Wexford Youths made it two wins out of two at the beginning of the new SÓ Hotels Women’s National League season as they beat Cork City 3-0 in Bishopstown on Sunday afternoon.

A brace from Rianna Jarrett, who also had a penalty brilliantly saved by Maria O’Sullivan, and a superb long-range finish from Aoife Slattery was enough to earn Youths the three points on St Patrick's Day.

Rónán Collins’ side was looking to bounce back from a narrow 2-1 defeat away to Peamount United last weekend in their first game of the season and they had the first strike at goal but Christina Dring’s effort from distance sailed harmlessly over.

Wexford Youths, who won the treble last year which included the league title, began their season with a well-deserved 3-0 victory at home against DLR Waves and they soon grew into the game here.

And with ten minutes on the clock, they were given the perfect opportunity to take the lead as Rianna Jarrett raced onto Katrina Parrock’s clever ball in behind the defence and was brought down by the onrushing goalkeeper Maria O’Sullivan.

After the referee pointed to the penalty spot, Jarrett dusted herself down and coolly drilled her kick past the shot-stopper.

The home side responded well to that early setback and they almost grabbed an immediate leveller but Christina Dring’s low drive was saved by the Youths number one Maeve Williams.

The visitors thought they had doubled their lead on the half an hour mark as Rianna Jarrett curled the ball into the bottom right corner from the edge of the box but the official had already blown for a foul in the build-up.

The reprieve for City was all too brief as Jarrett took responsibility for the free kick and expertly fired the ball into the far bottom right corner of the net.

The Leesiders, who were missing ten players from their usual matchday squad, now faced an uphill battle if they were to take anything from this match.

But to their credit, they continued to battle and they were inches away from pulling a goal back in injury time at the end of the first half.

City had strong penalty appeals waved away following a corner and after the ball fell to Dring she was unfortunate to see her attempt cannon against the post.

Wexford regrouped during the half time and they used their experience to take the sting out of the contest.

Jarrett went close with two great efforts at the beginning of the second half before she won her side another penalty just past the hour.

The Republic of Ireland international strode forward confidently as she looked to complete her hat trick but on this occasion, she was denied by a stunning save from O’Sullivan, who palmed the ball clear from the top left corner.

But there was nothing the young keeper could do to stop substitute Aoife Slattery from making it 3-0 with a brilliant long-range strike late on.

A rushed clearance fell kindly to Slattery and she expertly lofted her strike over the keeper and the recovering defence into the roof of the net to seal another Wexford victory.

CORK CITY: Maria O'Sullivan, Danielle Burke (Riona Crowley 27), Ciara McNamara, Savannah McCarthy, Maggie Duncliffe (Elizabeth O’Connor 77), Christina Dring, Katie McCarthy, Rachel O'Regan (Megan Sheehan 83), Shaunagh McCarthy, Emma Farmer, Kate O'Donovan.

WEXFORD YOUTHS: Maeve Williams, Aisling Frawley, Nicola Sinnott, Orlaith Conlon, Doireann Fahy, Kylie Murphy, Edel Kennedy, Lauren Kelly, Jenny Clifford (Aoife Slattery 74), Rianna Jarrett (Vanessa Ogbonna 86), Katrina Parrock (Becky Cassin 62).

Referee: Kevin O'Sullivan.

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