UCD Waves secured their FAI Cup final spot with a narrow 1-0 win over defending Champions Shelbourne Ladies at Jackson Park.

In a thrilling encounter under the floodlights in South Dublin, UCD deservedly claimed their spot in the final at the Aviva Stadium on November 5th where they'll face Cork City WFC.

It was a game of few chances but UCD controlled the early stages of the game and were rewarded with a wonderful Claire Walsh strike. Just after the ten-minute mark, Chloe Mustaki's free-kick hit the wall but came out as far as Walsh who took one touch to set and the second found the bottom corner of Amanda McQuillan's goal.

UCD Waves winger Dearbhaile Beirne caused a number of problems throughout the first-half and she almost set up the industrious Kerri Letmon just before the half-hour, but Shels' centre-back Rachel Graham did well to block at the last moment.

Shels didn't have many chances in the first-half but their best chance came in the latter stages of the half as Roma McLaughlin found Alannah McEvoy on the right but her cross was put wide by Gloria Douglas.

UCD were pinned back throughout the second-half as they defended their trip to the Aviva Stadium with vigour as Chloe Mustaki once again excelled for the home side. Unfortunately, Rebekah Carroll was stretchered off in the closing stages of the game after suffering an ankle injury but they held out to claim a trip to the Aviva.

UCD Waves boss Noel Kealy said: "The players deserve it. They worked so hard tonight and really struck to their tasks brilliantly.

"We've had a difficult year at times, we've lost a few players during the campaign but to make it to the Aviva is going to be a fantastic occasion for the squad and one I'm sure they'll always remember.

"It'll be a great final against Cork City, they've played brilliantly in a lot of games over the course of the campaign but I'm sure they're looking forward to it as much as us.

"Chloe Mustaki has been brilliant for us since she came to us. She came into the team at a time when we'd lost a few players so it was really important to get her in and you can see the impact she has on the team."

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