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Match-winner Emma Hansberry was delighted to have helped her side to move a step closer to some silverware as her spectacular late strike earned Wexford Youths a 2-1 win over Galway in their Continental Tyres Women's National League semi-final in Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday evening.

With 82 minutes on the clock, the Sligo native fired an eye-catching long-range effort out of the reach of Galway goalkeeper Tina Hughes and admits a shoot on sight policy was something she had in her mind should the opportunity present itself.

“We knew we had a good wind behind us in the second-half, so we said at half-time to shoot from anywhere if you see any glimpse of a chance and just go for it. That's what I did and thankfully it went in,” she said.

“It's great to get to the final. That's what you aim for at the start of the year, get to as many finals as you can and try to win the league. That's what it's all about so it's nice to have that good feeling now as we're preparing for the Champions League”.

Although Wexford got there in the end, Hansberry was well aware that the result could have gone against them, and a spirited Galway side were certainly left rueing some near misses when the final whistle sounded.

“They could have easily been in the lead 2-1 and our 'keeper (Ciamh Dollard) made some fantastic saves. It could have been a different game altogether, but we missed quite a few chances as well so it could have gone either way and thankfully we got the win,” she said.

After trying to keep it in the back of their minds, Wexford Youths can now finally turn their full attention to their eagerly-awaited Champions League qualifiers in Belfast, with Ajax, Thor/KA and Linfield Ladies lying in wait.

“It's our third time playing in the Champions League. It's really exciting and we're hoping that we'll be a bit calmer going into it this time. We've a bit of experience behind us now in the competition, we know what to expect from teams, we know how good they are. It's going to be a totally different challenge to the Women's National League, but we're well prepared and we're really looking forward to it,” she said.

Back to domestic matters, with one cup final already to look forward to and riding high at the top of the league, things couldn't be going much better for the Ferrycarrig Park-based side, but Hansberry isn't getting too carried away just yet.

“We've everything to play for, it's still very early days and there's plenty of games to go yet, but at the end of the day it's nice to be top of the league. That's where you want to be and you want to keep that gap ahead of the other teams. Peamount and Shels are flying it as well so we've just got to focus on ourselves and not worry about teams behind us and try to keep that gap until the end of the season,” she said.

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