Article courtesy of Gareth Maher - Irish Daily Mail on Monday 18th November
IT TAKES time to build a winning team and Larry Mahoney knows that DLR Waves are on the right track to emerging as title contenders.
Having learned a lot from their first season in the Bus Éireann Women’s National League, the
south Dublin outfit are now physically tougher, sharper on the ball, and more shrewd of how to handle games.
There have been some bumps along the road, which are inevitable, but yesterday’s 3-0 win away to Galway WFC was massive and it acts as a statement of their intent to be amongst the top teams.
Mahoney has recruited well with the additions of Margaret Doyle and Orlagh Nolan from Shamrock Rovers providing them with defensive grit and attacking finesse — two things they definitely needed more of.
However, it is the leadership of Sylvia Gee that really binds this team. She may be considered a
veteran now, but the former UCD ace has not lost that knack of getting the best out of those
around her and that is so crucial in helping to transform a new team.
Over the course of the season, other players will need to step up and take on more responsibility — the likes of Jennifer Ferrari and Zara Dillon have great potential — but the more that winning becomes a habit, the more players will come out of their shells. DLR knew what it was like to be the new girls last year and they will have seized on that vulnerability that Galway may have had yesterday, although they are also aware of the need to be consistent.
Galway will bounce back from this defeat, just as DLR are bound to find themselves in a sticky spot again, but it is about maintaining your principles that will ultimately bring you rewards.
That is something that DLR are beginning to learn and it is why they should be taken seriously. Mahoney is a clever operator and will not allow his players to slip off, so expect to see them scale even higher.