Strikes early in each half from Katrina Parrock and Ciara Delaney, plus an own goal, saw Wexford Youths to a comfortable 3-0 win over DLR Waves at Jackson Park.

Captain-for-the-day Parrock put Youths in front early on before Nadine Clare turned into her own net and Delaney wrapped it up with a shot from her own half.

A much-changed Youths side arrived in Kilternan minus a host of first-team players including captain Kylie Murphy and top scorer Rianna Jarrett.

It did little to disrupt the champions’ momentum, however, as they took the lead with the game’s first meaningful chance after just nine minutes.

A cross from the right was allowed run through to left winger Parrock, and the former All-Ireland camogie winner was on hand to turn the ball home.

The hosts came into the game and forced Youths back, and Keelin McEntee saw her shot blocked before Sinead Gaynor’s cross was fumbled by keeper Maeve Williams.

A slip from Jenny O’Keefe allowed striker Vanessa Ogbonna to test Erica Turner from distance, while the keeper also turned away two long-range efforts from Blessing Kingsley.

Parrock had a chance to double her tally as she met Aoife Slattery’s corner, but she couldn’t keep her header down, and the sides went in at the break separated by just a goal.

Wexford doubled their lead within two minutes of the restart as Slattery’s corner from the right was turned in by Waves midfielder Clare.

And Delaney added a third shortly after when her hopeful ball forward from well inside her own half was misjudged by Turner and skipped over her into the net.

Waves enjoyed their best period of the game following the third goal and Rachel Doyle struck just past the top corner before Leanne Payne forced Maeve Williams to save.

Wexford introduced their only sub, keeper Sophie Lenehan, up front for the last seven minutes in place of Ogbonna but there were no further goals.

DLR Waves: Erica Turner; Jenny O’Keefe (Kerri Letmon 72), Roisin McGovern, Bobbi Downer, Katie Burdis; Sinead Gaynor, Ciara Maher, Nadine Clare; Keelin McEntee (Aisling Spillane 79), Rachel Doyle (Niamh Murphy 73), Leanne Payne.

Wexford Youths: Maeve Williams; Ciara Delaney, Clionadh Ní Shí, Becky Cassin, Doireann Fahey; Aoife Slattery, Lauren Kelly, McKenna Davidson; Blessing Kingsley, Katrina Parrock, Vanessa Ogbonna (Sophie Lenehan 83).

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