personal tally.

DLR Waves: Sophie Lenehan; Nicole Keogh; Ally O’Keeffe, Róisín McGovern, Niamh Prior; Sinead Gaynor, Fiona Donnelly, Sophie O’Donoghue (Kerri Letmon 65); Orla Casey (Katie Burdis 74), Catherine Cronin, Leanne Payne.

Cork City: Marie O’Sullivan; Nathalie O’Brien, Ciara McNamara, Sarah Jones, Eabha O’Mahony; Zara Foley, Emma Farmer (Maggie Duncliffe 83), Katie McCarthy (Liz O’Connor 85); Rachel O’Regan (Eadaoin Lyons 78), Saoirse Noonan, Christina Dring.

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