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Aoibheann Clancy scored a goal in each half in Wexford Youths comfortable win over Cork City at Turner's Cross this afternoon. Sinead Taylor was also on target with her third of the season in a 3-1 win, Youths remaining second in the table two points behind Peamount United who have a game in hand in the SSE Airtricity Women's National League. Tom Elmes named the same eleven that started last week against Galway, confidence on a high after three wins on the trot.

The hosts were quick into the action, Laura Shine forcing a good save from Ciamh Gray at her near post in the 2nd minute. Wexford controlled the game after that early scare, Lynn Marie Grant and Aoibheann Clancy bossing midfield and bringing Ellen Molloy and Kylie Murphy into play with quick early balls forward. Sinead Taylor again looked sharp upfront while Aisling Frawley was a constant threat down the wings. Cork defended well early on but always looked likely to concede first, Youths forcing a number of corners and free kicks as the half wore on and it was no surprise to see the first Wexford goal coming from a set piece. Aoibheann Clancy broke the deadlock with a long range free kick from the left wing that deceived Abby McCarthy who was expecting a Youths knock on that never came, the ball ending up in the back of the net with twenty minutes gone on the clock. Ellen Molloy and Lynn Marie Grant both had good efforts as Wexford looked to add a second goal before the interval. Aisling Frawley did have the ball in the net in the 37th minute but was judged to be offside. City did grow into the game the longer it went on but found the Wexford defence impenetrable, Edel Kennedy in particular a rock at the back and physically dominating the City attackers at every turn. The only concern for Tom Elmes was that his side only had a slim one goal lead as the sides went in at half time.

Ten minutes into the second half the lead was doubled however, Sinead Taylor bundling the ball over the line from a Clancy corner, another very good set piece delivery from the young midfielder. Lauren Kelly entered the fray soon after, the striker making her first appearance of the year after recovering from a pre-season leg injury and she wasted no time in getting involved in the action, almost making an immediate impact with a fine right foot strike on goal that trailed wide. Ellen Molloy again came close to wrapping up the points for Wexford on the hour mark but her powerful right foot strike was well saved by McCarthy. Then all of sudden it was game on, Sarah McKevitt firing past Ciamh Gray with fifteen minutes still remaining on the clock, Cork right back in it. Youths managed the late spell of pressure expertly though and restored their two goal advantage in the 85th minute, Clancy scoring the goal of the game, a thunderous right foot finish from the edge of the box. Fiona Ryan attempted an audacious chip from a tight angle in the 88th minute that just cleared the crossbar but three was enough in the end, Youths unbeaten run stretching to five games now with Bohemians next up at Ferrycarrig Park in seven days time.

Wexford Youths WFC: Ciamh Gray, Lynn Craven (Lauren Dwyer 74'), Edel Kennedy, Nicola Sinnott, Ciara Rossiter (Orlaith Conlon 77'), Aoibheann Clancy, Lynn Marie Grant, Kylie Murphy (c) (Kira Bates Crosbie 74'), Ellen Molloy, Aisling Frawley (Fiona Ryan 88') and Sinead Taylor (Lauren Kelly 63').  Subs Not Used: Maeve Williams and Kim Flood.

Cork City WFC: Abby McCarthy, Danielle Burke (Kelly Leahy 86'), Ciara McNamara, Eabha O'Mahony (Leah Murphy 86'), Lauren Egbuloniu (Katie McCarthy 63'), Christina Dring, Laura Shine, Becky Cassin (c), Sarah McKevitt (Riona Crowley 86'), Lauren Walsh and Lauren Singleton (Shaunagh McCarthy 75'). Subs Not Used: Kate O'Donovan and Leah Hayes Coen.

 

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