Date Time League Season
25 September 2021 6:30 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Big second half powers Wexford win

Six second half goals saw Wexford Youths defeat Athlone Town 7-1 at Ferrycarrig Park this evening and climb to second place in the WNL.

Athlone started the game well and a great Aoife Haran trike on the half-volley saw the visitors take the lead after 5 minutes. The youths soon regrouped though and Teegan Lynch equalised for the home side soon after as Wexford dominated possession for the remainder of the game.

Another Lynch goal followed by two from Ellen Molloy, one from Sinead Taylor and a late Kira Bates-Crosbie brace put the game beyond doubt in the second half.

Both teams enjoyed spells with the ball in the game's early stages but Athlone were the side that showed more attacking intent and were soon rewarded.

When a corner from the visitors was deflected out Aoife Haran reacted excellently with a powerful half-volley driven into the Wexford goal to give Athlone the lead with five minutes played.

The Town had the momentum and continued to attack the home side, Roisin Molloy provided a great out ball down the right wing to bring the visitors forward but Athlone couldn't create another clear chance.

Instead it was Wexford that came more and more into the game and the Slaneysiders were soon well on top in terms of possession.

Teegan Lynch's runs from midfield troubled the Athlone defence and when she got the ball at the edge of the visitors' box, her run couldn't be stopped. Lynch got a shot away which crossed Athlone keeper Abbbiegayle Ronayne and went into the far left corner to equalise for Wexford on 12 minutes.

Ronayne kept her team in it as Wexford poured forward and the likes of Kylie Murphy, Ciara Rossiter and Edel Kennedy came close but the home side couldn't score and the sides went in even at the break.

The second half started like the first with Athlone attacking however it was Wexford who scored early this time.
A cross into the Athlone box saw the ball hit a number of Wexford heads before Teegan Lynch headed home her second to put Wexford 2-1 up after 51 minutes.

Though Athlone never gave up it was a one sided affair after that as the goals kept coming for Wexford.

Ellen Molloy scored a long range screamer before the hour mark and added a second less than five minutes later when her wonderful lob over Ronanye found the Athlone net.

Three goals up, Wexford showed their strength off the bench when substitute Sinead Taylor got a goal less than ten minutes after entering the field of play thanks to a great cross from fellow-sub Kira Bates Crosbie.

Within five minutes, Bates Crosbie got one of her own with a super long distance shot from the right wing that bypassed the Athlone defence and keeper.

Not content with one goal, the pacey winger added a second soon after to put her side seven goals to the good and into second place in the WNL with a comfortable goal difference on third place Shelbourne.

  • 90'

    Full time. Wexford 7-1 Athlone. Despite conceding early the home side were totally dominant for the remainder of the game and 6 second half goals sees them climb to second in the WNL after this evening.

  • 90'

    2 minutes added time at Ferrycarrig

  • 90'

    Wexford still on the attack searching for an 8th goal

  • 86'

    Crosbie gets another!

  • 85'

    Bates-Crosbie scores a long distance cracker to send Wexford 5 goals up now!

  • 80'

    Sinead Taylor gives Wexford their fifth goal after a great cross from Bates-Crosbie

  • 75'

    Deila Doherty's header comes close at the near post for Wexford

  • 72'

    Triple substitution for Wexford now as the game appears to be over

  • 72'

    Murphy's shot is gathered by the Athlone sub-keeper Ciara Glackin

  • 66'

    Athlone haven't given up despite being 3 goals down, still continuing to go forward but can't create the chances that Wexford have

  • 63'

    GOALLLL!!! Ellen Molloy gets her second with a wonderful strike over the keeper!

  • 59'

    Ellen Molloy gets Wexford's third with a long range screamer!

  • 56'

    Ellen Molloy booked for Wexford

  • 51'

    GOALL!!! Teegan Lynch scores her second with a header to put Wexford ahead 2-1

  • 51'

    Ellen Molloy's strike is deflected for a corner to Wexford

  • 49'

    The visitors are threatening more so far in this second half

  • 47'

    Molloy back troubling the Wexford backline again in this half

  • 45'

    Back underway for the second half now!

  • 46'

    Half-Time at Ferrycarrig. Wexford Youths 1-1 Athlone Town. A good start by Athlone earned the visitors an early lead but Wexford soon regrouped and remained on top for the remainder of the half,

  • 44'

    There is to be 1 minute added time at Ferrycarrig

  • 42'

    Kennedy's shot saved by Ronayne

  • 42'

    Kylie Murphy being closed down quickly each time she gets close to the ball

  • 41'

    Wexford back working it up the field now

  • 37'

    Damp conditions making it difficult for both sides to play on the ground

  • 35'

    Ciara Rossiter beats the Athlone keeper with a chip but it rolls just wide into the side netting

  • 33'

    The visitors are relying on the counter but struggling to get passes to their forwards

  • 32'

    Athlone defence back under pressure but denying the Wexford attackers so far

  • 30'

    Athlone trying to build now, have not really threatened since scoring

  • 28'

    Wexford now well on top and building the pressure around the Athlone area

  • 22'

    Roisin Molloy booked for Athlone

  • 19'

    Roynane saves from Lynch again as the Wexford forward's runs remain a big threat

  • 16'

    Ronayne gets to the ball before Teegan for Athlone, Wexford threatening more now

  • 14'

    Ciara Rossiter's strike goes over!

  • 12'

    Teegan Lynch equalises for the Youths!!!!

  • 8'

    Athlone showing some attacking intent on the right wing through Roisin Molloy in recent moments

  • 5'

    Goal!!!!! Great strike from Aoife Haran to give Athlone the lead!

  • 4'

    No real chances for either side as of yet, both teams enjoying spells of possession

  • And we're off at Ferrycarrig Park!

  • Less than ten minutes until kick-off in Wexford!

  • The Town sit just two points ahead of bottom place Treaty United in the WNL and three points tonight would be a massive confidence boost to the side

  • Athlone Town could do with a win over Wexford after succumbing to three defeats by the side already this year

  • A win for Wexford this evening would see them into second place in the WNL and in contention for this year's title

  • Welcome to Final Whistle's WNL coverage of Wexford Youths v Athlone Town at Ferrycarrig Park. My name is Jack Joy and I'll be taking you through this evening's proceedings. Kick-Off is at 6.30pm!

Wexford Yths

18Ciamh Gray Goalkeeper
2Teegan Lynch 22 Midfielder 12', 51'
3Orlaith Conlon 24 Defender
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder
8Edel Kennedy Midfielder
11Lynn Craven Defender
12Ciara Rossiter Defender
16Nicola Sinnott Defender
20Ellen Molloy 10 Midfielder 59', 63'
21Della Doherty Midfielder
28Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder
7Freya de Mange Midfielder
10Sinead Taylor 20 Forward
21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
22Fiona Ryan 2 Defender
24Kira Bates Crosbie 3 Midfielder 85', 87'
25Emma Walker Midfielder

Athlone Town

1Abbiegayle Ronayne 16 Goalkeeper
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
10Kellie Brennan 21 Forward
13Kelsey Munroe 23 Defender
20Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
17Aife Haran Midfielder 5'
22Melissa O’Kane Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy Midfielder 22'
27Lucy Jayne Grant Forward
19Laoise Ó hAodha Midfielder
2Fiona Owens Defender
7Kayleigh Shine Defender
15Amy Hyndman Forward
16Ciara Glackin 1 Goalkeeper
21Emily Corbet 10 Forward
23Ava Dolan 13 Forward

Past Meetings

(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

Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University