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It has been a long trek to recovery for Rianna Jarrett, with plenty of bumps in the road, but now that she's back where she belongs on a football pitch 15 months after tearing an ACL, her third occasion to suffer the fate, the Wexford Youths star vows to make up for lost time.

When she speaks there's a steely determination in her voice, a single-mindedness that helped her through the tough days as she struggled to get back to full fitness after undergoing surgery for the debilitating injury.

The Irish international returned to action in the recent 2-0 win over Galway WFC in Limerick, coming on as a substitute in the 64th minute, and she was delighted to run out on to the Ferrycarrig Park turf to help her side eventually see off a resolute Kilkenny United outfit by the same scoreline on Saturday evening.

“It was great to get back last week and even better to get on here at home. It's been a long year and a bit for me,” she said.

Jarrett entered the fray in the 54th minute with the sides still deadlocked at 0-0 and she certainly played her part in prising open the Kilkenny defence, supplying the through ball for Claire O'Riordan's opener, but she remained modest about her role in the victory.

“Well I tried anyway. I'm trying to get that partnership going with myself and Claire up front so hopefully we can work on that going forward. The girls really stepped up in the second-half and we improved,” she said.

Kilkenny were certainly a tough nut to crack and Jarrett believes new manager Casey McQuillan deserves a lot of praise for their performance, although she stressed there was no doubting that the home side were worthy of the three points.

“It took us a while to break them down and it was a bit frustrating for the girls. Credit to Kilkenny they were well set up. Their new manager Casey has them set up very well. They came out and had their game plan. They'll probably feel unlucky but we felt that we grew in the second-half and were good value for the win,” she said.

Having shaken off the cobwebs after her enforced sabbatical from the game Jarrett is now looking forward to the rest of the campaign with the wide-eyed excitement of a child at Christmas and is relishing the prospect of helping Wexford Youths in their push to regain the title.

“There's still a lot of games to be played. There's four or five teams up around the top that will be eager for that title, so we've just got to keep going and work hard in training, keep building and take each game as it comes and hopefully we'll be there or thereabouts. It's definitely going to be an interesting finish,” she said.

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