Women's fine run brought to an end
PEAMOUNT UNITED have moved clear at the top of the Bus Eireann Women's National League after bringing Wexford Youths' long unbeaten run to an end in a game of two halves in Greenogue on Sunday last.
The home side started off at a frantic pace and probably played some of their best football of the season in the opening half hour. After going close on a few occasions, they eventually took the lead when Aine O'Gorman scored on 19 minutes.
The visitors were creating chances of their own but the first-half saw the home side create the lion's share of the chances and they doubled their advantage just after the half hour when Sara Lawlor found space to make it 2-0.
Ciara Rossiter did bring a good save from the home 'keeper before the break, and Peamount headed in at half-time the happier of the two teams.
The second-half started perfectly for Wexford when they were awarded a penalty just three minutes in when Rianna Jarrett was taken down, and she then stepped up to calmly slot the ball to the net to reduce the arrears.
Wexford were much better in the second 45 minutes as they worked hard for the equaliser and felt they should have had a second penalty on the hour mark when Ciara Rossiter was taken down, however the referee waved play on.
Lauren Dwyer and Jessica Gleeson were outstanding in defence and restricted Stephanie Roche and Sara Lawlor to limited chances, while Rianna and Ashling Frawley, who had replaced Krista Minto at half-time, were causing the home defence all sorts of problems.
Wexford were working hard to get back on level terms and went close on several occasions with a couple of chances being cleared off the line, while Peamount were also eager to put the game out of reach and were creating chances of their own.
Unfortunately, it was time that eventually ran out on the girls in pink and the final whistle sounded, bringing their eleven-game unbeaten league run to an end and putting Peamount in the driving seat in the race for the title. Naturally Wexford were disappointed to be so close on two occasions to overcoming the top team in the country, but these two results have shown how far the team has evolved in just 18 months.
With five games remaining, Wexford can still take the title but will need other results to go their way, however a good run can see them finish at least second and there is still loads to play for. They now head into a three-week break as the international players in the squad head to various parts of Europe, with Jessica Gleeson getting the call into the Senior panel for the Cyprus Cup this week.
Team: Mary Rose Kelly, Lucy Sherwin, Claire Conlon, Lauren Dwyer, Jessica Gleeson, Ciara Rossiter, Linda Douglas (Rachel Hutchinson), Maria Delahunty (Kylie Murphy), Edel Kennedy, Rianna Jarrett, Krista Minto (Ashling Frawley).