Date Time League Season
31 July 2021 2:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Murphy magic for Wexford

Wexford Youths kept their title hopes alive as they ran out 1-0 winners at Dalymount Park, courtesy of Kylie Murphy’s first half goal.

This loss condemns Bohemians to their third straight defeat, as they remain in seventh on just eight points from 13 games.

Wexford remain in third, trailing title rivals Peamount United and Shelbourne by a point after they also secured away victories.

The hosts started the better of the two sides as Chloe Darby and Lisa Murphy created half chances.

Wexford created the first clear cut opportunity of the game as well worked build up play meant the ball found Edel Kennedy, but her volley narrowly went over the crossbar.

Nicola Sinnott hit the post from a corner as the visitors grew into the game.

Youths were awarded a penalty midway through the first half as Murphy was brought down by Bronagh Kane.

Murphy missed the place-kick, by hitting the post but the in-form attacker coolly placed the rebound into the corner of the net.

However, the referee after discussions with his officiating team disallowed the goal after it was deemed that Murphy was offside in the build-up to the penalty.

Just eight minutes later, Murphy achieved her vengeance as she opened the scoring after a poor short pass back to the keeper by the Bohemians defence was pounced on by the pressing Youths, with the ball eventually slid in by Murphy.

Murphy went through on goal once more but a great save by Courtney Maguire denied her 10th goal of the campaign.

The second half lacked the spark and frenetic nature of the first as Bohemians failed to seriously threaten the Youths’ goal, with Wexford holding on for a precious three points.

Next up for Youths is a huge game at home to title rivals Shelbourne next Saturday, with Bohemians next in action on Wednesday away to the same opponents. 

  • 93'

    Full time: Bohemians 0-1 Wexford Youths

  • 92'

    A break in play as Edel Kennedy is down receiving treatment.

  • 90'

    Wexford sub: Sinead Taylor is replaced by Kira Bates Crosbie.

  • 90'

    The free kick is poor and comes to nothing.

  • 90'

    Free kick to Bohemians on the edge of the box, won by Abbie Brophy.

  • 89'

    Bohemians break into the box but Lauren Dwyer is there with a vital interception.

  • 87'

    Bohemians sub: Chloe Darby is replaced by Niamh Kenna.

  • 83'

    The corner comes to nothing and another chance goes begging.

  • 82'

    Corner to Bohemians, a good chance to get back in the contest.

  • 79'

    The corner is headed away and the ball falls to Molloy on the half volley but her effort is well wide of the goal.

  • 78'

    Molloy has a shot from range that is deflected and is out for a corner kick.

  • 78'

    Hedigan has gone off for the time being and play resumes.

  • 77'

    Yvonne Hedigan is down receiving treatment.

  • 76'

    Sinead Taylor has a shot but it is comfortably collected by Courtney Maguire.

  • 74'

    Ciara Rossiter looked to have been in on goal but her heavy touch in the final third lets her down.

  • 74'

    Ellen Molloy has a shot from range that fails to threaten the Bohemians goal.

  • 71'

    Wexford break forward once more but Yvonne Hedigan is there once again to clear the danger.

  • 67'

    The corner comes to nothing.

  • 66'

    Corner to Bohemians as good work by Chloe Darby down the left is rewarded.

  • 63'

    Murphy is okay to continue.

  • 62'

    A break in play as Kylie Murphy is down receiving treatment.

  • 60'

    Wexford break on the counter attack but Sinead Taylor couldn't quite finish the move as she failed to reach the target. End to end stuff now.

  • 60'

    Abbie Brophy makes a great break down the left but her final ball lets her down.

  • 59'

    Lisa Murphy has a shot from outside the box that just goes over the bar.

  • 54'

    Clancy fires the free kick well over the crossbar, a waste of a good opportunity.

  • 53'

    Free kick to Wexford Youths on the edge of the box after Kylie Murphy is fouled by Hannah Tobin Jones and she is yellow carded.

  • 49'

    A slow start to the second half after a frenetic first.

  • 46'

    We're back underway in the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time: Bohemians 0-1 Wexford Youths

  • 45'

    The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of two additional minutes played at the end of the first half.

  • 45'

    The resulting corner comes to nothing and Bohemians can enjoy some respite.

  • 45'

    Ciara Rossiter goes through on goal but Courtney Maguire produces another good save and Yvonne Hedigan's block keeps the score at 1-0.

  • 44'

    The corner is punched away by Courtney Maguire.

  • 44'

    The corner is headed out by the Bohemians defence and we'll have another Wexford corner.

  • 43'

    Great save by Courtney Maguire to deny Kylie Murphy in a one on one position but the ball is out for another Wexford corner as the visitors continue to pile on the pressure.

  • 40'

    Ciara Rossiter has a header in the box that narrowly goes past the post after being picked out by an excellent ball by Molloy.

  • 38'

    Yvonne Hedigan continues her impressive performance as she makes a sliding challenge on Ellen Molloy and wins the goal kick.

  • 35'

    The ball falls to Ciara Rossiter on the left edge of the area and her shot is well saved by Courtney Maguire. One way traffic here.

  • 33'

    GOAL! Huge mistake by the Bohemians defence as a short ball back to the keeper was poor and Wexford's high pressure allowed them to capitalise, with Kylie Murphy sliding the ball into the net.

  • 30'

    Play is back underway.

  • 29'

    A break in play as Lauren Dwyer is down receiving treatment.

  • 27'

    The goal has been ruled out for offside in the build up to the penalty. A huge let off for Bohemians who are under serious pressure.

  • 25'

    GOAL! Kylie Murphy opens the scoring after hitting the post from the penalty spot but she makes no mistake with the rebound as she cooly places the ball in the corner of the net.

  • 24'

    Penalty to Wexford Youths! Despite protests from the Bohemians players, Kylie Murphy is brought down by Bronagh Kane and Murphy will step up to take the penalty.

  • 22'

    Ciara Rossiter races into the penalty area but her through ball just races away from Ellen Molloy. Wexford starting to dominate here.

  • 19'

    Wexford come close to the opener as Nicola Sinnott's header hits the post from the corner.

  • 18'

    The Youths have their first corner of the game after Sinead Taylor's break down the left.

  • 15'

    Wexford create the first opportunity of the game as well worked build up play finds Edel Kennedy after a brilliant ball by Darby but her volley narrowly goes over the bar.

  • 12'

    Ally Cahill has a shot from outside the box that sails well wide.

  • 9'

    Chloe Darby's corner is flicked on and the ball falls to Lisa Murphy but her shot is wide of the target.

  • 7'

    The first corner of the game is to the home side as their bright start is rewarded.

  • 5'

    Chloe Darby has a shot from outside the area but it is comfortably claimed by Wexford goalkeeper Maeve Williams.

  • 1'

    Wexford charge forward on the counter attack but Bronagh Kane makes a vital interception.

  • 1'

    We're underway.

  • In their previous meeting, Wexford thrashed Bohemians 7-1 at Ferrycarrig Park, courtesy of goals from Kim Flood, Ainsley Frawley, a Yvonne Hedigan own goal and braces from Lauren Kelly and Murphy.

  • Kylie Murphy and teenage sensation Ellen Molloy have been key players this campaign, scoring eight goals each making the Youths the top scorers in the division. Wexford have won their last five and haven’t tasted defeat in 13 matches, making them strong favourites for this afternoon’s affair.

  • Title rivals Shelbourne and Peamount are level on points at the summit and both have a game in hand on the Youths.

  • In contrast, Wexford have enjoyed a fine campaign and are just one point off top spot but know they must continue their rich vein of form, if they are to be lifting the title at the end of the season.

  • Bohemians have struggled in front of goal and are the league’s joint lowest scorers with just 16 goals. They are heavily reliant on forwards Erica Burke and Chloe Darby who both have four goals each but other players have struggled to chip in.

  • Bohemians lie in seventh position on eight points from 12 games and are in a poor run of form, picking up just four points from their last four matches. The hosts come into the game off the back of a 2-0 away defeat to Peamount, which inflicted back-to-back defeats for Sean Byrne’s side.

  • The weather in Dublin is currently 18 degrees Celsius, with a 14% chance of rain, 76% humidity levels and a wind of 14 mph.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of today's Women's National League contest between Bohemians and Wexford Youths at Dalymount Park.


25Courtney Maguire Goalkeeper
2Annemarie Byrne Defender
5Isobel Finnegan Forward
19Yvonne Hedigan Defender
7Bronagh Kane 21 Forward
6Ally Cahill Forward
8Sophie Watters Midfielder
10Chloe Darby 16 Midfielder
11Abbie Brophy Forward
13Lisa Murphy Midfielder
9Erica Burke Forward
3Jade Reddy Defender
16Niamh Kenna 10 Midfielder
17Katie Lovely Defender
20Georgia Monks Forward
21Hannah Tobin Jones 7 54'
1Davies Goalkeeper
23Abbie O’Hara Defender
24Lara Phipps Midfielder

Wexford Yths

21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
4Della Doherty Midfielder
5Lauren Dwyer Defender
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder 33'
8Edel Kennedy Midfielder
10Sinead Taylor 24 Forward
12Ciara Rossiter Defender
15Aisling Frawley Midfielder
16Nicola Sinnott Defender
17Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder
20Ellen Molloy Midfielder
3Orlaith Conlon Defender
7Freya de Mange Midfielder
22Fiona Ryan Defender
24Kira Bates Crosbie 10 Midfielder
25Emma Walker
18Ciamh Gray Goalkeeper
9Katie Law Forward

Past Meetings

(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


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I am a Sports Journalism & PR graduate from Staffordshire University. During my time at Final Whistle, I have covered the LOI National League, international games and the Women’s National League. Outside of Final Whistle, I am a researcher for World Rugby and a writer for The Rugby Paper.