Wexford Youths manager Laura Heffernan knows the equation is simple, win your remaining games and the Continental Tyres Women's National League title heads to Ferrycarrig.

However, standing in their way couldn't be a tougher run-in which will begin tomorrow evening at home to current WNL Champions Shelbourne Ladies.

Youths have a four-point lead at the top of the Women's National League following a recent 4-1 win over Kilkenny United and a 0-0 draw against an-improved Galway WFC side.

Wexford have played one extra game than their title rivals with Peamount United four points behind, Shelbourne Ladies seven points behind and UCD Waves nine points back.

Heffernan is happy her side is in the driving seat for the home stretch but knows her side couldn't have a tougher run-in to claim the title.

The Youths manager said: "It's great to be at the top at this stage of the season and we know exactly what we need to do heading into the final few games.

"We definitely would have taken this position if you'd offered it us at the start of the season so it shows how well we've performed as the season has gone on.

"We couldn't have a tougher run-in though so we really need to make sure we're at our very best as we've got to play all of our title rivals."

Youths will be boosted with the return of the World University Games players Claire O'Riordan, Rianna Jarrett, Aoibhin Webb and Aisling Frawley, who won the July Player of the Month.

Katrina Parrock scored a brace against Kilkenny United last week and Heffernan has admitted she has a selection headache on her hands.

She added: "It's great to see the players come back. Aisling has been brilliant for us this season and there have been times where she has won games for us on her own.

"She really deserved to win the Player of the Month award and it's great to see her be recognised. We've got a lot of options in the forward area and with Katrina scoring two goals last week, we've got a few decisions to make.

"These are good problems to have of course and it shows how much it has been a real squad effort this year. We'll have to assess how the players from the World University Games are before we make any decision."

Shelbourne Ladies come into the game after an impressive UEFA Women's Champions League campaign where they finished second in the group after draws against Medyk Konin and PK-35 Vantaa, and a 3-1 win over Linfield Ladies.

With the Dublin side seven points behind Youths, Shels need a result to stay in the title race and Heffernan is wary of the current Champions' threat.

Heffernan continued: "It's hard to know whether we're catching them at a good time. Physically, you would have thought such a difficult week would have took it's toll.

"They had to put in a lot of work in games and then in training as well, so from that point of view, maybe it's a good time.

"But, they did so well, remained unbeaten which is brilliant and they were unlucky not to qualify for the next round. Their confidence is going to be really high on the back of those results so it's definitely going to be an interesting one tomorrow night."

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