With just three games remaining in this season’s Continental Tyres Women’s National League UCD Waves manager Noel Kealy left Hogan Park a positive figure following his side’s hard-fought victory over Limerick on Sunday.

A win that Kealy believes highlights a really positive season which was earmarked as a rebuilding process at the beginning of the year.

Despite this, the Waves boss is delighted with the progress his young side have made and was more than happy to put daylight between his side and Limerick following their narrow 2-1 win against the Shannonsiders.

While the Dublin side remain in sixth position, Kealy was quick to highlight the positive strides last year’s Continental Tyres FAI Women’s Cup finalists have made despite big changes at the club this year.

“Bearing in mind we’ve had a rebuild this season, we’ve done really really well,” he said. “Still a long way to go but I am happy enough with the season overall.”

“There are few things that could have gone our way.

“A couple of draws we should have possibly got better out of but generally overall for a rebuild on this team, it has been a really positive season,” he added.

Speaking after Sunday’s victory against David Rooney’s much-changed side, Kealy said that despite a second half revival from the newly formed opposition he felt his side were the better team on the day.

“I thought on balance that we deserved it,” claimed Noel Kealy. “We played some good football at times.

“In the final third we struggled a little bit, things didn’t bounce our way.

“We got Lauren (Kelly) on the pitch which was a positive.

“However, Caroline (Healy) got a bit of an injury but we have two weeks to repair that.

“They (Limerick) came back at us but we knew that would happen.

“Some of the decisions that were made in there in terms of the refereeing got us a little bit frantic.

“We just started pinging at the ball more so than anything else but we got it back and got the ball down and played a bit so it was good overall.”

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