Not for the first time Rianna Jarrett was the toast of Ferrycarrig Park as her double helped Wexford Youths eke out a 2-1 victory over Cork City in the Só Hotels Women’s National League.

The champions were full value for their triumph, having created a host of opportunities to add to their goal tally, and the Ireland international admitted that they need to brush up on their finishing in the games ahead.

“It finished 2-1 but if you look through the whole game we had plenty of chances to put it to bed. We missed a couple of chances from four or five yards, so we'd be a bit disappointed in that. We could have made it a lot easier on ourselves but at the end of the day we got the three points and that's what we set out to do,” she said.

Their profligacy in front of goal could have come back to haunt them when they survived a real scare in injury time as Christina Dring's shot hit the back of the net, but the referee had blown for a free-kick to Cork City to the relief of the Youths contingent.

“There was a bit of a commotion but the referee blew the whistle before she struck the ball and that's the rules of the game. If the whistle is blown you have to come back for the free-kick and thankfully for us that's what happened. Obviously they're going to feel a bit hard done by,” she said.

Although they might have missed a few chances on Saturday evening, Jarrett is happy that, in the main, they're doing the right things, and says if they keep playing in that vain the end product will come.

“It wasn't for want of trying, especially in the second-half. We had plenty of chances to wrap it up, so we're a bit disappointed in that, but we're creating the chances and it would be a bit more worrying if we weren't doing that. We're get the players in the right positions so we just have to keep working on our finishing,” she said.

There certainly wasn't much amiss with Jarrett's finishing in the two chances she put away, particularly the winning goal which was a top-notch strike, although like any top class goal scorer she's always striving for perfection.

“I was happy with the two goals, but I could have had one or two more. I missed a header from three yards out and the 'keeper made a good save from another one, but I got the two goals and more importantly we got the three points and we'll push on,” she said.

Pace-setters Peamount United are currently the ones to catch, but Wexford Youths have been there, done that and worn the t-shirt, so they are well aware that it's a marathon and not a sprint and there's sure to be plenty of twists and turns in title race.

“Peamount are the front-runners at the moment but we're just concentrating on ourselves and taking it one game at a time. We've dropped points in the first round of fixtures so we're just looking to build in the second round of fixtures. We've started with six points from six so we've something to build on. We've the cup game (against Limerick) next week and then we're back in league action. We'll take it one game at a time, keep trying to get three points and improve on our performances,” said Jarrett.

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