Wexford Youths captain Kylie Murphy wore a broad smile after helping the Slaneysiders to a hard-earned 1-0 victory over fellow high-flyers Peamount United in the FAI Continental Tyres Women's National League top of the table clash at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening.

It will by no means be the prettiest performance that the hosts produce this season, but they dug their heels in and got the job done and that was the bottom line for their inspirational leader.

“I'm delighted with the result tonight. Ugly would probably be the best way to describe it, but a win's a win,” said Murphy.

Emma Hansberry's decisive goal may have been laced with good fortune, but the Youths were deserving of a slice of luck for their endeavour, and according to Murphy they battled hard to keep on the front foot.

“We probably got a bit of a flukey goal to be honest, but we didn't back off. We kept at them and kept hounding for the second one but it wasn't coming too easy,” she said.

Murphy admitted that they were feeling the pressure as the game wore on and in the end were relieved to keep the Dubliners at bay and collect the riches on offer.

“Towards the end we dropped off and tried to play it out. At one stage I felt like there was about 20 of them running at us. We were under savage pressure. In fairness to Peamount they put serious pressure on us towards the end but I'm delighted we managed to see out the game and get the three points,” she said.

The Model county side might be sitting pretty at the top of the table but Murphy definitely isn't one for getting carried away at this fledgling stage of the season.

“I'm obviously happy to go top of the table, but it's very early days yet and there's lots of football to be played. We've a lot of work to do still,” she said.

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