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Wexford Youths manager Tom Elmes was certainly happy with his lot after he watched his side take another step towards retaining their Continental Tyres Women's League crown with a 3-0 win over UCD Waves in Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday.

The champions have been in blistering form of late and Elmes was delighted that they managed to climb another rung of the ladder and carved out a comfortable victory.

“That's what we're aiming for every week now. The next game is our biggest game so to get the three points is the main thing,” he said.

The hosts couldn't have asked for a better start, with captain Kylie Murphy firing them in front inside three minutes and Elmes says they had spoken about the importance of a positive opening.

“We worked on it during the week, trying to get out of the blocks quickly and trying to put teams under pressure early on and it paid dividends. In the first two or three minutes we had four corners and obviously scored from one of them so it was a really positive start,” he said.

Goal-machine Rianna Jarrett added a second midway through the first-half and the league's top scorer put the game to bed with her second in the 65th minute and Elmes was full of praise for his striker.

“Rianna is going really well and hopefully she can carry on like this. She knows everything she's doing off the pitch is what's paying dividends. She puts a lot of work in and she's working hard on her conditioning and I can only see her getting better,” he said.

“It was great to get the third goal as you can relax a little bit more when you have a three-goal lead. It was nice for us to introduce a few of the younger girls and give them game time and when they did come on it didn't really change that much which is a really good sign for us,” he said.

The manager was also delighted with the performances of his players at the other end of the pitch as they looked solid and in control defensively throughout and goalkeeper Sophie Lenehan was rarely troubled during the 90 minutes.

“UCD really worked hard off the ball and moved it quite well but across the back and in holding midfield I thought we were strong and well organised and we did restrict them to very few chances which is what we're trying to do every week,” he said.

Brilliant attacker Claire O'Riordan recently played her final game in a Wexford Youths jersey after five years at the club, as she headed off to Germany to ply her trade with professional Bundesliga side MSV Duisburg and Elmes says, although losing the Limerick native was a big blow, the other players have really stepped up to the mark to fill the void.

“Losing someone like Claire is a big loss. She was a big threat for us every week and was playing really well but the girls have stepped up and it's great to see that in the squad. It's great when you can look at your bench and you see players who can step in and do a job. Although we've lost a big player, performance-wise we've maintained the same standards,” said Elmes.

Wexford Youths have a not so small matter of the Champions League qualifiers in Belfast on the horizon, and it's something Elmes is relishing, although he doesn't want to get too carried away just yet.

“We talk about not looking ahead of the next game but we do have to start looking towards Belfast in a couple of weeks time and how we're going to prepare for that. Obviously it's going to be a completely different ball game up there. We'll keep it in the back of our minds, but we are preparing as much as we can and we'll go up there and give it a good go,” he said.

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