Cork City lost in Greenogue, Dublin yesterday to a committed Peamount United side in a nine-goal thriller.
The Leesiders, who are on a poor run stretching back to November, started the game extremely brightly and tested opposing keeper Brooke Dunne a number of times before making the breakthrough, as captain Katie McCarthy scored after 14 minutes.
This prompted a response from the home side, who equalised through Hayley Nolan with the Peas player hammering a shot below Fennelly.
It remained tied at the break, but not for long, as Peamount stepped up a number of gears. This gave the Dublin side a quick two-goal cushion as first substitute Jessica Gargan struck to put the Peas ahead, before Kim Turner added a quickfire third.
The Leesiders battled on and Vanessa Ogbonna managed to pull a goal back, but from the resulting kick-off Eleanor Ryan-Doyle managed to squirm free and the young striker restored Peamount’s two-goal advantage.
With their resistance broken, the Leesiders went on to concede three more goals before full-time, with Rachel Doyle adding the fifth before Gargan and Ryan-Doyle completed a brace each. A heavy defeat on the road again for the Leeside club, who were outclassed in the second half by Peamount.
The Leesiders’ next scheduled game is for the 4th April in Celtic Park, Mayo against Castlebar Celtic. This will be the final away game of the season for the Cork club, who also have a rescheduled fixture against Raheny United to contest in Bishopstown.
Peamount United: Brooke Dunne, Laura Traynor, Emma Donoghue (Emma Byrne), Lucy McCarton, Lauren Kealy, Hayley Nolan, Sylvia Gee, Rachel Doyle, Claire Kinsella (Jessica Gargan), Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Kim Turner (Sinead Taylor)
Cork City W.F.C.: Trish Fennelly, Nathalie O’Brien, Shannon Carson, Ciara McNamara, Megan Carroll, Natalie Coughlan, Maggie Duncliffe, Amy Quinn, Katie McCarthy, Laura Medbury (Fiona Considine), Vanessa Ogbonna
Peamount United: Nolan 25′; Gargan 50′, 80′; Turner 54′; Ryan-Doyle 68′, 87′; Doyle 75′.
Cork City W.F.C.: McCarthy 14′; Ogbonna 67′.