Date Time League Season
4 September 2021 6:30 pm FAI Women's Cup 2021

Match Report

Rossiter and Molloy power Wexford win in Cup

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. 

  • 90'

    Full time: Wexford Youths 3-1 Athlone Town

  • 89'

    GOAL! Teenage sensation Ellen Molloy gets in on the act to seal the win with a mazy run from midfield, and she finishes with a precise strike into the corner from outside the box.

  • 88'

    Yellow card for Ciara Rossiter.

  • 84'

    Wexford Youths sub: Tagean Lynch replaces Orlaith Conlon

  • 84'

    Athlone sub: Aoife Haran replaces Roisin Molloy.

  • 81'

    A break in play as Ó hAodha is down receiving medical treatment.

  • 78'

    Aoibheann Clancy is booked for a foul on Kellie Brennan.

  • 77'

    A corner for Athlone is a good one and the ball falls to Devaney who just drills the ball wide.

  • 75'

    GOAL! Ciara Rossiter scores a wonder goal on the counterattack! An audacious half volley lobs Ronanyne who is helpless.

  • 73'

    The free kick comes to nothing and the Youths clear their lines.

  • 73'

    Yellow card to Shauna Peare for a bodycheck and the free kick is in a good area for Athlone.

  • 71'

    The game has become very flat with neither side creating anything of note.

  • 70'

    Muireann Devaney has a shot that drags well wide of the Wexford goal.

  • 67'

    Athlone sub: Kellie Brennan replaces Melissa O\'Kane.

  • 62'

    Wexford Youths sub: Sinead Taylor replaces Lynn Craven.

  • 61'

    Athlone sub: Emily Corbet is replaced by Laoise Ó hAodha.

  • 61'

    Athlone are struggling to create anything of note in this second half.

  • 60'

    Emily Corbett breaks forward but Nicola Sinnott makes a vital sliding challenge.

  • 57'

    The attendance has certainly increased since the end of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualification match with Azerbaijan.

  • 53'

    Ciara Rossiter has an effort on goal on the half volley from close range that is superbly saved by Ronayne and the rebound falls to Edel Kennedy, who is ruled offside.

  • 52'

    Free kick to the Youths is whipped in by Clancy towards Della Doherty but she is ruled offside by the assistant referee.

  • 49'

    Ryan looks okay to continue.

  • 48'

    Edel Kennedy breaks into the area but Chloe Flynn does well to deal with the danger.

  • 48'

    A break in play as Laurie Ryan is down receiving medical attention.

  • 47'

    Athlone will be the happier of the two sides after that opening half as the underdogs enjoyed good spells of possession and threatened the Athlone goal.

  • 46'

    We're back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time: Wexford Youths 1-1 Athlone Town

  • 45'

    A break in play as an Athlone player is down receiving medical treatment.

  • 45'

    The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of three additional minutes.

  • 43'

    The Youths are enjoying the majority of possession but are failing to create clear cut chances.

  • 38'

    The match is quite tense with neither side having much success on the ball.

  • 33'

    The classic commentators curse has occurred apologies Athlone fans!

  • 31'

    GOAL! Ciara Rossiter equalises from a long range free kick with an excellent strike that Ronayne couldn't get near.

  • 30'

    It's been a very professional performance thus far by the visitors who have enjoyed the majority of possession and looked the most threatening going forward.

  • 28'

    A ball into the box is headed on and Abbiegayle Ronayne cannot collect the loose ball and despite it being messy Athlone eventually clear.

  • 24'

    Lynn Craven goes close as her header at the far post goes just wide after being picked out by a brilliant ball by Ciara Rossiter.

  • 20'

    GOAL! Nicola Sinnott is caught out on the ball and Emily Corbett pounces on the loose ball and fires the ball past Ciamh Gray to break the deadlock.

  • 17'

    Play is back underway.

  • 16'

    There is a break in play as the floodlights have gone down and the players have left the pitch.

  • 15'

    We'll likely see a lot more long range efforts with the surface becoming more greasy and difficult for the goalkeepers.

  • 14'

    Ellen Molloy has an effort that is straight at the keeper. End to end stuff here as the rain increases.

  • 12'

    Molloy breaks down the right on the counterattack but she just overruns it and isn't able to get the ball into the box.

  • 11'

    Molloy has an effort from outside the box for Athlone that bounces just wide.

  • 10'

    Ciara Rossiter's delivery was good but Athlone eventually clear.

  • 9'

    Free kick to the Youths to the right in a threatening area.

  • 7'

    The rain has just began here at Ferrycarrig Park.

  • 3'

    As expected, The Youths are dominating possession.

  • 1'

    We're underway.

  • The weather in Wexford is currently 17 degrees Celsius, with a 43% chance of rain, humidity levels of 87% and a wind of 4 mph.

  • On the other hand, Athlone have endured a difficult campaign thus far and lie in seventh place just two points clear of bottom side Treaty United. Scoring goals has been a major issue for Tommy Hewitt’s side as they have found the back of the net just 21 times in 17 games – the second lowest goals in the division.

  • Wexford won their third FAI Cup in 2019, when they saw off Peamount 3-2 at the Aviva Stadium which secured back-to-back titles after beating the same opponents in the previous final.

  • Youths are currently third in the Women’s National League, trailing league leaders Shelbourne by six points and have a game in hand on their title rivals. Wexford possess the joint best defence in the division – conceding a joint low of 12 goals with fellow title rivals Peamount.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of today's WFAI Cup clash between Wexford Youths and Athlone Town.

Wexford Yths

18Ciamh Gray Goalkeeper
3Orlaith Conlon 2 Defender
21Della Doherty Midfielder
5Lauren Dwyer Defender
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder
8Edel Kennedy Midfielder
11Lynn Craven 10 Defender
12Ciara Rossiter Defender 31', 74'
16Nicola Sinnott Defender
17Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder 78'
20Ellen Molloy Midfielder 89'
2Teegan Lynch 3 Midfielder
7Freya de Mange Midfielder
9Lauren Kelly Forward
10Sinead Taylor 11 Forward
21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
22Fiona Ryan Defender
24Kira Bates Crosbie Midfielder
25Siun Murdiff Midfielder

Athlone Town

1Abbiegayle Ronayne Goalkeeper
2Fiona Owens Defender
5Chloe Flynn Defender
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
14Roisin Molloy 17 Midfielder
27Lucy Jayne Grant Forward
20Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
21Emily Corbet 19 Forward
22Melissa O’Kane 10 Midfielder
24Shauna Peare 73'
10Kellie Brennan 22 Forward
16Ciara Glackin Goalkeeper
17Aife Haran 14 Midfielder
19Laoise Ó hAodha 21 Midfielder
23Ava Dolan Forward

Past Meetings

(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

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.