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Kilkenny United secured their first point of the season, and very nearly took all three, as they played out a 1-1 draw with DLR Waves in blustery conditions at Jackson Park.

The visitors took the lead just past the half-hour when Emma Campbell capitalised on a collision between debutant keeper Sophie Lenehan and Róisín McGovern to tap in.

Waves were on top for the remainder of the game and got the leveller they deserved two minutes from time through substitute Jetta Berill, her first since re-joining the club last month.

The home side could even have nicked a win in injury-time as Catherine Cronin tapped home but she was controversially judged offside, though a draw was perhaps the fairer result.

Waves boss Graham Kelly handed a debut to former Wexford Youths league-winning goalkeeper Lenehan and she had a relatively quiet evening behind a dominant outfield ten.

She was called into action early on to save Nicola Plunkett’s tame effort, but the powerful wind made it difficult for either side to retain possession or create chances.

The wind may have impacted on Lenehan’s reading of Plunkett’s looping 30-yard effort on the half-hour, and she was fortunate to see the ball crash back off the post.

She wasn’t so fortunate three minutes later as she collided with defender McGovern, leaving attacking midfielder Campbell, who heads to the United States on a scholarship next week, to tap in.

Cronin had a chance to equalise just before the break as the ball broke on the edge of the box, but she couldn’t find the target, while Kerri Letmon’s cross just evaded Orla Casey.

The second half was all Waves pressure but they couldn’t find the breakthrough, Amy Cahill in the Kilkenny goal showing great agility to palm away Cronin’s goalbound shot.

Letmon twice drove wide before being replaced by Jetta Berill, and the substitution had the desired effect when the winger levelled up with two minutes remaining.

A hopeful punt from Lenehan caught the wind and skipped through to Berill, who buried a shot wonderfully on the half-volley into the far corner.

There was to be more late drama and Berill was central again, crossing for the late-arriving Cronin to stab home only for the offside flag to deny the home side a grandstand comeback.

DLR Waves: Sophie Lenehan; Nicole Keogh, Ally O’Keeffe, Róisín McGovern, Jenny O’Keeffe; Fiona Donnelly, Nadine Clare, Rachel Doyle; Orla Casey, Catherine Cronin, Kerri Letmon (Jetta Berill 64).

Kilkenny United: Amy Cahill; Jennifer Cosgrove, Zara Lawless, Oleta Griffin, Aoife Brophy; Aisling Spillane, Tara Long, Emma Campbell; Ann Marie Byrne, Bronagh Kane (Abbie Brophy 76), Nicole Plunkett (Aoife Hanley 69).

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