Match-winner Rianna Jarrett was delighted to have helped Wexford Youths move a step closer to retaining their Continental Tyres Women's National League crown as they eked out a deserved 1-0 victory over fierce rivals Shelbourne in Ferrycarrig Park on Tuesday evening.

The Irish international poked home the only goal of the game following an Emma Hansberry corner midway through the second-half to earn them a precious win, that moved them six points clear at the top of the table with just three games remaining.

“It was a massive win. We always knew it was going to be tough. There hasn't been much between the teams the last few times we played them, there's only been one goal in it and it turned out to be the same again tonight. Thankfully we were the ones who were one goal better this time,” she said.

The hosts saw plenty of the ball in the opening 45 minutes, without creating any gilt-edged opportunities, but eventually their patience paid off and, after getting their noses in front, they were able to keep Shelbourne at bay.

“We had one or two half chances in the first-half but we didn't really create anything clear-cut.

"At half-time we said we had our fair share of the ball and we moved it that little bit better than them but we knew coming out in the second-half they were going to come and give it everything.

"Thankfully we got the goal and then we dug in and you could say we held on there once or twice but we're definitely due a bit of luck,” she said.

For anybody looking in it's hard to envisage a scenario where Wexford Youths won't pick up the four points required to get them over the line in their remaining three games against Galway, Cork City and UCD Waves, but Jarrett is keeping her feet firmly on the ground.

“We still have three tough games to go. Our next league game is away to Galway and that's going to be massive. It's never easy up there so we're taking nothing for granted. We'll take each game as it comes. We've been doing that all season and we'll do it again,” she said.

One of their most admirable qualities during an impressive campaign for Wexford Youths has been the ability to quickly bounce back from adversity.

When they tasted defeat for the first and only time in the league this season to Shelbourne back in August they weren't long about righting the wrongs, overcoming the Dubliners in the Shield semi-final the following weekend.

Similarly when they were bested by Peamount United in the WNL League Cup final they dusted themselves down and overcame the same opposition in a crucial league tie seven days later.

With that kind of mental strength and will to win they're extremely unlikely to let it slip now, but Jarrett is continuing their season-long mantra of never looking beyond the next game.

“The season's far from over. Every game we have now is a big game. We're looking to recover well now and regroup and we've a lot of things to work on going forward. We've definitely put ourselves in a good position and we have to build on that and keep going,” she said.

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