Boosted by an improved performance at the weekend, Galway WFC now head to Dublin in search of their first win of the season.
Don O’Riordan’s side hopes to up its performance again on Sunday when facing Peamount United.
Despite producing an excellent display against UCD Waves on Sunday, Galway WFC eventually went down 2-1 in Eamonn Deacy Park.
However manager Don O’Riordan said it was a “huge improvement” on the Castlebar game with good performances around the park.
“ The girls were gutted in the dressing room after the game not to have got something out of the game,” he said.
“ We will now travel to Peamount United next week with renewed confidence. If we are able to perform to that level again next week, I’d be hopeful we might claim our first win of the season.”
Last weekend Galway lined out without the injured Kara Mullins and Lisa Casserly, but were able to welcome back Eleanor Stafford from a spell on the treatment table. The opening half saw UCD Waves dominate territory, but Galway were well organised and defended excellently as a unit.
The second half saw Galway continue to hold their own against a Waves side with numerous senior Irish internationals. Chances were few and far between in the third quarter, but it was Galway who opened the scoring with a Marie Curtin free kick from 35 yards.
This seemed to fire the visitors into life and within a minute they were level. Moycullen native Julie Ann Russell did the damage down the left before Orlagh Nolan poked home from inside the six-yard box.
It looked like the game was heading for a draw until in the 80th minute Rebekah Carroll – sister of Partick Thistle defender Jake – rose above the Galway defence to head home the winner.
Although Galway had UCD on the back foot for the final 10 minutes and forced a number of corners, they could not find an equaliser.
Galway WFC: T Hughes, Kelleher, Walsh, Curtin, Cormican, De Búrca, Coleman, Fahy (C ), Cunningham (Moran ), Stafford, McKey.