Galway WFC held the reigning Women's National League champions Shelbourne LFC to a 1-1 draw at Eamonn Deacy Park, bringing their league points tally up to double figures.

More importantly, perhaps, it helped the 'Galway Girls' prove a lot of doubters wrong about their abilities - they have come a long way from the 5-1 defeat they suffered against the same opponents back in May.

Player of the Match, Meabh De Burca, took time out to chat to WNL reporter Trevor Murray after the draw, and seemed pleased with the point but cited a desire to improve even further.

"I mean, when you're at the end of the table that we're at, I think every point is a vital one," the Ireland international said.

"Especially at the start of the season, I think Shelbourne would have been probably the favourites for league, but obviously that's turned around now. Any teams above us, we're happy if we can get a point, if not three. I think we were unlucky to maybe not get three, although they could also have got a winner at the end so we'll take it and move on to the next game.

"I suppose we're consistently inconsistent because we'll have a poor game and maybe a better game again and it keeps going around. We need to look at that ourselves and see if we can keep our performances at a high level and not think too much about the opponent."

Manager Billy Clery had targeted a top three finish at the start of the campaign, but with at least a 10-point swing needed in their favour between now and the end of October to put them in contention, De Burca feels that objective has passed them by - but she has her sights already set on 2018 for Galway to break the mold, especially with young starlets coming through the system.

"Yeah, I don't think it's a realistic target at this stage. The loss against Cork was a big six-pointer. Obviously we've moved on from that now.

"We're just looking to progress with a view to next season and pushing on and getting game time for a lot of the young girls like Lucia [Lobeto] and Chloe [Singleton] who I thought had an exceptional game - this game time is important for them as well so that we can hit the ground running next season. But also, we've got a Shield final and the FAI Cup still to play for so there are a lot of positives," De Burca added.

Up next for the Tribeswomen is a home league clash against UCD Waves on August 5.

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