In order to be crowned League champions a team must get through some tough games during the course of the season.

Here are three that helped Peamount United...

Peamount United 5-0 Treaty United
Start as you mean to go on. The 2019 Women's National League champions knew that all eyes were on them as the truncated 2020 campaign got underway and they didn't disappoint.

Treaty United arrived into PRL Park as a newly-rebranded club and armed with the intention of causing a shock. But it wasn't to be as James O'Callaghan's side showed their class by scoring inside the opening 10 minutes.

The scoreline might suggest that this was smooth sailing for The Peas, but Treaty ensured that they didn't take the three points easily. And that was exactly what O'Callaghan would have wanted - a challenge on the opening day but one that they came through.

The striking quartet of Aine O'Gorman, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Alannah McEvoy and Stephanie Roche all got off the mark, which was an encourgaing sign of things to come as the Dublin outfit started on a high.

Shelbourne 1-6 Peamount United
Going to Tolka Park for the first big derby of the season should have been a daunting task for Peamount, but when Lucy McCartan scored after three minutes they quickly slipped into their groove.

Shelbourne just were not at it in this game, making silly mistakes and failing to use posession of the football. Perhaps that was as much down to the pressure exerted by Peamount but whatever it is was it ended up costing them as they were 2-0 down by half-time.

A second-half fightback saw the home side push Peamount back at times, yet they failed to really break through. And that was when the reigning champions shifted up a gear with a flurry of late goals that killed the game off.

Jessica Gargan did pull one back for Shelbourne late on but it didn't matter as they were well and truly beaten. This was a statement of intent by Peamount and a display of their firepower and squad strength.

Peamount United 3-1 Shelbourne
With the title on the line, Peamount looked a little nervous in the opening exchanges and made it all the way to half-time without having really got in behind the Shelbourne defence.

O'Callaghan's side had slipped up earlier in the season away to Wexford Youths and been knocked out of the UEFA Women's Champions League following a brave display away to Glasgow City, so everything was focused on this game. And they took their time to get going.

In fact it was Shels who scored the first goal, within seconds of the restart. But as they do so well, Peamount responded with a superb free-kick from O'Gorman - who has time and again been their leading light in this 2020 season.

Karen Duggan then headed them in front before O'Gorman got her second goal. However, it wasn't all about their attacking play, Peamount are also a solid defensive unit and a team requires that in order to win a League. They got the combination right and that's why they retained their title.