Waves hit Galway women

Galway Women’s FC crashed to a second 3-0 defeat in four days when UCD Waves visited Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday night.

For long periods of the game the home side matched the visiting side which was sprinkled with senior internationals. However the clinical ability of the visitors in front of goal was the difference between both sides.

UCD Waves took the lead on 13 minutes when Karen Duggan gathered the ball from a throw-in. Then she rode a number of tackles before finishing to the bottom right of the Galway goal. Galway regrouped and had a number of chances - the best falling to Jess Nolan who curled the ball just wide of the top corner before the half-time break.

Four minutes into the second half Lucy Hannon went close to equalising, but her shot was well saved by Monica McGuirk. On 51 minutes Aine O’Gorman took full advantage of the powerful wind, which was at the Waves back for the second half, when her free kick found the top corner from 35 metres.

To their credit Galway heads did not drop with Elle O’Flaherty tormenting Waves down the right, but Galway could not convert her crosses. In the end UCD put the game beyond doubt when on 66 minutes Eleanor Ryan Doyle finished, despite the best efforts of Chloe Maloney to clear off the line, and the goal was awarded by the assistant referee who adjudged the ball to have crossed the line.

Galway now have three weeks off due to the international break which means it will be April 23 before they return to competitive action when they make the long trip to Ferrycarrig Park to take on league champions Wexford Youths.

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