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Date Time League Season
10 September 2022 6:00 pm Women's National League 2022

Match Report

Wexford put in five star display against City

Ciara Rossiter and Ellen Molloy's second-half goals helped title-chasing Wexford Youths recover from an early deficit, temporarily going top of the WNL after a 5-1 win over Cork City.

How long they'll stay there depends on whether Peamount can upset reigning champions Shelbourne in tonight's 7.35pm kick-off, but they rallied after early adversity against a spirited Cork effort.

That said, visiting manager Danny Murphy and his coaching staff would've felt pretty satisfied with how proceedings started, all things considered.

Upbeat beforehand and keen to see his side's developments, he spoke with confidence they could upset the odds despite evidence suggesting otherwise.

Making incremental improvements, working to reach levels where they could consistently compete against the WNL's best, this was an intriguing acid test and the visitors were off to an ideal start.

Eva Mangan, one of two Cork starters called up to the Irish under-19 squad, was ever-present both defensively and in possession.

It was her marauding run from a rare corner which helped break the deadlock after 10 minutes, as her deflected shot wasn't cleared and Christina Dring reacted quickest to slot home a real poacher's finish.

10 minutes later, Mangan could've had an assist from another set-piece. Instead, Wexford's deficit remained just the one after leaving Becky Cassin unmarked at the far post, watching as her leaping header cannoned back off the crossbar.

Having started intently, creating half-chances aplenty, Wexford eventually found the breakthrough on 38 minutes.

The equaliser came from a soft penalty to concede, as Laura Shine upended Watkins in the area, with Aoibheann Clancy confidently converting the spot-kick - but despite Cork's start, it had been coming.

Rossiter, Jess Lawler, Kylie Murphy and Molloy all repeatedly threatened without success, while the latter's powerful effort whistled wide of the far post before half-time.

Early after the restart, Wexford were going through the gears as their chance creation intensified.

Clancy's lofted free-kick delivery after 52 minutes caused havoc in the box, with Ciara McNamara penalised and subsequently booked for a tangle of legs to foul Murphy.

Clancy completed her brace from the spot, while trying her luck with an audacious effort from an inswinging free-kick two minutes later, which floated narrowly wide.

It typified the hosts' ever-growing confidence and they had their third 15 minutes afterwards.

Between Danielle Burke and substitute Nadine Seward, they made a mess of possession in their half and Rossiter finished beautifully across goal with aplomb.

There was more to come: Nicola Sinnott had a header correctly chalked off for offside, but Wexford added two more goals in three minutes as the visitors wilted and space opened up.

Molloy skipped past her marker before curling one goalwards from distance, which goalkeeper Abby McCarthy could only parry into her net.

Rossiter then turned creator in transition to tee up Murphy, who couldn't miss at the far post. 5-1 was perhaps a harsh scoreline, but Cork were given another chastening lesson defensively here.

Wexford Youths

21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
3Orlaith Conlon Defender
4Della Doherty Midfielder
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder 83'
8Edel Kennedy 20 Midfielder
9Becky Watkins 14 Forward
10Ellen Molloy 15 Midfielder 80'
12Ciara Rossiter Defender 66'
66'
13Jess Lawler 23 Forward
16Nicola Sinnott 26 Defender
17Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder 38', 54'
1Claudia Keenan Goalkeeper
14Meabh Russell 9 Defender
15Michaela Lawrence 10 Midfielder
20Freya de Mange 8 Midfielder
23Emma Walker 13
25Siun Murdiff Midfielder
26Aine Walsh 16 Forward
27Mia Lenihan Midfielder
28Aoife Mohan Midfielder

Cork City

1Abby McCarthy Goalkeeper
3Danielle Burke Defender
4Ciara McNamara Defender 54'
5Zara Foley Defender
9Christina Dring Forward 10'
14Aoibhinn Donnelly 6 Forward
16Laura Shine 25 Forward
18Becky Cassin Midfielder 61'
20Eva Mangan Midfielder
27Ellie O’Brien 2 Midfielder
28Chloe Atkinson 7 Forward
26Hannah Walsh Goalkeeper
2Nathalie O’Brien 27 Defender
6Aoife Cronin 14 Midfielder
7Nadine Seward 28 Forward 78'
8Kate O’Donovan Midfielder
11Shaunagh McCarthy Defender
25Lauren Singleton 16 Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 10)
1 - 2
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 6)
5 - 1
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Series 24)
0 - 1
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Series 15)
4 - 1
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Series 6)
1 - 3
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Series 4 - Group 1)
2 - 2
Women's National League
Bishopstown Stadium

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Series 8)
1 - 2
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Round 15)
1 - 1
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 10)
2 - 1
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Round 2)
0 - 3
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 20)
3 - 0
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Round 13)
1 - 3
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 6)
1 - 0
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

0 - 1
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

2 - 1
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

4 - 1
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

1 - 0
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

1 - 2
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

0 - 4
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

3 - 0
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

10 - 0
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Round 8)
0 - 2
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 1)
1 - 0
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Round 20)
0 - 10
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 13)
1 - 0
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Round 6)
0 - 5
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 20)
1 - 2
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 10)
2 - 0
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Round 3)
0 - 4
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 15)
1 - 1
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

(Round 6)
1 - 3
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Cork City

(Round 5)
0 - 2
Women's National League
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Wexford Youths

Ground

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