Shelbourne Ladies narrowed the gap at the top of the Women's National League to four points after Jessica Ziu's early goal gave them a 1-0 win over UCD Waves in Jackson Park this afternoon. 

Shels began the day seven points behind reigning champions Wexford Youths and took the lead after just three minutes when Ziu converted after Noelle Murray's cross. 

The hosts were much improved after the break and were unlucky not to equalise when Naima Chemaou's rasping shot thwacked off the post with just over 10 minutes remaining. 

UCD, who currently sit sixth in the table, pressed hard for an equaliser but were unable to find it in time and Shels got out with the win. 

Elsewhere, Cork City Women annihilated lowly Kilkenny United WFC in Bishopstown. Last year's WNL Cup winners only led by a solitary goal at half-time when Savannah McCarthy powering home a header from Maggie Duncliffe's corner. 

The floodgates opened after the break, however, with McCarthy grabbing another while Saoirse Noonan bagged a hat-trick. Eabha O'Mahony had earlier gotten the score-sheet, putting the home side 2-0 up a curling shot. 

Cork remain in fifth spot but it was another humbling afternoon for Kilkenny who have amassed a mere two points from 20 league games thus far.