Date Time League Season
10 July 2021 7:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Trio on target in Wexford win

Wexford Youth’s prodigy Ellen Molloy showcased the magnitude of her ability as her tap in and rocket free kick proved conclusive in their 3-1 win in Athlone Town Park this evening.

The referee was an apparent central character in the game as a melee of frees were awarded throughout and left the fixture as a stop start affair. However, this didn’t faze the away side who move to within one point of Shelbourne in the table following the result.

Molloy opened the scoring as she got on the end of a Kylie Murphy cross to bag her sixth goal of the season. While Katelyn Keogh equalised after the break, the Kilkenny star secured her brace when she converted her own free kick.

Ciara Rossiter then wrapped things up in injury time to get Wexford’s third mark on the scorecard and all three points.

Despite The Towns’ best efforts to contain Molloy in that she was man marked from the get-go, their bid settled as futile when she was the one to smash the deadlock with half an hour gone.

Debutant keeper Bonnie McKiernan was not solely at fault however as nothing could be done on her side to prevent the poacher’s goal and she went on to have a virtuous display regardless of what the score-line suggests.

Ellen Molloy netted her own hard earned freekick as she fired it into the top corner to make it 2-0 in the 62nd minute and sent tensions flaring in Athlone.

Lynn Marie Grant, Muireann Devaney and even the home team’s assistant manager were all given cards in the tie, and while it never looked in doubt that Wexford were going to close out the match Athlone never gave up in trying.

The final nail in the coffin for the basement side was when Ciara Rossiter deservingly powered home The Youths’ third goal following her sustained attacking threats and put her team within a point of the elusive Reds who were bumped to second in the table as Peamount regained top spot.

  • 92'

    Goal, Ciara Rossiter!

  • 91'

    Laurie Ryan off for Kelsey Murroe

  • 91'

    Ciara Rossiter' shot from distance almost makes it in but she's denied by the woodwork

  • 90'

    3 minutes added time announced

  • 81'

    Referee receiving plenty of backlash for his decisions tonight. Athlone bringing Aoife Haran and Emily Corbet on.

  • 78'

    Lauren Kelly on for Sinead Taylor and Della Doherty replaces Orlaith Conlon

  • 75'

    In an unusual turn of events Athlone's assistant manager has been shown a red card

  • 74'

    Ellen Molloy given a yellow for her tackle on her namesake

  • 74'

    Yellow card given to Muireann Devaney

  • 69'

    Athlone substitution. Kellie Brennan off for new signing number 19 Louise Aodhna

  • 62'

    Goal! Ellen Molloy gets her second of the game to send Wexford into the lead, 2-1. Superb free kick from the youngster!

  • 61'

    Edel Kennedy on for Lynn Marie Grant

  • 61'

    The game hangs in the balance with an hour gone but Wexford are definitely the aggressors here

  • 49'

    GOAL! After some fancy footwork from Roisin Molloy saw the ball played through to Katelyn Keogh

  • 45'

    The referee gets things back underway after a relatively long halftime interval

  • 45'

    Halftime in Athlone Town Park and Athlone have managed to contain Wexford to just one goal, scored by Ellen Molloy in the 32nd minute. Some good patches of play from both sides but outside of that much of the game has been impeded by consistent fouling and frees

  • 39'

    Lynn Marie Grant yellow carded

  • 32'

    Goal! Ellen Molloy helps The Youths go 1-0 up with a tap in!

  • 30'

    A stop start affair without much guile in Athlone Town Park with half an hour gone. No goals to report but it would appear both sides are growing into the game so perhaps we will see a stroke on the scoresheet in the coming minutes. Brennan volley unlucky to not come off just a minute ago

  • 22'

    Ellen Molloy being man marked. Athlone clearly showcasing they respect the young prodigy

  • 17'

    Myriad of frees being awarded so far in this one, at times even for somewhat minimal contact

  • 15'

    Quarter of an hour gone in Athlone Town stadium and while both sides have had chances not many have been clear cut. Plenty of new faces on show today as Chloe Flynn makes her debut for the home side and Wexford's new signing Della Doherty makes her way onto the bench

  • Kick off in Athlone Town stadium

  • With such a gap in the table between the two sides Athlone may see this game as a free hit, a chance to express themselves and impose themselves on the match without the fear that comes with expectations. Wexford on the other hand will want this game to be a routine victory.

  • Last time out in back in series four, The Youths snatched the victory with a lone strike from a Kylie Murphy penalty the difference maker in Ferrycarrig Park. The Town will be hoping a different result comes to fruition at home in Athlone Town Stadium this evening.

  • Third place Wexford will be looking to increase pressure on the top of the table with another win this evening. With only four points separating the top three teams and a larger gap developing in the middle of the table any slip ups or dips in form could be devastating for Youths title push. While bottom of the table Athlone will be looking to put an end to a bad streak of form (one win in ten matches) at home this evening.

  • Tonight\'s fixture sees high flying Wexford Youths travel to face Athlone Town at 7:00pm in the Women\'s National League. My name is Alanna Cunnane and I will be your match commentator for the game!

Athlone Town

Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
5Chloe Flynn Defender
2Fiona Owens Defender
6Muireann Devaney Forward
7Kayleigh Shine Defender
8Kayla Brady Midfielder
10Kellie Brennan Forward
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy Midfielder
22Melissa O’Kane 17 Defender
9Katelyn Keogh Forward
50Ria McPhilbin Goalkeeper
17Aife Haran 22 Midfielder
21Emily Corbet Forward

Wexford Yths

18Ciamh Gray Goalkeeper
3Orlaith Conlon 21 Defender
5Lauren Dwyer Defender
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder
10Sinead Taylor 9 Forward
11Lynn Craven Defender
12Ciara Rossiter Defender
16Nicola Sinnott Defender
17Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder
19Lynn Marie Grant 8 Forward
20Ellen Molloy Midfielder
21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
2Breda Cushen Defender
8Edel Kennedy 19 Midfielder
9Lauren Kelly 10 Forward
13Katie O’Regan Defender
22Fiona Ryan Defender
24Kira Bates Crosbie Midfielder
25Doireann Fahey Defender
21Della Doherty 3 Midfielder


Past Meetings

(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


Athlone Town Stadium
Athlone Town Stadium, Old Rail Trail, Garrycastle, Athlone East Rural Electoral Division, The Municipal District of Athlone — Moate, County Westmeath, Leinster, N37 N1F2, Ireland

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.