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Wexford Youths retained their Continental Tyres Women's National League crown with a game to spare as they comfortably saw off the challenge of Cork City in Ferrycarrig Park.

The Slaneysiders controlled the game from the off and goals from Katrina Parrock and Emma Hansberry had them two to the good by the 26th minute, and Lauren Dwyer put the icing on the cake with their third in the 90th minute.

Parrock should have fired the hosts in front in the eighth minute when Aisling Frawley tigerishly won back possession and squared the ball, but the attacker fluffed her lines with the goal gaping.

She didn't have too long to dwell on the miss, however, and made up for it in no uncertain terms six minutes later.

Emma Hansberry picked out Kylie Murphy on the right wing, and when the captain sent in an inviting cross to Parrock she steered a beautifully-controlled volley to the corner of the net.

The Youths doubled their advantage with 25 minutes on the clock when Hansberry let fly from the edge of the area and, with the aid of a deflection, her shot fizzed past Cork goalkeeper Amanda Budden.

The Youths were certainly guilty of dropping off the intensity after scoring their second goal, and although Cork caused a few nervy moments in their defence, they failed to trouble home goalkeeper Sophie Lenehan.

The closest City came to getting back into the game in the opening half was when Savannah McCarthy headed a Maggie Duncliffe free-kick wide on the half hour mark.

Wexford Youths regained their mojo after the interval and they threatened six minutes after the turnaround when Nicola Sinnott delivered a cross to the inrushing McKenna Davidson on the near post, but her effort was comfortably gathered by replacement goalkeeper Eve Badana.

Seconds later Davidson was again involved, whipping in a deep cross from the right wing to the lurking Parrock, but her first-time shot drifted wide of the left upright.

Cork City continued to plug away and Duncliffe blazed a speculative effort wide in the 68th minute, but seconds later Wexford came close to putting the game to bed.

After neat build-up play involving Murphy and Hansberry, Aisling Frawley was put in the clear, but Badana was alive to the danger, making a smart save.

Parrock warmed the netminder's gloves again moments later, and Christina Dring did likewise at the other end, but Lenehan was always behind the shot.

Wexford Youths then wrapped up the title-clinching victory in the 90th minute when Lauren Dwyer forced an Emma Hansberry corner over the line at the back post.

It's a fourth title in five years for the south east club and they still have the FAI Women's Cup final against Peamount United to look forward to next month as they bid to complete a treble in Tom Elmes' first season in charge.

Wexford Youths: Sophie Lenehan, Nicola Sinnott (Clíodhna Ní Shé 84), Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Doireann Fahey, Kylie Murphy (capt.), Edel Kennedy (McKenna Davidson 50), Aoife Slattery, Emma Hansberry, Aisling Frawley, Katrina Parrock (Orla Casey 81).

Cork City: Amanda Budden (Eve Badana 46), Rachel O'Regan, Ciara McNamara (capt.), Savannah McCarthy, Danielle Burke (Megan Sheehan 78), Nathalie O'Brien, Eadaoin Lyons, Maggie Duncliffe (Riona Crowley 74), Kate O'Donovan, Christina Dring, Katie McCarthy.

Referee: Ian O'Keeffe.

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