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Cork City Women’s Interim Manager Rónán Collins has praised the resilience of his squad as they earned the first victory of his reign on Sunday afternoon.

A Saoirse Noonan hat-trick was enough to see City return to winning ways in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League as they defeated Galway 3-1 in Bishopstown.

And speaking to reporters shortly after full time, Collins admitted he was happy with the performance of his side considering they were hindered by injuries.

“I’m happy with the win. We set our focus for the day and especially the second half we nailed them a lot more,” said Collins.

“We worked really hard in training this week. The girls were really good and they brought that application into the match day. Probably a lot of it was defending, defending central areas we spoke about that last week and they did it really well.

“We probably didn’t dominate much of the game to be fair but we created a lot more chances which shows how well we defended those areas so I’m very happy with that.

“The whole team was the doubt. We didn’t have 11 fully fit players even for today so Dave Minihane our physio has done a superb job in banding them and packing them up together.

“The girls have really adapted. Some of them have played in positions that they’re not very used to, their communication to organise those players has been extremely good.

“We’ve had players who had to come off at different times as well because of these knocks and niggles and the girls that came in really slotted in very well so I think it’s a good sign of the squad so I can only be happy with that.

“We’re happy with the performances but we still have a lot to do.”

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