Rampant Amber Barrett scored four times as Peamount United afforded UCD Waves little mercy for the second week running.

Following last Sunday’s 3-0 League Cup semi-final win, Peas once again simply posed too much of an attacking threat for their visitors as they cruised to this league victory back at Greenogue.

A third successive league win moves James O’Callaghan’s side to within a point of second-placed Shelbourne, whom they travel to next week, in the Continental WNL table.

Despite a bright start, negligent defending resulted in Waves falling behind on 13 minutes.

Failing to clear their lines, Waves left Barrett, of all people, unmarked in the area to toe-poke home Eleanor Ryan Doyle’s low cross.

Central defender Erica Byrne was more diligent minutes later when doing well to block a shot from Barrett.

Waves left-back Katie Kurdis did equally as well to thwart the marauding Barrett on 23 minutes with a last-ditched challenge as the Peas striker bore down on goal.

Visiting keeper Erica Turner was next to deny Barrett, diving full stretch to her right to push the bustling Peas’ ace’s shot out for a corner.

Despite their defensive deficiencies, Waves were posing a threat at the other end and they equalised on the half hour with a cracking drive to the top corner from Rachel Doyle.

Parity lasted scarcely two minutes, though, as Barrett poached her second goal of the game, latching onto Niamh Farrelly pass to fire home.

The hat-trick should have arrived within a further couple of minutes, but Barrett blazed over the top after Turner had parried away a shot from Aine O’Gorman.

With her goal under siege, the Waves ‘keeper did well in quick succession with saves from Chloe Moloney and O’Gorman.

Having survived all that, Waves created a fine chance to level on 40 minutes. Caroline Healy and Sophie O’Donoghue combined well on the right to set up Keelin McEntee whose shot was straight at Naoisha McAloon in the home goal.

The opportunity missed, Waves fell further behind in first half stoppage time, a defensive mix-up giving O’Gorman a simple tap-in.

There was no improvement in Waves’ defending into the second half as they conceded again within two minutes of the restart.

Lauryn O’Callaghan's free kick wasn’t dealt with allowing Sarah McKevitt time and space to cross for Heather Payne to score with a crisp half volley.

Barrett then completed her hat-trick on 52 minutes, latching onto a through ball to lob Turner.

And there was no stopping the bang in-form Republic of Ireland international as he ran through onto substitute Megan Smyth-Lynch’s sublime pass to shoot home for her fourth of the game, her 10th goal in three league games to make it 17 for the season.

Waves did have the final say on the scoresheet on 70 minutes when striker Healy hit a stunning left-foot drive from distance to the top corner of the net for the goal of the game.

Peamount United: McAloon; O’Callaghan, Walsh, Moloney, McCartan (Kealy, 55); Ryan Doyle, Farrelly; McKevitt (Smyth-Lynch, 55), Payne (Masterson, 68), O’Gorman; Barrett.

UCD Waves: Turner; Dunbar, McGovern, Byrne, Burdis; Gaynor; Doyle (Guilfoyle, 75), O’Donohgue (Letmon, 62), Morrissey (Spillane, 62), McEntee; Healy.

Referee: Mark Houlihan (Dublin).

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