Galway WFC were defeated 2-1 by reigning Women’s National League champions Wexford Youths WFC at Eamonn Deacy Park during the week thanks to goals from Aisling Frawley and Rianna Jarrett.

In the aftermath of the contest, Galway WFC manager Billy Clery took time out to speak with wnl.fai.ie reporter Trevor Murray about the result.

Clery was quick to point out that, despite Aislinn Meaney’s terrific goal to equalise in the second half, the Galway Girls are pushing for a team effort.

“It’s unfair to single out all the younger girls. Aislinn has been phenomenal, she got capped for Ireland…but it’s a group effort, it’s a team effort – there’s no superstar in our team. I don’t want any superstar in our team,” Clery said.

“It’s all about the team and the work ethic and the attitude of the group. That’s what will get us success. Aislinn took her goal well and possibly could have had another one along the way.

“We need to grow the group, the team, not alone the 20 players I have now, I’m looking at the next 20 for the U17s Women’s Nationals League because for us to be successful going forward, we need to have players coming through every single year.”

Clery has cultivated a young, talented group of players and after picking up their first three points of the 2018 season with a 2-1 away win over Kilkenny WFC, they were keen to maximise momentum with back-to-back wins, but were unable to push on after Meaney’s great 55th-minute strike.

Indeed, Clery felt they warranted more than they got and is fully confident in his players that they have what it takes to compete against the best – after all, it’s still early days in the season.

“I think we deserved definitely a point out of the game, at least,” he said.

“I firmly believe that we’re capable of beating any team in this league.”

Up next for Galway WFC is an away clash against table-topping Peamount United, and although it will be a test, it’s exactly the sort of battle Clery wants to continue coming up against in order to see his side constantly improve.

“These are elite sports people. There are only eight teams in the Women’s National League and we want to be up around the top.

“It’s a project and we’re trying to work on it. Sometimes it’s frustrating but I do see signs of improvement all the time, so we’ll keep that going.”