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Date Time League Season
5 March 2022 7:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Wexford push hard to secure win in Athlone

Wexford Youths avoided falling victim to an opening day upset with a late rally against Athlone Town.

Emily Corbett gave the Midlanders the lead on the brink of half-time. An Ellen Molloy free along with a Jess Lawlor goal from a corner turned the result on its head in the last 20 minutes.

Athlone were the better side for long periods of this game, but it didn’t necessarily result in a lot of clear cut chances. Nonetheless, numerous individuals stood out in the first half.

Gillian Keenan, Dana Scheriff and Emily Corbett all looked lively. Keenan was finding joy on the right hand side often. Scheriff was spreading the ball from the middle of the park well. Chances were falling Emily Corbett’s way often.

It would be these players that would force the breakthrough on the brink of half time. Gillian Keenan again found herself in lots of space and sent a cross in. Youths wouldn’t deal with the danger and it fell to Corbett, who after one touch poked it past Kiev Gray. The half time whistle would go a matter of seconds later.

Athlone had a window in the first 15 of the second to add another goal, but couldn’t find it. Muireann Devaney was playing a lot of good cross field passes. One looking for Gillian Keenan was met by Gray, whose clearance met Scheriff. Scheriff attempted to catch Grey off her line from distance, but fired wide.

It became clear in the 70th minute that Athlone needed a second when Kylie Murphy missed a sitter. They wouldn’t find it.

Murphy herself won a free just outside the Athlone box a minute later. Ellen Molloy stepped up and a well worked routine saw the ball into the bottom corner. Youths would kick on from here.

Just four minutes later, the game was flipped on its head. A Wexford corner was not dealt with by Athlone, who allowed it to bounce in the box. The ball found its way to Jess Lawlor, who couldn’t miss from that close. A true super sub.

Wexford should’ve wrapped it up with two minutes to go after Ellen Molloy squared it to Murphy after some great work, but she missed another sitter.

It proved to be enough however. A good result for Wexford after a not so perfect performance, which sees them keep pace with Shels and Peamount early. Athlone on the other hand, can take a lot of positives.

  • 93'

    Full time. Youths win.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 88'

    It should be done. Murphy misses a golden chance after Molloy squared it to her after some great play.

  • 84'

    Gray denies Lang from close range at the near post. Big save.

  • 75'

    Goal! Super sub Jess Lawlor gives Wexford the lead from a corner.

  • 71'

    Goal! Wexford draw level after Ellen Molloy fires the free in.

  • 71'

    Kylie Murphy wins a free just outside the box for Youths. Danger starting to pile.

  • 70'

    Massive let off for Athlone. Ball falls for Kylie Murphy in the box who catches it on the volley but fires wide. An absolute golden chance, which has been a rarity for Youths tonight.

  • 63'

    Lawler is on for Teegan Lynch. Stephen Quinn had to make a change.

  • 53'

    Keenan attempts one from just inside the box after a spell of pressure by Athlone. It sails over, but Athlone have started this half in very impressive fashion.

  • 50'

    Devaney plays a wonderful switch to set Keenan free, but Grey is off her line. Her clearance meets Scheriff, who attempts to catch her off her line, but hits wide.

  • 47'

    Place goes silent Muireann Devaney went down with a neck injury. She can continue after it originally looked bleak.

  • 46'

    Athlone get us back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time. Great timing from Athlone.

  • 45'

    Goal! Athlone take the lead on the brink of half time after Corbett controls Keenan's cross and slots it past Grey. A lead that is 100% deserved.

  • 42'

    Keenan digs out a cross from the right. It falls to Muireann Devaney, whose effort doesn't test Gray.

  • 40'

    Roisin Molloy wins a free in a good position. Meabh Russell picks up the games first booking. Kayleigh Shine hits it over.

  • 36'

    Dana Scheriff hits a tame free from range. Handy work for Gray.

  • 34'

    Gillian Keenan and Dana Scheriff combine, which ends in Scheriff bursting into the Wexford box. Ball goes out and it looks like Athlone were robbed of a corner.

  • 30'

    Free for Athlone beside the corner flag. Wexford deal with the ball to the near post.

  • 28'

    Wexford get caught playing it out, but the offside flag saves them.

  • 20'

    Great work by Freya De Mange, who turns out left and fires a cross in. can't be met by a Wexford head, however.

  • 19'

    Ellen Molly is played through but just can't get on the end of it.

  • 17'

    Scheriff gets a shot off in the Wexford box after a nice turn. Gray gets down and deals with it, however.

  • 14'

    Wexford just put together a nice passage of play, but Kylie Murphy's cross can't find anyone.

  • 12'

    Athlone are putting together some nice passages of play. Making Wexford work for it, that's for sure.

  • 6'

    Dana Scheriff wins Athlone a free in a good position. Emily Corbit gets a shot off as it falls down tot her in the area, but it's well over.

  • 1'

    Wexford get us underway.

  • Minutes silence right before kickoff here.

  • Players are out. They've brought a Ukrainian flag with them as an act of solidarity. Also, proceeds from the gate are going to the Irish Red Cross' Ukraine appeal.

  • Nice evening here in Athlone for a game of ball. Chilly, but not cold to the extent of the temperatures the night the LOI kicked off. Wind and rain not expected.

  • Teams for both sides are now in.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for coverage of tonight's WNL clash between Athlone Town and Wexford Youths, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be taking you through tonight's events.

Athlone Town

1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
2Fiona Owens Defender
3Kayleigh Shine Defender
5Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
6Muireann Devaney 10 Midfielder
7Gillian Keenan Forward
8Dana Scheriff Forward
9Emily Corbet 23 Forward 45'
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy 19 Midfielder
22Melissa O’Kane Midfielder
16Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
4Leah Brady Defender
10Kellie Brennan 6 Forward
13Kelsey Munroe Defender
15Lucy Jayne Grant Forward
18Alana Roddy Defender
19Laoise Ó hAodha 14 Midfielder
23Rita Lang 9 Midfielder
25Antea Guvo Midfielder

Wexford Yths

18Ciamh Gray Goalkeeper
2Emma Donohoe Defender
4Della Doherty Midfielder
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder
7Teegan Lynch 13 Midfielder
10Ellen Molloy Midfielder 73'
12Ciara Rossiter Defender
14Meabh Russell Defender 40'
16Nicola Sinnott Defender
17Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder
20Freya de Mange Midfielder
21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
13Jess Lawler 7 Forward
19Cliodhna Donnelly Midfielder
22Freya Roche Forward
23Emma Walker Midfielder
24Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan Defender
25Siun Murdiff Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 22)
7 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Athlone Town

(Quarter Final)
3 - 1
FAI Women's Cup
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Athlone Town

(Series 13)
1 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Wexford Youths

(Series 4)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Athlone Town

(Series 2)
0 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Wexford Youths

Ground

Athlone Town Stadium
Athlone Town Stadium, Old Rail Trail, Garrycastle, Athlone East Rural Electoral Division, The Municipal District of Athlone — Moate, County Westmeath, Leinster, N37 N1F2, Ireland

Formerly DCU Journalism, covering mainly Athlone teams for finalwhistle.ie