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Unfortunate defeat for Wexford Youths Women this afternoon at Ferrycarrig Park, an Eleanor Ryan-Doyle strike in the 87th minute stealing the points for reigning WNL champions Peamount United. Tom Elmes side were the superior outfit for the majority of a game played in extreme wind conditions and although there will be plenty of positives to take away a loss to the title favourites from Dublin will hurt. 

Lynn Marie-Grant made her Youths debut in an attacking midfield role with Kylie Murphy leading the line, otherwise it was a very familiar looking starting eleven and set up for the opening fixture in the 2021 SSE Airtricity Women's National League. Aisling Frawley had an early crack at goal that was saved by Niamh Reid-Burke as both sides tried to come to terms with the inclement weather which hampered a lot of creative play. Further chances fell to Ellen Molloy who had her shot blocked away and Nicola Sinnott who saw her header drift wide on the half hour while the only real chance of note for the visitors fell to Megan Smyth-Lynch who forced a comfortable save from Ciamh Gray. Youths almost found the elusive opening goal in the 35th minute, Ciara Rossiter's left foot effort missing the bottom corner by inches.

The wind continued to cause havoc in the second half but credit must go to both defences who kept a tight reins on the attacking talent on display. Although United found possession a little easier to come by the first best opportunity to score in the second 45 fell to Rossiter again who forced Reid-Burke into a decent stop in the 67th minute. Ryan-Doyle tested Gray five minutes later with a long distance effort but the Youths net minder saved easily. Defences were still on top with five minutes to go when Rossiter was blatantly taken down in the box and a penalty was awarded. Reid-Burke managed to get her fingertips to Murphy's well struck spot kick which then came back off the post and away to safety and it looked like a scoreless draw was on the cards, the least Wexford deserved after a fine opening day display against the runaway title favourites. Unfortunately with three minutes remaining on the clock a cracking curling effort from Ryan-Doyle found the back of the net and the three points were on the way back up the east coast.

Wexford take on DLR Waves next week at the UCD Bowl.

Wexford Youths Women: Ciamh Gray, Nicola Sinnott (Lynn Craven 88'), Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Ciara Rossiter, Edel Kennedy (Sinead Taylor 88'), Aoibheann Clancy, Lynn Marie-Grant, Aisling Frawley, Ellen Molloy and Kylie Murphy.  Subs Not Used: Maeve Williams, Vanessa Ogbonna, Fiona Ryan, Kim Flood and Kira Bates Crosbie.

Peamount United: Niamh Reid-Burke, Lauryn O'Callaghan, Dearbhile Beirne, Della Doherty, Claire Walsh, Karen Duggan, Lucy McCartan, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Stephanie Roche (Sadhbh Doyle 65'), Aine O'Gorman and Megan Smyth-Lynch (Becky Watkins 78').  Subs Not Used: Naoisha McAloon, Tiegan Ruddy, Dora Gorman, Chloe Smullen, Orlaith Fitzpatrick, Allanna McEvoy and Louise Masterson.

(Top) Ellen Molloy (Middle) Aisling Frawley (Bottom) Edel Kennedy and Kylie Murphy close down Karen Duggan

CURRENT STANDINGS

League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Cork City 4 -3 3
9 Galway United 3 -2 2
10 Wexford FC 4 -4 0

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
2 Peamount United 2 2 6
3 Wexford Youths Women FC 3 5 4
4 Bohemians 3 2 4

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