Cork City WFC 4 – Wexford Youths Women’s FC 1
(Saoirse Noonan 46, Stacey Paul 60, Clare Shine 65, 68) (Kylie Murphy, 41)
By Joseph Kelly
Cork City WFC made it three wins in a row thanks to a dominant second half display as they beat Continental Tyres Women’s National League leaders Wexford Youths Women’s FC 4-1 on Saturday at Bishopstown.
Wexford started the better of the two sides with some early chances Jess Gleeson who shot from distance but Amanda Budden in the Cork City WFC goal gathered easily enough. A Kylie Murphy free kick found the head of Claire O’Riordan but she sent it to the right of the goal. Clare O’Riordan sent Aisling Frawley through one on one with Amanda Budden but Budden was equal to the task making a good save at full stretch.
City started to get themselves into the match and started to get chances, Saoirse Noonan set up Maggie Duncliffe on the 19th minute but she scuffed her effort. While on the 25th minute Danielle Burke found Evelyn Daly who got a shot at goal which failed to trouble Sophie Lenihan in the Wexford goal.
Both sides continued to have half chances but it was as the half approached that the best ones happened, on the 40th minute Cork City WFC striker Clare Shine got one on one with Sophie Lenihan but she couldn’t keep her effort on target and sent it wide. A minute later Wexford took the lead as Clare O’Riordan sent Kylie Murphy through and she rounded City keeper Amanda Budden to put it away and give Wexford a 1-0 lead which they took into half time.
The Leesiders got the second half off to the perfect start as they equalised from their first attack of the half. Clare Shine sent in a beautiful cross which found Saoirse Noonan whose header proved too powerful for Lenihan to make it 1-1. Wexford almost retook the lead not long after as Jess Gleeson met a Wexford corner at the far post but she couldn’t keep her effort on target.
City took the lead on the hour mark, Meghan Bourque sent a ball forward into the Wexford penalty area and found Stacey Paul who put it away to make it 2-1 to the Leesiders. That goal was her last act of the day as she was replaced by Danielle Sheehy while Wexford brought on Aoibhinn Webb for Orla Casey.
City extended their lead on the 66th minute as a Meghan Bourque corner found Clare Shine on the far side of the box and she made no mistake to volley it straight home making it 3-1. At the other end on the 68th minute Amanda Budden made an outstanding save to deny Aisling Frawley.
City wrapped up all three points on the 68h minute thanks again to Clare Shine, Saoirse Noonan sent Shine through one on one with Lenihan and she made a clinical finish to beat the keeper and make it 4-1 to City. Wexford tried to get back into the game but were restricted to half chances from distance as it finished Cork City WFC 4, Wexford Youths WFC 1
Next up for Cork City WFC is Shelbourne LFC next Saturday May 20th at Bishopstown kicking off at 5pm.
Cork City WFC: Amanda Budden, Nathalie O’Brien, Danielle Burke, Ciara McNamara, Maggie Duncliffe, Meghan Bourque, Evelyn Daly, Stacey Paul (Danielle Sheehy 63′), Katie McCarthy, Saoirse Noonan, Clare Shine
Unused Substitutes: Angie Carry, Ciara Desmond, Megan Kelleher, Eve Badana
Wexford Youths WFC: Sophie Lenihan, Orlaith Conlon, Nicola Sinnott, Jenny O’Keefe (Chelsee Snell, 72′), Linda Douglas, Jess Gleeson, Kylie Murphy, Becky Cassin, Clare O’Riordan, Orla Casey (Aoibhinn Webb, 63′), Aisling Frawley
Unused Subs: Ally O’Keefe, Siobhan Doolan, Rachel Hutchinson, Amy Wilson, Emma Handsberry