Galway Women’s FC ran out narrow winners over UCD Waves on Saturday evening at Eamonn Deacy Park. They have turned EDP into a fortress recently, grabbing seven out of a possible nine points in their last three games.
In an enthralling match, Galway took the lead on 12 minutes. A Shauna Fox free kick seemed destined for Tessa Mullins only to be inadvertently diverted by Chloe Mustaki past her own ‘keeper.
Playing against the wind, Galway had soaked up some earlier pressure but always looked dangerous on the counter attack. Player of the match, teenager Sadhbh Doyle, revelled in her first start as a winger and tormented the Waves defence.
Twenty two minutes in a delightful ball from Méabh De Búrca released her down the left and she carried into the box. Her shot from an acute angle narrowly missed the back post and went wide.
On 56 minutes in a carbon copy run this time Doyle saw her shot saved by Erika Turner. Nine minutes later Doyle was unlucky with a double attempt. Having poked her first effort through the legs of an advancing Turner she saw it cleared off the line by Róisín McGovern.
Then Doyle was unlucky to blast the rebound wide when it seemed easier to score. Lucy Hannon, on her first appearance of the season then got on the end of a Fox through ball, but her shot was easily gathered by Turner.
With the final whistle approaching, Waves began pumping the ball long in an attempt to grab an equaliser. In the first minute of injury time, the ball fell to Irish International Aine O’Gorman who struck a powerful show from 18 yards out and it was expertly saved by Tina Hughes in the Galway goal to guarantee the victory.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.