A strong second half display after a tight first half gave Cork City a 6-0 win thanks to a goal from Éabha O’Mahony, two goals from Savannah McCarthy and a Saoirse Noonan hat-trick in their latest Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League game at Bishopstown on Sunday.
City started the match in the perfect manner with a goal inside two minutes as Savannah McCarthy headed home a Maggie Duncliffe corner to give City an early 1-0 lead. City dominated the first half pressing the Kilkenny defence but struggled to create much in the way of clear cut chances. In the 20th minute Christina Dring had a good run past the Kilkenny defence and set herself up for a shot on goal which went just over the bar. Savannah McCarthy came close to getting a second goal in the 36th as she got onto the end of an Eabha O’Mahony corner but her headed effort went just wide.
The second half was a much different affair as City started brightly and Eabha O’Mahony scored in the 50th minute with a great curling effort from the edge of the box into the top corner. In the 55th minute Eabha O’Mahony was again involved as she set up Saoirse Noonan who put it away with a powerful effort.
O’Mahony and Noonan again combined in the 60th minute as Saoirse Noonan at the far post headed home an Eabha O’Mahony corner. In the 67th minute Savannah McCarthy got her second goal after some head tennis in the Kilkenny penalty area following a City corner found its way to McCarthy who chested down and turned to put it away to make it 5-0. Noonan got her hat-trick in the 86th minute as she was found by Megan Sheehan got her way past the Kilkenny defenders and finished well to make it 6-0.
Next up for City is a trip to Ferrycarrig Park next Saturday 20th of October to face Wexford Youths WFC with a 6.30pm kick off.
Cork City: Maria O’Sullivan, Zara Foley (Danielle Burke 9’), Ciara McNamara, Savannah McCarthy, Nathalie O’Brien, Riona Crowley, Kate O’Donovan (Megan Sheehan 60’), Maggie Duncliffe, Christina Dring (Saoirse Noonan 24’), Eabha O’Mahony, Eadaoin Lyons.
Unused Substitutes: Katie McCarthy, Rachel O’Regan.