Shelbourne Ladies assistant manager Gordon Ewing was delighted with the reaction of the players after the 1-1 draw against UCD Waves in Santry.

Aine O’Gorman put the away side ahead from the penalty spot but captain Pearl Slattery leveled the tie from close range in an entertaining clash at Morton Stadium.

Despite going one down and showing a lot of heart to get to back on level terms, Ewing joked: “It’s not our intention to go keep going one down and start slow, but I’m delighted with how we reacted and played our way back into the game.

“Happy with the point and a draw seemed a fair result on the balance of play.”

With now just their second point on the board, he also firmly defended the start of the season pointing to the extensive injury list. “We have five or six out at the moment and look to get them back as soon as possible and really push on.”

Player of the match and under 17 International Tiegan Ruddy was one of the standout performers, showing incredible maturity for one so young, especially when you consider her tender age and the fact she was booked so early on. Her stand in boss was quick to praise the performance also.

Ewing continued: “She was incredible, absolutely magnificent, played out of her skin and when you consider she’s only 16 it makes it even more amazing. She looked comfortable on the ball and can play equally as well in midfield so delighted to have her on board.”

Shels will be delighted with a share the spoils despite a late push from The Waves, but a draw seemed a fair result overall for both teams who have title aspirations in what’s shaping up to be an exciting Continental Tyres Women National League season.


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