Noel Kealy was delighted, if a little surprised, to hear that his team now sits on top of the Women’s National League on goal difference thanks to a 2-1 win away to Peamount United.

The UCD Waves manager watched on as his side dominated the game from start to finish but gave themselves a nervy final few minutes after conceding with seven minutes to go.

Dearbhaile Beirne had given UCD the lead after just two minutes before she doubled their advantage 13 minutes into the second half. Amber Barrett pulled one back for the hosts on 83 minutes but UCD’s dominance saw them prevail in the end. 

“I’m really pleased, considering the Wexford game, for me, was three points dropped,” Kealy said after the game. “I was disappointed then because our performance deserved more. However, today showed that we are learning to get into that leading possession, control the game and try to choke it from there if we need to. Unfortunately, that’s what you need to do these days to get yourself back to the top.

“I thought going forward and our attacking was excellent today. We got a load of opportunities again and I think we hit the bar, the post, and the keeper I don’t know how many times.”

UCD once again found it tough to finish off a team despite dominating, much to the frustration of Kealy.

“It seems to be the story of the season so far. We get an early goal and then we seem to struggle to get the follow up but they are always strong performances and that’s what I am most pleased about. Somebody is going to suffer in the end.”

UCD set about trying to throw their opponents off their game from the first whistle by relentlessly pressing throughout the first half.

“I had made a decision that if they did get to play with the wind in the first half that we would press them and keep them from playing out from the back. Second half was a different story because we sat and let them try to play out from the back,” Kealy said.     

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