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Kylie Murphy marked her 200th appearance for Wexford Youths Women with a goal in Saturday afternoon's WNL defeat to Shelbourne at Tolka Park, a result that leaves Youths nine behinds the Reds who remain top of the League although the Dublin side have played two more games. There was just the one change from Wexford's win in Athlone, Lauren Dwyer making her first start of the season in place of Orlaith Conlon.

Aisling Frawley had the first shot in anger, the winger firing a right foot shot wide in the fourth minute of the game. This was followed by a period of stalemate although Wexford edged the game in possession. But it's goals that wins games and the home team took the lead in the 15th minute when Jessica Ziu found the back of the net somewhat fortuitously as her cross from the wing found the back of the net. The lead didn't last long however, Frawley found Murphy open in the box with a deft little pass and the Youth's captain slotted it away to level the game with 18 minutes gone on the clock. With so much at stake the game entered a very cautious stage with both defences on top restricting the amount of chances created although Kelly did well to palm away an Ellen Molloy overhead effort just before the half time whistle.

Alex Kavanagh fired a right foot shot high over on the restart before Molloy forced another decent stop from the home keeper in the 57th minute, the young attacking midfielder's powerful free kick on target but Kelly did well to hang onto it. The Reds were back in front on the hour mark, Emily Whelan with a super header into the corner and Wexford had it all to do again. Tom Elmes brought on Blessing Kingsley and Aoibheann Clancy in place of Frawley and Lauren Kelly with fifteen minutes to go and both changes turned the tide as the Youths totally dominated the final period of the game.

Kingsley had a shot blocked at the back post, Molloy's free kick was tipped away by Kelly and Murphy fired over from inside the box but a deserved equaliser didn't come in the end as Wexford fell to their first defeat of the season.

Another huge game on Saturday when reigning League champions Peamount United come to Ferrycarrig Park.

Wexford Youths WFC: Ciamh Gray, Lynn Craven, Lauren Dwyer, Nicola Sinnott, Ciara Rossiter, Kylie Murphy (c), Edel Kennedy, Aisling Frawley (Blessing Kingsley 67'), Ellen Molloy, Lauren Kelly (Aoibheann Clancy 67') and Vanessa Ogbonna.  Subs Not Used: Maeve Williams, Breda Cushen, Kira Bates Crosbie and Orlaith Conlon.

Shelbourne: Rachael Kelly, Rebecca Cooke, Pearl Slattery, Jamie Finn, Alex Kavanagh (Jess Gleeson 74'), Jessica Zou, Rachel Graham, Emily Whelan, Noelle Murray, Izzy Atkinson and Ciara Grant (Niamh McLaughlin 66').  Subs Not Used: Mia Dodd, Jess Gargan, Kate Mooney, Jenny McDade and Ella O'Connell.

Kylie Murphy receiving an award to mark her 200th appearance from Eddie Cullen on behalf of Wexford Youths WFC

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8 Shamrock Rovers II 12 -5 8
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3 Wexford Youths WFC 5 10 12
4 Cork City Women 5 1 9

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