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A hard earned point for Wexford Youths Women in this evenings WNL clash with DLR Waves at the UCD Bowl, Kylie Murphy's second half strike pulling Youths back from a one nil deficit at the break for a share of the spoils. The home team deserved their point after a dogged defensive display in their opening game of the season, for Wexford it was another case of dominating possession but finding their opponents a tough nut to crack.

It was the same starting XI from last weeks season opening defeat to Peamount and whereas seven days ago it was a late strike that broke Youths hearts, today it was an early setback that saw Tom Elmes team fighting from behind. Carla McManus gave DLR the lead in the 6th minute with a cool finish into the corner in what was their first real attack of the game. There was plenty of time left for Youths to get back into the game but the Dublin side defended their goal advantage well, Jess Gleeson winning most aerial duels for the Waves while Wexford hampered their cause with overhit crosses and poor final balls. Murphy forced a good stop from Eve Badana in the 18th minute, Youths captain the quickest to react with a quick shot on target after Ellen Molloy's initial effort was blocked. Lauren Dwyer came closer with a header that missed by inches in the 34th minute while Edel Kennedy saw her own headed effort fly over just before the break.

Despite having a narrow lead to defend Waves were far more livelier in an attacking sense in the second half, Niamh Prior and Nadine Clare both had long distance shots at goal on the restart while Kate Malone had perhaps their best effort with another strike from the edge of the box. Wexford had struggled for any kind of second half momentum to this point but Murphy had Youths back in the game with a tidy close range finish from a Molloy assist in the 68th minute. Sensing blood Elmes brought on Vanessa Ogbonna, Sinead Taylor and Lynn Craven (for Nicola Sinnott, Edel Kennedy and Aisling Frawley) but the hosts reacted well to losing their lead and battled hard to prevent any real clear cut opportunities although Taylor had a left foot shot saved in the 80th minute while the impressive Badana made another decent stop to deny Murphy from getting a late winner from a header.

A draw a fair result on the day, Youths are away again in two weeks time with Treaty United the opponents in Limerick.

Wexford Youths Women FC: Ciamh Gray, Nicola Sinnott (Lynn Craven 63'), Lolly Conlon, Lauren Dwyer, Ciara Rossiter, Edel Kennedy (Sinead Taylor 63'), Aoibheann Clancy, Aisling Frawley (Vanessa Ogbonna 78'), Ellen Molloy, Lynn Marie Grant and Kylie Murphy (c).  Subs Not Used: Maeve Williams, Fiona Ryan, Kira Bates Crosbie and Kim Flood

DLR Waves: Eve Badana, Nicole Keogh, Jess Gleeson, Niamh Barnes, Niamh Prior, Rachel Doyle, Nadine Clare, Kerri Letmon, Avril Brierley (Kate Malone 58'), Shauna Carroll (Catherine Cronin 72') and Carla McManus (Jane McKevitt 82').  Subs Not Used: Rugile Auskainyte, Oletta Griffin, Aoife Brophy and Rebekah Carroll.

(Top) Ellen Molloy and Nadine Clare  (Middle) Kylie Murphy  (Bottom) Aisling Frawley and Niamh Prior

 

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