Date Time League Season
7 August 2021 6:30 pm Women's National League 2021

Match Report

Wexford Grant’d extended winning run

Lynn Marie Grant’s tremendous finish in the 89th minute crowned a Wexford Youths side, who finished with 10 players; with a 1-nil win in the clash at the top against Shelbourne at the Ferrycarrig Park.

Kylie Murphy was dismissed for the hosts, following a second yellow card in the 56th minute, and despite their numerical disadvantage they battled hard, but succumbed the pressure late on.

The late drama confirmed the heart-breaking outcome for the visitors and the end of their seven-game winning streak and a step down on the title-race.

The historical rivalry between the sides became clear since the first exchanges, with a dozen temper moments mixed up with goal opportunities on both penalty areas; a brilliant WNL visit card expelling the high-stake show between two runners up.

Shelbourne brought serious pressure on for the first exchanges trying to pin back the hosts, who were first coming close to the goal. A tremendous pass by Kylie Murphy left Aisling Frawley face-to-face with the Shelbourne’s keeper, as she sent it slightly off the post.

On the other side, Jessica Ziu got denied the goal of the afternoon by Dells Doherty super-tackle.

The back-to-back show continued with Edel Kennedy sending a serious header over the bar. Emily Whelan brought an immediate counter with a powerful shot from the edge of the box, but with the same outcome.

Ciamh Gray got her name noticed in just three minutes by denying both Whelan shot and Ciara Grant’s curveball with two unbelievable saves shortly before the break.

The effervescent vibe returned with the teams from the break, with Aoibheann Clancy seeing her freekick coming off the crossbar, with Amanda Budden saving brilliantly a second effort.

The scenario became darker for the Youths in the 56th minute, when Kylie Murphy left her side down to ten players.

Gray was called to action several times as she brilliantly kept her sheet clean, and when seemed to point out to a scoreless, a fast-paced counterattack got brilliantly finished by the super sub Grant, offering Wexford a late win

  • 90'

    FT: Wexford 1-0 Shelbourne.

  • 89'

    And out of nowhere the substitute Emely Grant puts Wexford in the lead with a tremendous late drama!

  • 86'

    Della Doherty with a good opportunity to get a late goal as she just can’t make the shot happen.

  • 82'

    Saoirse Noonan’s header gets chested easily by Ciamh Gray.

  • 71'

    Wexford builds a solid wall to stop a sequence of attempts from Shels! They are holding themselves at the back as they can.

  • 69'

    Della Doherty’s cross finds Edel Kennedy as she couldn’t smash it with the right direction.

  • 64'

    Clancy’s long shot brings no concerns for Amanda Budden.

  • 56'

    Kylie Murphy leaves her side town to ten players after seeing a second-yellow card!

  • 54'

    Aoibheann Clancy’ freekick just comes off the crossbar, with Amanda Budden saving brilliantly a second effort!

  • 52'

    Seven minutes gone in the second half and no really opportunities on either goal, however the fight for the ball possession keeps much alive.

  • 46'

    We are back to the second 45 minutes.

  • 45'

    HT: Wexford 0-0 Shelbourne.

  • 45'

    One minute added on.

  • 35'

    Kylie Murphy with two good chances to send it home; the first one stopped by Amanda Budden, the second booted away by de defense!

  • 31'

    Ciara grant’s curve ball is denied by another Ciamh Gray’s great save!

  • 27'

    Ciamh Gray denies Emily Whelan the first goal with an unbelievable save!

  • 25'

    Emily Whelan tests her luck from the edge of the box, sending a powerful shot just over the bar

  • 19'

    Frawley finds Edel Kennedy at the near post as she sees her header going over the bar.

  • 11'

    Jessica Ziu invades dangerously Wexford’s box with Della Doherty denying her the first goal of the afternoon with a super tackle.

  • 6'

    A tremendous pass by Kylie Murphy puts Aisling Frawley face to face with the Shelbourne’s keeper as she sends it slightly off the post.

  • 3'

    Saoirse Noonan with an early chance as she sends off a nice chip shot.

  • 1'

    Wexford kick us into the first half.

  • The Youths are coming from a 1-nil against the same opponent conquered last weekend, achieved by Kylie Murphy’s lone goal in the 34th minute.

  • Shelbourne travel south following a very emotive 3-2 win visiting Bohemians, courtesy of a 99th minute Pearl Slattery strike as she kept their unbeaten run at death.

  • The third and the fourth placed in the table respectively clash following an impressive run of consecutive wins – six for the Youths, one more for the Shels – and with intentions to stay on solid ground by drowning a direct opponent for the title.

  • Good afternoon and welcome aboard to the live coverage of the main event of the WNL 18th rounds between Wexford and Shelbourne. Here with you is Bernardo Santos to tell you all about it.

Wexford Youths

18Ciamh Gray Goalkeeper
3Orlaith Conlon Defender
5Lauren Dwyer Defender
4Della Doherty Midfielder
6Kylie Murphy Midfielder 38'
8Edel Kennedy Midfielder 84'
12Ciara Rossiter Defender
15Aisling Frawley Midfielder
16Nicola Sinnott Defender
17Aoibheann Clancy Midfielder
20Ellen Molloy Midfielder
2Teegan Lynch Midfielder
7Freya de Mange Midfielder
9Katie Law Forward
13Siun Murphy
19Lynn Marie Grant Forward 89'
21Maeve Williams Goalkeeper
22Fiona Ryan Defender
24Kira Bates Crosbie Midfielder
25Emma Walker


1Amanda Budden Goalkeeper
2Jessica Gargan Defender
3Jessie Stapleton Defender
4Pearl Slattery Defender 38'
5Jamie Finn Midfielder
7Jessica Ziu Midfielder
8Rachel Graham Defender
9Emily Whelan Forward
10Noelle Murray Forward 41'
11Saoirse Noonan Forward
12Ciara Grant Midfielder
Chloe Mustaki Midfielder
6Alex Kavanagh Midfielder
16Sophie Lenehan Goalkeeper
18Abbie Larkin Midfielder
19Leah Doyle Defender
21Taylor White Forward
22Ella O’Connell Midfielder


6. Kylie Murphy 38' 
 38' 4. Pearl Slattery
 41' 10. Noelle Murray
6. Kylie Murphy 56' 
8. Edel Kennedy 84' 
19. Lynn Marie Grant 89' 

Past Meetings

(Series 9)
0 - 0
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Wexford Youths

(Series 1 - Group 1)
2 - 5
Women's National League
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford Youths v Shelbourne

(Series 5)
2 - 1
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Wexford Youths


Ferrycarrig Park
Ferrycarrig Park, Kilpatrick, The Borough District of Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Y35 E296, Ireland

With previous experience on a top-tier sports newspaper and a media department of a former European Champion club, Bernardo also collaborates as a sports journalist and media editor at St. Patrick's Athletic.