|16 April 2022||6:15 pm||LOI Women's Premier Division||2022|
A first-half hat-trick from Ellen Molloy and a brace from Kylie Murphy helped Wexford Youths to an emphatic 5-1 win over Cork City this evening at Ferrycarrig Park in the WNL.
Becky Cassin headed home Cork’s only goal of the game on an evening where Wexford’s quality and experience was too much for them.
That quality was apparent after just two minutes when Becky Watkins played the ball into Kylie Murphy who slipped it through for Ellen Molloy to open up the scoring.
Just 10 minutes later Molloy would grab her second. Orlaith Conlan split the Cork defence with a through ball for the onrushing Molloy who rounded Cork goalkeeper Abby McCarthy before scoring.
Molloy’s third would get her third before the 20 minute mark. Tegan Lynch cushioned the ball on the edge of the area before Molloy smashed a volley into the top corner.
Cork didn’t offer much in terms of chance creation until the 25th minute when Aoife Cronin found Becky Cassin inside the box to head home.
The hosts would retaliate five minutes before half-time this time Molloy would play the role of provider for Kylie Murphy who made it 4-1 at the break.
The second-half began quite slowly with the visitors looking more confident and comfortable on the ball.
Lauren Singleton came close with an effort from outside the box that just rolled wide.
It looked as though Molloy was going to get a fourth when Murphy picked her out with a fantastic ball. Molloy’s lob from a tight angle was just the wrong side of the post.
Wexford kept the pressure on, leaving Cork scrambling to keep the ball out of the net. Vista McNamara denied Becky Watkins what looked like a certain goal just after the hour mark with a great block.
However, Wexford would score from the resulting corner. Ciara Rossiter picked out Kylie Murphy who headered in number five for the hosts.
Tonight’s result keeps Wexford in the chase for the title behind Peamount and Shelbourne. They welcome Sligo Rovers to Ferrycarrig Park next week.
Meanwhile, Cork have the difficult task of travelling to Peamount.
|10. Ellen Molloy||2'|
|10. Ellen Molloy||13'|
|10. Ellen Molloy||18'|
|25'||18. Becky Cassin|
|6. Kylie Murphy||41'|
|6. Kylie Murphy||62'|
Freya de Mange
|Ferrycarrig Park, Kilpatrick, The Borough District of Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Y35 E296, Ireland|