Shelbourne Ladies continued their winning ways with an impressive 4-1 victory over Cork City WFC in Tolka Park.
The famous North Dublin venue witnessed two exceptional first half goals, Leanne Kiernan giving Shels an eighth minute lead with a mazy run and composed finish under Amanda Budden.
Seven minutes later Saoirse Noonan equalised for the visitors, rifling home from the right hand corner of the box and finding the far corner of Amanda McQuillan’s net.
A very tight game saw Shels regain the lead from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half via Noelle Murray, Leanne Kiernan having been brought down.
Kiernan grabbed her second of the game on 72 minutes after good work from Pearl Slattery found Kiernan in the box to rifle home.
Shels were reduced to 10 players, 10 minutes from the end when Alex Kavanagh received a second yellow card. Gloria Douglas wrapped up the 4-1 victory on 83 minutes with a turn and shot from the edge of the box.
Meanwhile champions Wexford Youths WFC edged a dramatic 4-3 victory over UCD Waves in Jackson Park, UCD having led 3-1.
Emma Hansberry gave Wexford a ninth minute lead straight from a corner kick. Julie-Ann Russell equalised for UCD Waves on the 20 minute mark.
Russell was on hand one minute before the break to give UCD the lead with Eleanor Ryan-Doyle appearing to put the game beyond Wexford with a super 56th minute strike.
However there was high drama, Hansberry turning provider for Wexford with five minutes remaining as Aoibheann Webb made it 3-2.
Claire O’Riordan struck for the champions in the final minute to level the score at 3-3.
Teenager Orla Casey’s long range shot found the net in stoppage time to seal three points for Wexford and inflict the first league defeat of the season on UCD Waves.
The result see’s Wexford Youths WFC move to second place in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League table with 13 points, four behind leaders Shelbourne Ladies.
Elsewhere Galway WFC returned to winning ways with a thumbing 5-1 victory over Kilkenny United in Eamonn Deacy Park.
A Chloe Moloney header gave Galway a 10th minute lead with Elle Rose O’Flaherty finding the net twice on 13 and 21 minutes.
Sadhbh Doyle’s strike just before half-time gave the hosts a 4-0 cushion. Elle Rose O’Flaherty missed a 56th penalty with Sadhbh Doyle converting a 70th spot kick.
Shianne Swarrez strike from outside the box found the Galway net to land Kilkenny United their first goal of the season as Galway Secured a 5-1 victory.
Shelbourne Ladies 4-1 Cork City WFC
UCD Waves 3-4 Wexford Youths WFC
Galway WFC 5-1 Kilkenny United