UCD Waves manager Noel Kealy believes the current run of games could decide the direction of the WNL trophy at the end of the season.

Waves welcome Shelbourne Ladies to Jackman Park on Sunday, July 2nd as Waves look to maintain the title challenge to high-flying Peamount United.

The Peas secured top spot in the Women’s National League with an impressive 1-0 win over Shelbourne Ladies at Tolka Park last week, a result which leaves the current Champions six points behind the league leaders.

With Waves just two points behind Peamount, Kealy wants to see a consistent run of results to help secure the WNL trophy at the end of the season.

Kealy said: “Every game is really important and when you’re playing the Champions at home, it is no different.

“When you get towards the end of the season, it isn’t the results at the end which secure a title but the results you get throughout the campaign. We don’t want to be looking back on this period and ruing any loss if we miss out.

“Shelbourne have had their fair mix of the good and the bad times so far this campaign but you can’t take the Champions lightly and I’m sure they’ll want to pick up a bit of form before they start their Champions League campaign.”

Waves secured an impressive 6-0 victory over Kilkenny last week and have only suffered one defeat in the league this season, a shock 1-0 defeat against Galway WFC.

Waves have already beaten current leaders Peamount in the Women’s National League this season but Kealy isn’t surprised to see the leaders doing so well.

He added: “They’re an excellent side who have got some great young players and they’re getting better as the season goes on.

“We’ve beaten them twice this season, in the league and in the cup, but they were really close games and could have gone either way.

“They had a great result last week at Shelbourne and I think it shows how great the league is this year. Four teams are challenging at the top and it’s really important you stay in the pack during this period.

“Even Cork have got much stronger and Galway beat us so you don’t know what to expect from week-to-week. I can’t fault the effort and commitment from the team at the moment and I’m sure if we can be consistent during this period, we’ll give ourselves a great chance at the end of the campaign.”

Continental Tyres Women’s National League Fixtures

Peamount United v Cork City WFC – Saturday, July 1st, 6pm
Wexford Youths WFC v Kilkenny United WFC – Saturday, July 1st, 7.30pm

UCD Waves v Shelbourne LFC – Sunday, July 2nd, 2pm