Cork City WFC 0 Peamount 3
THIS was another disappointing performance from Cork City WFC as they suffered their second league defeat in a row against Peamount on Sunday in Bishopstown.
It was a disappointing first half for City who started awful going three down after 11 minutes.
Unfortunately, it looked as if City’s defence had made the long journey as opposed to the Peamount players travelling from Dublin, as they looked lethargic early on and bad mistakes were punished with goals from Stephaine Roche, Aine O’Gorman and Eleanor Ryan Doyle.
Peamount dominated the half and could have scored further goals through O’Gorman and Dearbhaile Beirne but were denied by the post and one good save from Maria O’Sullivan.
City created just two half-decent chances in this half. Both coming from Sophie Liston.
Liston along with Zara Foley were only two of City players that looked to be committed in every challenge with Liston a threat on the right but unfortunately not enough support and the visitors went in at the break with a three-goal lead.
City started sharp in the second half and should have closed the gap when good link-up by Sophie Liston and Saoirse Noonan resulted in a wasted chance as all it needed was a tap in from Christina Dring who failed to get at the end of the cross.
Peamount should have widened the gap once again when two great chances form Eleanor Ryan Doyle and Lucy McCartan were denied by another great save by O’Sullivan while Cartan’s header from six yards went over the bar.
Former Wilton and Blarney player Laura Shine made her senior debut as she was introduced for Egboloniu.
The youngster had scored two goals the previous day in the U17s win over Shelbourne.
Other players to make their senior debut were Lauren Walsh and Leah Murphy.
Peamount finished with 10 players when Louise Masterson was given her marching orders for a second yellow and this gave City a lift.
They finished better and overall played better in the second half but still off the pace against the top sides as we have seen over the past two games.
Ronan Collins' side will need a bit of work but hopefully, with the younger girls being gradually bled into the team, we will see an improvement in the coming weeks.
CORK CITY: M O’Sullivan, L Singleton, Z Foley, C McNamara, D Burke, S Liston, B Cassin, E O’Mahony, S Noonan, C Dring, L Egboluniou.
Subs N O’Brien for L Singleton (7), L Shine for L Egboloniu (59), Lauren Walsh, Leah Murphy and K O’Donovan for D Burke, S Liston and B Cassin (79).
PEAMOUNT: N McAloon, L O’Callaghan, N Farrelly, A McEvoy, E Ryan Doyle, A O’Gorman, C Walsh, K Duggan, D Beirne, S Doyle, S Roche.
Subs L McCartan, M Lynch Smyth and Niamh Barnes for S Doyle, C Walsh and L O’Callaghan (59), C Moloney and L Masterson for K Duggan and D Beirne.
Referee: A Buttimer.