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Date Time League Season
27 August 2022 6:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Wexford Youths secure points against Bohemians in cracker

Despite a manic second-half with five goals in 14 minutes, it was title-chasing Wexford Youths who eventually saw off a bullish Bohemians display 5-2 at Dalymount Park, keeping pressure on leaders Shelbourne also in action tonight.

Wexford started purposefully, fashioning a few half-chances and benefiting from Jess Lawler's overlapping runs in-behind the Bohs backline without reward.

It was a slow, methodical start but Watkins and Kylie Murphy both threatened before Ciara Rossiter's defence-splitting pass orchestrated the game's opener.

She found Molloy, who timed her run well and fired adroitly into the far corner beyond Rachel Kelly's best attempts.

Called up to the Irish national team for their World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Slovakia next month, Molloy was an ever-present nuisance and created chances aplenty - both for herself and teammates too.

The hosts relinquished possession cheaply too often and were duly punished, though it was a slow-burning first-half with rarely many half-chances to speak of for Bohs.

Rachel Doyle had one effort blasted over the bar, though at the break you could sense the game's sluggish pace would suit Bohs better, as long as the deficit remained a slender one - allowing them to settle.

Despite a manic second-half with five goals in 14 minutes, it was title-chasing Wexford Youths who eventually saw off a bullish Bohemians display 5-2 at Dalymount Park, keeping pressure on leaders Shelbourne also in action tonight.  
Wexford started purposefully, fashioning a few half-chances and benefiting from Jess Lawler's overlapping runs in-behind the Bohs backline without reward.  

It was a slow, methodical start but Watkins and Kylie Murphy both threatened before Ciara Rossiter's defence-splitting pass orchestrated the game's opener.  

She found Molloy, who timed her run well and fired adroitly into the far corner beyond Rachel Kelly's best attempts.  

Called up to the Irish national team for their World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Slovakia next month, Molloy was an ever-present nuisance and created chances aplenty - both for herself and teammates too.

The hosts relinquished possession cheaply too often and were duly punished, though it was a slow-burning first-half with rarely many half-chances to speak of for Bohs.

Rachel Doyle had one effort blasted over the bar, though at the break you could sense the game's sluggish pace would suit Bohs better, as long as the deficit remained a slender one - allowing them to settle.  

So it briefly proved in a frantic second-half with chances galore.  

Molloy twice went close early after the restart, while Murphy rattled an effort off the crossbar shortly afterwards from another opening Molloy's marauding feet created.

Yet somehow the scoreline remained finely poised at 1-0 and Bohs were gradually gaining confidence they could snatch something.  

Kira Bates Crosbie equalised on 70 minutes, after good work by Abbie Brophy and Isobel Finnegan in the build-up.
The latter's perfectly-weighted cross saw the midfielder head home her first goal for the club against her former employers, a storyline too sweet to end on.

Two minute later, Wexford were back ahead - moments after needing a goalline clearance to avoid going behind as Doyle caused havoc aplenty at the far post.  

It was an awful goal to concede and Murphy couldn't believe her luck, watching Bohs collectively make a mess of their attempted defensive clearance.

Molloy was on hand to retrieve possession in the area, square the ball across to her teammate and 2-1 soon became three shortly afterwards too.

Nicola Sinnott doubled the visitors' lead after 76 minutes, getting the final touch on Molloy's low corner delivery which went unchallenged at the near post.

Goals continued to fly in quick succession, this time Bohemians midfielder Lisa Murphy briefly halved the deficit with a well-taken downward header into the far corner from an inswinging delivery after goalkeeper Maeve Williams parried Brophy's strike out for a set-piece during the previous attack.

Molloy was again involved as Wexford regained their two-goal cushion in the 83rd minute, as substitute Meabh Russell reacted quickest to toe-poke home after the former's initial effort was saved into her path.  

Another sub - Aine Walsh - made it a fantastic five in stoppage-time, as Bohemians conceded yet another sloppy goal. 
An undercooked Murphy free-kick, in her own half, saw the ball cut out and Walsh raced ahead through midfield.  

She beat one defender, squeezed her shot beyond Rachel Kelly at the near post and while an awkward angle, really should've done better - deflection or not.  

With more assertive defending and clearer decision-making, Bohs could've rescued a comeback win and virtually ended Wexford's title hopes. Instead, they conceded five and had their five-game unbeaten run emphatically snapped. 

  • Apologies for the delay with some of the play-by-play commentary updates in the second-half, we had some site issues - at precisely the wrong time for me! Nonetheless, thanks for joining me again. I've been Mosope Ominiyi, stay tuned for the full match report and action elsewhere tonight. Until next time, goodnight!

  • 93'

    FT: Bohemians 2-5 Wexford. If you told me at half-time we'd have a frantic seven-goal tussle tonight, given that sluggish first-half, I'd have found that remarkably hard to believe. But, I hinted at the slender deficit and Bohs really could've recovered to snatch a comeback win here if they defended better. They didn't, and this is the result.

  • 93'

    GOAL FOR WEXFORD! Another sloppy, rough goal to concede for Bohs but sub Aine Walsh won't care! Murphy's free-kick in her own half was a poor one and Walsh latched onto the loose ball in midfield. She beat one defender and squeezed the ball in at the near post, but Rachel Kelly really should've saved that - deflection or not.

  • 90'

    The fourth official signals there will be three minutes of stoppage-time to be played here, with contrasting counts for the actual match time clock!

  • 85'

    Kelly makes a double save to stop the visitors snatching a fifth, first from point-blank range after Bohs misplace possession in their own half, the second an acrobatic dive to her right from distance.

  • 83'

    Russell makes it 4-2! Just on off the bench, she profits after Molloy's initial effort is saved by the outstretched Kelly - leaving the sub to toe-poke home for Wexford's fourth.

  • 80'

    GOAL! BOHS PULL ONE BACK AGAIN! Williams made a fine stop from Brophy at the near post, but was rooted to the spot from the resulting corner: Doyle's delivery feeding Lisa Murphy, whose downward header made it 3-2.

  • 76'

    GOAL!!! WEXFORD DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Nicola Sinnott gets the final touch from a well-worked corner routine, purposely low and evading the Bohemians backline - she fires in at the near post.

  • 73'

    GOAL!!! WEXFORD BACK AHEAD AGAIN! An awful goal to concede, Murphy reacts quickest as Bohs make a mess of their defensive clearance and Molloy does well, retrieving possession in the box.

  • 73'

    OFF THE LINE! Wexford suddenly find themselves on the ropes, Doyle causing all kinds of havoc at the back post.

  • 72'

    Double change for Bohs after that: Prior and Burdis off, Griffin and Byrne on in their place.

  • 71'

    Brophy showed speed and awareness both to beat her marker down the flank, then play the ball back for Finnegan, whose cross was perfectly-weighted for Bates-Crosbie to head home! The former Wexford player equalises with her first goal for Bohs, against her former club no less. You can\'t write this stuff.

  • 70'

    GOAL! WHAT DID I SAY! BOHEMIANS EQUALISE!

  • 60'

    Manic moment at the back for Wexford, with Kira Bates Crosbie almost profiting from what appeared to be a mix-up in communication between goalkeeper and defence... thankfully for the visitors, Maeve Williams claims.

  • 56'

    Off the crossbar! Did that strike go in? Murphy rattles an effort off the crossbar and Bohs hurriedly clear to safety, after Molloy marauds her way into the area and sets her attacking teammate up.

  • 49'

    Molloy does the same once more, unleashing a powerful effort - but it floats over Kelly's crossbar.

  • 47'

    Molloy lets fly from distance with an ambitious strike, her effort whistles narrowly wide of Kelly's far post.

  • 46'

    Second-half is underway, no changes made by either side at the interval.

  • 45'

    HT: Bohemians 0-1 Wexford Youths - The visitors are deservedly ahead and it could be more, but this has been played at a sluggish pace for sustained periods, which will suit Bohs the longer this deficit remains a slender one. Murphy has been busy, Molloy took her chance well and Wexford lead.

  • 44'

    Rossiter charges down the byline and floats a teasing delivery into the box... but no teammates track her marauding run and Bohemians clear their lines after an overhit cross on the opposite side is dealt with.

  • 39'

    Play back underway but it's been stop-start for a while now - this staggered pace will suit Bohs.

  • 37'

    Stoppage in play now, as Bohs' Isobel Finnegan is injured on the turf in the Wexford half. Unclear as to what happened, and there was another brief injury-induced break beforehand too.

  • 35'

    Chance! Murphy glances a header over the bar, after Clancy's lofted cross finds her unmarked inside the area.

  • 26'

    It doesn't help that their defenders are being pressed quickly and continuously as they look to play out of defence, but still. They need to instill some urgency if they're to get back into this match.

  • 25'

    For what it's worth, before that aforementioned chance, I was going to say... Bohs have relinquished possession cheaply too often so far today and haven't done much in the attacking third either.

  • 22'

    Rachel Doyle volleys over the bar in Bohs' first real half-chance of the evening, after Niamh Prior does well to retrieve possession - having lost a 50-50 challenge with Della Doherty near the corner flag.

  • 19'

    GOAL! WEXFORD AHEAD, ROSSITER ASSIST! Rossiter's defence-splitting pass finds their top goalscorer Molloy, who times her run well and fires neatly into the far corner. Her 16th strike of the campaign.

  • 15'

    Kelly makes a comfortable catch as Murphy has two more bites at breaking the deadlock: the first is blocked back into her path and she doesn\'t strike with enough power nor direction to truly test the Bohs\' keeper. Goes without saying that she's been busy so far.

  • 15'

    Kelly's undercooked kick falls to Kylie Murphy, who lets fly from distance... but watches the ball float over the bar. She has eight league goals this season and with better execution, that could've easily been a ninth.

  • 10'

    Wide! Watkins' snapshot on the turn inside the box flashes narrowly wide of Kelly's far post.

  • 6'

    It's been an encouraging start for Wexford, who've fashioned a few half-chances through Lawler's overlapping runs in-behind, but haven't yet tested Kelly in the Bohs goal. Slow, methodical start thus far.

  • 1'

    After a minute's silence, we're off at Dalymount Park!

  • Both sets of substitutes lead the way to their respective benches first, before the starting players come out as kick-off is almost upon us! Can Bohs pull off an upset here?

  • If you haven't already read the match preview for tonight's encounter, you've only got a few more minutes to do so. Team line-ups are out and you can check them in the line-up tab now!

  • My name's Mosope Ominiyi and I'll be taking you through the evening's action from Dalymount Park, as the visitors look to close the gap - even temporarily - on leaders Shelbourne. They play later this evening, away at Galway in a 7.35pm KO.

  • Good evening everyone, and welcome to tonight's live play-by-play commentary as WNL title chasers Wexford Youths travel to an unpredictable Bohemians side in their latest league fixture. Kick-off is set for 6pm.

Bohemians

20Rachael Kelly Goalkeeper
17Katie Lovely Defender
3Katie Burdis 2 Defender
19Niamh Prior 28 Defender
6Lisa Murphy Midfielder 79'
10Chloe Darby Midfielder
7Kira Bates Crosbie Midfielder 70'
15Rachel Doyle Midfielder
5Isobel Finnegan Forward
9Erica Burke Forward
11Abbie Brophy Forward
32Molly O’Brien Goalkeeper
2Annemarie Byrne 3 Defender
23Abbie O’Hara Defender
28Oleta Griffin 19 Defender
24Lara Phipps Midfielder
30Freya Roche Midfielder
31Erin Phelan Midfielder
18Bronagh Kane Forward
12Aoife Robinson Forward

Wexford Yths

21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
3Orlaith Conlon Defender
12Ciara Rossiter Defender
16Nicola Sinnott Defender 76'
4Della Doherty Midfielder
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder 73'
8Edel Kennedy Midfielder
17Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder
10Ellen Molloy Midfielder 19'
92'
9Becky Watkins 14 Forward
13Jess Lawler 26 Forward
1Claudia Keenan Goalkeeper
14Meabh Russell 9 Defender 83'
15Michaela Lawrence Midfielder
20Freya de Mange Midfielder
23Emma Walker
25Siun Murdiff Midfielder
26Aoife Mohan Midfielder
28Mia Lenihan Midfielder
26Aine Walsh 13 Forward 93'

Past Meetings

(Round 17)
3 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Bohemian FC

(Round 3)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Wexford Youths

(Series 25)
7 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Bohemian FC

(Series 16)
0 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Oscar Traynor Centre

Bohemian FC v Wexford Youths

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

Wexford Youths v Bohemian FC

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

Wexford Youths v Bohemian FC

Ground

Dalymount Park
Dalymount Park, Connaught Street, Phibsborough, Cabra East A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, D07 XH2D, Ireland

Mosope Ominiyi is a freelance sports journalist and sub-editor with over a decade's worth of experience, having graduated in 2020 with a BA Hons degree at Staffordshire University. His work has appeared in The Times, MailOnline and Sportskeeda, among other platforms.