Lynn Marie Grant of Wexford Youths in action against Karen Duggan of Peamount United
By Brendan Graham
RT└ Sports reporter
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Wexford Youths 2
Peamount United and Wexford Youths played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at PRL Park in what was a really positive advertisement for the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League.
Peamount led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Megan Smyth-Lynch and Aine O¨Gorman, but an inspired second-half performance from Wexford and a late Kylie Murphy equaliser saw them battle back to take a well-deserved point in the end.
A dream start for Peamount saw them take the lead after just four minutes. A trademark O’Gorman delivery was met perfectly by Smyth-Lynch with an overhead kick that rebounded off the post before nestling into the back of the net.
Peamount continued to dominate in the early stages of the first half as Wexford struggled to get their foot on the ball.
Wexford, to their credit, responded brilliantly after the concession of such an early goal. They enjoyed much more of the ball as the first half progressed, holding on to the ball with much more comfort as they tried to push forward in search of an equaliser.
Chances came for the lively Ellen Molloy with Ciara Rossiter also growing more and more into the game as the half wore on.
On the stroke of half time Peamount doubled their lead through their captain with O¨Gorman¨s fifth of the season coming from the tightest of angles. The playmaker picked up the ball on the edge of the box advanced towards goal before unleashing a shot past Kiev Gray at the near post.
Wexford were brilliant from the off in the second half as they pushed forward for a goal. Murphy saw her curling free-kick tipped away on the hour mark.
Second-half substitute Blessing Kingsley was excellent once on the pitch. A powerful effort from distance was somehow parried away by Naoisha McAloon to keep Wexford at bay.
The visitors were rewarded with a goal in the 76th minute though.
Ellen Molloy¨s strike from distance was saved well and put out for a corner. From that set-piece, Nicola Sinnott headed home Aoibheann Clancy¨s corner to claw one back for the visitors.
With just two minutes left, Wexford were level. Team captain Murphy was brilliant throughout and she headed her side level from an excellent Rossiter cross late on.
Elsewhere, Shelbourne kept the pressure on at the top with a 5-0 victory over Athlone Town.
The first half was tight on the scoreboard with Jamie Finn¨s 11th-minute strike separating the sides, but the home side were much more prolific after the interval at Tolka Park.
Ciara Grant made it two after a flowing team move and Saoirse Noonan made it 3-0 in the 74th minute. Late strikes from Rebecca Cooke and Abbie Larkin, on her debut, completed a comfortable day for Shelbourne.
Galway left Cork with a 2-0 win with first-half goals from Chloe Moloney and Aoife Thompson sealing the points at Turner¨s Cross.
Both strikes came via headed efforts with Thompson¨s 24th effort in particular a really well-placed effort.
Peamount United: Naoisha McAloon, Dearbhaile Beirne, Tiegan Ruddy, Lauryn O¨Callaghan, Claire Walsh, Megan Smyth-Lynch (Alannah McEvoy 73), Karen Duggan, Aine O¨Gorman, Lucy McCartan, Sadbh Doyle (Stephanie Roche 67), Eleanor Ryan-Doyle (Dora Gorman 83).
Wexford Youths: Kiev Gray, Orlaith Conlon (Lynn Craven 46), Lauren Dwyer, Ciara Rossiter, Nicola Sinnott, Kylie Murphy, Aoibheann Clancy, Ellen Molloy, Aisling Frawley (Blessing Kingsley 65), Edel Kennedy; Lynn Marie Grant.
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