Date Time League Season
28 May 2022 6:30 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

WNL: Wexford dig deep for win over Athlone

Wexford made up for dropped points last weekend, with a hard fought 2-1 win over Athlone Town at Ferrycarrig Park this evening.

Orlaith Conlon struck early before the inform Ellen Molloy netted her tenth goal of the season, which helped the Youths take all three points on home soil.

The Southeast outfit continued their challenge for a league title, edging out a valiant Athlone who could not find the killer instinct in front of goal, despite a fantastic finish by Roisin Molloy.

Youths got off to a flying start as Orlaith Conlon found the net after 11 minutes, she sent a rocket of a strike into the back of the net, after Kylie Murphy could not latch onto a header from a free kick on the halfway line.

After the goal things started to settle down as both teams almost hunkered down, neither looking likely to score as both teams had few chances in front of either goal.

The hosts were content with a 1-0 lead at the break, having taken full advantage of a loose chance in the Athlone area, they had full advantage.

Straight from the restart it continued to look deadlocked, apart from the scoreline both teams looked to struggle in breaking the other down, but after 51 minutes Wexford doubled their lead thanks to a close finish from Ellen Molloy, she finished after a lovely cross by Freya de Mange found her in the area.

From the kick off Athlone went up the other end of the pitch and made it 2-1 seconds later, Laurie Ryan found Molloy in space and she shot from outside the box to chip Maeve Williams and find the back of the net.

The intensity certainly ramped up after Athlone pulled one back, but again they struggled to take advantage and find the net.

Wexford could have made it 3-1 but for Niamh Coombes doing well to get down and smother the danger, as that was their best chance in the latter stages of the fixture, as Athlone’s incredible run away from home comes to an end, Wexford edging a tight contest in the sunny Southeast.

  • 90'

    Two minutes added time at the end of the half

  • 75'

    Lucy Jane Grant replaces Kelsey Munroe

  • 75'

    Emma Donohoe replaces Lauren Dwyer for Youths

  • 73'

    Freya de Mange next into the book for Wexford

  • 71'

    Edel Kennedy has her name taken in the notebook

  • 58'

    Change for Athlone as Kellie Brennan replaces Melissa O’Kane

  • 52'

    Roisin Molloy gets one back for Athlone immediately, a cracker of a finish from outside the box

  • 51'

    Wexford double their lead thanks to a close finish from Ellen Molloy

  • 45'

    Back underway for the second half

  • 46'

    Half Time in Ferrycarrig Park, very few chances coming in the tie but it was the strike by Orlaith Conlon that sees them 1-0 up at the break

  • 45'

    One minute of time added on

  • 33'

    Game of very little chances, Wexford still holding firm as Athlone have very few chances

  • 11'

    Wexford strike first as Orlaith Conlon strikes a rocket into the back of the net

  • 1'

    kick Off at Ferrycarrig Park!

Wexford Yths

21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
3Orlaith Conlon Defender 11'
4Della Doherty Midfielder
5Lauren Dwyer 2 Defender
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder
8Edel Kennedy Midfielder 71'
10Ellen Molloy Midfielder 51'
12Ciara Rossiter Defender
14Meabh Russell Defender
16Nicola Sinnott Defender
20Freya de Mange Midfielder 73'
1Claudia Keenan Goalkeeper
2Emma Donohoe 5 Defender
7Teegan Lynch Midfielder
13Jess Lawler Forward
19Cliodhna Donnelly Midfielder
22Freya Roche Forward
23Emma Walker Midfielder
24Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan Defender
25Siun Murdiff Midfielder

Athlone Town

1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
2Fiona Owens Defender
3Kayleigh Shine Defender
5Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
7Gillian Keenan Forward
9Emily Corbet Forward
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
13Kelsey Munroe 15 Defender
14Roisin Molloy Midfielder 52'
22Melissa O’Kane 10 Midfielder
16Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
10Kellie Brennan 22 Forward
15Lucy Jayne Grant 13 Forward
17Hope Glynn
23Rita Lang Midfielder
24Ciara O’Neill

Past Meetings

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

Athlone Town v Wexford Youths

(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


Ferrycarrig Park
Ferrycarrig Park, Kilpatrick, The Borough District of Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Y35 E296, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.