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UCD Waves goalscorer Deirbhaile Beirne seemed relieved as her team came out on the right side of a 1-0 scoreline against a resilient Cork City this afternoon.

The Ireland underage international spoke to wnl.fai.ie directly after her goal put Waves, at least for the time being, top of the table. "We feel good as a team,” she said. “But we only scored one goal, which we might be disappointed with. At the end of the day a win is a win.

"They were set up well, they were defensive and it took us a while to break them down but the chances started to come towards the end. We're top of the table for now, but it's early doors yet.

The only chink in UCD’s armour and what separated them from top of the table Peamount United before today was a draw with their old rivals Shelbourne Ladies last Saturday. Pearl Slattery’s 13th minute strike was the only goal they have conceded so far. “We’re really coming together now as a team,” says Beirne of their start to the season.

“The first few fixtures have been difficult but we’re settling into things now. We’ve Wexford next week so there’s no time to sit back but we’re happy with the way that we as a team are coming together now.”

Cork City boss Frank Kelleher was keen to stress after the game that his players should be happy with how they as a team are progressing. “I’m very proud of the players today. Yeah we lost 1-0, but some of those chances in the second-half you would say that on another day they’d go in. Then it’s 1-1. We gave everything today.”

The Leesiders only have one point on the board, that draw coming as a result of a gutting last minute equaliser at the hands of Shelbourne Ladies, and Kelleher believes that things are are about to come right for his side. “These results eventually will turn. I’m sure of it. In fact, I know they will.

“Look at the actual matches. We were 1-0 up against Shelbourne into the last few minutes and we conceded, an OG beat us last week, we were 1-1 against Peamount. The girls are working so hard and we’ve set a standard now and we want to play like this every week.”

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