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Wexford Youths Women suffered a narrow defeat in this afternoon's FAI Cup Semi-Final clash with Peamount United at Ferrycarrig Park, Dearbháile Beirne with the only goal of the game. The Peas will take on Cork City at Tallaght Stadium in the Final next month, City beating Treaty United 2-0 in the other Semi-Final played today at Bishopstown Stadium.

There were no changes to the Youths starting XI that beat Galway in the WNL last week, Peamount also naming the same side that lost to Glasgow City in the UEFA Champions League Qualifier on Wednesday night. The Dublin side showed no signs of tiredness at Ferrycarrig Park after their extra time penalty shoot out defeat in Scotland. 

Both sides struggled to create any clear cut openings in the first half, a heavy pitch hindered crisp passing and defences were well on top. Blessing Kingsley had an early shot on goal that never really troubled Niamh Reid Burke and Ciamh Gray saved a long distance strike from Lucy McCartan but other than that there was little to report after a disappointing first 45, extra time and penalties looking like a good bet.

The second half was a brighter affair thankfully. Ciara Rossiter almost opened the scoring for Youths in the 48th minute with a cracking left foot free kick that just missed the top corner but the home side were behind just four minutes later, Beirne finding the corner of the net with her right foot from the edge of the box. Peamount had a few decent chances to double their advantage after that, first Nicola Sinnott headed a goal bound effort off the line from a Peamount corner while Stephanie Roche and Megan Smyth Lynch tested Gray from distance. Wexford kicked into life as the half wore on and started to find a bit more space. Their best chance of the game came in the 72nd minute after Molloy got on the end of a Lauren Kelly cross but was terribly unlucky to see her header come crashing back off the crossbar. Vanessa Ogbonna, Sinead Taylor and Aoibheann Clancy all came on for Wexford (replacing Kingsley, Kelly and Aisling Frawley) but the Peamount defence stood firm, Karen Duggan and Claire Walsh with vital interceptions in the final few minutes as the Dublin side hung on for a Cup Final date with Cork in December.

Wexford Youths WFC: Ciamh Gray, Lynn Craven, Lolly Conlon, Nicola Sinnott, Ciara Rossiter, Edel Kennedy, Kylie Murphy (c), Aisling Frawley (Vanessa Ogbonna 73'), Lauren Kelly (Aoibheann Clancy 83'), Ellen Molloy and Blessing Kinglsey (Sinead Taylor 63').  Subs Not Used: Kira Bates Crosbie, Breda Cushen, Fiona Ryan and Sally Kelly. 

Peamount United: Niamh Reid Burke, Dearbháile Beirne, Niamh Farrelly, Claire Walsh, Lauryn O'Callaghan (Sadhbh Doyle 65'), Karen Duggan, Allanah McEvoy (Stephanie Roche 65'), Lucy McCartan, Aine O'Gorman (c), Becky Watkins (Megan Smyth Lynch 46') and Eleanor Ryan Doyle.  Subs Not Used: Tiegan Ruddy, Niamh Barnes, Della Doherty and Naoisha McAloon.

Check out the match highlights below:







League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Cabinteely 23 -18 22
9 Cobh Ramblers 22 -23 19
10 Wexford FC 23 -25 15

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
2 Shelbourne 19 31 46
3 Wexford Youths Women FC 18 34 43
4 DLR Waves 17 13 32

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