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Peamount United put eight past DLR Waves in Jackson Park but the Só Hotels Women's National League title race will go down to the last day following Shelbourne’s late winner at home to Wexford Youths.

Doubles from the outstanding Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Megan Smyth-Lynch and substitute Chloe Moloney saw Peas to an emphatic win, while captain Áine O’Gorman was also on target.

Just two points separated league leaders Peamount and Shels going into the game and the west Dublin side knew a win would seal the title if Shelbourne slipped up at Tolka Park.

Waves could still have a decisive say in the title race as they host Shelbourne at the UCD Bowl on Wednesday but it’s advantage Peamount ahead of their final game at home to Cork City.

There was little over a minute played when Peamount hit the front as Ryan Doyle connected with a Smyth-Lynch cross and, after consultation between referee and assistant, the ball was deemed to have crossed the line.

Peamount – who face Wexford Youths in a re-run of last season’s FAI Cup final at the Aviva in two weeks – were 3-0 up inside 30 minutes as Ryan Doyle doubled her tally.

Ryan Doyle and Naima Chemaou both tested Sophie Lenehan with shots from range either side of an Orla Casey effort for Waves before the league leaders doubled their tally.

Katie Burdis was forced to deal with a Smyth-Lynch cross bound for the arriving O’Gorman, but she succeeded only in turning the ball back into her own net.

It got worse for the home side just before the half-hour as former Wave Dearbhaile Beirne drove forward from left back and picked out Ryan Doyle to fire home her 14th of the season.

The Lucan native came agonisingly close to sealing her hat-trick two minutes later but her shot bounced back off the base of Lenehan’s right-hand post.

Lucy McCartan was forced off with a muscle injury and was replaced by Lauryn O’Callaghan, with Niamh Barnes moving to midfield, while Kerri Letmon replaced Bobbi Downer at the break as Waves switched to a flat back four.

The home side had more of the ball in the second half but struggled to make inroads and fell further behind just past the hour as O’Gorman added her 19th of the season from a Smyth-Lynch cross.

Smyth-Lynch got in on the act three minutes later with a wonderful strike and sub Moloney made it six, heading home a Smyth-Lynch corner four minutes after her introduction.

Smyth-Lynch, who rarely scores less-than-spectacular goals, made it 7-0 with a fine strike from distance, her 17th of the season, and Moloney headed home the winger’s corner to make it eight.

DLR Waves: Sophie Lenehan; Bobbi Downer (Kerri Letmon 46), Róisín McGovern, Niamh Prior; Nicole Keogh, Sinead Gaynor, Fiona Donnelly, Nadine Clare (Sophie O’Donoghue 72), Katie Burdis; Orla Casey (Leanne Payne 70), Catherine Cronin.

Peamount United: Niamh Reid-Burke; Niamh Barnes (Lauren Keely 72), Louise Corrigan, Claire Walsh, Dearbhaile Beirne; Lucy McCartan (Lauryn O’Callaghan 45), Niamh Farrelly, Eleanor Ryan Doyle (Chloe Moloney 68); Megan Smyth-Lynch, Aine O’Gorman, Naima Chemaou.

 

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