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Limerick native Claire O’Riordan has praised the progress made by her hometown club despite succumbing to a heavy 5-1 defeat against her high-flying Wexford side on Saturday at the University of Limerick.

The international striker looked to be on good form doubling her side's lead with a great strike from Aisling Frawley’s cross and in the process sending the Youths to the top of the league table.

A Rianna Jarrett hat-trick sealed victory for the visitors in the second half as Newcastle West-based O’Riordan dismissed any claims that she had any concerns playing against her local club.

“It is just another game,” claimed O’Riordan. “Wexford are my family and I have played with them down through the years.

“I wish Limerick all the best,” she added.

Despite her Wexford allegiance, the young striker was full of praise for David Rooney’s newly-formed side who she said showed plenty of character despite a heavy loss to the league champions.

“It was a tough game. Limerick, they are getting better each game that they play in the league.

“They are new but they are a good strong physical team.

“I knew when they formed that they were going to be a decent team and I knew that they weren’t going to be sitting at the bottom of the table or anything like that.

“There is talent in Limerick, it is just to get it and to get it out of the players and to teach and to learn, to improve and to grow.

“I have no doubt that this team (Limerick), as long as they keep grafting and working hard, will improve as the seasons go by.”

Returning her focus towards her own side, O’Riordan said she isn’t getting carried away with Wexford’s impressive start to the season and emphasised the need to stay determined in a bid to retain the league title.

“We are looking to focus on ourselves and improve.

“It is nice to be sitting at the top but you have to keep putting in the performances as much as we can but the most important thing is the three points.”

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