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A clinical second half display, capped by strikes from skipper Aine O’Gorman and left winger Megan Smyth-Lynch, booked Peamount United’s place in the Só Hotels Women’s FAI Cup final.

The deserved win at PRL Park in Greenogue avenged Saturday’s league defeat - and a League Cup semi-final loss earlier in the season - to Dublin rivals Shelbourne.

James O’Callaghan’s double-chaser will thus now also have the chance to make amends for last year’s FAI Cup final defeat to holders Wexford Youths when they renew acquaintances at the Aviva Stadium on November 3rd.

While Shels went with the same line-up, Peamount made two changes from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat in with Niamh Reid Burke coming into goal.

Though named in the starting XI, Lulu Masterson cried off after the warm-up with Naima Chemaou a late replacement to lead their attack.

With a good shape to them and passing the ball well, Shelbourne started positively, though without finding an end product.

Peas relied on their pace on the counterattack to trouble the visitors, most notably on 14 minutes when Chemaou collected a quick throw-in on the right to turn adroitly and crack a shot from just outside the area off the crossbar.

That infused the home side with confidence as they enjoyed a good spell of possession with Dearbhaile Beirne shooting from long-range, though it scarcely bothered Rachel Kelly between the Shels posts.

More direct, Peas should then have been in front on 41 minutes with the move of the first half.

Niamh Farrelly and Eleanor Ryan Doyle combined to thread Chemaou in on goal. But the little striker lacked composure as her hurried drive flew over the top.

Starting the second half much the better, Peamount punished sloppy Shels play in midfield to take the lead on 57 minutes.

Smyth-Lynch, Ryan Doyle and O’Gorman worked the ball through for Chemaou.

And though her shot was parried by Kelly, poacher O’Gorman raced in to finish off the rebound.

Smyth-Lynch was inches from doubling that lead five minutes later, but in a right scramble in the Shels six-yard area, her close range effort was saved on the line by Kelly.

Try as they might, Shels couldn'y find a response as they failed to have a shot on target in the whole game.

Peamount then booked their final spot with a fine second goal on the counter on 81 minutes.

Ryan Doyle broke on the left to find Smyth-Lynch who, in acres of space, calmly got her head up and found the corner of the net with her trusty left foot.

Peamount United: Reid Burke; McCartan, Corrigan, Walsh, Beirne; Duggan, Ryan Doyle, Farrelly; Smyth-Lynch (Barnes, 85), Chemaou (Moloney, 90+3), O’Gorman.

Shelbourne: Kelly; Gargan, Slattery, Mustaki; Ziu, Finn, Kavanagh, Murray; McEvoy (McLoughlin, 79), Whelan, Cooke (Atkinson, 79).

Referee: Paula Brady (Dublin).

 

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