Cork City WFC 0-1 Wexford Youths WFC
Cork City WFC lost 1-0 to title chasing Wexford Youths WFC in a tight encounter at Bishopstown in their final game of the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League on Sunday 29th October.
Wexford began the game brighter knowing they needed a win to keep pace with Peamount United in the chase for the league title. Edel Kennedy came close with a superb half volley but her effort went just wide of Amanda Budden’s goal. Budden had to be alert in the 7th minute when a Kylie Murphy pass split the City defence but Budden was on hand to tidy up and stop Edel Kennedy.
City came close to taking the lead in the 20th minute then Sophie Lenehan stopped a Saoirse Noonan chance and the Leesiders were made to pay for that miss when Wexford went on the counter attack and an Orla Casey cross found Aoibhinn Webb who headed it home to give Wexford a 1-0 lead.
Good work from Christina Dring made a chance out of nothing as she chased what seemed a lost cause and the ball fell to Danielle Sheehy who had an effort from distance which went just wide of the goal and the half finished 1-0 to Wexford.
City brought on Clare Shine for Katie McCarthy for the second half. City came close to equalising in the 60th minute when a Maggie Duncliffe corner found Mary Barrett whose header was going in but took a deflection off a Wexford head to deflect it away from the goal. Meghan Bourque replaced Kate O’Donovan.
City again came close as Danielle Sheehy found Clare Shine in the box but when an equaliser seemed certain a Wexford defender managed to get in the way of the shot to keep it out. City’s final substitution was Tara O’Gorman for Saoirse Noonan. City continued to try and get back on level terms but a strong Wexford defence managed to keep them at bay and Wexford remained dangerous on the counter attack and might have wrapped up the game with a second goal but for an excellent last ditch tackle from Maggie Duncliffe. Orla Casey came closest in the last part of the game as she got through on goal but her effort went wide and the game finished 1-0 to Wexford Youths which brings the title race to the final game next weekend.
City’s final game of the 2017 season will be next Sunday 5th of November as they play UCD Waves in the final of the FAI Continental Women’s Senior Cup at the Aviva Stadium with kick off at 12.00pm.
Cork City WFC: Amanda Budden, Danielle Burke, Courtney O’Keefe, Maggie Duncliffe, Mary Barrett, Ciara McNamara, Kate O’Donovan (Meghan Bourque 62’), Danielle Sheehy, Katie McCarthy (Clare Shine 45’), Saoirse Noonan (Tara O’Gorman 69’), Christina Dring.
Unused Substitutes: Eve Badana, Ciara Desmond, Angie Carry, Nathalie O’Brien
Wexford Youths WFC: Sophie Leneha, Orlaith Conlon, Jess Gleeson Lauren Dwyer, Linda Douglas, Kylie Murphy, Edel Kennedy, Katrina Parrock (Aisling Frawley 56’), Orla Casey (Emma Hansberry 81’), Aoibhinn Webb, Rianna Jarrett (Clare O’Riordan 72’)
Unused Substitutes: Nicola Sinnott, Sadbh McCarthy, Jenny O’Keefe, Siobhan Doolan