Galway WFC experienced their first draw of the 2017 Women's National League season, holding reigning champions Shelbourne to a 1-1 draw at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway WFC went in search of a win to bounce back from their Cork City WFC defeat, but the 'Galway Girls' had to content themselves with a share of the spoils as Jennifer Byrne's goal was cancelled out by Kate Mooney's leveler in the second half.

Mark Leavy's troops enjoyed much of the possession in the opening 10 minutes, but failed to fashion anything of note as the hosts chased the game, but after waking up, Billy Clery's side found the first breakthrough with Byrne converting from a corner.

Contesting the set piece at the back post in the 18th minute, Byrne made a nuisance of herself to get a subtle touch that was enough to see the ball cross the line and open the scores.

Lynsey McKey had the opportunity to double Galway's lead six minutes later after she was presented with a free kick 20 yards from goal, but although her aim was precise and powerful, headed for the top right corner, Shels goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan was on hand to produce the save of the match.

Galway had the ball in the back of the net again soon thereafter though Tessa Mullins, after contesting a high ball with McQuillan, but referee Marc Lynch was quick to pull play back for an infringement.

Shelbourne had Galway hearts in mouths in the 35th minute when Siobhan Killeen struck the crossbar, before Leanne Kiernan forced Tina Hughes into a good save with right-footed effort shortly afterwards.

Shelbourne responded quickly after the restart - it took them just three minutes, in fact, for Kate Mooney to stab home a Kiernan cross from the right wing after the home defence was caught flat-footed to level the scores.

Then, Killeen produced a burst of pace a few minutes later to outstrip Meabh de Burca on the left flank before bursting into the box to fashion a shooting chance, but her effort curled wide of the far post and wide of the mark.

Galway looked vulnerable on the counter attack whenever Shelbourne broke away, with Kiernan always looking to receive the through ball, but their offside trap held together for the most part.

New addition Lucia Lobeto almost wrote her name into the headlines when she rose highest to get her head on a Shauna Fox free kick launched deep into the opposition box, but her glancing header was saved well by McQuillan at the near post.

Aoife Brennan should have done better in the closing minutes when she almost completed a neat one-two to set Lynsey McKey through on goal but her final pass was intercepted by a covering defender and the match ended in a draw after a lengthy stoppage for Tiegan Ruddy to receive treatment for a nasty-looking injury for which she had to get transported away by ambulance.

So, Galway move on to double figures while Shelbourne fail to take advantage of the game in hand over Peamount United.

Galway WFC: Tina Hughes, Jennifer Byrne, Alina Cheatham (Lucia Lobatto 63), Keara Cormican, Meabh de Burca, Shauna Fox, Chloe Singleton, Tessa Mullins, Sadhbh Doyle, Aislinn Meaney (Aoife Brennan 87), Lynsey McKey

Shelbourne LFC: Amanda McQuillan, Seana Cooke, Tiegan Ruddy (Niamh Walsh 96), Alex Kavanagh, Leanne Kiernan, Rachel Graham, Siobhan Killeen (Alanna McEvoy 66), Jamie Finn, Courtney Higgins (Niamh Prior 60), Kate Mooney, Lynn Craven

Referee: Marc Lynch

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