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Youths Women secure 4-0 victory at The Watershed

Wexford made no mistake in their second Continental Tyres Women’s National League match of the year, after a lengthy three week break since their last competitive game. 


The first chance went Wexford’s way, a good cross from Claire O’Riordan found Orla Casey who headed goalward, but the capable Kilkenny keeper Trish Fennelly prevented the early goal.  Shortly afterwards there was a huge chance for O’Riordan, after Emma Hansberry played her through 1-on-1 with Fennelly, this time O’Riordan just couldn’t keep the shot down.


Kilkenny created chances for themselves throughout the game, with the return of hugely experienced Irish international Sylvia Gee greatly improving their fortunes.  On the half hour mark Kilkenny had a free-kick on the edge of the Youths’ box, hit just over the bar.


The first half petered out with few more chances, and the sides went into the break scoreless.


At half-time Laura Heffernan acted decisively, introducing club captain Kylie Murphy and young Curracloe United signing Siobhan Doolan for the second half.  The change turned the tide heavily in Wexford’s favour, with Kylie Murphy, Emma Hansberry and Claire O’Riordan linking up frequently to cause havoc against the Kilkenny backline.


Wexford had their opener in the 53rd minute, coming from a set piece.  An Emma Hansberry corner went all the way to Jess Gleeson on the far side of the pitch, who picked out Claire O’Riordan to finish extremely well for 1-0 to the visitors.


Moments later, Wexford would put the game beyond doubt.  It was again an Emma Hansberry corner, this time picking out substitute Kylie Murphy who headed home for 2-0. 


Kilkenny were resilient and still tried to create chances, largely through Sylvia Gee and Leanne Tumelty.  On 75 minutes, Sylvia Gee tested the Youths goalkeeper Sophie Lenehan from distance, but it was an easy save for the keeper.


On 78 minutes Emma Hansberry would again be the provider, making a superb run up the left and shooting goalward, where Claire O’Riordan tapped it home for 3-0 to Wexford. 


The third and final substitution for Wexford was the introduction of former Kilkenny United defender Ally O’Keeffe, who was part of a superb passage of play towards the end of the game.  On 81 minutes, Claire O’Riordan turned provider, making an excellent run up the right wing before setting up Kylie Murphy for second goal for 4-0 to Wexford Youths.


In stoppage time, Wexford almost had their fifth, as O’Keeffe and Hansberry combined extremely well up the left wing.  On this occasion, Kilkenny could clear the ball off the line for a final score of 4-0 to the Youths.


The result makes it two wins from two to Wexford, setting them up nicely for the tantalising clash with Shelbourne Ladies next Friday night at Ferrycarrig Park.  Shelbourne currently sit 4 points below Wexford, picking up just 2 points from their opening three games.  All this means that next Friday night’s game could already be a crucial one in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League.



Kilkenny United: Trish Fennelly, Michaela Farrell, Cliodhna Ni Shi, Sylvia Gee, Bethany Carroll, Leanne Tumelty, Ciara Delaney, Sarah O’Donoghue, Becky Conroy, Bronagh Kane (Leanne Payne), Emma Boyle

Subs not used: Megan Butler, Shianne Swarres, Aislinn Carroll, Nicole Dwyer, Lizzy Buckley, Niamh Kelly

Wexford Youths Women: Sophie Lenehan, Amy Walsh (Ally O’Keeffe), Orlaith Conlon, Nicola Sinnott, Linda Douglas, Emma Hansberry, Becky Cassin, Orla Casey (Kylie Murphy), Jess Gleeson, Aoibhinn Webb (Siobhan Doolan), Claire O’Riordan


Subs not used: Rachel Hutchinson, Amy Wilson, Chelsee Snell


League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Cobh Ramblers 27 -17 29
9 Wexford FC 27 -36 17
10 Athlone Town 27 -65 7

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
1 Wexford Youths Women 21 46 54
2 Shelbourne LFC 21 51 52
3 Peamount United 21 55 45

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