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Wexford Youths WFC were narrowly defeated at Ferrycarrig Park today in their final WNL game of the season, Tom Elmes team finishing third for the second year running. Stephanie Roche and Claire Walsh scored two second half goals to put newly crowned champions Peamount United in control, Edel Kennedy pulled one back late on for Wexford but the Dublin side returned back to the capital with the three points.

Elmes was again without Kylie Murphy, Youths inspirational captain still struggling with a shoulder injury that made her miss the win in Cork two weeks ago, teenager Aoibheann Clancy took her place in midfield. The home side started well, Vanessa Ogbonna had a goal bound effort cleared off the line early on while Peas keeper Naoisha McAloon saved a sweetly struck effort from Ellen Molloy that was destined for the bottom corner. McAloon would go on to put on a player of the match performance. The visitors best chance arrived in the 27th minute, Roche teeing up Becky Watkins from the wing but the young striker fired wide. Megan Smyth Lynch had an acrobatic effort go over right before the half time whistle. Scoreless at the break.

McAloon again denied Ogbonna the opening goal shortly after the restart, the keeper palming a fierce right foot strike away for a corner. It was an important stop because minutes later, the Dubliners were in front, Roche stabbing home from close range after an incisive attack down Wexford's left. The lead was doubled in the 73rd minute, Claire Walsh with a fine left foot volley into the net from a corner.

The game really opened up after that with chances for both sides, the best falling to Kira Bates Crosbie who thought she had her second senior goal but McAloon pulled off a remarkable point blank save to keep the two goal lead intact. Youths did eventually get the goal their endeavour deserved five minutes before the end when Kennedy capitalised on a rare mistake from the visiting keeper. Despite a late flourish and plenty of pressure from Wexford the champions hung on for the win to round off their impressive season.

Wexford Youths WFC: Ciamh Gray, Lynn Craven (Breda Cushen 80'), Nicola Sinnott (c), Edel Kennedy, Ciara Rossiter, Aoibheann Clancy, Aisling Frawley (Kira Bates Crosbie 70'), Sinead Taylor (Blessing Kingsley 70'), Ellen Molloy, Vanessa Ogbonna (Fiona Ryan 80') and Lauren Kelly. Subs Not Used: Sally Kelly.

Peamount United: Naoisha McAloon, Niamh Barnes, Chloe Moloney (Dora Gorman 52'), Niamh Farrelly (Lauryn O'Callaghan 46'), Dearbhile Beirne (Claire Walsh 46'), Megan Smyth Lynch (c), Tiegan Ruddy (Lauren Kealy 68'), Della Doherty, Sadbh Doyle, Stephanie Roche and Becky Watkins.  Subs Not Used: Niamh Reid Burke, Eleanor Ryan Doyle and Jade Reddy.

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