Cork City WFC earned their second league win of the 2017 campaign with a 2-0 away victory over Galway WFC thanks to two well-taken goals from Clare Shine.

Cork manager Frank Kelleher was brimming with praise for the Republic of Ireland international following her strikes in either half when he addressed the media, and spoke about her ability to boost the performance of players around her.

“She just offers that extra bite in the front line, she got two very good goals today, had a couple of other chances – I thought the Galway ‘keeper made a fantastic save from a drive form about 25 yards. She is getting back to her best, and she’s working hard which is great,” he said.

“Clare is only 21, but she’s been in the game for such a long time and has been playing at the highest level from a very young age. It’s her leadership in the dressing room, it’s huge.”

Kelleher was pleased with the overall display by his team and felt they were fully deserving of all three points on the day, and was of the opinion they had come a long way since the previous meeting between the sides which ended in a 5-3 defeat for the Munster outfit.

“A very good performance, very measured, very organised from start to finish, really. We had a game plan. We learned from the previous match, I’d say, a lot.

“We knew we needed to set up and play a certain way, and I think we executed it very well. I think the players knew what their roles were and what their responsibilities were, what their jobs were for the 90 minutes and I think we deserved the win,” Kelleher added

Next up for Cork is a clash against Wexford Youths WFC, and although Kelleher knows it will be a difficult encounter, he feels they are ready to push further up the table and reach double figures.

“So far, we’ve done well in all games which we are very pleased about as a group. We’ve set the standard that we want. Wexford will be a tough test next week at Bishopstown but we’re really looking forward to it.

“We’re looking up the league now rather than looking down so I’m happy with that.”

Trevor Murray

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