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Two first half goals from Ellen Molloy and Orlaith Conlon were enough to secure three points for Wexford Youths at a wet and windy Eamonn Deacy Park yesterday afternoon, Tom Elmes side with their third victory over Galway WFC this season. Youths remain third in the WNL, six points behind Peamount United and seven behind leaders Shelbourne with two games left to play.

Sinead Taylor made her first start of the year in place of Blessing Kingsley up front, the only change from last week's Cup defeat to Peamount. The experienced striker had a fine game before been substituted in the second half. Taylor also had a large part to play in Wexford's opener, first working hard to earn the corner that lead to the goal and then taking the set piece herself and finding an unmarked Ciara Rossiter. The left back floated in a teasing left foot cross and found Conlon who headed in with 17 minutes gone on the clock. 

Youths had made a confident start by then, Ellen Molloy to the fore again and looking dangerous every time she got the ball to her feet. Nicola Sinnott and Conlon were excellent in the heart of defence which allowed full backs Rossiter and Lynn Craven to get forward while Kylie Murphy and Edel Kennedy dictated the pace of the game in midfield. Despite the harsh weather conditions Wexford played some of their best football of the season in the first 45 and restricted Galway to a couple of long distance efforts that Ciamh Gray dealt with comfortably. Still the visitors had to wait till the 44th minute before adding to their lead, Molloy firing a sweet left foot strike past Amand Budden after Galway failed to clear a Craven cross in from the wing. Taylor forced a good save from the home keeper just before the half came to an end.

Taylor almost added a third goal for Wexford in the 57th minute but Budden stood firm and blocked her powerful left foot effort from inside the box. Molloy continued to pose the most danger but Galway did well to get numbers around the 16 year old and block her goal bound efforts. With Wexford in control Elmes made a number of changes, among them Kira Bates Crosbie, Aoibheann Clancy and Breda Cushen (in place of Murphy, Craven and Aisling Frawley) for some more valuable senior experience. Blessing Kingsley and Vanessa Ogbonna were also introduced, Lauren Kelly and Taylor making way. 

Galway to their credit battled to gain a foothold in the game and had two good chances midway through the half both falling to Chloe Singleton, the winger forcing a good save from Gray and then a last second block from Sinnott. The weather deteriorated badly in the latter stages, both sides having to deal with torrential rain and high winds but it continued to be an open and entertaining game. Ogbonna almost found a third goal for Wexford on a breakaway in the 81st minute but Budden dived low to her right and made a good stop.

Those two first half goals did the job in the end, Youths with their 7th League win of the season. The women will wrap up their away fixtures for 2020 with a trip to Cork on Sunday, 22nd November before welcoming Peamount to Ferrycarrig Park on the final day of the season in the first week of December.

Wexford Youths WFC: Ciamh Gray, Lynn Craven (Breda Cushen 71'), Nicola Sinnott, Orlaith Conlon, Ciara Rossiter, Kylie Murphy (c)(Aoibheann Clancy 46'), Edel Kennedy, Aisling Frawley (Kira Bates Crosbie 71'), Sinead Taylor (Blessing Kingsley 61'), Ellen Molloy and Lauren Kelly (Vanessa Ogbonna 61').  Subs Not Used: Sally Kelly and Fiona Ryan.

Galway WFC: Amanda Budden, Shauna Brennan, Keara Cormican (c), Therese Kinnevey (Abbie Ronayne 91'), Aoife Lynagh (Kate Slevin 61'), Tessa Mullins, Lynsey McKey (Rachel Baynes 61'), Chloe Singleton, Savannah McCarthy, Jaime Turrentine (Elle O'Flaherty 61') and Aoife Thompson.  Subs Not Used: Shauna Fox and Ria McPhilbin.

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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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