Holders Wexford Youths advanced to the semi-finals of the Só Hotels FAI Cup with a comfortable 4-1 victory over DWSL Premier League side TEK United in Stradbrook on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Edel Kennedy, Rianna Jarrett, Lauren Kelly and Aisling Frawley saw last year’s treble winners through to the final four with Shauna Peare pulling one back for the home side.

There were only four minutes on the clock when Wexford took the lead in fortuitous circumstances as Kennedy’s shot took a wicked deflection and spiralled past keeper Emma O’Brien.

Captain Kylie Murphy could have made it two after ten minutes but she leaned back and pitched Jarrett’s cut-back over the bar.

O’Brien had to be at her best moments later to reach Jarrett’s low effort, and the onslaught continued as Kelly volleyed Frawley’s cross past the post.

Jarrett got on the scoresheet midway through the half as she met Ciara Rossiter’s corner with a bullet header.

Aoife Slattery forced O’Brien into action once more before Kelly added a third on the stroke of half time with a well-taken effort from the edge of the area.

The home side were more competitive than the half-time scoreline suggested but the international experience of Wexford saw them continue to create.

Niamh Carroll cut out a loose pass in midfield and drove forward down the right wing but she couldn’t find the target with her shot from 25 yards.

That breakout seemed to shock Wexford back into action and the holders made it 4-0 when Frawley found the bottom corner with a daisy-cutter from the edge of the box.

TEK put some life back into the tie just before the hour as Laura Donnelly’s cross found the head of Peare, and the widewoman headed past Williams.

Both sides emptied their benches in the final half-hour and Vanessa Ogbonna, on for Irish international Jarrett, tested O’Brien with a shot from close range.

Slattery showed neat footwork but couldn’t find the finish to match as Wexford finished the game strongly, but TEK weren’t prepared to lie down.

Eve Farrelly hit the bar with a header in the final minute from a well-delivered free kick and Wexford held out to book their place in the semis alongside Shelbourne, Peamount United and Galway.

TEK United: Emma O’Brien; Danielle Dargle (Aine Dunster 72), Ciara Smith, Louise Kearney, Shauna Peare (Lisa Donnelly 90); Lydia Cooke, Niamh Carroll, Rebecca Dowling; Claire Murphy, Eve Farrelly (Lauren Hayes 61), Laura Donnelly.

Wexford Youths: Maeve Williams; Lynn Craven, Nicola Sinnott, Oralith Conlon (Becky Conroy 58), Ciara Rossiter; Aoife Slattery, Edel Kennedy (Fiona Ryan 58), Kylie Murphy; Lauren Kelly, Aisling Frawley, Rianna Jarrett (Vanessa Ogbonna 67).

Referee: David Dunne.

 

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