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UCD Waves and Wexford Youths Women played out an extraordinary 7-goal thriller last Sunday afternoon in a cold and wet Jackson Park.


Indeed, UCD Waves would have the opening goal in the very first attack of the game.  In the secondd minute, winger Aine O’Gorman found space on the right wing before pulling the ball back to Orlagh Nolan.  Nolan placed her shot well inside the far post, giving the Waves the opening goal.


A disappointing start for Wexford, but it would not be long before they put a score on the board.  Immediately, Wexford responded with a good attack up the right side of their own, Emma Hansberry winning a corner for the visitors.  Hansberry’s dead ball delivery has been imperious this season, and it was another quality delivery from the Sligo woman, finding new signing Jenny O’Keeffe who tapped it home for 1-1.


Chances continued to come thick and fast in the early exchanges.  The next clear opportunity would come Wexford’s way just after the fifteen-minute mark, Linda Douglas playing a superb ball from deep for Claire O’Riordan to run onto.  O’Riordan’s shot was hit just wide on this occasion.  UCD responded instantly, and again it was O’Gorman and Russell combining well on the right flank.  Russell pulled a good pass back to O’Gorman, her shot cracking off the crossbar.


On the 23rd minute, UCD’s sustained pressure with the third goal of the game.  A good ball in from the left was not cleared properly by the Wexford back line, resulting in an agonizing own-goal for 2-1 to the Dublin side.


Once again though, Wexford Youths Women showed that their confidence would not be dashed, and immediately found a second equalizer.  The visitors won a free kick in the opposition half, and again Emma Hansberry stepped up to display her dead-ball prowess.  Hansberry’s free kick was not properly dealt with by UCD keeper Brooke Dunne, and Youths captain Kylie Murphy was on hand to tap it home for 2-2.


However, there were plenty of goals left in the game, and UCD would find a third before the half.  This time it was Dearbhaile Beirne who broke up the left wing, who was judged to have been tripped just inside the box by referee Deirdre Nolan.  Aine O’Gorman stepped and made no mistake, putting her side 3-2 up going into the break.  However, with both sides’ defence looking somewhat porous, the Youths faithful were not discouraged.


Around the hour mark, Wexford made their first change, bringing Aoibhinn Webb onto the right wing and moving key player Emma Hansberry into the centre of the park.  It was heartening to see Webb make a huge contribution on the right wing, causing real havoc at the backline of UCD.  On 72 minutes, Wexford would find their third equalizer of the day.  Again it was captain Kylie Murphy, clearly relishing her more attacking role under new manager Laura Heffernan, this time thumping one into the bottom left corner from a good 25 yards out. 


Wexford’s spirits were extremely high going into the final fifteen minutes.  While this group of players has shown its resilience in the face of adversity time after time in recent years, the vocal presence of Laura Heffernan and Denis Carthy on the sidelines was palpable.  With the momentum in their favour, Wexford went on the hunt for a late winner.


Frawley and Webb continued to cause major trouble for UCD down each wing, and Claire O’Riordan as usual fought tirelessly as a sole centre forward.  However, Wexford’s winner would come from a far more unlikely source.  On 78 minutes, Linda Douglas dispatched a long ball aimed between O’Riordan and Webb.  This time it was the UCD backline who couldn’t get it clear, resulting in an own goal to give Wexford the lead late on.


Wexford held on well in the final ten minutes, and took an extraordinary come-back victory of 4-3 from Jackson Park.  The result moves Wexford up to second in the table, and maintains their unbeaten run.  However, yet another test follows in Ferrycarrig Park this Saturday night, with the visit of Peamount United.



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

Subs not used:  Rachel Hutchinson, Ally O’Keeffe, Siobhan Doolan, Chelsee Snell, Amy Wilson


UCD Waves: Brooke Dunne, Jetta Berrill, Karen Duggan, Rebekah Carroll, Emily Cahill, Julieann Russell, Dearbhaile Beirne, Aine O’Gorman, Orlagh Nolan, Kerri Letmon, Aishling Dunbar (Catherine Cronin)


Subs not used:  Sinead Gaynor, Naima Chemaou, Lauren Kelly, Sophie O’Donoghue, Orla Haran, Marie Edwards


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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