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Kylie Murphy holds something of a legendary status through her leadership in the Women’s National League.  As you would expect from the captain of a team that had won 4 Women's National Leagues, 3 FAI Cups, 3 minor cups and also had a Champions League hat-trick to her name.  But really, that is only half the story.  Murphy is also a superbly talented footballer in her own right.  Many have begged the question, how has she never been selected for the Irish national team?  Top class WNL players regularly find a berth in the Women’s National Team, and manager Tom Elmes believes that Kylie is the complete package:

“Kylie Murphy has become one of the best players to play in the WNL, her ability to play in either deep or more advanced roles demonstrates her knowledge and understanding of the game.  Over the last number of seasons we have seen her play a huge part in the Wexford Youths attack, her ability to make intelligent runs, play the right pass at the right time and even get her name on the score sheet along the way shows how good she is.”   

“Maybe her biggest strength is her ability as a leader, the relationship we have developed over the last couple of years has been very good and it has definitely played a part in the success of the team. I know that she will continue to carry the messages to players in the dressing room and on the pitch and is always encouraging a better intensity and work ethic.”  


Wexford Youths are probably best known for their quality as a cohesive unit.  Like any great team, Wexford plays as one and ends up as more than the sum of its parts.  Kylie Murphy has been essential to building that at the Youths Women thanks to her strong leadership.  

“Wexford Youths Women have been extremely successful in the WNL and Kylie has been an important part of that but it would be unfair to ignore the contributions of some of our other senior players like Nicola Sinnott and Edel Kennedy who also display similar work ethic and determination as Kylie. Between the three of them they have helped us to develop an identity of family and hard work at Wexford Youths.”    



"All of these attributes would have been essential to any WNT manager and it is unfortunate that she was overlooked over the last number of years.  It would be fair to say that even now she could bring something to a squad.  Who better to come into a game and steady the ship with her experience, or add that bit of quality to an attacking unit?”  


“I definitely don’t think the opportunity has passed, if you look at her performances last season in the WNL, Champions League and the Cup Final you will see how good she still is and even the way she has started this season.  I think she will be even better.  Her energy and quality on the ball in our first game was very good, it would be fantastic to see her given that opportunity to progress into the WNT setup.”


League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
5 Treaty United 32 -6 44
6 Wexford FC 32 -2 41
7 Bray Wanderers 32 -32 27

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
3 Peamount United 27 54 56
4 Youths Women  27 28 56
5 DLR Waves 27 21 40

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