Wexford Youths 2-2 Galway WFC
Wexford Youths stuttering SO Hotels Women's National League campaign hit further speed bumps on Saturday evening when they were held by Galway at Ferrycarrig Park.
Already out of contention for the title, Youths' hopes of potentially finishing second ahead of Shelbourne don't look too good now either after Lynsey McKey's cross flew over Maeve Williams and into the net off the foot of the post in the 87th minute to earn the visitors a draw.
Wexford came into this game considerably understrength, after their UEFA Women's Champions League campaign took away Orlaith Conlon, Lauren Dwyer and McKenna Davidson with injuries.
They were able to piece together a side they would have expected to be strong enough to beat the Westerners, especially after they were reduced to ten players when Rachel Baynes high foot was punished with a second yellow card early in the second half.
Galway had started the game on the front foot and opened the scoring when Chloe Singleton curled home a goal inside three minutes from the edge of the penalty area. McKey tested the Wexford 'keeper a short time later by the effort was tipped over the crossbar.
Youths were restricted to efforts from distance in the first half, Edel Kennedy fizzed a shot wide, Ciara Rossiter missed the target with a free-kick and Lauren Kelly couldn't get either power or direction on her effort from eighteen yards out.
Wexford started the second half a little brighter and Kylie Murphy warmed Ria McPhilbin's hands from distance. When Kennedy mis-struck her volley from a right wing cross five minutes after the restart the Youths captain turned the ball in from close range to level the tie.
At the other end Singleton missed a crucial connection on Sadhbh Doyle's shot from the edge of the area and moments later the visitors were reduced to ten when Baynes was dismissed for her second bookable offence.
From the resulting free-kick, Ciara Rossiter sent the ball into the back post, Rianna Jarrett kept it alive and Kennedy pounced to give Wexford the lead. Williams tipped a McKenna Doyle shot onto the crossbar as Galway looked to bounce back.
Edel Kennedy's volley was well saved by McPhilbin but the Galway 'stopper just looked on six minutes from time when Rianna Jarrett, fouled by a lunging Keara Cormican, struck the resulting penalty off the left post.
Wexford were made to pay for that miss a few minutes later as McKey thumped the ball into the box from the right wing, it flew over Williams and nestled in the corner of the net to give Galway a share of the spoils.
Wexford now have a break until the weekend of the 7th/8th of September, when they will face a FAI National Senior Cup quarter-final against a currently undetermined side, with the preliminary round only set to take place this coming weekend.
Wexford Youths: Maeve Williams; Lynn Craven, Ciara Rossiter, Nicola Sinnott, Becky Cassin, Aoife Slattery, Lauren Kelly, Edel Kennedy, Rianna Jarrett, Kylie Murphy (capt.), Aisling Frawley. Subs. - Katrina Parrock for Murphy, Vanessa Ogbonna for Frawley, also, Ciamh Dollard, Kira Bates Crosbie, Fiona Ryan, Blessing Kingsley.
Galway WFC: Ria McPhilbin; Shauna Fox, Keara Cormican, Meabh De Burca, Chloe Singleton, Sadbh Doyle, Lynsey McKey, Sinead Donovan, Aoife Thompson, Rachel Baynes, McKenna Doyle. Subs. - Tessa Mullins for Thompson, Ailbhe Clancy for Donovan, also, Aoife Walsh, Carlie Schelht.
Referee: Seamus Kelly
New Ross Standard