Peamount pushed all way by women
TITLE CHALLENGERS Peamount United were made to fight all the way to the end before eventually killing off the determined challenge of the Wexford Youths Women's side in the Bus Eireann Women's National League on Sunday..
In a very close, tight game of few chances, both sides cancelled each other in the early stages with clearcut chances being minimal and both sets of defences comfortably containing any attacks that came their way.
The home side did enjoy the dominance of possession but had few good openings with the Youths defence reducing them to long-range efforts but unfortunately, at the other end, Wexford were finding it even more difficult to make any impression on the home defence.
After a scoreless first-half, Peamount started the second-half with more urgency but once again found it hard to get past the Wexford defence, with new signing Nicola Sinnott and Lauren Dwyer both working tirelessly aided by Ciara Rossiter and Linda Douglas, and 'keeper Mary Rose Kelly dealing competently with anything that got past her defence.
Wexford's best chance came on 52 minutes when Ashling Frawley made space but saw her shot saved by the 'keeper, and moments later, Peamount's constant pressure paid off when Stephanie Roche found space to slot the ball past Kelly to give the home side the lead
This setback brought Wexford out in search of an equaliser and although they did possess more of the ball, they were unable to create any clearcut chance and the experienced Peamount defence dealt comfortably with anything Wexford had to offer. As the game moved into injury time, Peamount put the game outside the visitors' reach when Roche was once again on target to give the home side a 2-0 victory.
Wexford will feel disappointed to lose this game but the performance was a long way ahead of the 6-0 defeat in Ferrycarrig Park earlier in the season, and manager John Flood will be happy with the manner in how the team played as a unit. It has always been the team's gameplan to make life as difficult as possible for the opposition and they did achieve that in this game.
The girls in pink will now move on to their next game at home to Cork on Sunday next in Ferrycarrig Park at 2 p.m. before breaking for Christmas which should give some of the players on a very long injury list the time needed to recover.
Wexford Youths Women: Mary Rose Kelly, Nicola Sinnott, Linda Douglas, Lauren Dwyer, Ciara Rossiter, Ashling Frawley, Amy Walsh (Aoibheann Webb), Edel Kennedy, Kylie Murphy, Rachel Hutchinson (Clare O'Riordan), Katie McCarthy (Clare Conlon).