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Wexford Youths WFC manager Laura Heffernan wore a satisfied smile after her charges overcame UCD Waves 2-1 in an entertaining Continental Tyres Women's National League match at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening.

Late goals from Claire O'Riordan and Rianna Jarrett saw them earn a fully-merited 2-1 victory and Heffernan was understandably happy with the result, and with the leaders going into weekend, Peamount United, surprisingly suffering a heavy defeat against Galway it made the win all the sweeter.

“Delighted with that. The girls worked really hard from start to finish. It's a great result and I've just heard the Peamount-Galway result as well and Peamount were beaten. We're top of the table but we're still only halfway there and there's still a long way to go,” she said.

The Wexford girls arguably put in their best performance so far this season against UCD, with the perfect blend of defensive solidity and attacking flair, and the manager says things are beginning to really take shape with all the hard work on the training ground paying off, even though a late goal from UCD's Sinead Gaynor left an ever so slightly sour taste in the mouth.

“We've been saying that we want to get things right defensively and we're actually really disappointed that we conceded there before the end because I thought we looked solid for the majority of the game but it's important to start adding the attacking football,” she said.

Things are looking good for Wexford Youths as they look to wrest back the title from Shelbourne, sitting pretty at the top of the table with the squad getting stronger each passing week as important players return to the fold and Heffernan is definitely happy with her lot at the moment.

“With the likes of Rianna (Jarrett) and them coming back it makes a big difference, we definitely played some better attacking football today. We had to leave five out of our squad, which is disappointing for them because everyone is putting in a great shift in training. It's a good problem to have though,” she said.

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