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Goal machine Leanne Kiernan showed her international class on Sunday afternoon as her four goals ensured the Reds secured a comfortable 5-1 win over Limerick at the Markets Field.

The sun was splitting the rocks on Shannonside and the young Ireland striker certainly had a spring in her step as she lit up the scoreboard on four separate occasions.

Fresh from her recent hat-trick against Dublin rivals UCD Waves, the Shelbourne striker grabbed a first-half brace before adding two late goals as the hosts began to tire.

The goals put her top of the goalscoring charts with ten goals in just five games.

Despite being four goals ahead of last season’s top goalscorer Amber Barrett, Kiernan expressed her delight at just being able to help her side win the vital three points to push Shels’ to the top of the league.

“It is good to get the goals but it is about the team at the end of the day,” Kiernan said after the match.

“It is a team sport so I am happy for all the girls involved. We are doing very well, top of the league.

“When you compare it to the first game we really have turned ourselves around and showed good character as a team and we are training well,” she added.

Following a convincing 7-0 win against UCD in her sides’ previous league game, Kiernan said Shels’ young guns were determined not to get too carried away with themselves ahead of their trip to Limerick.

“We know Limerick are a very good team and a tough side to break down so we kept our heads down and it worked out well in the end.

“We will keep our heads down this week and work hard and go into the next game hopefully healthy and strong and ready to go.”

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