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Eleanor Ryan-Doyle of Peamount United and Riona Crowley of Cork City fist bump after the SSE Airtricity Women's National League match between Peamount United and Cork City at PRL Park in Greenogue, Dublin. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Eleanor Ryan-Doyle of Peamount United and Riona Crowley of Cork City fist bump after the SSE Airtricity Women's National League match between Peamount United and Cork City at PRL Park in Greenogue, Dublin. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Eleanor Ryan-Doyle of Peamount United and Riona Crowley of Cork City fist bump after the SSE Airtricity Women's National League match between Peamount United and Cork City at PRL Park in Greenogue, Dublin. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Eleanor Ryan Doyle’s brace for Peamount United in their 3-1 win over Cork City on Saturday ensured they remained top of the Women’s National League.

However, Wexford Youths remain hot on the league leaders’ heals, after a 7-1 routing of Bohemians left them just two points behind Peamount.

James O’Callaghan’s half-time team talk would have made interesting listening as his Peamount side conceded just before the interval to make it 1-1 and bring Cork City back into the contest.

Ryan-Doyle had opened the scoring on 15 minutes before Eva Mangan levelled matters when she fired in from close range.

After the break, Ryan-Doyle got her second of the game – to move her joint top of the Scoring Charts with Galway’s Rachel Kearns – when she powered in a header from a corner kick. Áine O’Gorman made sure of the victory with a sweet half-volley finish.

In Wexford, Youths captain Kylie Murphy began their rout of Bohs with two goals early on (the second of which came from the penalty spot) to seize command before Aisling Frawley raced free to make it 3-0.

It was a set-piece delivery that led to Wexford’s fourth when the ball appeared to come off Yvonne Hedigan before crossing the line. Substitutes Kim Flood and Lauren Kelly (two) also scored, while Erica Burke pulled one back for Bohs.

Elsewhere, Shelbourne enjoyed a 5-0 victory over Galway WFC to keep within three points of the league leaders. Jessica Ziu, Jamie Finn, Ciara Grant and Saoirse Noonan (penalty) all registered on the scoreboard before half time.

After the break, Noelle Murray rounded things off with a chipped goal to wrap things up.

Meanwhile, Carla McManus reacted quickest to a corner kick to secure DLR Waves a 1-0 victory over Athlone Town away from home.

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WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE

Results – Athlone Town 0 DLR Waves 1; Peamount United 3 Cork City 1; Shelbourne 5 Galway WFC 0; Wexford Youths 7 Bohemians 1

P W D L Pts

Peamount 6 6 0 0 18

Wex Yths 7 5 1 1 16

Shelbourne 6 5 0 1 15

DLR Waves 6 4 1 1 13

Galway 6 2 1 3 7

Bohemians 6 1 1 4 4

Cork City 7 0 3 4 3

Athl Town 6 0 2 4 2

Treaty Utd 6 0 1 5 1


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