DLR Waves bounced back from a narrow defeat to Shelbourne last week with a 1-0 derby win over Bohemians at the UCD Bowl.
Shauna Carroll scored the only goal of the game in contentious circumstances on the stroke of half time as the home side moved back into third place overnight with their third win of the season.
The winger deep cross from wide on the left deceived goalkeeper Niamh Coombes and was judged to have crossed the line before ball and keeper were bundled in by Carla McManus
It proved to be the only goal of the game as Bohemians passed up a couple of gilt-edged chances late on to snatch a point.
The visitors failed to find the target for the second game of the row, having begun the season in fine goalscoring form with ten goals from their first three games.
Waves were good value for their win, however, and they had chances in the second half to make sure of the three points long before the conclusion.
The first half-hour was cagey and light on chances, with the only real test for either keeper being a 20-yard Niamh Prior curler after Bohs had only half-cleared Rachel Doyle's corner.
Carroll's looping effort caught the rigging behind the net, while the winger was inches from connecting with a Jess Gleeson cross as the home side turned up the heat before the break.
There was little danger when Carroll sent in a hopeful ball from the left. The ball slipped from Coombes’ grip and hit the bar – and the referee’s assistant was ideally placed to rule it bounced beyond the line.
The Bohs defence weren’t alive to a quick Waves throw and McManus tried to help her header over Coombes, but she got too much on it and the ball bounced harmlessly over.
Chloe Darby curled a shot wide before striker Erica Burke passed up a great opportunity from the edge of the box but, with time to line up her shot, she volleyed straight at Eve Badana.
Coombes saved a long-range Nadine Clare strike and a Gleeson header as DLR looked to wrap up the win, but it was Bohs who should have been celebrating four minutes from time.
A pinpoint cross from Aoife Robinson found Burke completely unmarked eight yards from goal, but she was left with head in hands as she could only help the ball harmlessly past the post.
Katie Malone should have sealed the win moments later as she battled her way through on goal. Coombes was out quickly to smother her shot, but Waves held out regardless for the three points.
DLR Waves: Eve Badana; Aoife Brophy, Jess Gleeson, Niamh Barnes, Niamh Prior (Katie Burdis 79); Fiona Donnelly, Nadine Clare, Rachel Doyle (Katie Malone 71); Kerri Letmon (Nicole Keogh 79), Shauna Carroll (Zoe Leonard 90+1), Carla McManus (Avril Brierley 90+1).
Bohemians: Niamh Coombes; Chloe Flynn, Erica Byrne, Yvonne Hedigan, Annmarie Byrne (Ciara Mulligan 85); Isobel Finnegan (Naima Chemaou 79), Chloe Darby, Sophie Watters; Abbie Brophy, Bronagh Kane (Aoife Robinson 46), Erica Burke.
Elsewhere, champions Peamount United had an easy win at home to Athlone Town, the 2020 double-winners sauntering to a 6-0 victory.
The midlanders held them to 1-0 at the break, Sadhbh Doyle's 36 minute strike giving the hosts the lead. Doyle would add a second six minutes after half-time and thereafter the floodgates opened, Tiegen Ruddy, Megan Smyth-Lynch, Áine O'Gorman and Orlagh Fitzpatrick getting in on the act as Peamount ran out comfortable winners.
In the day's earlier WNL encounter, Wexford Youths Women won 3-1 away to Cork City. Aoibheann Clancy put the visitors in front on 20 minutes, Sinead Taylor doubling their lead just before the hour mark.
Sarah McKevitt gave the home side hope with a strike on 74 before Clancy put the result beyond doubt with her second of the afternoon in the final final minutes.