Date Time League Season
29 March 2023 7:45 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2023

Match Report

Rovers Remain Unbeaten Despite Wexford Fightback

Shamrock Rovers maintained their unbeaten start to league life with a 2-1 win over Wexford Youths in Tallaght this evening

Jessica Gargan got proceedings underway at the brink of half-time as she headed home a sumptuous cross from Alannah McEvoy.

Wexford responded at the beginning of the second half as a misplaced cross from Meabh Russel left Amanda Budden flat-footed and found the back of the Rovers' net.

Áine O’Gorman slotted home from point-blank range to give The Hoops back a lead that they would then refuse to relinquish. 

A quiet opening half-hour saw chances few and far between as both sides were trapped in perennial deadlock, the centre of the park becoming increasingly congested as the minutes passed. 

The in-form Jaime Thompson again proved herself to be a bright spark for The Hoops in the early minutes, as she got up well in the air to nearly head home a Gargan cross, her effort just lacking the pace to challenge Maeve Williams in net. 

Rianna Jarret went close to putting Wexford in front as she took the ball neatly on the half-turn on the edge of Rovers’ box and drilled a shot towards the bottom left-hand corner. Amanda Budden did extremely well to get down low and paw Jarret’s effort out for a corner.  

It looked to be neck-and-neck heading into half time before Rovers summoned up a huge gust of momentum that blew Wexford away. In the 44th minute, Abbie Larkin bolted in behind The Youths’ defence and fired a shot from the left-side of the box that rippled Williams’ side-netting.

Then in the dying embers of the half Alannah McEvoy weaved her way down the left wing and floated in an inch-perfect cross for Jessica Gargan who nodded the ball home to give the hosts the advantage.  

As the second-half kicked off, Wexford got out strongly and drew level within ten minutes. A seemingly misplaced cross by Meabh Russel ended up veering menacingly towards the back post and lifting over Budden’s outstretched arm, The Youths finding themselves a golden passage back in to the game.

That goal seemed to elicit a sizeable response from The Hoops-who began to attack with newfound intensity. Thompson went close again with a header-her shot drawing a solid save from Williams.

Minutes later, Larkin burst down the right wing and cut the ball across the box for the incoming Áine O’Gorman who slotted home from point-blank range to restore her side’s advantage.  

Rovers saw the game out comfortably from that point on, and will face another tough fixture after the international break where they’ll face an in-from Galway United at Eamon Deacy Park. Galway have managed to topple last season’s two best teams (Shelbourne and Athlone Town) in just their last two matches.

Wexford will welcome Athlone to Ferrycarig Park where they’ll look to respond with vigor after this largely comprehensive loss.

Shamrock Rovers

1Amanda Budden Goalkeeper
2Jessica Gargan Defender 45'
5Jessica Hennessy Defender
16Abby Tuthill Defender
15Orlaith O’Mahony Midfielder
17Alannah Prizeman 22 Midfielder
21Jaime Thompson 40 Midfielder
9Alannah McEvoy 14 Forward
13Aine O’Gorman Forward 66'
7Abbie Larkin Forward
11Lia O’Leary Forward
4Shauna Fox Defender
14Lauren Kelly 9 Forward
22Melissa O’Kane 17 Defender
23Chloe McCarthy Defender
25Summer Lawless Goalkeeper
36Nicole Fox Midfielder
40Shannon Coady 21 Forward
46Hannah Martin Defender
57Katie O’Reilly Forward

Wexford Yths

21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
3Orlaith Conlon Defender
16Nicola Sinnott Defender
12Ciara Rossiter Defender
14Meabh Russell Defender 53'
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder
15Michaela Lawrence 8 Midfielder
17Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder
7Abbie Brophy 26 Forward
9Emily Corbet Forward
19Rianna Jarrett Forward
1Claudia Keenan Goalkeeper
2Louise Corrigan Defender
5Lauren Dwyer Defender
8Edel Kennedy 15 Midfielder
11Orlaith Deasy Defender
20Freya de Mange Midfielder
22Shauna Carroll Midfielder
26Aine Walsh 7 Forward
27Ceola Bergin Forward
  • Full-time in Tallaght. Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Wexford Youths.

  • 89'

    Thompson comes off to applauds from the home crowd. Shannin Coady replaces her.

  • 87'

    Jessica Gargan awarded player of the match.

  • 82'

    Áine Walsh replaces Abbie Brophy.

  • 78'

    Lauren Kelly comes on for Alannah McEvoy.

  • 73'

    Prizeman off for Mellisa O'Kane.

  • 69'

    A lovely bit of skill from Jarret frees her up twelve yards out, Budden gets out well to close down the angle and send the ball out for a corner.

  • 66'

    Áine O'Gorman makes it 2-1! Larkin breaks down the right wing and cuts it across to the incoming Áine O'Goran who finishes from point-blank range.

  • 63'

    Áine O'Gorman whips in a cross that is met by Thompson who heads toward the centre of the goal and draws a solid save from Williams.

  • 61'

    Edel Kennedy comes on for Lawrence.

  • 59'

    Lia O'Leary sprays a ball into the Wexford box, but Larkin fails to take the ball down and the ball rolls out for a goal-kick.

  • 52'

    Maeve Russel equalises! Russel broke down the right-hand side and put in an in-swinging cross that seemingly looked to be going out of play, the ball instead veering towards the back post and pipping Amanda Budden who misjudged the flight of the ball severely.

  • 46'

    And we're back underway in Tallaght

  • 45'

    1-0 to Rovers at the brink of half-time! McEvoy whips in an inch-perfect ball for Garagan who heads home from close range to give her side the lead.

  • 45'

    Best chance of the game as Abbie Larkin bolts down the left wing ahead of the Wexford backline-she blasts a shot from the left-hand side that ripples the side-netting.

  • 41'

    Michaela Lawrence receives pitch-side treatment for a brief moment but seems to be back healthy as she jobs back on.

  • 38'

    Jarett takes the ball on the half-turn at the edge of Rover's box, her shot driving into the bottom-left corner. Budden does extremely well to get down low and paw the ball past her post.

  • 35'

    Rianna Jarrett nearly goes through on goal as she latches on a looping ball over Wexford's defence but her legs fail her as Budden beats her to it.

  • 32'

    Aoibheann Clancy puts in a corner that's slightly overhit but nearly causes issues for Alannah Budden as she misjudges the ball's flight and is left stranded, luckily no Wexford forwards were lining up at the back post.

  • 27'

    Still all square in Tallaght as both teams struggle to find that killer pass that will really help open the game.

  • 21'

    Thompson cuts through Wexford's defence with an incisive through ball, Larkin just failing to hold the line as the fourth official flags for offside.

  • 17'

    It's been a fairly quiet opening period so far...Thompson's header proving to be the most dangerous effort so far.

  • 12'

    Garagn floats in a ball from the right-hand side for Thompson who gets up well to head towards goal, her effort just lacking the pace needed to challenge Maeve Williams.

  • 9'

    Rovers get a decent chance to break-Thomposn's ball to Larkin a touch too heavy and is cleared by Conlon.

  • 7'

    Abbie Brophy turns Jessica Hennesy on the edge of the box but is only able to muster up a weak effort that falls comfortably into Alannah Budden's hands.

  • 5'

    Thompson lifts in a ball that Wexford eventually clear, but not after a brief moment of panic that required Orlaith Conlon to block a goal-bound shot.

  • 1'

    And the hosts get it underway in Tallaght!

  • No changes for Wexford in the starting XI. For Rovers, Jessica Hennesy comes in for Shuna Fox while Aoife Kelly is dropped in favour of Abby Tuthill.

  • O'Neill on Wexford Youths: "They’re a very, very good side that have been together a number of years. I said it in the off season that they’d be my favourites to win the league, particularly when you add in the quality of Emily Corbet and Rianna Jarrett. It means they have a very sharp attack at the end of all the good build up play that they have. They’ve players of quality all the way through from Aoibheann Clancy to Kylie Murphy to Corbet and Jarrett up top. There’s real quality players there and they’re still my favourites to win it at the end of the year."

  • Rovers forward Jaime Thompson has found herself in a rich vein of form this season, backing up a hattrick against Treaty United with a player-of-the-match performance against Shelbourne. Hoops manager Collie O'Neill has spoken glowingly about the eighteen year old, saying: "She’s been brilliant. She’d been very, very unlucky not to start the first couple of games but it’s nice to see the quality that we have. Against Treaty we took Abbie Larkin off and then you had Jaime that came on. She goes to the home of the current league champions and she doesn’t look out of place; in fact, she looks a step above and she’s still only part of the Irish under 19s. She’s going to have a really bright future ahead of her. For the goal, it was a great little drive by Jaime to get past the defenders and it was nice to have Áine coming in at the back post to tap it in. It was good attacking football."

  • Evening folks and welcome along to tonight's match report of Shamrock Rovers vs Wexford Youths. The two sides have enjoyed impressive starts to the season, both boasting unbeaten records.

Past Meetings

(Round 16)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Shamrock Rovers

(Round 9)
1 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Wexford Youths

(Round 2)
2 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Shamrock Rovers

(Round 17)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Shamrock Rovers

(Round 11)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Wexford Youths

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

Wexford Youths v Shamrock Rovers

(Round 13)
2 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Wexford Youths

(Round 9)
0 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Shamrock Rovers

(Round 3)
0 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Wexford Youths


Tallaght Stadium
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Alex is a second-year Journalism student at DCU. As well as being a soccer enthusiast, he's also an avid athletics fan, competing in the sport for over ten years.