Limerick suffered their third defeat in a row in the Continental Tyres Women's National League as Galway grabbed the advantage over a side lacking in confidence at the Markets Field.

The league’s newcomers, who endured a heavy 1-9 loss to Peamount United in their last home outing, looked understandably nervous from the get-go and conceded early with only seven minutes on the clock.

The visitors were quick to get into their stride and were sitting pretty at the break, leading 4-1 thanks to goals from Aoife Thompson, a Meabh De Burca penalty and two from the prolific Aislinn Meaney before they continued their stronghold on the game in the second half with a headed goal from Carli Schecht.

Galway displayed their dominance from the first kick of the game, and Aoife Thompson took full advantage of a high line to loop the ball over an outrushing Trish Fennell to give her side a well-deserved early lead.

Billy Cleary’s side continued to look dangerous and doubled their lead on the half-hour mark as captain Meadbh De Burca coolly slotted home a penalty, a controversial decision that aggrieved Limerick manager Dave Rooney.

Minutes later, Galway were three ahead as Aislinn Meaney followed up to tap in from close range after it looked liked Fennelly had kept Galway at bay with a superb low save.

Just as the home side had feared a repeat of their last home game, they grabbed a mere glimmer of hope as Tara Mannix headed home an inch-perfect Sylvia Gee freekick.

Limerick’s revival didn’t last long as Aislinn Meaney added her second of the game with a powerful shot from inside the penalty area on the verge of half-time.

The second-half fared slightly better for the home side as they pulled one back through another well-worked set-piece before Galway got a goal in return through a headed Carli Schecht effort.

Amid the summer heat, the intensity dipped midway through the second half as a comfortable Galway side looked happy to settle on their impressive lead.

The hosts did manage to get the ball down and play their passing game but failed to further threaten the Galway goal as the visiting side ran out convincing winners at a sun-drenched Markets Field.

Limerick: Trish Fennelly; Tara Mannix, Marie Curtin, Megan Kelleher, Shannon Parbat, Lauren Keane; Sylvia Gee, Sophie Liston, Claire Kelly (Sabrina McCarthy 55); Rebecca Horgan, Amber Kenny.

Galway: Tina Hughes, Rachel Baynes (Caroline Carter 63), Shauna Fox, Meadbh De Burca (capt.), Carlie Schecht (Sinead Donovan 63), Sadhbh Doyle, Tessa Mullins, Emma Starr, Lucia Lobata, Aislinn Meaney, Lynsey McKee.