Wexford Youth Women’s FC 0-3 Cork City WFC
By Joseph Kelly
(Bourque 52’, Shine 76’, McCarthy 90’)
Goals from Meghan Bourque, Clare Shine and Katie McCarthy booked City their first appearance in the FAI Continental Tyre’s Women’s Senior Cup final as a strong second half performance was enough to overcome Wexford Youths Women’s FC 3-0 in the semi-final on Saturday 7th of October at Bunclody FC.
The first half was a tense and nervy affair with both sides struggling to create clear cut chances. Clare Shine put a ball across the Wexford penalty area trying to find Katie McCarthy but it just couldn’t reach her. Wexford put pressure on the City defence through corners with one on the 16th minute presenting the greatest threat to Amanda Buddens goal but City cleared their line. City grew into the game with Saoirse Noonan having a chance from outside the area in the 38th minute which went over the bar and a free kick after Clare Shine was fouled outside the Wexford penalty area om the 42nd minute. She got the free kick on target into the bottom right corner but Wexford goalkeeper Sophie Lenehan got down to save it and the first half ended 0-0
City started the second half strong with early chances for Clare Shine first going wide and the second hitting the post in the 47th and 50th minute. City however found their opener soon after as a Maggie Duncliffe free kick into the box found Meghan Bourque on the far left post and she headed it home to give City a 1-0 lead.
Wexford put the City defence under pressure with a Clare O’Riordan ball forward finding Rianna Jarrett but City blocked the shot and cleared their lines. Danielle Burke put in a free kick for City on the 70th minute mark which was half cleared by the Wexford defence and found its way to Bourque whose shot was wide of the mark.
City doubled their lead on the 76th minute. An Amanda Budden goal kick found Saoirse Noonan who set loose Clare Shine who made no mistake finishing into the bottom left corner of the goal and giving City a 2-0 lead.
City brought on Christina Dring and Tara O’Gorman replacing Nathalie O’Brien and Danielle Sheehy for the final minutes of the game. City finished the game in style with Katie McCarthy scoring a screamer from outside the area on the left to finish the game 3-0.
City will play the final at the Aviva Stadium on November 5th and will face UCD Waves.
Wexford Youths WFC: Sophie Lenehan, Orlaith Conlon, Jess Gleeson, Lauren Dwyer, Nicola Sinnot (Katrina Parrock 77’), Kylie Murphy, Edel Kennedy, Emma Hansberry, Aisling Frawley, Linda Douglas (Rianna Jarrett 53’), Clare O’Riordan.
Unused Substitutes: Aoibhin Webb, Jenny O’Keefe, Orla Casey, Saobh McCarthy, Siobhan Doolan.
Cork City WFC: Amanda Budden, Danielle Burke, Nathalie O’Brien (Christina Dring 85’) Maggie Duncliffe, Ciara McNamara, Katie McCarthy, Meghan Bourque, Kate O’Donovan, Saoirse Noonan, Clare Shine, Danielle Sheehy (Tara O’Gorman 90’)
Unused Substitutes: Eve Badana, Angie Carry, Courtney O’Keefe, Mary Barrett.