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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS Highlights from last nights excellent 2-0 win over @AthloneTownAFC are now available to watch o… https://t.co/JYEPDnNLbl

Ellen Molloy marked her Wexford Youths debut off with a brace of goals in Saturday evening's WNL opening day win at a sun drenched Ferrycarrig Park. Lauren Kelly and Vanessa Ogbonna added two more for a comfortable 4-1 victory over Bohemians as Tom Elmes side aim for a title push in 2020. It was a first outing for Bohemians at senior level in the WNL.

Kylie Murphy came close on two occasions to opening the scoring before Youths took a deserved lead, first her right foot shot flashed by the left hand post after a delightful build up and a right footed effort drifted wide moments later. The lead came in the tenth minute of play, Edel Kennedy with a trademark tackle to win back possession in midfield before setting Ogbonna free down the wing with a forward pass. The striker delivered a perfect low cross into Kelly who made no mistake with a close range finish at the back post. The lead was doubled on the half hour mark, Nicola Sinnott finding Molloy free on the edge of the box with a long pass. The young midfielder took a touch (brilliantly flicking the ball over the Bohs defender with her left foot) before finding the corner of the net with her right for a 2-0 half time lead.

Molloy continued to be at the heart of Wexford's best attacking moments, she was unlucky to see her left foot strike go wide after a surging run forward before setting Ogbonna up for the games third goal in the 60th minute. The visitors battled on to get back into the game but the points were safe with a fourth goal for the home team in the 75th minute, Kira Bates Crosbie with the assist this time, Molloy finding the net with a close range right foot finish. 

With the win secured Tom Elmes began to make changes, among them midfielder Aoibheann Clancy also making her Youths debut on the night.

A lot of credit must go to the vistors who continued to press forward and they were finally rewarded for their efforts when Chloe Darby found the back of the net with a long range shot in the 78th minute. 

Blessing Kingsley almost got a fifth for the home team right at the end, her right foot shot blocked and cleared away but it mattered not as Youths begin their 2020 WNL campaign with three points.

Next up, an away trip to the midlands to take on another newcomer to the WNL Athlone Town which will then be followed with two huge games, home to Galway and away to Shelbourne to wrap up a hectic August schedule.

Wexford Youths WFC: Ciamh Grey, Lynn Craven (Breda Cushen 77'), Nicola Sinnott, Orlaith Conlon, Ciara Rossiter, Kylie Murphy (c), Edel Kennedy (Aoibheann Clancy 66'), Aisling Frawley (Kira Bates Crosbie 73'), Ellen Molloy, Lauren Kelly (Blessing Kingsley 66') and Vanessa Ogbonna (Fiona Ryan 77').  Subs Not Used: Maeve Williams and Lauren Dwyer.

Bohemian FC: Rugile Auskalnyte, Sinead O'Farrelly (c), Ciara Mulligan (Allanah Maxwell 70'), Katie Lovely, Chloe Flynn, Aisling Spillane, Chloe Darby, Annmarie Byrne (Georgia Monks 62'), Sophie Watters, Abbie Brophy and Ally Cahill (Bronah Kane 62') .  Subs Not Used: Robyn Bolger, Jessica Darby, Keelin McEntee and Courtney Maguire.

You can check out the match highlights below:

 

 

 

 

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