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Galway WFC bagged a comfortable home victory at a sunny Eamon Deacy Park as goals from Aislinn Meaney and Sadhbh Doyle rounded off what was a very impressive attacking display from the home side.

The Tribeswomen started strong and could have taken the lead as early as the 10th minute when a fine long range effort from Méabh De Búrca found Lynsey McKey in the corner, but after doing well to beat her marker she eventually ran out of space and hit wide.

The Clare native was centre to much of the home side’s early dominance as a mix of through balls and some pacey runs from the wing were keeping her on her toes and very busy.

The home side eventually took the lead on 17 minutes when Chloe Singleton brilliantly played the ball over the head of Roisin McGovern and found McKey in the corner, who duly pinged the ball across goal for Aislinn Meaney to blast home.

The visitors were struggling to get near goal as the ever present De Búrca was there to sweep up anything that came close to scoring range, however they were getting some joy down the left wing through Aisling Dunbar who helped set up two long range efforts that came close for UCD courtesy of Dearbhaile Beirne and Carla Moran.

Billy Cleary’s charges should have doubled their lead just before half time when Singleton broke through the UCD defence, a remarkable save of an effort destined for the top corner by Erica Turner making sure it remained 1-0 at the break.

The second half started as the first had finished with the Tribeswomen upping the intensity significantly as they looked to kill off the game as early as possible and McKey really should have doubled their lead inside the opening ten minutes when Sadhbh Doyle teed her up nicely for a one on one effort only for the Banner girl to hit the side netting.

It didn’t take much longer for the hosts to bag a crucial second goal when Singleton played a lovely ball along the deck for Sadbh Doyle who duly slotted the ball home to seal all three points for the home side in what was a very impressive attacking performance.

Galway WFC: Louise Creaven; Rachel Baynes, Shauna Fox (Aoife Thompson 76), Méabh De Búrca, Carlie Schecht; Sadhbh Doyle, Emma Starr, Lucia Lobata, Chloe Singleton (Aoife Walsh 82); Aislinn Meaney (Sinead Thompson 76), Lynsey McKey.

UCD Waves: Erica Turner; Aisling Dunbar, Roisin McGovern, Chelsea Snell, Katie Burdis; Sinead Gaynor (Aisling Spillane 59), Sophie O’Donoghue (Keelin McEntee 69), Chloe Mustaki, Dearbhaile Beirne; Leanne Payne, Carla Moran (Jenny Chambers 59).

Referee: Marc Lynch

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