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Kylie Murphy posing problems for DLR Waves.

Kylie Murphy posing problems for DLR Waves.

Della Doherty has time on her side against DLR Waves.

Della Doherty has time on her side against DLR Waves.

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Kylie Murphy posing problems for DLR Waves.

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DLR WAVES 0 WEXFORD YOUTHS 0

IF ANYONE was in any doubt before Saturday, another poor set of results for Wexford Youths has pretty much ended the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League title race in early July.

Stephen Quinn’s flailing side have now dropped points in four of the last six league games and are nine behind Shelbourne and dropping fast.

The Tolka Park club put further distance between them and Wexford with a 4-0 thrashing of Peamount.

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It really is soul-searching time for a Wexford team who are running out of excuses. Exams are over, the squad is close to full fitness, but they are still struggling for goals and seriously lack attacking intent.

The result means Athlone move back into second, and while the midlanders have obviously improved, it’s the serious decline by Wexford and Peamount that has left the battle for the runners-up spot a really tough one to call.

After a quiet opening, Ellen Molloy almost released Kylie Murphy in the 19th minute. The Wexford attacker looked offside, but no flag went up, although the ball ran too far anyway and Eve Badana cleared to safety. At the other end, Maeve Williams tipped over a Sarah McKevitt shot from distance.

The game did start to open up a bit towards the end of the half, as Edel Kennedy broke through on a Murphy ball but couldn’t beat Badana.

One minute later Ciara Rossiter pulled back to the edge of the area where her captain blazed over the bar.

Waves had a couple of long-range efforts off target, as did Becky Watkins who fired across the face of goal in the 44th minute.

Youths survived when McManus couldn’t control in the box moments before the break when a goal looked on.

It went straight up to the other end where Molloy sent a weak daisy-cutter into Badana’s hands as half time came and the game remained goal-less.

The match went back into comfort zone stuff at the start of the second-half, with Murphy getting a weak shot on target in the 64th minute. Matters remained tight but Wexford did have two great late chances.

An unmarked Jess Lawler fired over from eight yards out after Ellen Molloy was blocked out in the 87th minute, while Ciara Rossiter went clean through in added-time, only to loft over Badana and wide of the right post to end a frustrating afternoon for Youths.

Wexford host Bohemians on Saturday looking to get back on track with a victory. They may well move back into second with three points as the current top two face-off at Tolka Park.

Wexford Youths: Maeve Williams, Orlaith Conlon, Della Doherty, Kylie Murphy (capt.), Edel Kennedy, Becky Watkins, Ellen Molloy, Ciara Rossiter, Méabh Russell, Nicola Sinnott, Aoibheann Clancy. Subs. - Freya De Mange for Clancy, Jess Lawler for Watkins, also Claudia Keenan, Emma Walker, Grace Fitzpatrick-Ryan, Áine Walsh, Aoife Mohen.

DLR Waves: Eve Badana, Lynn Craven, Louise Corrigan, Jess Gleeson, Fiona Donnelly, Katie Malone, Aoife Brophy, Carla McManus, Mia Dodd, Kate Mooney, Sarah McKevitt. Subs. - Nadine Clare for Dodd, Sophie Watters for McManus, Joy Ralph for Mooney.


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