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Wexford Youths bounced back from last weekend's loss to Peamount United in the top of the table clash as they kept their slim chance of retaining their Só Hotels Women’s National League crown alive with a comfortable victory over Limerick WFC in Ferrycarrig Park.

Two goals in as many minutes near the end of the first-half from Ciara Rossiter and Aisling Frawley put the champions in control and they copper-fastened their dominance after the break.

Frawley added two more to complete her hat-trick, Rianna Jarrett chipped in with a double, while Kylie Murphy also got her name on the scoresheet.

However, the Youths would have been behind in the 19th minute but for a brilliant goal-line clearance from Lauren Dwyer.

Cara Griffin sprayed a great pass to Sophie Liston, whose first-time effort looked destined for the net, but Dywer managed to get back in the nick of the time to prevent the visitors from taking a shock lead.

The home side found it difficult to find holes in the Limerick defence in the opening half hour, although Aoife Slattery did curl an effort narrowly over the top from the edge of the area on 12 minutes and midway through the half Ciara Rossiter headed a Nicola Sinnott cross wide.

The hosts improved as the half wore on and created another opening in the 34th minute when Rossiter crossed to Aoife Slattery on the far post but she steered her side-footed effort off target.

Slattery presented Aisling Frawley with a decent opportunity to open the scoring with 40 minutes on the clock, and the winger lifted a shot over goalkeeper Karen Connolly but saw her effort drift wide of the right post.

Seconds later they were in front when Kylie Murphy's through ball found its way to Ciara Rossiter, who was making her first start since coming back from a lengthy injury, and she showed no signs of rustiness as she confidently slid a left-footed shot to the net.

Just over a minute later Wexford had doubled their lead when Rianna Jarrett teed up Frawley, who calmly side-footed the ball past Connolly.

Things got even worse for the visitors after the change of ends when Jarrett made it 3-0 less than 90 seconds in, finishing from close range at the second attempt after good work from Rossiter.

Limerick didn't allow their heads to drop, however, and Sophie Liston couldn't quite wrap her foot around the ball enough, shooting wide from an acute angle in the 53rd minute.

Wexford continued to probe though and Jarrett headed a Frawley cross wide moments later and the striker failed to get a telling touch on Doireann Fahey's inswinging free-kick on the hour mark.

A minute later they did make it four when Lauren Kelly cut in from the right and played the ball into the path of Frawley, who applied a neat finish.

Jarrett also completed her double a minute later, running on to a through ball from Lauren Dwyer and slotting the ball past substitute goalkeeper Medbh Ryan.

The Slaneysiders made it six of the best with 20 minutes remaining, when captain Kylie Murphy ghosted in to powerfully head a superb cross from substitute Becky Cassin to the net.

Shortly after coming off the bench Vanessa Ogbonna had a great chance to make it seven in the 78th minute when she pounced on a defensive error, but saw her shot come back off the left upright and goalkeeper Ryan did well to smother her follow-up effort.

Aisling Frawley again took centre stage with eight minutes remaining, firing a sweet shot out of the reach of the netminder to complete her hat-trick and wrap up a convincing victory.

Wexford Youths: Sophie Lenehan, Nicola Sinnott (Becky Cassin 67), Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Doireann Fahey, Aisling Frawley, Kylie Murphy (C), Aoife Slattery, Ciara Rossiter (Blessing Kingsley 64), Lauren Kelly, Rianna Jarrett (Vanessa Ogbonna 74).

Limerick FC: Karen Connolly (Medbh Ryan 46), Meg Brennan, Clodagh Doherty, Marie Curtin, Megan Kelleher (C), Chloe Wills, Sophie Liston, Sylvia Gee, Lauren Keane ( Shannon Parbat 78), Cara Griffin (Amber Kenny 64), Aoife Horgan.

Referee: Seamus Kelly.

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