The inaugural Bus Eireann Women’s National League kicked off at the weekend and as expected Ireland’s Champions League representatives, Peamount United, got off to a flying start in their quest to become the first winners of the trophy.
Dublin’s Peamount United proved to be too much for the Cork Women’s League with Irish international striker Stephanie Roche bagging a hat-trick inside the opening half-hour while there were further goals from O’Gorman, Quinn and Kinsella to seal the points. Irish U17 international striker, Claire Shine got one back for Cork in the closing stages but it was too little too late as the game ended 6-1.
The highly anticipated Dublin derby between Shamrock Rovers and Raheny United was a story dominated by Irish international starlets as all five goals were scored by Ireland’s underage heroines. Ciara Grant opened the scoring in the 45th minute before her U19 international team mate, Siobhán Killeen doubled their advantage in the 69th minute. Senior international, Rebecca Creagh got on the score sheet in the 76th minute in-between a brace by U17 midfielder, Katie McCabe in the 74th and 88th minute.
Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford hosted an astonishing 2-2 draw between Wexford Women’s Youths and Castlebar Celtic. The highly rated Emma Mullin continued her incredible scoring record in Irish women’s football by bagging two goals in the 18th and 59th minute. Wexford had to come from behind twice through Bennett in the 45th minute as Rianna Jarrett ensured a share of the spoils with her equaliser in the 74th minute.
Bus Éireann Women’s National League Results:
Shamrock Rovers 0-5 Raheny United
Cork Women’s FC 1-6 Peamount United
Wexford Women’s Youths 2-2 Castlebar Celtic
During the week we will tell you more about the clubs taking part in this first season for the League and hearing the views of one of Peamount’s former players and current Football Ambassador , world boxing champion Katie Taylor. Will she make a comeback for Peamount and Ireland after the Olympics?