Limerick FC hit four past Kilkenny United on their debut in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League and manager Dave Rooney was a happy man after the game.

The victory over Kilkenny is a great tonic for Limerick but Rooney is adamant that this is only the beginning for his side.

“Technically there are going to be better teams than us we know that but nobody is going to out work us in any match this season,” Rooney said.

“It’s a proud moment for everybody. First Limerick team. The club have done everything that I wanted. I was told straight away that everything that the men’s senior team get, you have as well.

“I’m working out of the same office as Tommy Barrett (Limerick FC men’s manager), we have video analysis, access to gyms, nutritionists, strength and conditioning and now the Markets Field as well.

“We have everything. This isn’t window dressing for the club. We are very, very serious about girls football. I’m delighted to be leading it and delighted to be a part of it. It’s been a proud day for all the squad.”

Lauren Keane scored twice in the 4-0 win and admitted that she couldn’t have asked for a better start to life at the club.

“Happy out now with my performance,” said a visibly delighted Lauren. “Obviously it can kick on again. Fitness needs to improve in the team and in general.

“Everyone can step it up again. Even though it was a good performance but we have to push on an keep the momentum going.

Although Limerick are the new side in town, Lauren is adamant that are going to spring a few surprises as the season kicks into gear.

“The goal is to finish as high as we can. To show that just because we are new to the league and going to finish bottom.

“We are going to show to the top teams that we are going to put it up to them. We are going to work hard. If we win, we win.”

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