Group 1

Galway WFC 1-2 Raheny United

Castlebar Celtic Women’s 9-1 Shamrock Rovers

Group 2

Peamount United 3-0 DLR Waves

Wexford Youths Women's AFC 2-0 Cork Women's FC

HOLDERS Peamount United got off to a solid start with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over DLR Waves in the opening game of their defence of Bus Éireann Women’s National League Cup this afternoon.

The Peas secured the three points in their Group Two fixture thanks to the goal-scoring prowess of their strike partners Stephanie Roche and Aine O'Gorman, who notched a brace.

It was O'Gorman who opened the scoring in the 20th minute by sprinting after a fine through ball and placing the ball neatly into the back  of the net.

Peamount took that 1-0 lead into the interval and doubled it ten minutes after the restart. O'Gorman was the scorer yet again, and this time it was a great assist from Julie-Ann Russell that allowed her in on goal.

Roche confirmed the result for the hosts in the 80th minute by getting on the end of a Ruth Comerford corner and clipping the ball into the net.

In the other Group Two fixture Wexford Youths needed two late goals in order to squeeze past Cork Women's FC in what was very nearly a banana skin fixture for the hosts.

Cork recruited some new players to join their squad, including Alice Heath, Jess Lawton & Eleanor Lucey, but despite these additions and improved performances, they remain without a single win or draw this season.

The Leesiders had a penalty shout turned down midway through the opening half, and the sides were tied level at 0-0 at the break.

The teams looked inseparable until an 88th minute goal from Ciara Rossiter gave Wexford a much needed edge in the game. Maria Delahunty added a goal deep into injury time and it ended 2-0 in favour of Wexford.

In Group One, the most eye-catching result of all was that at Celtic Park where Castlebar inflicted an embarrassing 9-1 defeat on Shamrock Rovers.

The rout looked inevitable from early on as Celtic were proving too hot to handle for the visitors from Tallaght.

Rachel Kearns and Nicole Fowley both tested the Rovers goalkeeper Grace Ryan early on but to little avail. Unfortunately for Rovers, Kearns did eventually break the deadlock in the 26th minute when she turned her marker and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

Fowley made it 2-0 to Castlebar three minutes before the break when she precise Sarah Rowe cross. Rovers would have been keen to keep the goal deficit to a minimum at half-time, but Rowe became provider-come-scorer of Celtic's third goal in first-half stoppage time.

Things didn't get any better for Rovers in the second half as Rowe slotted her second goal of the game on the hour mark to make it 4-0. The Hoops did manage to pull a solitary goal back courtesy of Laura Traynor, but the hosts refused to rest on their laurels and Rowe completed her hat-trick in the 81st minute.

Eight minutes of madness followed, in which Castlebar's Emma Mullin completed a Robbie Fowler-like hat-trick to bring the scoring to 8-1. Geraldine McLaughlin added salt to the Rovers wounds with an injury time goal and it ended 9-1.

Finally, Raheny United played their first game in the absence of Terry Eviston who reportedly stepped down from his position as team manager during the week.

United travelled into the west for what very nearly turned out to be a major upset against Galway WFC. The home took a surprising lead in the 36th minute through the excellent Lynsey McKey, and it remained 1-0 as the teams went in for a half-time break.

Raheny striker Clare Shine obviously drank her Lucozade at the break as she found the net twice in the second half to complete a fantastic turnaround. Despite being reduced to ten players when Noelle Murray was given her marching orders late on,  Raheny dodged the bullet ran out as 2-1 victors.

Next Week's Fixtures

Sunday, January 26

Bus Éireann Women's National League Cup

Group 1

Castlebar Celtic v Raheny United

Shamrock Rovers v Galway WFC

Group 2

DLR Waves v Cork Women’s FC

Peamount United v Wexford Youths Women’s AFC

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