Match Report: Wexford Youths Women 8-1 Linfield Ladies
Wexford Youths Women had a comfortable win over the NIFL Women’s Premiership Champions in Bunclody today, largely thanks a very strong opening half from the home side.
The visitors from Belfast made a decent start defensively in the opening ten minutes, but it did not take long for the opener to come.
On fifteen minutes a quality pass from Becky Cassin straight through the centre found Claire O’Riordan in space, who finished tidily for 1-0 for Wexford. Unfortunately for the visitors that would open the floodgates, and five minutes later a good move up the left from Emma Hansberry resulted in a lovely opportunity for Jess Gleeson, who slammed it home for 2-0. Gleeson played the entire game in midfield, a possible change in approach under Laura Heffernan.
Hansberry continued to have a good game on the left wing, and on 21 minutes she made it 3-0 to Wexford, finishing from an extremely tight angle. The only real disappointment for Wexford came on 25, a defensive mix-up between Orlaith Conlon and Sophie Lenehan resulted in an unfortunate own-goal, putting Linfield on the board at 3-1.
Wexford were not phased and continued to turn the screw on their visitors. On the half-hour mark Jess Gleeson bagged her second, again finishing well from distance for 4-1. Just as the half looked to be coming to a close, Wexford ran riot and two rapid-fire goals from captain Kylie Murphy and one from Aoibheann Webb suddenly increased the scoreline to 7-1, and a very harsh day out for the champions from Belfast.
A raft of substitutions at half-time made the second half a much closer affair, and Wexford would pick up just the one goal through an Aisling Frawley run up the right. Final score in Bunclody was Wexford Youths Women 8 – 1 Linfield Ladies.
Wexford Youths Women: Sophie Lenehan, Linda Douglas, Orlaith Conlon, Ally O’Keeffe, Jenny O’Keeffe, Jess Gleeson, Becky Cassin, Kylie Murphy, Emma Hansberry, Aoibhinn Webb, Claire O’Riordan. Subs (all appeared): Tamara Furlong, Lauren Dwyer, Nicola Sinnott, Amy Walsh, Rachel Hutchinson, Chelsee Snell, Orla Casey
Linfield: Lauren Perry, Emma McAleese (Zoe Kilpatrick), Kelsie Burrows, Sarah Maddock, Sarah Venney, Jennifer McDade, Leonita McVarnock, Chelsea Myles, Megan Bell, Louise McFrederick, Kirsty McGuinness
Under 19 - Southern Division
Under 17 - Southern Division
Women's National League
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