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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Youths share in Under-19 glory

Published 15/04/2014 | 05:30

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WEXFORD YOUTHS Women played a part in history in the making on Thursday last in Harderwijk in the Netherlands when the Ireland Under-19 team qualified for the UEFA European Championship finals to be held in Norway from July 15-27.

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WEXFORD YOUTHS Women played a part in history in the making on Thursday last in Harderwijk in the Netherlands when the Ireland Under-19 team qualified for the UEFA European Championship finals to be held in Norway from July 15-27.

A key figure in midfield on the triumphant team was Lauren Dwyer who has also made a very big impact for the Ferrycarrig Park crew in the National League.

A goal by Mayo inter-county ladies' footballer Sarah Rowe in the 36th minute was enough for the side managed by former League of Ireland stalwart Dave Connell to see off Turkey 1-0.

This victory sealed their place in the prestigious finals as the best runner-up across the six qualifying groups.

Rowe's goal was set up by Cork camogie player Clare Shine who had rattled the net herself five days earlier to secure another 1-0 victory in their opener against Austria.

Ireland also drew 0-0 with host country the Netherlands who only pipped them on top of the table with a superior scoring difference of +5 compared to +2, with both countries finishing on seven points.

Lauren's involvement at this level is another signicant boost for the Wexford Youths Women. The Carlow native collected a league player of the month award for March last season and has continued her pleasing progress since.

Sunday next will see Wexford Youth Women take on Raheny United in the semi-final of the National League Cup in what is arguably the biggest game in the short history of the club.

This game was due to be played in February but flooding in and around the complex in Ferrycarrig resulted in the match being postponed and a backlog of fixtures dictated that the semi-final be pushed out to Sunday.

Wexford go into the game in the best form they have hit all season and with the cleanest bill of health they have enjoyed in a while. The return of Rianna Jarrett from her long-term injury has been a welcome boost while Lauren Dwyer has a niggly ankle injury but should be fit to play.

Wexford warmed up for the game with a resounding 10-0 away win over Cork Women on Sunday last when the goals were scored by Katie McCarthy (4), Rianna Jarrett (3), Ciara Rossiter, Jessica Gleeson and Aoibheann Webb.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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