The big unknown about DLR Waves before the 2021 SSE Airtricity Women's National League season started was which of their forwards would be trusted to supply the goals.

Well, after two games played and three goals scored they now know that the answer is Carla McManus, Kate Mooney and Katie Malone. Yes, they have three striking options to call on and that is exactly what manager Graham Kelly will want.

Sceptics might suggest that one, or two, forwards should be given the nod to lead the line. Why? If the three players can contribute at different times throughout a game then it would be foolish to negate the impact that they can make.

Okay Kelly may not play the trio alongside each other for the full 90 minutes in each game, but he knows that they can be used in different periods and that provides him with fantastic options. And it's even better news that the three players are all off the mark so early in the season.

Even the type of goals that they each scored showcases what they bring individually. McManus broke free of her marker to fire in from an angle, Mooney found space in the penalty area to head in, and Malone was alert at the right time to punish the opposition goalkeeper as soon as she spilled the ball.

By bringing different approaches to their forward play, the trio present DLR with new ideas concerning their attack. It means that they can play into feet or loop long passes forward, or even go more direct knowing that any loose ball can be converted. For Kelly, it should translate into his team being dangerous in every game.

The players will feel that they have something to prove too. McManus is getting her sharpness back following a long-term injury, Mooney has just joined from Shelbourne, while Malone will be eager to improve on the promise she showed last season.

If DLR can supply the service then either of the trio should be able to finish. And if they can each keep popping up with goals then the Dublin outfit should emerge as one of the stronger teams this season.