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Athlone Town 0-1 DLR Waves
The game had barely got going when Carla McManus reacted quickest to meet a corner kick and head DLR in front at the Athlone Town Stadium.

The striker has been showing signs in recent games that she can be the leading light up front for Graham Kelly's side and her performance here supported the manager's faith in her.

Athlone will feel that they deserved at least a point - and a penalty when Muireann Devaney went down inside the area - but they rarely troubled goalkeeper Eve Badana, who recorded her third clean sheet of the season.

DLR made some changes to their line-up but that wasn't the reason why they couldn't get their passing game going, it was Athlone's work ethic. The hosts hassled their opponents at every opportunity to ensure this was a tight encounter.


Peamount United 3-1 Cork City
James O'Callaghan's half-time team talk would have made interesting listening as his Peamount side conceded just before the interval to make it 1-1 and bring Cork back into the contest.

Eleanor Ryan-Doyle had opened the scoring on 15 minutes when she complimented great work by Áine O'Gorman with a fine finish. But then Eva Mangan levelled matters when she fired in from close range after the ball had rebounded back off the crossbar.

Typical of Peamount though, they showed a ruthless streak in the second period. Ryan-Doyle got her second of the game - to move her joint top of the Scoring Charts with Galway's Rachel Kearns - when she powered in a header from a corner kick.

O'Gorman made sure of the victory with a sweet half-volley finish. But Cork will take many positives from their efforts here at PRL Park, especially with such a young starting line-up.


Shelbourne 5-0 Galway WFC
The message from the Shelbourne huddle just before kick-off must have been along the lines of 'let's get at them early' because The Reds dominated Galway from the first minute.

The visitors could hardly get outside of their own half as Jessica Ziu got things started with a close-range finish before Jamie Finn joined in on the act for her first goal of the season.

Midfielder Ciara Grant heaped on more pain for Galway goalkeeper Trish Fennelly on her League debut before Saoirse Noonan converted a penalty - all before half-time.

When they get going Shels are a frightening team to play against with goalscoring threats all over the pitch, including Noelle Murray who saved the best until last with a nonchalant chipped goal.


Wexford Youths 7-1 Bohemians
Just in case anyone was doubting that Wexford are somehow on the outside looking in on the title race, they served up a timely reminder of their quality at Ferrycarrig Park.

Captain Kylie Murphy fired two goals early on (the second of which came from the penalty spot) to enable Wexford to seize command before Aisling Frawley raced free to make it 3-0.

The pressure exerted by the home side proved too much for Bohs, who did battle hard but let themselves down with some of their defending, especially at set-pieces.

It was a set-piece delivery that led to Wexford's fourth when the ball appeared to come off Yvonne Hedigan before crossing the line. Substitutes Kim Flood and Lauren Kelly (2) also scored, while Erica Burke pulled one back for Bohs.