Peamount United 2
Cork City 1
CORK CITY WFC have started the new SÓ Hotel Women’s National League with a disappointing result as they were narrowly defeated 2-1 by a talented Peamount United side at Greenogue on Saturday evening.
Rónán Collins’ side made a dream start as Katie McCarthy fired them into the lead after just 19 seconds but goals from Amber Barrett and Aine O’Gorman was enough to see Peamount come from behind to ultimately snatch the three points from this season opener.
The last time these two sides faced each other in a competitive fixture was in the final game of the 2018 season which proved to be a nightmare afternoon for City.
On home soil, the Leesiders lost to their Dublin rivals 9-1 but during the winter break manager, Rónán Collins took the opportunity to rejuvenate the squad in an effort to close the gap in this campaign.
City had to do without the likes of goalkeeper Eve Badana, who is currently studying for college exams and three attackers in the form of Christina Dring, Eadaoin Lyons and Saoirse Noonan.
As a result, the club had to rely heavily on its talented youngsters with six teenagers named in the starting 11 to take on last season’s Women’s National League Cup winners and FAI Cup finalists.
Any potential nerves were quickly settled as Cork took the lead with just 19 seconds on the clock thanks to Katie McCarthy.
A clever pass from Rachel O’Regan, who notched her first goal for the senior side in that 9-1 defeat at the end of October, picked out McCarthy and she made no mistake expertly drilling her strike from the edge of the penalty into the far bottom left corner of the net.
Peamount though, to their credit, responded well to that setback and they ought to have levelled the scores in just the sixth minute.
Amber Barrett claimed the golden boot award in each of the last two seasons but she could only direct her shot wide of the target when through one on one with keeper Maria O’Sullivan.
City failed to heed the warning and they were punished moments later as Barrett opened her account for the season when she found the net after seeing her initial effort saved by O’Sullivan.
McCarthy went close to restoring the visitor’s advantage but her strike flashed across goal and midway through the first half, Peamount edged their noses in front as Aine O’Gorman slotted home from a few yards following a corner.
Both side’s created chances as the match progressed but City needed Eabha O’Mahony to be at her best block Megan Smyth Lynch’s goal-bound attempt at the beginning of the second half.
City’s best opportunity to grab an equaliser fell to McCarthy late on but following a surging run, she was unfortunate to see her strike roll wide of the post.
PEAMOUNT UNITED: Naoisha McAloon, Lauryn O’Callaghan, Louise Corrigan, Chloe Moloney, Claire Walsh, Niamh Farrelly, Karen Duggan, Megan Smyth Lynch, Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Amber Barrett, Aine O’Gorman.
Subs: Dearbhaile Beirne for Megan Smyth Lynch (62).
CORK CITY: Maria O’Sullivan, Danielle Burke, Eabha O’Mahony, Emma Farmer, Ciara McNamara, Zara Foley, Lauren Egbuloniu, Savannah McCarthy, Kate O’Donovan, Katie McCarthy, Rachel O’Regan.
Subs: Maggie Duncliffe for Kate O’Donovan (45), Stacey Paul O’Regan for Rachel O’Regan (65), Nathalie O’Brien for Lauren Egbuloniu (82).