Women’s football: Peas keep pace as Champions League looms

Aine O’Gorman scored a sensational winner as Peamount avoided an upset at Athlone Town Stadium to stay neck-and-neck with Shelbourne at the top of the Women’s National League. 

The captain found the net with a spectacular lob just before the hour-mark as the champions overturned an early deficit to eke out a 2-1 win over the dogged midlands side.

Shelbourne had no such troubles as they put seven goals past Treaty United at Tolka Park, with top scorer Saoirse Noonan’s double leading a six-goal haul in a rampant first half. Emily Whelan, Jessie Stapleton, Keeva Keenan, Ciara Grant and Mia Dodd were also on target, while Jenna Slattery scored twice for the visitors as it finished 7-2.

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The big win means Shelbourne have a better goal difference than their opponents, but it doesn’t matter as the league will be decided by a play-off if one or more sides is level at season’s end.

“Athlone are a good side and they made it difficult for us, especially going down to 10 men. We’re just delighted to get the three points,” Peas manager James O’Callaghan told the Dublin Gazette.

Peamount face three games in a week against Cork City, DLR Waves and Galway before they travel to the Netherlands for a big Champions League game.

They’ll face Serbian side Spartak Subotica in the semi-final and, should they win, the victor of FC Twente and FC Nike of Georgia for a spot in the group stages.

“It’s a tough game and it’s going to be a tough ask for us, but we got a bit of confidence from the performance against Glasgow, getting to penos.

“We just want to try give a good account of ourselves, and of the league as well, and do everyone proud,” O’Callaghan concluded.

Picture Peamount’s Aine O’Gorman (SPORTSFILE)

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