Julie Ann Russell turned from hero to villain on the opening day of the 2014-15 Continental Tyres WNL season as UCD Waves beat Galway AFC 3-0.

Russell scored twice against her hometown club and was then sent off for new side in UCD's opening-day victory.

The talented winger, fresh from netting a fabulous free-kick for Ireland against Slovenia on Wednesday night, found the net on 34 minutes with a long-range drive.

The offside flag ruled out Waves second, three minutes before the break, Russell setting up Seanna Cooke’s header.

Russell bagged her second on 55 minutes, heading home from a Waves corner, before Aine O’Gorman made it three from the spot on 79 minutes after Melissa Casserly bundled over Russell in the box.

Russell then turned from hero to villain with eight minutes remaining, picking up her second yellow card of the afternoon.

Meanwhile, an Aoibhean Webb strike grabbed an opening-day victory for Wexford Youths over Cork City in the day’s other fixture.

Youths hit the crossbar either side of Webb’s strike through Ciara Rossiter and in the second half via Edel Kennedy.

Webb struck what proved to be the winner after 38 minutes, blasting the ball into the top corner after Youths broke down the right.

The clash between Raheny United and Castlebar Celtic was postponed.