Monday 19 March 2018

Second-half onslaught polishes off Peamount


(PSG win 5-0 on aggregate), uefa WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

THREE second-half goals rocked amateur outfit Peamount United at Stade Charlety yesterday as Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the last 16.

Despite some early PSG pressure, the visitors had the first shot in anger of the game when Stephanie Roche fired straight at Veronique Pons on four minutes.

However, the home side looked intent on finishing the clash quickly and Kenza Dali fired just over, before Nicola Sinnott almost let Nora Coton-Pelagie in around the back and Jessica Houara went close with another effort.

Despite making it to half-time scoreless and introducing Ireland senior women's international Julie Ann Russell at the break, the visitors were stunned by an exquisite opener within minutes of the restart.

Coton-Pelagie rocked Peamount at Tallaght Stadium last week with a deflected goal and did the same last night when her 25-yard effort left goalkeeper Linda Meehan rooted to the spot.

Some neat interplay between Russell and Roche saw the latter threaten with a long-range shot, but again it was straight at Pons.

The hosts went further ahead on 65 minutes. Full-back Nonna Debonne cut in off the left wing and fired an unstoppable shot in off the far post.

Pons' quick dash off her line denied Aine O'Gorman a consolation from Lawlor's through ball.

The French added a late third, the impressive Dali powering an effort beyond Meehan from close-range.

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN -- V Pons; N Debonne, S Delannoy, J Soyer (D Blanc 78), N Coton-Pelagie, J Houara, C Thomas (C Prevost 59), C Poulain (L Rubio 53), Lepailleur, C Pizzala, K Dali.

PEAMOUNT UNITED -- L Meehan; N Sinnott, G Murray, K Duggan, S Byrne, L Quinn (A Parkes 59), W McGlone (J Russell h-t), A O'Gorman, S Lawlor (C Kinsella 83), R Comerford, S Roche.

Ref -- K Radzik-Johan (POL)

Irish Independent

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