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Wexford Youths Women began the defence of their Womens National League title from last year with a convincing 5-0 win over Limerick FC Women, a newcomer to the league this year. Limerick arrived in Ferrycarrig with a good start to their debut campaign with a win over Kilkenny United and a narrow loss to Cork City Women in their opening two games. Dave Rooney's team has a good mix of youth and experience and will be a good addition to this years expanded competition.                  

With Jess Gleeson moving onto a new challenge and the retirement of Linda Douglas, new Youths Manager Tom Elmes has made a few excellent additions to the strong squad from last year with players like Becky Conroy and Rebekah Carroll among others. Elmes first League game in charge saw Ciara Rossiter return to Ferrycarrig at left back and Becky Conroy start wide right but otherwise the team had a familiar look about it.

Limerick FC defended in numbers and tried to hit on the break which meant lots of early possession for the Youths back four who used it wisely, Nicola Sinnott building play with intelligent passing while Ciara Rossiter rampaged up the left, combining well with Aoibhin Webb. A couple of early chances saw a little rustiness in front of goal but captain Kylie Murphy got the breakthrough after 11 minutes with a clever run into the heart of the Limerick defence spotted by Sinnott and Murphy slotted past Fennelly in the Limerick goal from close range.

Wexford continued to dominate possession after that and it was only a matter of time before the second arrived, on 20 minutes the lively Becky Conroy cut in from the left and shot from just inside the box, Fennelly parried, but Rianna Jarrett had followed in the shot and tapped in the rebound easily. The third came soon after and again it was Jarrett who had an easy finish after Rossiter attacked up the left and delivered a teasing cross which Fennelly had to paw out from underneath her crossbar only to find Jarrett to nod in from three yards.

The second half was more of the same, the only downside an injury to Ciara Rossiter which saw her stretchered off. Lets hope she gets much deserved luck with her recovery and is back real soon after all her recent injury setbacks. Rebekah Carroll saw her debut at Ferrycarrig as she replaced Ciara, slotting in at centre back with Lolly Conlon moving to the left.

Becky Conroy got the fourth on 65 minutes, to reward an excellent Youths debut performance as Sinnotts long ball from defence forced Fennelly off her line, only for Limerick full back Mannix to intervene and try find touch with her clearance. It fell to Conroy who delightfully chipped Fennelly from outside the box at an angle for the goal of the game. Although Claire O'Riordan might argue with that as she scored the final goal of the game with a fine solo finish. With 10 minutes left Orla Casey delivered a perfect pass from the halfway line and O'Riordan did the rest, cutting in from the right past two Limerick defenders and finishing with a clever left foot shot to find the net.

There will be stiffer tests to come, none more so than Peamount United who arrive here next on April 14th, this was a Limerick side still learning about this league, but it was a commanding performance and the perfect way to start a new WNL season.

Check out the highlights below:

Wexford Youths Women: Sophie Lenehan, Nicola Sinnott, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Ciara Rossiter, Edel Kennedy, Kylie Murphy(c), Aoibhin Webb, Becky Conroy, Claire O'Riordan, Rianna Jarrett. Subs: Rebekah Carroll, Becky Cassin, Orla Casey, Katrina Parrock, Amy Walsh, Ciara Delaney and Ciamh Dollard.

Limerick FC Women: Trish Fennelly, Tara Mannix, Rebecca Mahon, Marie Curtin, Carys Johnson, Megan Kelleher, Rebecca Horgan, Claire Kelly, Lauren Keane, Chloe Connolly, Sylvia Gee. Subs: Megan Carroll, Sabrina McCarthy, Sophie Hudner, Sophie Gleeson, Alanna Morris, Aisling O'Connor and Karen Connolly.

 

   

 

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