Women’s National League Follow-Up: Cork City Defender Ciara McNamara – The Evening Echo – April 20 2021

City WFC still looking for first win of year


Daire Walsh

CORK CITY WFC defender Ciara McNamara acknowledged a level of frustration at not being able to come away with a win from their trip to Bohemians in the Women’s National League last Saturday after the game ended three all.

Despite finding the net three times in north Dublin – a Lauren Egbuloniu brace and a Laura Shine single – they conceded an equal number of goals to ensure their search for a first win in 2021 will continue for another week.

“We were a bit inconsistent really in our performance,”McNamara said after their latest contest.

“There was good moments and there’s positives to take from it, but there’s definitely things we can improve on for next week.

“The games are always lively between the two of us.

“We knew that coming in, but as I said we’re just frustrated a small little bit that we came away with a point today and not three.

“We know we have the fitness, we have the quality. It’s just a matter of keeping that quality, not conceding early on like we did [a fourth-minute Erica Burke goal].

“That has affected our performance a little bit. We just have to get those errors out of our game and improve for next week.”

Now one of the most experienced players in the squad, McNamara is lining up alongside a host of gifted youngsters on a weekly basis in the WNL.

One such talent to emerge in recent years is Éabha O’Mahony and she isn’t alone in this regard.

“She [O’Mahony] is a quality player. I’ve seen her coming up. I’ve coached her when she was 12 years of age, so I know what she’s capable of.

“It’s just a matter of keeping her on her toes and keep pushing her to be what she can.

“She’s great with the team and there’s other young girls there like Eva Mangan. She’s 16 years of age and it’s scary what she can do at 16.”

In comparison to a truncated 2020, the fixtures are coming thick and fast in the current campaign.

This Saturday’s visit of DLR Waves to Turner’s Cross will be the first of five consecutive weekends that City are in action and this is something McNamara is keen to embrace.

“It’s brilliant because when you have a stop-start season, it’s very hard to build momentum.

“Last year was a short season, so it was easier to build momentum.

“Hopefully now we can knuckle down for the next couple of weeks and improve on things we can improve on.

“Just work on things we’re doing well all the time,” said McNamara.

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division: Drogheda United V Shamrock Rovers – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – April 20 2021

Mandroiu comes up with the goods for Rovers in stoppage-time

By Daire Walsh

FOR the second time in the space of four days, Shamrock Rovers conjured up a stoppage-time winner to earn all three points in an SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash.

Sean Gannon had struck in the 93rd minute as the defending champions came from behind to edge out newly-promoted Longford Town in Tallaght  Stadium last Saturday.

And there was even later intervention tonight as Danny Mandroiu headed home with just under 95 minutes on the clock to give the Hoops a 1-0 victory at the expense of 2020 First Division champions Drogheda.

As a result of their weekend win over Longford, Stephen Bradley’s men had moved to the summit of the top-flight table.

As expected, the visitors were on top of possession during the early exchanges as Drogheda sought to dig in defensively.

While opportunities were often hard to come by, the in-form Rory Gaffney did have a volley cleared off the line on the 20-minute mark.

Gannon almost got on the end of a cross shortly beforehand and Sean Hoare headed wide in the closing minutes of the opening period.

This was as close as Rovers came to finding a breakthrough, however, and the sides were ultimately scoreless at the break.

With Drogs proving to be stubborn opponents, Bradley introduced Lee Grace and Mandroiu off the bench with 20 minutes left to play.

The hosts looked set to hold out for a hard-earned share of the spoils, but there was to be a final twist in the tale.

Rising to meet a Dylan Watts free-kick from the right-hand side, Mandroiu headed powerfully to the net to break the stubborn Drogheda resistance.

As a result, the Hoops are now deadlocked with Sligo Rovers in top spot, both teams on 14 points with nine goals scored and just four conceded.

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division: St Patrick’s Athletic V Waterford – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – April 20 2021

Burns strike gives Saints all three points against Waterford

By Daire Walsh

DARRAGH Burns’ second minute goal at Richmond Park tonight was enough to earn St Patrick’s Athletic all three points against Waterford in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash.

This moves the Saints onto 14 points towards the summit of the table, with defending champions Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers marginally ahead on goal difference.

Despite being much-changed from their away draw with Dundalk on Saturday – just five of that starting line-up were retained – Pat’s immediately took the game to their struggling southern opponents.

Burns was drafted into the team at right wing-back and his left-footed effort deflected off Waterford defender Kyle Ferguson for a lightning quick opener.

This was a dream start for the Saints and they continued to create chances as the action progressed.

The raiding Shane Griffin fired over from close-range, before Chris Forrester’s curling strike was turned away by opposition netminder Paul Martin.

Waterford eventually grew into the game, but Pat’s remained comfortable and ultimately brought a one-goal cushion into the interval.

Having coughed up a late equaliser to Dundalk three days earlier, Pat’s were eager for a second to prevent a similar backlash by their latest opponents.

Martin once again denied Forrester with a low save, before Ronan Coughlan had a goal ruled out on 67 minutes for a foul on the Waterford goalkeeper.

An insurance score didn’t materialise in the end for Stephen O’Donnell’s men, but with skipper Ian Bermingham expertly marshalling their defence, they held on to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

Next up for Pat’s is an away fixture against Finn Harps on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

After being kept in reserve tonight, the likes of Robbie Benson, John Mountney and Jamie Lennon are expected to be recalled for this game.

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Post-Match Reaction: Women’s National League – Bohemians V Cork City – Cork City Manager Ronan Collins – The Evening Echo – April 19 2021

Ronan Collins feel Cork City WFC’s performance was mixed in draw with Bohs

CORK CITY manager Rónán Collins admitted his side were a mixed bag in their 3-3 draw with Bohemians in the Women’s National League at Dublin’s Oscar Traynor Centre on Saturday.

Trailing early on through an Erica Burke goal, the Leesiders subsequently fired back with a Lauren Egbuloniu brace. Laura Shine was also on target in the second period, but finishes either side of it by Aoife Robinson and Chloe Darby ensured Bohs denied their opponents a first win of the season.

“We’re ones for entertainment anyway, that’s for sure. Disappointed with the way we started. I think the rest of the first half was very good. I thought we were quite dominant for parts, but they always kept a threat Bohs.

“They’re very physical, they won the ball back well and they were organised. I thought we coped really well with that,” Collins said after the game.

“We got two goals and really got ourselves back into the game. I think the second one we conceded was really poor.

“I think we had them on the ropes a bit [at that point]. We just dropped that off and when we dropped that off, they made a few changes that just gave them a bit of fresh life.

“At 2-2, we could have really felt sorry for ourselves a bit, but I think we’ve done well to get that third goal.

“Then obviously Bohs have pushed on.”

As he looks to galvanise his troops for this weekend’s encounter with DLR Waves at Turner’s Cross, there are a number of positives for Collins to reflect upon.

Aside from Egbuloniu – in a new role on the right-flank, having spent most of 2020 as a striker – Éabha O’Mahony and Becky Cassin were a dynamic force in central midfield.

“She [Egbuloniu] is learning that area more. There was the two goals today, where she’s threatened off the shoulder. She has that and I thought defensively she did her duties quite well as well.

“She moved the ball well in the first half. Happy with her performance today,” Collins added.

“I thought she [O’Mahony] really went looking for it. She had some really good passages of play. I think Becky did as well for large parts.

“There’s a huge onus on them in the middle there, but they’re good players to do that for us.

“They did for large parts of the game. If we can get them to do that more often, then we’ll compete with the best. Because they really are upping their levels all the time. They’re two very good players.”


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Post-Match Reaction: Women’s Six Nations Championship – Ireland V France – Stacey Flood – Irishrugby.ie – April 18 2021

Flood: It’s Hard To Take, We Know We’re Better Than That

By Daire Walsh

Following a 56-15 loss to an in-form FranceStacey Flood is aiming for Ireland to produce a strong response in next Saturday’s 3rd-4th place play-off against Italy.

Today’s eight-try home defeat ended Ireland’s hopes of reaching the Women’s Six Nations final, with a runners-up finish in Pool B instead setting up a clash with Italy in Parma.

Flood, who was introduced as a second half replacement at out-half, admitted to a level of frustration when gathering her thoughts on this afternoon’s clash.

“I don’t think the scoreline reflected the game, whatsoever,” insisted the 24-year-old play-maker. “It did take us a while to get into it. Some of the decisions in the first half could have gone either way.

“We just didn’t really build ourselves the platform to get going into the game and get our stamp on it. Even from going from last week’s win (in Wales) to this week’s loss, it’s hard to take because we know we’re better than that.

“It’s just another stepping stone into next week (the Championship play-offs). Hopefully we can just regroup, focus on ourselves and go again next weekend.”

In the lead-up to some of the French tries in Donnybrook, it was Irish errors that created the platform for the visitors to score. Rather than being forced upon them, Flood felt that these mistakes were of her side’s own making.

“I just think it’s decisions in the moment, where we just need a few ‘comms’ (communications). It’s not that their pace or power was outdoing us. It was us making our own mistakes.

“I wouldn’t say anything was forced. Obviously there’s good line speed there and there’s good physical French players, but we’re just as physical as they are.

“I think on the day they just came out fighting and we just needed to step it up to the next level. We just couldn’t make the platform to do that for ourselves. I’d say it’s more of our own errors than people forcing errors on us.

“I think our set-piece is easily fixed, our handling is easily fixed. We’ll be well able to fix the mistakes we made this weekend and really work on those last passes to get the girls out in space, and get the tries next weekend.”

Following a solid debut during last week’s 45-0 bonus point triumph over Wales in Cardiff, Flood replaced fellow Dubliner Hannah Tyrrell at half-back today with 54 minutes on the clock.

By that stage this much-anticipated encounter had opened up considerably, and with her international rugby experience up to this point mainly coming in the Sevens code, this allowed the Railway Union star to show some of what she is capable of.

I came on and I was told, ‘just play what you see, play ball’,” she explained. “As a Sevens player, that’s all you want to do. You just want to throw the ball around, it’s a lovely day for it.

“It was a bit windy, but we had the wind with us in the second half, luckily enough. Got a few kicks in. Just happy trying to get the ball out to the fast wingers we have.

“I was happy enough, but obviously there’s a lot of stuff to work on as well. You’ll always learn more from a loss than a win anyway, I think.”

A younger sister of Kim Flood, who featured prominently for Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations, the postponement of the World Sevens Series until next month has enabled Stacey and a number of others to break into Adam Griggs’ 15s squad.

So far it has been an enjoyable experience for Flood and her fellow dual internationals. Reflecting on his own involvement, she added:

“Obviously it’s great to have that opportunity to come into 15s. Because we’ve been in the Sevens set-up for so long. Just the amount I have learned personally, and the girls who have come in as well have learned, is just amazing in such a short amount of time.

“To be able to open your eyes to a new game, a new tactical game, it’s just a great experience.

“And I know a lot of bad has come from Covid, but it’s great to have that opportunity to play 15s and get capped as well. Really happy with that.”


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Post-Match Reaction: Women’s Six Nations Championship – Ireland V France – Ciara Griffin – Irishrugby.ie – April 18 2021

‘It’s Not Finished Yet, We’ve Another Cup Final’ – Griffin

By Daire Walsh

Despite the clear disappointment of losing out to France, Ireland captain Ciara Griffin was already switching her focus to the next challenge within minutes of the final whistle.

As a result of their 56-15 Pool B defeat to the French at Energia ParkAdam Griggs’ side will now face Italy in next Saturday’s 3rd-4th place play-off in Parma (kick-off 1pm local time/12pm Irish time).

Having overcome Wales with considerable aplomb in their Six Nations opener, Griffin wants the girls in green to end the shortened 2021 Championship on a high against the Azzurre.

“Obviously it’s not the happiest dressing room, but in terms of us and what we can do, we’ve to focus on what we can improve,” admitted the Ireland skipper, speaking soon after the pool decider in Donnybrook.

“What we can fix, what we can change and just focusing on us. That’s the main thing really, what we can bounce back with now. We’ve a big week this week leading up again and you can’t drop your head now.

“Because it’s not finished yet. We’ve another cup final next weekend and we’ve to get ready for that. We know the work we’ve put in, all the work into that jersey. Things didn’t go our way today and we made errors.

“That’s what you learn from against world class teams. We learned about those areas and those areas now can be picked up and improved for next weekend. That will be one area covered.”

Even though eight-try France ruled the roost for the majority of the contest, Griffin was encouraged by the way her team-mates continued to fight in the face of extreme adversity.

As they look to build towards a series of Rugby World Cup qualifiers later in the year, she saw some good plus points that she hopes can be brought forward into those forthcoming Tests.

Every woman out there, from 1 to 23, we kept going to the 80-something minute. No one dropped their head. The scoreboard, you couldn’t change it after a while unfortunately.

“We kept focusing on us and going forward, just protecting our line. Kept going and kept going for that second try. I’ll take a lot from that for this group in terms of that mental toughness.

“That’s going to help us leading into this week, that mental resilience. I think a big thing was our physicality and our aggression. We didn’t sit back and we kept going.

“Work-rate, I thought people kept working. Our lungs and our legs kept going, we were able to go to the end. I thought set piece, in terms of lineout, we got two tries from driving mauls.

“That’s something we wanted to work on from last week. Our maul set-up and our maul advance. Two tries from a maul, I’ll take that.”

Nonetheless, the Kerry woman acknowledged that France more than lived up to their current world ranking of fourth – as Griggs’ charges had anticipated they would. It made for a considerable step up from the Welsh game.

“We knew from the word go it was going to be a different animal here with France. You see the way they play. They’re quite expansive, they’re also physical. Quite a skilful team.

“If we sharpened up a few areas and didn’t get away penalties and give them easy yards…if we nullify and eliminate that, we’re in a good place going forward.

“The French were clinical. They had their work done. You could see they came out firing. They wanted to play rugby and prove a point as well. Again, we’ve to focus on us and fix our errors. There were a few errors out there that we will work on.”

Rather than look at what can be learned from a side of France’s calibre, Griffin insists they need to concentrate on their game first and foremost. This will be the main aim over the next few days, especially with Italy coming off the back of an encouraging 41-20 victory over Scotland.

“We can learn by focusing on us. Focusing on our process, what we can control. Not playing into their hands at times. We’ll do our revision, we’ll do our footage review and our analysis,” added the 27-year-old back rower.

“A big thing for us is focusing on our tempo and our control. Just controlling the ball the way we want to control it and not play into hands like that.

“We always have a game-plan to use our backs, to use everyone like that, but you’ve to play what’s in front of you at times. If France gives you a different picture that you can’t go wide straight away, we have to adapt on the fly there.

“Punch, punch and then try and play it. Sometimes we couldn’t get it to the width in terms of that French defence and that pressure. It’s up to us then to adapt. Realise that and go to plan B, which we’ll work on this week.”

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Post-Match Reaction: Women’s Six Nations Championship – Ireland V France – Adam Griggs – Irishrugby.ie – April 18 2021

Griggs Targets ‘Performance To Be Proud Of’ In Play-Off

By Daire Walsh

Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs said that a below-par first half left his side with too much to do against France in Saturday’s Six Nations Pool B decider.

Despite tries from Cliodhna Moloney and her replacement Emma Hooban, the hosts went down heavily to a clinical French team, who amassed eight tries in an impressive 56-15 victory.

Early on, Hannah Tyrrell’s initial penalty edged the girls in green in front, before Caroline Boujard and Emilie Boulard touched down for les Bleues in the 14th and 19th minutes respectively.

From Griggs’ point of view, both of these scores came from Irish errors that could easily have been avoided.

“We miss a lineout, which gives them a scrum. Our defensive set-up was wrong, which against a quality outfit like that, they exploit it straight away and score on the edge (through Boujard),” he explained during his post-match press conference.

“Then, their second try, where we’re hot on attack, but turn the ball over in contact. One kick over the top of us into the back-field and they’re scoring again next to the posts (through Boulard).

“We certainly felt that a few of those tries just came from our own mistakes and against a quality team you’ve just got to be better than that.”

In terms of imposing their own game on France, Griggs felt his players found it difficult to make headway in attack, often struggling to produce quick ball and work it wide.

“We always talk about earning the right to play and at times we did that, but ultimately we spoke about the breakdown being really important to us.

“We were probably just a little bit slow in that area, where we let them get hands on the ball or even just bodies in the way that kind of stifled that. It’s then very hard to try and get it to your threats out wide if you don’t have that tempo and that momentum to actually get there.

“I think that’s something we’ve got to keep improving on as well. I think we probably let them play a little bit too much. We spoke about our line speed and really trying to force errors on them.

“In the first 10 minutes we did that and we forced some mistakes, but then we just sat off a little bit. They’re just too good to sit off and let them play at you.

“We’ve got to make sure that the way we start a game, in that first 10 minutes bringing that energy, we have to maintain it.

“If you don’t do that it becomes an arm wrestle, and against France it was far too difficult to try and get that back.”

Despite the result, Griggs was able to glean some positives out of the 10-try clash. Emily Lane and Stacey Flood both came on near the hour mark and looked sharp in possession as Ireland battled on in resilient fashion.

Griggs has worked with the newly-capped pair in the Ireland Sevens set-up and was pleased to see them build on their debut displays against Wales last week.

“I think the impact of Emily Lane and Stacey Flood was quite good,” he noted. “In the last 25 to 30 minutes where the game really opened up, that kind of suits them. I guess with that Sevens background, it was very unstructured.

“There was a lot of open play and I thought they did quite well to play what was in front of them. We did keep some pressure on France in that last quarter, but ultimately just not enough.”

Finishing off their shortened Six Nations campaign, Ireland face a 3rd-4th place play-off against Italy in Parma next Saturday, after the Azzurre finished as Pool A runners-up thanks to a 41-20 win over Scotland.

For Griggs, it is important that this exciting Ireland squad can bounce straight back to winning ways against the Italians, who are one of their rivals for Rugby World Cup qualification. He added:

“You can understand the players are a bit down at the moment, a bit low on energy. The bodies are sore and when you have a loss, the bodies always feel a lot more sore than it might be in a couple of days.

“We spoke as a group that we’ve got to take the learnings from this game and show that we are the third best team in this competition.

“The only way you can do that is by going out next week and putting on a performance that we can be proud of. If we can do that, then we want to leave no doubts where we sit in this Six Nations Championship.”

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division: Dundalk V St Patrick’s Athletic – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – April 17 2021

St Pat’s denied win as Dundalk strike late

By Daire Walsh

JUNIOR Ogedi-Uzokwe struck late on at Oriel Park this evening to deny St Patrick’s Athletic a fourth successive win in this season’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and, by extension, claimed a 1-1 draw.

In top spot heading into this game, the dramatic late intervention from home team Dundalk sees the Inchicore side dropping down to second in the top-flight, albeit level on points with both Shamrock Rovers and Sligo.

While Dundalk have been one of the league’s most successful clubs in recent years, they have endured a nightmare start to the new campaign.

With one draw and three defeats from their opening four games, they found themselves nine points adrift of the high-flying Saints in advance of this contest.

However, there is still plenty of quality within the Dundalk ranks, with Chris Shields (Clondalkin) and Andy Boyle (Palmerstown) still very much part of the fabric in Co. Louth.

Pat’s were hoping to keep their winning run going and Matty Smith forced a fine stop out of Alessio Abibi in the 15th-minute.

John Mountney’s cross on the first-quarter mark was met by the head of Robbie Benson, but a lack of power ensured Abibi remained untroubled.

Vítězslav Jaroš was kept relatively quiet in the Pat’s goal until Dundalk finally created an opening on 42 minutes.

Lilywhites striker Patrick Hoban rose to head the ball towards the target, but the on-loan Liverpool custodian was equal to his effort.

The deadlock remained unbroken at the midway point, but Pat’s ultimately opened the scoring 11 minutes after the restart.

From a Benson corner on the right-wing, Sam Bone attacked the ball with purpose to nod the visitors into the lead.

This threw down the gauntlet to the reigning FAI Cup winners, and Pat’s breathed a sigh of relief when Shields fired wide off a corner in the 73rd-minute.

To their credit, Dundalk continued to probe and were rewarded in the form of a neat Ogedi-Uzokwe finish just five minutes before the close of normal time.

Paddy Barrett was forced to clear a couple of shots off the line in a frantic finale and while Pat’s will feel another win was there for the taking, they remain unbeaten five games into the season.

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division: Shamrock Rovers V Longford Town – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – April 17 2021

Gannon hits dramatic winner for Rovers in Tallaght

By Daire Walsh

SEAN Gannon came up trumps for Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium this evening as his 93rd minute goal secured a 2-1 comeback victory against Longford Town in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

Trailing at half-time following of a Dylan Grimes goal for Longford, the Hoops turned matters around after the recess.

As a result, they have claimed back-to-back wins for the first time this season and are now at the summit of the table on goal difference.

Given Rovers are the Premier Division holders and Longford were promoted from the second-tier in 2020, it was understandable that the Hoops were firm favourites to prevail in this contest.

Add in the fact that they last tasted defeat in the league during the 2019 campaign – not to mention their impressive win over Derry City on Tuesday night – this looked like being a tough encounter for the Midlanders.

Yet, Daire Doyle’s men have been adapting well on their return to the top-flight and took a surprise lead in the seventh-minute.

Roberto Lopes was deemed to have upended Aaron Dobbs in the area and it was left for Dylan Grimes to coolly fire beyond the reach of Alan Mannus.

This was an early set-back for the Hoops and, while they enjoyed good spells of possession as the half wore on, Longford continued to make life difficult for the hosts.

An equaliser alluded them in the opening period and this forced Rovers manager Stephen Bradley to seek alternative options.

Gary O’Neill and Rory Gaffney were both introduced on the resumption, with Lee Grace and team captain Ronan Finn the ones to make way.

This provided them with a much-needed spark and a reliable source got them back into the reckoning on 54 minutes.

Graham Burke lit up the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium four days ago with a wonder goal from the halfway line and he held his nerve to convert from the penalty spot.

Momentum was now with Rovers, but it looked like they’d have to settle for a third draw in just five games.

That was until Gannon’s deflected shot found its way past Mick Kelly deep into time added on to send the Rovers bench into raptures.

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Women’s National League: Peamount United V Shelbourne – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – April 17 2021

First half strikes help Peamount surmount Shels

By Daire Walsh

FIRST half goals by Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Áine O’Gorman were enough to earn defending National League champions Peamount United a 2-1 victory over Shelbourne at PRL Park in Greenogue this evening.

Seeking a third successive League crown in 2021, this was a significant statement of intent from the Newcastle outfit against one of their main title rivals.

A Ciara Grant strike for Shels did lead to some nervous moments in the closing stages, but Peamount held out for a precious win.

Shels had enjoyed a bright start to their campaign with two wins from their opening two games, while Peamount defeated Wexford Youths on the first day of the season.

Ryan-Doyle was the match-winner against Wexford and was joined in attack by Stephanie Roche for this Dublin derby.

Fresh from their friendly international outings with the Republic of Ireland, Claire Walsh and O’Gorman were included in the Peas’ starting line-up.

It was through the latter’s dangerous ball into the area on 25 minutes that the hosts took the lead, with Ryan-Doyle on hand to double her seasonal tally.

She had a glorious opportunity to establish further daylight between the two sides from the penalty spot, but her effort was saved by Shels net-minder Amanda Budden.

Nonetheless, Peamount continued to press and O’Gorman caught Budden off guard to register her side’s second goal in the 38th-minute.

Two goals in front at the interval, Peamount were well on the way to preserving their 100 per cent start to the term.

Despite mounting pressure from Shels, James O’Callaghan’s side held onto their 2-0 cushion heading into the final half-hour of action.

Yet, the visitors had a goal ruled out for offside on 65 minutes before eventually opening their account eight minutes later.

A Donegal native who has represented her county in ladies football in the recent past, Grant finished to the net after Noelle Murray initially tried her luck from distance.

This raised the stakes inside the final-quarter, but Peamount stood firm to claim the bragging rights.

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