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Wexford Youths Women made a dream return to the Women's National League with an emphatic 7-0 win over Kilkenny United. Manager Gary Hunt gave Ireland U-18 goalkeeper Sophie Lenehan her début start in the WNL, who was tested early on in the windy conditions at Ferrycarrig Park.

 

Wexford gradually grew into the game and on twenty minutes they had their opener. Webb and Sinnott combined well to win a corner, the cross in from Emma Hansberry found Linda Douglas at the back post, who headed home for 1-0 to Wexford. The goal proved to be a stepping stone for Wexford to take full control of the game.

 

Just past the half hour mark, Wexford would put the game beyond doubt.  Emma Hansberry played an excellent through ball from deep in her own half for Maria Delahunty, who would release Claire O'Riordan for a 1-on-1 with Kilkenny goalkeeper Cliona Murphy.  In typical style O'Riordan made a remarkably composed finish, tapping the ball past the advancing keeper before smashing it home for 2-0 to Wexford, an extremely well worked goal.

 

In the final minutes of the first half, Claire O'Riordan would finally get her second.  In the final attack of the first half, a corner in from the left was headed home from a good distance out by O'Riordan for 3-0, Wexford now cruising.

 

In the second half it would not be long before Wexford had their fourth, again thanks to a pacey counter-attack.  A loose ball was picked up by Linda Douglas around the half-way line who produced a seriously quick run into the Kilkenny box.  Maria Delahunty had hung back in plenty of space at the edge the box, and showed a perfect finish to put Wexford 4 goals up. 

 

Claire O'Riordan would soon complete her hat-trick before the hour mark. A Kilkenny goal kick was won well by Emma Hansberry who quickly released Claire O'Riordan for yet another 1-on-1 with Cliona Murphy.  Once again there would be no mistake from the in-form strker to make it 5-0 to Wexford in the derby.

 

The chances would continue to come for Wexford and shortly after the hour O'Riordan had her fourth and Wexford's fifth.  A tricky shot from distance from Linda Douglas was palmed away by Kilkenny keeper Cliona Murphy, and from the resulting corner Claire O'Riordan had an easy tap-in for 6-0.

 

Hunt made a number of changes in the latter stages, with Orla Casey, Sinead Gaynor and Leanne Tumelty all making substitute appearances.

 

Wexford would add their seventh shortly before full time, Claire O'Riordan popping up on the left and playing a good one-two with midfielder Emma Hansberry.  Emma Hansberry was stood up well by the Kilkenny keeper yards from the goal and at a very difficult angle.  Hansberry attempted a cheeky lob, which was perfectly executed for 7-0 to the home side.

 

After the game, manager Gary Hunt expressed his pleasure with the manner of the victory and indicated that Wexford would continue to grow in strength in the weeks to come:

 

A clean sheet was something we had set out to achieve so we can begin building on that now as we move forward. The girls were hungry to put down a marker tonight and they did. There is still more to come from us and i am looking forward to seeing that.“

 

Wexford Youths Women now look to defend their FAI Women's Cup, starting with the quarter final against Galway WFC on Sunday at 2pm in Ferrycarrig Park. Gary Hunt gave an empassioned rallying call to fans of Wexford football, to continue to support the unsurpassed achievements of the Wexford Youths in Irish Women's football

 

We now look ahead to a massive cup quarter final next sunday vs Galway in Ferrycarrig Park. We will put in a good week in training and welcome back some players into the squad which should give me some good headaches with regards team selection. It is a massive game for us, we need to get the people out in force.

 

Teams

Wexford Youths Women - Sophie Lenehan, Chelsee Snell (Leanne Tumelty), Jess Gleeson, Nicola Sinnott, Linda Doulgas, Rachel Hutchinson (Sinead Gaynor), Becky Cassin, Emma Hansberry, Aoibhinn Webb (Orla Casey), Claire O'Riordan, Maria Delahunty

Subs:  Tamara Furlong, Kylie Murphy, Shaunna Wall, Aoife Prendergast



Kilkenny Utd. - Cliona Murphy, Alanna Dolan (Hannah Scott), Kaesha Tobin, Shianne Swarres, Niamh Kelly, Beth Carroll, Kayla Farrell, Aislinn Carroll, Katie Ryan (Ciara Delaney), Jenny O'Keeffe, Cliodhna ní Shí (Ally O'Keeffe)

Subs not used: Sarah Foley, Suzi Byrne, Casey Hennessey

 

 

 

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