Thursday 23 March 2017

Women's toughest test in battle of the big two

SUNDAY NEXT will see the biggest game to date in the short history of Wexford Youth Women when secondplaced Raheny United come to Ferrycarrig Park to take on the league leaders in what promises to be a very important fixture for both sides. Wexford currently top the table, two points clear of Raheny and Peamount United, and every game between now and the end of the season takes on a whole new level of importance.

Both sides will be well matched as all their games to date have been very close with little to seperate them, and when the sides met earlier in the season in Morton Stadium, the game ended in a draw. Of the three meetings between the sides last season, two ended in draws with Raheny sneaking the other game 3-2, so it is obvious both sides are well familiar with each other at this stage.

Wexford come into this game after a big 6-1 win away to Castlebar two weeks ago on the same day that Raheny were overcoming titleholders Peamount 3-2 in a thrilling game in Greenogue. These three teams are currently way ahead of the other four in the league and there is no doubt that the trophy will be in one of their clubhouses come season's end. Even for the experts on women's soccer, it is still impossible to call.

Wexford are on a ten-match unbeaten run and are without doubt the inform team, but they have the disadvantage of having played two more games than Raheny. Their opponents recently saw their manager, Ger McDermott, leave to join the St. Patrick's Athletic men's set-up as a coach, and new manager Seán Byrne has settled into the role well.

Wexford have a clean bill of health for Sunday with their usual starting eleven all fit, so manager John Flood will have a full squad to pick from and will be hoping that his team can continue on their good run.

Rianna Jarrett is currently the second- highest scorer in the league and is linking up very well with strike partner Ashling Frawley, while the Wexford defence has built up a reputation for conceding very few goals with 'keeper Mary Rose Kelly improving with every game.

A good crowd is expected in Ferrycarrig for what promises to be a very closely-contested match and no matter what the result, the attendance can be assured of a very good tie.

The game kicks off at 2 p.m. and we hope all supporters of soccer in the county come along and back the girls.

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