The rain managed to stay away in Galway for once, but it did rain goals in Drom as Wexford Youths downed Galway WFC 6-2 in the Só Hotel’s Women’s National League on Saturday evening.

The home side opened the scoring through Elle O’Flaherty after four minutes but their lead lasted less than a minute with Rianna Jarrett getting on the scoresheet for the visitors.

Jarrett completed her hat-trick just as the first half was coming to a close and added two more to her tally in the second half. De Búrca scored a consolation goal for the home side before Lauren Dwyer put an end to the goals with a sixth for the visitors before the final whistle.

Goals can be fairly hard to come by against Wexford and the home side must have been thrilled when Elle O’Flaherty made a great run out wide before slotting the ball past Ciamh Dollard at an incredibly tough angle to put the Galway Girls in front after four minutes.

That lead wasn’t to last and after about thirty seconds Youths had equalised. Lauren Dwyer played a lovely long ball up the field from the back finding Rianna Jarrett, the striker isn’t often denied and Ria McPhilbin initially made the save, but the Republic of Ireland international was able to get another lash at the ball and sent it into the net.

A half an hour later Jarrett was on the scoresheet again. The referee blew his whistle for a handball just outside the box and Jarrett smashed the top of the net to double the away side’s lead, giving McPhilbin no chance in the Galway goal.

Jarrett sealed her hat-trick in injury time in the first half, the goal came from another free-kick, delivered by Lauren Dwyer. The ball came high and long and Jarrett did excellently to tip the ball out of the reach of the goalkeeper who just couldn’t get enough of her fingertips on it to prevent the third goal.

It took a little over five minutes after the re-start for Jarrett to score her fourth of the evening. Shauna Fox was called for a handball not too far outside the right of the box and the striker looped a stunning ball up and over the keeper, nestling it in the bottom left hand corner.

In the 57th minute Jarrett scored her final goal of the game. This time she linked up really well with Becky Cassin. The striker played in Cassin and she returned the favour, Jarrett slotted the ball easily past McPhilbin without breaking her run.

It wasn’t to be for Galway on the day, but a small consolation for them is the two goals they scored against the current Só Hotel’s WNL Champions. Meabh De Búrca doubled the home side’s tally in the 83rd minute with a beautiful long range lob of Dollard in the Wexford goal.

Rounding off proceedings and adding to her two assists, Lauren Dwyer struck a lob of her own goal-ward two minutes from full-time finding the net for Wexford’s sixth and final goal of the evening.

Galway WFC: Ria McPhilbin; Ailbhe Clancy, Shauna Fox, Keara Cormican, Meabh De Búrca, Sadhbh Doyle (Leah Brady, 78), Lynsey McKey, Elle O’Flaherty (Kayla Brady, 68), Aoife Thompson (Aoife Brennan, 83), Sarah Baynes, Tessa Mullins.

Wexford Youths: Ciamh Dollard; Nicola Sinnott, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Becky Cassin, Kylie Murphy (Ciara Rossiter, 68), Edel Kennedy (Vanessa Ogbonna, 29), Lauren Kelly, Katrina Parrock (Ciara Delaney, 74), Rianna Jarret, Aisling Frawley.

Referee: John O’ Connor

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