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McEvoy is the star of the show

Alannah McEvoy was the shining star of the show as Peamount United took one step closer to winning the Airtricity Women’s National League for the third time in-a-row.

cEvoy scored a stunning hat-trick as Peamount went four points clear having played one game fewer than the chasing pack by routing a vastly outmatched Treaty United on a stunning 10-0 scoreline.

Wicklow were responsible for exactly half of the Peas’ 10 goals, as Aine O’Gorman chipped in with a brace to surpass former teammate Eleanor Ryan-Doyle as the leading goalscorer in the league with 14 goals.

Peamount’s prospects of retaining the title were improved by Edel Kennedy and Wexford slipping to a shock 1-0 loss to Galway.

Elsewhere, Becky Cassin and Cork City fell to a 2-0 defeat to Athlone Town.

Over in Scotland, Claire Walsh started as Glasgow City smashed the Spartans 9-0 to reaffirm their grip at the top of the league.

Down south in England, despite a player of the match performance from a bandaged-up Louise Quinn, Birmingham City lost 2-0 to Manchester United in the Women’s Super League.

Back in Ireland, in the Airtricity Men’s Premier Division, Chris Lyons was brought on in the second-half but could not stop Drogheda from suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to St. Patrick’s Athletic.

Elsewhere, Stephen McGuinness was an unused substitute as Bohemians beat Longford 4-1.

In the First Division, Aaron Bolger played all 90 minutes and was booked for Cork City as they were held to a 0-0 draw with Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds, on a night when Wicklow’s All-Ireland junior football champions were welcomed to the home of the Seagulls.

Karl Manahan played all 90 minutes as Wexford continued their impressive end to the campaign with a 2-1 win over UCD that brings them to withing a point of drawing level with Cobh Ramblers at the foot of the table.

Finally, Keith Dalton saw red while Dan Blackbyrne and Adam Hayden started, and Jack O’Reilly was an unused substitute as Cabinteely lost 2-1 to Athlone Town.

Over in Scotland, in the absence of Daire O’Connor, who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder, Ayr United were hammered 4-0 by Partick Thistle, while Liam Scales was an unused substitute in both Celtic’s 4-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League, and 2-1 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.

Down South, in the EFL League Two, Pierce Sweeney was brought off at half-time as Exeter City drew 2-2 with Walsall, while Simon Power was brought on in the final ten minutes in Harrogate’s 2-1 win over Oldham.

Meanwhile, Conor Carty put in a hard-working performance up front as the Wolverhampton Wanderers under-23s drew 0-0 with Aston Villa, while Paul McShane was taken off in the second-half as the Manchester United under-23s beat Liverpool by three goals to nil.

Last Wednesday, Sam O’Callaghan scored the winning goal from the penalty spot to beat Pfeiffer 1-0. Then, on Saturday, he kept a clean sheet from full-back in a 0-0 draw with Covenant.

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