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Wexford Youths manager Laura Hefffernan was unsurprisingly a happy manager after watching her charges eke out a 2-0 win against Galway in their Continental Tyres Women's National League season opener in Ferrycarrig Park.

The Wexford town native, who recently took the reins after the departure of Gary Hunt from the hot seat, admitted her side rode their luck at times, but was delighted with the character her players displayed to weather the storm before taking control late on.

"We were a little bit lucky in the first-half when Galway were definitely the better team. We started a big sluggish. I don't know if it was first game nerves, or what it was, but we definitely didn't start well and we were lucky not to concede. But credit to the girls we showed some great character in the second-half. We came out a different team after the break really," she said.

To coin a well-worn cliche, goals change games and Heffernan says the Youths took their opportunities well when they came, reserving a special word of praise for second-half substitute Aisling Frawley.

"The set-piece worked well for the opening goal and then Emma Hansberry finished her chance brilliantly, but to be honest Aisling Frawley changed the game when see came on. She was excellent,' she said.

Although new to the manager's role Heffernan is a familiar face around Ferrycarrig Park, excelling as a player and as assistant manager at the club.

"I've been here six years now, between playing and coaching with Will Doyle so it's a bit of a step up for me as well. It's a learning curve for me, but hopefully we'll learn quickly,' she said.

The first hurdle was cleared in pleasing fashion with Saturday's victory and the manager is well aware that results are the be all and end all.

"Three points is three points, whether you play well or win ugly. It's the points on the board that's the main thing and we're off to a good start," she said.

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