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International squad member Aoibheann Clancy on the ball against Cork City.

International squad member Aoibheann Clancy on the ball against Cork City.

International squad member Aoibheann Clancy on the ball against Cork City.

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WEXFORD YOUTHS kept their hopes of a second place finish in the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League alive with a hard-earned victory over hosts Cork City in Turner’s Cross on Saturday.

The Ferrycarrig Park side are out of contention for the league title after a shocking defeat to Galway United in their last game in the competition, but they still need to keep in tip-top form with a cup final to look forward to in mid-November.

While they are still fighting with Shelbourne for runners-up, at the end of the day second place might as well be second last for a group of players who know how to win and are used to it.

That said, they are battlers and getting one up on the Dubs would be a nice little confidence boost headng into the Tallaght Stadium Cup final on November 21. They were made to work hard to keep pace in this one against a Cork side destined for a bottom half finish.

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The hosts looked dangerous early on with young striker Laura Shine causing the Wexford defence problems.

The game descended into a bit of an end of season-type affair at stages, but Sinéad Taylor did go close as the half moved on and Lynn Marie Grant fired over.

Ciara Rossiter broke through but was denied by Abby McCarthy late in the half, and the sides went in deadlocked. Early in the second-half Shine went closest for Cork when she headed against the Wexford crossbar.

A couple of minutes later Christina Dring fired an effort on the post as the visitors’ goal lived a charmed existence.

The opening goal did come on the hour mark against the run of play, with Sinéad Taylor applying the finish from close range.

The goal stung Cork and they could never match the quality they showed early in the half. Wexford went close to adding a second through Rossiter and Kylie Murphy but one was enough to take the points in the end.

Wexford have this week off for the international break but return to action next Saturday with their final home game of the season against Bohemians.

After another weekend off, they then finish the league slate against Shelbourne, before meeting the north Dublin side in the FAI Senior Cup final seven days later.

Youths trio Della Doherty, Teegan Lynch and Ellen Molloy have been named on the Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad for the European Championship games against England, Switzerland and Northern Ireland in Limerick’s Markets Field on Wednesday, Saturday and Tuesday respectively.

Meanwhile, Aoibheann Clancy is included on the senior squad that will play Sweden in the World Cup qualifier in Tallaght Stadium this Thursday, before travelling to face Finland in Helsinki on Tuesday, October 26.

She is joined in the group by Rianna Jarrett, now with London City Lionesses.

Wexford Youths: Ciamh Gray, Lynn Craven, Lauren Dwyer, Nicola Sinnott, Orlaith Conlon, Aoibheann Clancy, Edel Kennedy, Kylie Murphy, Lynn Marie Grant, Ciara Rossiter, Sinéad Taylor. Subs. - Kira Bates-Crosbie for Grant, Fiona Ryan for Rossiter.

Cork City: Abby McCarthy, Lauren Walsh, Ciara McNamara, Danielle Burke, Nathalie O’Brien, Kate Donovan, Becky Cassin, Ríona Crowley, Christina Dring, Shaunagh McCarthy, Laura Shine. Subs. - Lauren Singleton for O’Brien, Rachel O’Regan for O’Donovan, Eva Mangan for Cassin, Kristen Sample for A. McCarthy, Niamh O’Donoghue for Crowley.

Referee: Chris Sheehan.


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