Peamount enjoy an emphatic win over Wexford in Newcastle
PEAMOUNT United cemented their position at the summit of the Women’s National League table with an emphatic 4-0 victory against Wexford Youths at PRL Park in Newcastle yesterday evening.
Whereas traditionally the Greenogue outfit play their games in the WNL on either a Saturday or a Sunday, this was a rare encounter for them under Friday Night Lights.
It proved to be a memorable one for James O’Callaghan’s charges as goals from Sadhbh Doyle, Stephanie Roche, Erin McLaughlin and Aine O’Gorman propelled them towards a comfortable win on home soil.
Considering Wexford are the current FAI Women’s Cup champions and are traditionally one of the main challengers for league supremacy, Peamount sent out a massive statement with this display.
They will be back in action against Athlone Town on April 16 and will be aiming to preserve their 100% record in 2022.
Although a number of players have departed the Peas squad in the past 12 months, there remains to be considerable quality within their ranks.
Aside from the aforementioned Roche and O’Gorman, WNL stalwarts like Niamh Reid-Burke, Dora Gorman and Karen Duggan continue to fly the flag for the three-time champions.
Doyle is an important figure for them and she shook the opposition net with just six minutes gone on the clock.
Roche has been playing with supreme confidence in the early weeks of this season and she added to her ever-expanding 2022 tally with her side’s second goal on 17 minutes.
O’Gorman also went close just shy of the first-quarter mark, but with a 2-0 interval lead at their disposal, Peamount were well on their way towards a fifth consecutive league triumph.
They continued to pile on the attacking pressure after the resumption and O’Gorman had another brace of efforts that almost produced a third goal.
However, Peamount eventually extended their lead in the 67th-minute with a fine finish from Donegal native Erin McLaughlin.
This eliminated any prospect of a dramatic Wexford fightback and after Doyle had rattled the woodwork, O’Gorman finally got on the scoresheet in stoppage-time to complete an excellent performance from the Peas.