Raheny in pole position in title race

 Raheny United 5 Castlebar Celtic 0

Raheny United jumped to the top of the Bus Eireann Women's National League table on Saturday with a comfortable win at Morton Stadium. A hat-trick from Rebecca Creagh plus goals from Caroline Thorpe and Pearl Slattery put the Dublin side into pole position in the title race.

Sean Byrne's team completely dominated this game and took the lead on 21 minutes when Katie McCabe's cross was headed in by Creagh from close range. Two minutes later, Raheny were 2-0 up as Thorpe superbly volleyed in a cross from Megan Campbell and it stayed that way until half-time.

Shortly after the interval, the home team were celebrating again when Slattery drilled in a shot after Creagh's corner kick wasn't cleared by the visitors.

The fourth goal was credited to Creagh, but it was all about McCabe's driving run and cross that her team-mate helped to deflect into the net. Creagh then completed her hat-trick when she collected a pass from McCabe and let rip with a shot but scored from the rebound.

Castlebar struggled to keep up with the new league leaders and had Maria Harrington go off with an injury that held up play.

The two teams meet again on Monday afternoon in the Women's National League Cup semi-final in Celtic Park. However, this day belonged to Raheny, who host Wexford Youths on the final day knowing that victory will clinch the title.

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