|4 September 2021||6:30 pm||FAI Women's Cup||2021|
Wexford Youths advanced to the semi-finals of the WFAI Cup after their 3-1 victory over Athlone Town at Ferrrycarrig Park.
The underdogs Athlone took the lead through Emily Corbet as a reward for their tenacity, but Ciara Rossiter drew the sides level going into half time.
Rossiter scored her second in the second half with a half volley wonder goal and teenage sensation Ellen Molloy rounded off the win to continue Wexford’s title aspirations.
Today’s commanding display sets the Slaneysiders up as one of the favourites going into the draw for the semi-finals, as the three-time winners look to regain the trophy after their success in 2019.
Despite the win, the Youths were under the cosh in the first half and went behind courtesy of the impressive Emily Corbet’s goal.
Nicola Sinnott was caught out on the ball and Corbet pounced on the loose ball and then fired the ball past Ciamh Gray to break the deadlock.
The Youths replied with a great chance for Lynn Craven as her header at the far post went just wide after being picked out by a brilliant ball by Rossiter.
Just after the half hour mark, the Youths drew level from Rossiter’s long range free kick that was an excellent strike that Athlone goalkeeper Abbiegayle Ronayne couldn’t get near.
In the second half the Youths piled on the pressure and Rossiter went close with a half volley from close range that was superbly saved by Ronayne.
The game then entered a bit of a lull until it sparked into life when the Youths went ahead through Rossiter’s second.
The strike was one of the goals of the weekend as the player of the match scored an audacious half volley that lobbed the helpless Ronayne.
Athlone responded with a good chance for Muireann Devaney but her shot was drilled just wide.
Molloy rounded off the win with a mazy run from midfield that was finished with a precise strike into the corner from outside the box.
|Ferrycarrig Park, Kilpatrick, The Borough District of Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Y35 E296, Ireland|