Ryan-Doyle nets four as Peamount wrap up title
PEAMOUNT 8-1 CORK CITY
Peamount United put eight past Cork City to clinch their second Women's National League title and, in doing so, secured their spot in next season's Champions League.
Eleanor Ryan-Doyle scored four goals on the night, including a hat-trick within an eight-minute period.
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James O'Callaghan's side began on the front foot, early chances including a cross from Lauryn O'Callaghan which was put wide from close range by Niamh Farrelly.
Cork City created a few early chances, most notably a corner headed over the bar by Zara Foley. However, it was Peamount who opened the scoring after 17 minutes, Ryan-Doyle bagging her first with a powerful header from Megan Smyth-Lynch's delivery.
The pair combined again to double Peamount's lead, a deep corner helped on for Ryan-Doyle to head home from close range.
The hat-trick was completed after 24 minutes, this time left-back Dearbhaile Beirne serving Ryan-Doyle with a low cross to the near post, which was finished well into the corner.
Peamount added another two goals before half-time, one coming from captain Aine O'Gorman followed by a bizarre goal from Smyth-Lynch, whose corner kick went directly into the net.
Their dominance continued into the second half. Ryan-Doyle netted her fourth goal seven minutes after the break with a shot from outside the box.
The Leesiders found some consolation after 61 minutes when Liz O'Connor confidently converted a penalty which was conceded by goalkeeper Niamh Reid Burke.
The rout was not finished, however. Smyth-Lynch curled home a left-footed shot from outside the box to complete her brace on 77 minutes. Peamount skipper O'Gorman put the finishing touches on the game, converting Smyth-Lynch's cross in stoppage time before collecting the trophy.
The Newcastle club will look to complete the double as they face Wexford Youths in Sunday's FAI cup decider at the Aviva Stadium.
After the game a jubilant O'Gorman said: "It's been a long time coming, we worked really hard this season and we got our just reward in the end. We're absolutely thrilled. Roll on the Aviva next week and Europe next season."