|11 November 2023||4:30 pm||LOI Women's Premier Division||2023|
Galway United dismantled Wexford Youths 4-0 at Ferrycarrig Park in the final fixture of the 2023 season as the Youths fall to a record low seventh place finish.
With nothing but pride to play for, both teams couldn't be faulted for effort in the opening minutes, Rola Olusola had a great chance just 9 minutes in, but couldn’t beat Wexford keeper Nicole Nix as she broke through one on one. The same wouldn’t be said for Olusola’s teammate Abbie Callanan just moments later after some pretty calamitous defending by Nicola Sinnott allowed the Galway girl to steal in and slot across Nix into the bottom corner.
It went from bad to so much worse for Wexford though as they allowed Callanan an eternity to pick her spot in the box, which she dutifully did, scorching one into the roof of the net past the hapless Nix, after she latched onto a pull back no more than a minute after her opening goal.
Now two goals down in the blink of an eye, Wexford were lucky to escape unscathed when Olusola beat Nix to an overhit through ball, nicking the outside of the post with her effort from a narrow angle that rolled agonisingly across the face for what seemed like an age.
A couple of minutes out from the sanctity of halftime, where Wexford could regroup, Olusola put the game almost beyond doubt. Finding herself abandoned by the unaware Youths backline, Olusola was slipped through with just the keeper to beat, rolling it into the Wexford net as the home crowd looked on stunned at the space she was afforded with their side now 3-0 down.
Wexford had a much stronger start to the second period than the first, clipping the bar on the hour mark from a Michaela Lawrence header at the back post on the end of a deep corner, but Galway continued to cruise to the finish in first gear.
Ellen Molloy had Abbiegayle Ronanye stretching to tip her curling effort wide after 75 minutes as the Galway defence held out for the clean sheet.
The Connacht side wasn’t quite finished in attack however, a chipped cross on 85 minutes left Nix floundering to keep it out of the net, which she did excellently, but as the ball dropped down it was Olusola first on the scene to bundle the ball home and make it 4-0.
It was a performance indicative of Wexford’s terrible season, firmly putting it in the category of one to forget. For Galway it was the perfect end to a campaign from which they can hold their heads up high going into 2024.
|10'||16. Abbie Callanan|
|12'||16. Abbie Callanan|
|42'||13. Rola Olusola|
|75'||22. Eve Dossen|
|8. Edel Kennedy||76'|
|85'||13. Rola Olusola|
|12. Ciara Rossiter||92'|
|Ferrycarrig Park, Kilpatrick, The Borough District of Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Y35 E296, Ireland|