Wexford Youths - Rianna Jarret x3; Maria Delahunty
Match Report Courtesy of Peter Doyle:
Wexford showed their calibre and how quickly they have adapted to life in the National League when they travelled to Turners Cross on Sunday and came away with a very impressive three points. After a dull opening twenty minutes in which neither keeper was unduly troubled, the game came to life on twenty three minutes when Rachel Hutchinson swung in a corner which Cork keeper Trish Fennelly tipped onto her crossbar but Rianna Jarrett was on hand to nod the ball into the net. This goal gave Wexford the shot in the arm they needed and for the next fifteen minutes they dominated possession until Cork brought on Under Nineteen international Clare Shine in an effort to stem the flow. The substitution had the desired effect of restricting Wexford’s dominance but did little to aid the home sides creativity and they were restircted to long range efforts that did little to worry Youths keeper Aimee Jordan.
Cork began the second half much better but still found the Wexford defence impenetrable and after an hour, the home side still had not hit the target and the Youths were in the position to be able to bring on Lynn Marie Grant and Maria Delahunty, two experienced players who were returning from injury. After weathering the Cork early second half dominance, Wexford once again came to grips with the game and with seventeen minutes remaining, Rianna Jarrett scored her second after some good work from Maria Delahunty and the game ended as a contest on the eighty fifth minute when Lynn Marie Grant put Delahunty through and she slotted the ball into the Cork net. Rianna Jarrett showed she was back to her old scoring form when on the stroke of full time she once again found the net to complete her hat trick and give Wexford a well deserved four nil victory and slot into third place behind Raheny and Peamount. The victory was marred by an injury to midfielder Edel Kennedy with twenty minutes remaining which required hospitalisation and we wish Edel a speedy recovery
This was an excellent performance from a Wexford side who were missing their three Under Seventeen internationals, Ciara Rossiter, Lauren Dwyer and Ashling Frawley, who are in Belarus with the Republic of Ireland squad for the first phase of the Euro qualifiers. Cork will be disappointed with this performance as theyhad their strongest squad of the season available to them and would have expected a better performance.
Wexford will now be hoping to build on this performance as next week they take on Shamrock Rovers in Ferrycarrig Park at two o clock in a game where a win could actually move them top of the table
Wexford Squad: Aimee Jordan, Lucy Sherwin, Jessica Gleeson, Catherine Power, Clare Conlon, Amy Walsh (Maria Delahunty), Linda Douglas, Edel Kennedy, Laura Heffernan (Lynn Marie Grant), Rianna Jarrett, Rachel Hutchinson (Sadie Murphy) . Subs not used: Rachel Wall, Sadie Murphy, Krista Minto, Mary Rose Kelly, Katie White.