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Wexford Youths WFC finished off their 2019 WNL season with a 1-1 away draw at a bitterly cold Mayfield United FC pitch on the northside of Cork city on Sunday. Blessing Kingsley scored her sixth senior goal of the season but Saoirse Noonan levelled for the hosts for a share of the spoils.

U17 goalkeeper Jean Kavanagh Doyle was handed her senior debut while her U17 teammates Kira Bates Crosbie and Breda Cushen were on the bench. The game also saw McKenna Davidson make her final appearance for Wexford Youths before heading back home to the US later this week. 

The opening goal of the game came somewhat against the run of play, Cork forcing Jean Kavanagh Doyle into two good saves before McKenna Davidson found Blessing Kingsley with an incisive pass after cutting in from the right wing and the young striker made no mistake with the close range finish to put Wexford in front after 14 minutes. The lead was short-lived though, Saoirse Noonan scoring with a deft chip from a tight angle to level the game 5 minutes later. Wexford grew into the game after the Cork equaliser and Kingsley and Lauren Kelly both had good efforts on goal before the half time break, both shots just dragged wide of the left hand post. Honours even after 45 minutes.

Wexford were by far the better team in the second half, McKenna Davidson a constant threat down the right wing but Cork defended well and clear cut chances were hard to come by. Tom Elmes cleared his bench looking for a winner to end the season, Aisling Frawley, Kira Bates Crosbie and Ciara Rossiter replacing Kylie Murphy, Fiona Ryan and Becky Cassin. Frawley had two great chances to grab the three points but sliced wide with a right foot shot before firing at the keeper with her left just moments before the final whistle.

A draw it finished, Wexford Youths finishing their WNL campaign in third place but another trophy for the cabinet at Ferrycarrig with last week's FAI Cup win plus plenty of optimism going into 2020 after a strong end to the season.

Wexford Youths WFC: Jean Kavanagh Doyle, Becky Cassin, Lynn Craven, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Kylie Murphy (c), Aoife Slattery, McKenna Davidson, Fiona Ryan, Lauren Kelly and Blessing Kingsley.  Subs: Aisling Frawley, Kira Bates Crosbie, Ciara Rossiter, Breda Cushen, Nicola Sinnott and Maeve Williams.

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