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A colossal second half performance from Wexford Youths last night as Tom Elmes side came back from two goals down against League leaders Peamount United to earn a hugely deserved point at PRL Park. It was the first time United have dropped points all season and they were very fortunate in the end to come away with any as Wexford battered them in the second 45. Elmes took a chance on putting Ellen Molloy in the starting eleven, the birthday girl who just turned 17 had missed last weeks Shels game with a leg injury and took no part in training during the week but thankfully the youngster got through the 90 minutes and played her part in a remarkable Youths performance.

For James O'Callaghan it was a great opportunity for his side to tighten their grip on the League, Wexford going into the game seven points behind the champions, and the Dubliners were the better side in fairness early on. Much of that had to do with their better use of possession in the opening half, Wexford had their fair share but failed to find the killer pass and hurt the opposition where it mattered. The hosts¬†were ahead inside five minutes, Megan Smyth Lynch acrobatically firing an unstoppable left foot shot into the back of the net. Youths responded well after that early setback but found it difficult to breakdown a United defence that had only conceded twice in eight games. Wexford were denied what looked a definite penalty in the 17th minute when an advancing Naoisha McAloon took Lauren Dwyer out in the box, the home keeper mistiming an attempted punch clearance. Having ridden their luck Peamount began to excert some control on the game but Ciamh Gray had few saves to make, a long range Karen Duggan effort the only time she was really tested. Kylie Murphy¬†forced a comfortable save from McAloon before United doubled their advantage. It was another fine strike, this time from Irish international √Āine O'Gorman, the goal coming in the 45th minute. The vastly experienced striker took a quick touch and struck a sweet left foot shot from an angle at the edge of the box, the ball going in off the crossbar.¬†

Wexford didn't let that blow deter them and were quick out of the blocks in the second half. Kylie Murphy was inches way from getting her side back in the game in the 60th minute, her right foot free kick was arrowing into the top corner before McAloon produced a wonderful finger tip save to deny the Youths captain. The Slaneysiders were relentless and chances kept coming. Ellen Molloy had a dipping strike at goal in the 66th minute while three minutes later McAloon had to be at her best to prevent Blessing Kingsley's right foot shot from finding the corner of the Peas net. The pressure finally told in the 75th minute, Nicola Sinnott scoring her first of the season with a thumping close range header from an Aoibheann Clancy corner. Youths kept pressing for an equaliser and thought they had it in the 79th minute, Ellen Molloy first to a Kinglsey cross but the referee disallowed her headed goal, a touch of confusion as to the reason. Blessing Kingsley came close again shortly after, McAloon again with a fine stop. Wexford were not to be denied though, the second goal finally came two minutes before the end, Kylie Murphy nodding home after excellent work from Ciara Rossiter down the left wing. There was almost some very late drama when deep into stoppage time Ciamh Gray clawed a goal bound effort back off the line, a United winner at that stage would have been a travesty.

Honours even then after a remarkable game of football, Youths still seven points behind Peamount but the sides will meet one more time later in the season. For now a well deserved mid season break. Next up a home game against DLR Waves in three weeks time.

Wexford Youths WFC: Ciamh Gray, Nicola Sinnott, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon (Lynn Craven 45'), Ciara Rossiter, Edel Kennedy, Aoibheann Clancy, Kylie Murphy (c), Ciara Rossiter, Aisling Frawley (Blessing Kingsley 65'), Lynn Marie Grant and Ellen Molloy.  Subs Not Used: Maeve Williams, Kira Bates Crosbie, Kim Flood, Katie O'Regan, Doireann Fahey, Sinead Taylor and Lauren Kelly.

Peamount United: Naoisha McAloon, Dearbhaile Beirne, Claire Walsh, Tiegan Riddy, Lauryn O'Callaghan, Karen Duggan, Aine O'Gorman, Megan Smyth Lynch (Alannah McEvoy 73'), Lucy McCarton, Eleanor Ryan Doyle (Dora Gorman 84') and Sadbh Doyle (Stephanie Roche 67').  Subs Not Used: Niamh Reid Burke, Della Doherty, Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Louise Masterson, Chloe Smullen and Becky Watkins.

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League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Cobh Ramblers 11 -9 11
9 Cork City 11 -2 9
10 Wexford FC 11 -19 3

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
2 Shelbourne FC 9 21 22
3 Wexford Youths Women FC 9 19 18
4 DLR Waves 8 6 16

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